5 Photography Tips to Better Yearbook Photos

The school year is well underway, events are happening  and hopefully your staff is out taking lots (and lots!) of photos. Here are 5 general photography tips that will lead them to take better yearbook photos. Of course, they want to keep in mind the basic rules of composition, too.

 

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Ask yourself the basic photography question: What am I photographing? Then move around and shoot your subject, looking to eliminate distracting background and surrounding elements. Think about framing, center of interest and angles. Yearbook photos should be about the people, so focus on the faces when possible.

Simple subject yearbook photo
Travis Ladue, Corona del Sol H.S.
Simple subject yearbook photo
Lennon McCartney, Westfiled H.S.
Simple subject yearbook photo
Greg Glatz, East Lansing H.S.
Simple subject yearbook photo
Ellen Gatewood, Mill Valley H.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET CLOSE

Again, ask yourself what is that your are photographing, and then move in–physically. Focus in on the element that is the most important or most interesting. The rule of thirds still applies to close up shots.

Close up yearbook photo
Kylie Chapman, Mill Valley H.S
Close up yearbook photo
Kylie Chapman, Mill Valley H.S.
Close up yearbook photo
Sedona Alvarez, Mill Valley H.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BE AWARE OF THE LIGHT

Light can be your best friend — or your worst enemy. Be aware of where the light source is and then use it to help you tell your story. Use aperture, ISO and shutter speed to create the perfect yearbook photo.

Using light yearbook photo
Chris Hanewinckel, KSU
Using light yearbook photo
Kylie Chapman, Mill Valley H.S.
Using light yearbook photo
Kylie Chapman, Mill Valley H.S.
Using light yearbook photo
Lennon McCartney, Westfield H.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPTURE EMOTION

Look for the reaction to the action, the response to events to capture emotion. Don’t be afraid to photograph both the agony and the joy.

Emotion yearbook photo
Chris Hanewinckel, KSU
Emotion yearbook photo
Lennon McCartney, Westfield H.S.
Emotion yearbook photo
Chris Hanewinckel, KSU
Emotion yearbook photo
Chris Hanewinckel, KSU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TELL THE ENTIRE STORY

Show more than just the obvious of the event or the action on the field for your yearbook photos. Look for the story within the story–other details that supplement the main action. Look for things other attendees of the event or game may have missed. Include as many different people in your story-telling as possible.

Westfield yearbook photo
Lennon McCartney, Westfield H.S.
WHS photographer
WHS photographer
Westfield yearbook photo
WHS photographer
Westfield yearbook photo
WHS photographer
Westfield yearbook photo
WHS photographer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you have a point-and-shoot camera or the latest digital SLR, you can take great yearbook photos by following these general photography tips. And when you know HOW to take great yearbook photos, you’ll have a great eye in CHOOSING great photos for your yearbook spreads as well.

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