Improving Photography for 2019

Improving Photography for 2019

In just the few weeks left before summer dismissal, much can be accomplished with returning and new photographers. Now is the time to reflect on your photography issues from the past year, fix them and take advantage of remaining school time to train and prepare...
Lifeline for deadlines

Lifeline for deadlines

In yearbook land, EVERY DAY should be deadline day. The most successful staffs know that to keep book production on track with top-quality material, attention to detail is necessary. Create the culture and expectation that every day during yearbook time, everyone is...
Color(full) photography

Color(full) photography

Our inspiration for the photo shoot was an Emergen-C online commercial. We knew we wanted to emulate our cover design in a unique way. So, we invested in smoke bombs and tried to order enough to be able to have a few to experiment with while testing lighting and...
Student rights aren’t wrong

Student rights aren’t wrong

It’s two months into the year. The yearbook is well into production. Things are going smoothly. You can’t believe the staff managed to cover every football game in addition to all three charity drives and freshman student council elections without incident.  Could...
Edit or Regret It

Edit or Regret It

Editing your spreads is paramount to having an amazing yearbook. Mistakes happen, yes, but our job is to limit incorrect “theirs” and avoid portrait name misspellings. Take a look at the following ideas to make the editing process just a bit more fun....
Big Screen Editing

Big Screen Editing

Yearbookers often only see their pages on the small computer screen. After working on a spread for several weeks it is easy to miss small errors or not realize how large that hexagon is going to be on the printed page. During a class period or meeting, display spreads...
Strategies for photo coverage

Strategies for photo coverage

Sterling High School in Kansas developed five steps to get more pictures of students in their book. They assign each staff member 4-8 students for every page the staff member creates. For example, if Staffer A was assigned the football page, he knows he has to cover...
Branding Ease

Branding Ease

Branding does not have to be a painful experience. After watching hours and hours of television on my DVR, I realized that I was thirsty. I had to have an ice-cold Coca-Cola and some Pepperidge Farms Cheddar Goldfish Crackers. Later, I was itching for some Ben &...