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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.