August 18, 2017 / Coverage / News / Photography

Tips to make sure your yearbook staff is prepared to cover the eclipse

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Planning on covering the solar eclipse on Monday? You probably should be.

The total solar eclipse taking place on Aug. 21 is the first one of its kind to cross the entire U.S., since June 8, 1918. The last time a total solar eclipse crossed any part of the mainland U.S. was in February 1979.

In other words, it’s kind of a cool, rare event that you should document in the yearbook. Here are some tips:

  • Check out this article from the Washington Post, which tells you how to use your smartphone to take pictures of the eclipse.
  • Your staff may likely have some photogs out at the event using more than smartphones. The pros at bhphotovideo.com outline everything you need to shoot photos at the eclipse, including safety first – the eclipse glasses!
  • Come up with a coverage plan. Are you in an area that is directly in the eclipse’s path? Will there be tourists in your town to interview? Or will you just focus on groups of students getting together to watch?

Good luck, be safe on Monday and enjoy this historic event!

Evan Blackwell, CJE
Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.