Awesome Yearbook Photos

A yearbook, also known as an annual, is a type of a book published annually to record, highlight, and commemorate the past year of a school. The term also refers to a book of statistics or facts published annually. Many high schools, colleges, and elementary and middle schools publish yearbooks; However, many schools are dropping yearbooks or decreasing page counts given social media alternatives to a mass-produced physical photographically-oriented record. Several pages are often used for pages chronicling activities undertaken by students, such as trips abroad, activity trips, sporting and other special events. This part of the book often covers students’ lives both inside and outside of the campus. Sometimes members of a yearbook write editorial and journalistic content about life as a student, current events (local, national, and international), and other matters of interest to the peer group.

Students may design yearbook pages themselves or use company-provided templates in most cases. In general, most yearbook pages are designed as double-page spreads and include several items:

  • Headline: Akn abbreviated sentence highlighting the content of the spread, usually involving word play along with factual information
  • Story/Copy: Staffs usually write short stories capturing the highlights of a specific department, sports season, organization, etc., from the past year. Often, yearbook staff members will either interview students, teachers and others for comments. Alternative story formats have gained popularity in recent times, allowing stories to be told in visual ways (graphs, charts, polls, timelines, etc.).
  • Photographs: Every spread that isn’t a portrait or an ad spread contains candid shots of students, suitable to the page’s topic and theme. Included with the photographs are one or more captions, which describe each picture; these often begin with a lead-in.

In the past, most yearbooks were laid out by hand, with photographs physically cropped and placed on layout boards. The work was tedious, and required multiple deadlines and contact with a yearbook publisher. Today, virtually all yearbooks are published using computers, which allows for shorter deadlines and easier editing. Students typically design pages using a desktop publishing program, usually Adobe InDesign. Some schools use a proprietary web-based design program belonging to the company that prints the book.

A digital yearbook or eYearbook is a yearbook holding memories of a given time with a given group of people—most commonly, a school year at a particular school—that exists in digital form. A digital yearbook may contain text, images, audio, and video. A digital yearbook page, also known as a dyp, makes an existing yearbook interactive using Portrait Recognition Technology. A mobile application and smartphone or tablet is used to scan a student’s portrait. Scanning the portrait will take the student to the Digital Yearbook Page. DYPs contain multimedia content archived throughout the school year. The DYP can also contain links with contact information.

Nothing says yearbook like getting up close and personal with your subjects. Yearbook photos offer a lot of opportunities for action shots, whether it’s a marching band, a sports team on the field, or a school event or fundraiser in full swing. To capture the most important and interesting elements of such scenes, be sure to get in close to the subjects. Physically move in close with your camera, so that you’re as near as possible for the shot. This technique adds a layer of realism to yearbooks that boosts their overall value.

Yearbooks are great opportunities to capture the emotion in students’ lives throughout the year. They’re a veritable track record of all the highs and lows that happen with school activities. Look for that emotion as a photographer, and go in and shoot it with aplomb. Get in close during that celebration when the school’s football team kicks the winning field goal. Similarly, also capture disappointing events, like players’ reactions when they lose a big game. This’ll add much-needed balance to a yearbook. The same thing goes for big events like graduations and dances. Capture the reactions of students as they go through various milestones in their school year and lives.