- Zoom in on the image to 37%
- Decide what should we focus on first: the exposure, lighting, color or balance
- Focus on the color and give each three components within that area a percentage to prevent overexposure
- Second aspect is the exposure which has an even level of lightness and darkness
- Lighting is our final process for this photo and we used three enhancement levels to darken the water and sky
A new season is on the horizon with the pedals of a rose bush are blossoming at an alarming rate. The grass and trees are growing too fast, the lawn will need a haircut very soon and dandelions are blowing out like birthday candles as the wind grants our wishes.
The beginning of a new decade has started off very badly with a new virus which traveled from one country to another in a matter of seconds. As President Trump and the governor have ordered for all non-essential businesses to shut down and keep social distancing a matter of time before the curve of the virus drops on the charts, here is a beauty of nature to lighten the mood despite the darkest days of our time. The leaves on a tree signifying that there is beauty to behold, with a glimpse of hope as the warm air rises at a steady rate and the flowers blooming as new lives are making an entrance every day.
In April, applications to join the yearbook committee are posted on the outside door near the yearbook lab.
One month after you have been selected to be a member of the yearbook club, the adviser will host meetings during the summer and assign each staff member their new roles and drive to multiple business areas to have businesses purchase and place their ad in the yearbook.
However, it’s not only the amount of staff members you need to have in order to run a successful yearbook committee: it takes creativity, motivation, driven students who are willing to learn how to adapt to many challenges they never underwent in their many years of schooling. For example, I was on the yearbook staff during my sophomore and junior years as a class editor from August 2009-May 2011. The writing styles for the yearbook vs writing a class paper changed my perspective in many ways. I loved writing but my format and vocabulary needed tweaking. My sentence structuring was a mess because the details I wrote were not self-explanatory and out of order. Therefore, it takes a while to get out of one’s comfort zone and will start to realize how much it helped joining the staff overall. It helped enhance my writing and photography skills which is why I love writing and posting photography to this very day.
Here are the main components to run a successful yearbook committee:
- Create a theme for the yearbook and ask the staff to create a layout for the book page.
- Along with the theme, assign your staff members sports pages, extracurricular and division pages. Create a deadline and have each grade member check their sentence structuring, punctuation and spelling mistakes (3 times) before closing the page to be sent to the yearbook company (Walsworth, if using Online Design).
- Ensure the division pages match the theme of the yearbook and list the accomplishments to which each class succeeded throughout the school year(s).
- Create an Excel spreadsheet with their contact information, assignments and deadlines.
- Over the summer, assign them to take pictures and grant them access to Adobe Photoshop for photo editing, turn the wording above the picture upside down, etc.
- Grant them access to two of the yearbook staff professional cameras during and outside school hours for their assignments only. Or request them to purchase a camera at Best Buy they can take and use to upload photos with a SD memory card.
- And artwork is essential for running a yearbook because the pages are colorful and full of memories that will live onward.
Someone once told me “The last three months have been an up and down elevator for me mentally and physically. There are days when hopping out of bed in the mornings are rough and it’s difficult to lighten up when someone you love deeply was within an inch or two near death from a car accident. Someone you have shared two years of your life with and worry every second of every day that they are safe and sound. From God’s blessings to all of family and friends, he is still with us.
When there are days I don’t hear from that loved one, it takes an emotional turmoil on me. I begin to process that everything we endured months in our relationship before were my fault to the point which we were suffering many doubts and heartbreaks.
I turned to writing as a form of a coping mechanism to hide the sadness underneath my smile no matter where I go, no matter what I do and no matter how busy I become. We all have the sadness beneath us and some don’t recognize how much we are willing to sacrifice our lives and love we have for others. However, we in turn don’t love or nurture ourselves in a healthy manner. When I look around to see individuals moving or talking, there is that one individual standing in the center of a crowd screaming for help on the inside but letting everything on the outside bother them to no end.
We should never allow anyone define how we should feel, how much we should give up just because we are willing to care and love others no matter the heartache we endure on a journey together or separately.”
Life is one long journey and we must make each memory with our loved ones count because tomorrow is never promised. Writing as a coping mechanism helps us relieve the anguish we encounter every step of the way. Through God’s grace and blessings, he will ensure we stand with our loved ones until we are called to go home with them and rejoice in the spacious sky above the ground with everlasting love, laughter and tears of joy.
As a blogger, the emotions we write with our personal stories activates our creative side starting on the right hemisphere of the brain and the creativity begins to flow. Meaning that we are able to write with passion when we become overemotional over someone who we care about the most.