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Level Up your yearbook photography game

Written by Aimee Parsons

Pictures help tell the story of the year in a way that draws your readers into your book. They can educate, illuminate, entertain and make our world a more beautiful place.

Eye-catching photos will grab your attention and improve a yearbook spread beyond measure. In a world full of iPhones, Androids and countless types of digital cameras, anyone can press the shutter button, but not everyone is a great photographer. Skill is required to shoot photos that tell the story of the year at your school.

Level Up your photography game with help from these great resources:

  • Beautiful, eye-catching photos are what make a yearbook. Take a look at the amazing images in 100+ Great Yearbook Photos That Captured Our Attention and Whyand read what we thought made them stand out.
  • Learn how to take quality photos by reviewing the Photojournalism: Telling Stories with Imagesunit of the Yearbook Suite curriculum.
  • Good images follow certain rules. Once you know them, your photos will improve. And when you practice them over and over, your photos can become great! Learn all the rules and how to apply them with Walsworth’s 5 Day Photography Lesson Plan.
  • In 2019, everyone can be a photographer! Your yearbook staffers are walking around every day with a state-of-the-art digital camera right in their pocket – their smartphones. In the eBook Using Your Smartphone to Capture Great Photoslearn how your staff can start using their smartphones and a few simple apps to take yearbook-quality pictures.
  • See all the winners of the 2019 Photo Contest in our Photo Contest gallery. These photos exhibit truly exceptional skill.
  • This handy infographic covers all of your camera’s basics. Download it and refer to it throughout the year.

    Listen to the How to take even better photos episode of the Ask Mike Host Mike Taylor, CJE, brings in photography expert Mark Murray. While listening, you’ll definitely crack a smile. More importantly, you’ll learn about photography. They cover everything from composition, etiquette, equipment all the way to white balance and more.

  • Whether you are a beginner at photography or more advanced, our Photography Infographic (seen on the right) can be used as a quick reference guide to brush up on the basics. Download it here.
  • The Digital Photography School is an amazing online resource that has an answer to just about any photography question you may have! Browse their page at digital-photography-school.com/.

Need even more help? We have countless blogs, webinars, podcasts and more on our website at walsworthyearbooks.com. Just use the search bar in the upper right-hand corner and look for your topic.

If we don’t have the answer to your questions, let us know! We are more than happy to help you up your photography game.

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Aimee Parsons
Aimee Parsons

Aimee Parsons is a Senior Marketing Specialist for Walsworth and a contributing writer to the Yearbooks Blog. She previously worked as an Account Manager for ClassScene, Walsworth’s online solution for photo and video sharing. Prior to joining Walsworth, Parsons was a corporate photographer for Burns and McDonnell Engineering. She owns and operates her own freelance photography business and studied commercial photography at Northern Arizona University.