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September 11, 2020 / Photography

Photography Resources to Help You Conquer the 2021 School Year

Written by Aimee Parsons

In this digital world we find ourselves living in, pictures become more important than ever. They help people stay connected, even when they are miles apart, and up to date with what’s going on in the world. For yearbook, pictures tell the story of the year in a way that draws readers into your book. They educate, entertain and document history. They are an integral part of telling the story of the 2021 school year.

Eye-catching photos grab readers’ attention and improve a yearbook spread beyond measure. They tell student stories, whether you do virtual or in-classroom learning.

In a world full of iPhones, Androids and countless of digital cameras, anyone can press the shutter button, but not everyone is a great photographer. Skill is required to shoot photos that capture the essence and spirit of your school.

We are here to help you Level Up your photography game with these great resources:

  • Beautiful, eye-catching photos are what make a yearbook. Gain inspiration for your photography by taking a look at the amazing images in our newest photography eBook, “101+ Great Yearbook Photos That Captured Our Attention and Why.”
  • Need even more inspiration? Page through the original “100+ Great Yearbook Photos That Captured Our Attention and Why,” and read what we made them stand out.
  • Learn how to take quality photos by reviewing the “Photojournalism: Telling Stories with Images” unit of the Yearbook Suite
  • 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 2020, everyone can be a photographer! Your yearbook staffers walk 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 Photos,” learn how your staff can use their smartphones and a few simple apps to take yearbook-quality pictures. Take bits and pieces from this eBook and pass on the information to your school community so they can take better photos as well!
  • Crowdsource photos from your school community using Yearbook Snap! Yearbook Snap is an app that allows students, parents and others in your school community to take photos and quickly submit them during events, while virtual learning, in school or anywhere students happen to be.
  • See the winners of the 2020 Photo Contest in our Photo Contest gallery. These photos exhibit truly exceptional skill.
  • 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, white balance and more.
  • Whether you are a beginner at photography or more advanced, our Photography Infographic (seen on the right) can be downloaded to use as a quick reference guide to brush up on the basics.
  • The Digital Photography Schoolis an amazing online resource that has an answer to just about any photography question you may have!

Need even more help? We have countless blogs, webinars, podcasts and more on our website at 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 is the Yearbook Marketing Manager at Walsworth and has held various other roles within the company. Prior to joining Walsworth, Parsons was a corporate photographer for Burns and McDonnell Engineering and owned and operated her own freelance photography business. Marketing and photography are her passions, which led to her becoming a national award-winning Photo-Editor for The Campus Ledger newspaper at Johnson County Community College and eventually studying commercial photography at Northern Arizona University.