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White, or negative, space is a beautiful, beautiful thing – unless it’s unplanned and takes away from the quality of your pictures. A photo with content that fills the frame has power. It compels the viewer to stop and take notice. You have two chances to compose the perfect photo: once when you take it and once when you place it.

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Academic photography is a unique challenge. Unlike sports photography, which seeks to capture an awesome moment, classroom photography is about creating the awesome moment through composition. A budding photographer needs to learn to slow down and see. But how?… EDFAT.

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One of the most popular visual building blocks of modern yearbook design is the cut out, also known as a cut-out background or COB. While a majority of cut outs seen in yearbooks are a full extraction of a subject from its background, just a little creative imagination can add spice, variety and interest to this technique.

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As you begin to think about the next yearbook, and prepare photographers to cover summer activities such as students at work, football drills and marching band practice, this is a good time to set up an image file system that will work for you.

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You’ve noticed them at school events and activities on and off campus. They always seem to have a camera bag strapped around their shoulders. And while everyone on the yearbook staff may be required to take photos for a grade, somehow these students are the ones whose exceptional photographs dominate the pages of your yearbook.

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As coverage of the school year is winding up, think about what would have helped your photographers this year, and consider creating a checklist for them for next year.

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Student photographers still need to capture great moments even when they do not have a staff camera in their possession.

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