Instead of This, TRY THIS – Planning Your 2021 Coverage

Planning your yearbook coverage is a whole new ball game this year. Previous years may have allowed you to take last year’s ladder and tweak it for the upcoming year, but some schools are completely reimagining their coverage approach. That may sound scary, but it’s actually a great thing!

Kayanna Pham

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October 14, 2020 / Fall 2020 / Photography / Picture This

Sure, we’d love every outdoor event to occur during a 70-degree golden hour with a light breeze that fades into a magical sunset, but the reality is that rain happens. And this year in particular, we must take advantage of every opportunity to get sports photos, rain or shine. Just because you feel a few…

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September 26, 2018 / Fall 2018 / Photography / Picture This

“Who took the photo at the last football game?” “Didn’t the photo of the mascot get saved somewhere?” “What’s the file name for that great photo of the drum major?” I remember these conversations in my classroom. I remember the frustration. I remember asking advisers and others about ways to keep photos and photographers organized.…

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Help your student photographers improve with plenty of practice and informal and formal critiques When it comes to photographers, it can be hard to know how to help them grow and how to keep them motivated. There is no panacea. Trust me, if there were, I’d have bottled it and sold it for some serious…

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March 30, 2017 / Photography / Picture This / Spring 2017

Students need to select the best story-telling photos for their spreads. The advice here will help your students with their remaining deadlines, or if your book is complete, can be used to train your next staff. At a major school event, hundreds of photos may be taken in just an hour. After you’ve sorted out…

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September 22, 2016 / Fall 2016 / Photography / Picture This

So you have a photo assignment for your publication and your teacher says get some “candid shots.” Well, you know how to take a selfie, but what is a candid shot? And is there a button on your camera for it? Candid photography means no posing of any kind. We are so used to posing…

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Great yearbooks make their schools look cool, not by featuring the “cool” kids but by capturing the excitement that comes with being involved. From warm-ups to rehearsals, game-winning plays to playing with puppets, students are constantly doing. Photographers need to be where the action is and ready to capture the moments that matter. 1. Take…

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