Celebrating Kathy Craghead: Her life, career and the impact she made on yearbook

Long-time yearbook adviser Kathy Craghead passed away on May 23. We reached out to some of Kathy’s closest yearbook friends and asked them to reflect on her life.

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Photo Quest

February 19, 2018 / Photo Quest / Photography

Much like shooting sports photos, capturing the peak moments in plays and musicals requires planning and good shooting technique.

To paraphrase Hamlet, “the play’s the thing” where the conscientiousness of the yearbook photographer is discovered.

At most schools, there will be spring plays and musicals in the coming months ahead, which will provide an opportunity to try out the ideas and techniques discussed here.

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May 26, 2009 / Photo Quest / Spring 2009

The more things change, the more they remain the same. Digital photography reminds us of that adage. When it comes to young photojournalists deciding whether to use a flash, the problems and solutions are much the same as in the days of film. Today’s digital cameras offer some ease that we did not have in the film days, but choices must still be made. This Photo Quest should help budding photojournalists make better choices in getting the best images for their yearbooks.

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May 13, 2009 / Photo Quest / Photography

A thinking photographer gets more out of each sports shooting experience.

Of all the equipment a shooter takes to a sports event, perhaps the most important and least regarded is that equipment located just above the shoulders. A thinking photographer will bring back better images – maybe even stunning images – from any sports shooting experience. A photographer whose head is in the game will be a real asset to his or her yearbook staff. Here are a few examples of some sports where a little planning and a little thinking go a long way toward capturing nice images.

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September 28, 2008 / Fall 2008 / Photo Quest / Photography

One reason yearbook advisers and staffs create yearbooks is they enjoy the idea of preserving history. But the thought of archiving images for history’s sake makes even the bravest advisers tremble.

Part of that fear relates to the enormity of the project. If your school is decades old and no archive exists, there are years of images to save, protect and make accessible.

While there are several ways to tackle this project, it will never be done unless it is started. And for your efforts, you and your staff could become school heroes.

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