YLYB #76: Keep it Organized

I started out the year with good intentions.  This is the smallest yearbook staff I’ve had in several years, and they are also inexperienced too.  So, that means we have to think smarter, not work harder.  So, I had a plan to use Adobe Bridge to organize our photo library.

It was working well until October.  The month of craziness.  It all fell apart, but now that the football season is over, we are working hard to get the photo library tags cooking again.  This is so helpful when you need to find a good photo of a cheerleader or an athletic trainer.  I hope to have all the tags going by tomorrow.

Cool Links #102: The One About…Wow Has It Been A Month

I have not been able or had enough energy to post a links post in more than a month.  My bad, as the kids say.  I think, with football season over, they will come out with more regularity.  Here’s the backlog of links.

1 – This photo must have hit with the emotional punch of the 9/11 Towers.  Sure England was a nation already at war when the Blitz hit, but the bombing of their capitol had to come as a surprise to most Londoners.


The Blitz

The Blitz


2 – The Newsosaur says that Deadlines Don’t Matter, and for a print product I would agree.  But you must own local and you must be online first and more importantly you better get it right.

3 – Here’s a tool that you can use for a lesson, LIFE Magazine’s Timeline creator.  I think you could come up with topics for students to create timelines of famous photos from the archives.   (Thanks to FreeTech4Teachers)

4 – This is a great graphic of movies about high school.  It is however, missing Never Been Kissed – best high school movie about journalism.


High School Movies List

High School Movies List


5 – The Digital Photography School dPs has a super useful post about how to use your zoom lens for composition rather than just to get closer.

6 – I’m pretty sure I first saw this on the Principal’s Page blog, but it is a great comic about this movie that makes it look so easy to turn around schools by just turning them over to the “supermen” at charter schools.

7 – Photojojo has a few tools for telling if a photo has been faked.  Worth checking out.

8 – Petapixel blog has a copy of the first ever digital photo – not from a digital camera, but from a scanner in 1975.

9 – The Web Design Ledger has a couple of useful digital photography “cheat sheets”.  This one has a good f/stop, shutter, ISO diagram (pdf).

10 – I know a lot of video shooters don’t know a monopod from a broken tripod leg, but I think as many shooters become one-man-bands, they are going to get to know the value of a good monopod.

11 – I am a big Mac fanboy, but I do know how to use a Windows PC.  But I still wouldn’t trade the ease of use and tight integration of my Mac for desktop publishing, video editing or web design.  Windows 7 is pretty good, but you are still at the mercy of the hardware makers.  I still think Mac hardware is still the best, Natania Barron does not agree.

12 – OMG, I have already shared this video with my photojournalism class.  Next year, it will be day one.  They were very quiet.  Thanks to the Reynolds Institute.

13 – Posted without comment.


Privacy - Not Found on the Net

Privacy - Not Found on the Net


14 – If you didn’t know, or had forgotten like I had, Ansel Adams also took some important photos that documented the tragedy of Japanese internment at the Manzanar center.  Just check it out.

15 – The yearbook blog has 15 Terms every yearbook student should know.  I agree.

16 – Most of the famous photos I’ve shared are US centric, but this is also an important moment for journalism – L’Affaire Dreyfus and journalist Emile Zola.  He stood up for a Jewish army officer in the French army accused of treason.  Anti-Semitism was just as bad in France as in Germany.  There is a great movie with Richard Dreyfus in it called Prisoner of Honor.


L'Affaire Dreyfuss

L'Affaire Dreyfuss

Have a good week.



YLYB #70: Photo Day Part Dos

We got it done.  All the photos are now backed up on DVDs, our main file store and a time machine backup.  I am always nervous until we have multiple copies of the approximately 2600 photos (10.6 GB).  I didn’t get a photo of our setup, but I do hope to post one soon, maybe on retake day.

The second day of photos always seems harder, even though we have fewer classes.  Maybe it is because I usually schedule all the freshmen on the second day.  I don’t like to have freshmen on the first day, because they tend to have more problems behaving.  The first day is when we find all the problems with the schedule, classes with no cards, etc.

We got it done and now we just have to get the photos cropped and toned.  Fun.  Yeah.

YLYB #69: Photo Day Part Uno

The big day has finally arrived.  After starts, stops, rescheduling and much drama – we finally had a photo day.  It was a fairly normal one too.  Lots of issues to deal with during first period.  Getting things rolling, people complaining, scheduling off for two teachers or so and a class with no cards.  All fairly well solved by 2nd period.

Most everything went as planned.  Burning the backup DVDs right now as I type this.  Then tomorrow, I will dump the photos on our hard drive.  I am always nervous until I have multiple backups.  I’ll take a photo of the setup tomorrow to post here too.

YLYB #68: Photo Day Prep

We got ready for photo days Tuesday and Wednesday today.  These are mugshot photos from 9-10-11 grade students.  They are going to be in the Library this year, which is not normal – but we’re zen.

We have professional backdrops this year from Backdrop Alley – very cool.  We now have the full pro setup.  We have DSLR cameras, pro-backdrop setups, off-camera strobes and a fill light.  All of this was purchased over the last five years to save money because all of the professional school photographers wanted $1 per kid up front or nearly $1500.  This is ridiculous.  So we started shooting our own.  The quality was not so great the first year, but these are mug shots.  Each year we improved out setup and bought new gear.  The setup is pretty good now and I might post a photo later in the week.


YLYB #66: Picture Day Pre-Madness

We are getting everything ready for picture day.  It is always a crazy, mad sprint to the finish.  So many details to be sure of and you know you will miss something.  Every year I say – “I will create a checklist, so we don’t forget anything.”  But there never seems like enough time.  Maybe this year.

I’ve got most everything in place.  Tomorrow I want to set up the gear and then pack it all up.  Make a list maybe.  Less to do on Monday.

YLYB #61: No Room In The Inn (Gym)

We are doing the picture day shuffle.  No it is not a new dance.  It is the crazy stuff we have to put up with in order to find a place to take our underclass individual photos.

Our auditorium is under renovation – for the third time in the last 16 years.  Each time it happens, we undergo a series of displacements.  When things can’t go on in the auditorium, we get moved to the gym or the cafeteria or this time it looks like the library.

I like the librarian, she is a nice person.  But the space is really too small for the likely 60-80 kids who will be in there nearly every period for two days.  This is likely to be a no-fun zone in about two weeks.