Without question, photography is the most important element in your yearbook.
Here are a few very simple techniques to make your yearbook (and your own photography) look even more attractive. And remember to check our “Yearbook University,” for some great tips on how to make the most of your digital camera.
Instead of cropping your images after they’ve already been taken, try to frame the picture through the viewfinder of your camera. Take notice of the edges of the frame and try not to crop at awkward areas such as the knees of a person. Many photos are full length shots—but we find that compelling photos often happen when the photographer moves in closer for a tighter shot.
Sometimes you can use your environment to frame an image, like the facemask on a football player’s helmet, or the branch of a nearby tree.
Experimentation and creativity are the key here: do something different and have fun!
Mix up your photos by including images of subjects other than people: things! Your yearbook will have a stronger visual impact when you include pictures of objects that relate to your yearbook.
For example, if you’re putting together a sports page, take some shots of the field, or hoop, or ball that’s used. This is an area where you can really get creative.
Change your point of view—literally. Varying the angle at which you take your picture often makes your photos much more interesting. Take pictures from above, below, slightly to the side or even through a keyhole!
Depth of Field
Depth of field is the amount of space in focus in a photograph. Try focusing on certain people or objects in different situations.
Sometimes a smaller depth of field can add interest to a picture. It can also keep your eye on the subject and ignore anything distracting in the background. Leaving the distractions blurry, while your subject is in clear focus, makes it clear what the picture is about. For big groups of people, the largest depth of field will work best.
Check your camera’s manual for more information on the depth of field settings.
A main concern while taking photos is making sure your subject is well lit.
View the lighting in images you like and notice the direction of where the light hits the subject and which source of light is used.
Be aware that different types of lighting will have different color casts on the picture, such as fluorescent lights give off a green cast.