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.
Whether we have a pleasant or a horrible experience creating a yearbook is not influenced by our quality of layouts or photographs. Most of us can even accept it and carry on if our page software occasionally does not behave. What really makes you despise or love this whole process is how organized you are.
I remember the first time I had to depend on a computer to help me create a yearbook. It was my first book and the staff told me it was easier to develop yearbook pages using the computer. At that time, I was completely computer illiterate and had every intention of staying that way. As far as I was concerned, computers were the spawn of you-know-where and I was having nothing to do with them.
Digital images are a hot commodity today with digital special effects showing up everywhere from magazines to television to movies to the Internet. More and more yearbook staffs are using digital images each year. It is truly the wave of the future in desktop publishing.