To Middle School Journalists: How to Create Collage on Photoshop

#1: Go on Adobe Photoshop and click on “File” and hit “New.” With preset, hit “Photo.”

#2: Download the photos and then load onto Photoshop

#3: Use the rectangular marquee tool, copy and paste the photos onto the “photo board.”

#4: To shrink or image the photos, use the rectangular marquee tool and right-click on “free transform.”

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To Middle School Journalists: Starting a Blog on WordPress As Extracurricular Activity

Dear Middle School Journalism Students,

If you enjoy writing and snapping photographs but have no interest partaking in extracurricular activities at school, create a blog on WordPress.com because it involves sharing your experience with the world, regarding what you have learned in school thus far and the events you have attended for the first time.

Here are some directions in order to get started on WordPress as a blogger:

#1: To get started, click on “Get Started”–>Start with a blog–>Option to select website theme or skip for now–>Give your website a name address–>Create a free or premium account and create account by typing in your email address and creating a password for WordPress.com

#2: After you create your account, explore your “blog theme” for your website by clicking on: My Site and hit “themes.” You can select one that is either free or do it premium. Afterwards, hit “activate” and see what happens on your website.

#3: In order to create a blog post, scroll your mouse to the top right hand corner and click “Write.” As you will notice at the bottom right hand side of the screen, there are “categories” and “tags.” Categories refer to your post topic. In other words, if you plan to write about your first experience as a blogger, you can create a category and label it as “Blogger Experience” whereas tags are used for essential keywords you use to highlight the post of the day. For example, “blogger” or “getting started.”

Yearbook Advice: Business Advertisements

Over the summer, the yearbook staff would be assigned to drive to certain places and ask each business if they are willing to place an ad in the yearbook. Of course, there would be some who would decline, say yes or remain undecided. After the students ask, the owner would ask how large could their ad be if placed in the yearbook. The four sizes and prices included were:

  1. Full page: $300
  2. Half page: $150
  3. Quarter page: $75
  4. Business Card page: $50

If the business owner accepts that they will place an ad for the yearbook, he or she will have to write out or send a check to the school and a layout of how he wants the business advertised. The yearbook members have to fill out paperwork and turn it into the yearbook adviser, along with the layout as soon as possible.

Yearbook & Photography Advice: Photoshop Experience

Even though I learned a little bit about Photoshop when I was 10 years old, I didn’t know how to use the majority of the tools until joining my high school yearbook staff and taking a photography class in college. Down below are a few tools I learned how to pick up on in high school and college:

On and Off The Yearbook Staff:

  • Edited multiple image lighting (Brightness/Contrast)
  • Coloring B & W Photos
  • Changing Image Resolution to 300

In & Outside of College Photography Class:

  • Using the spot healing tool to get rid of unnecessary junk on the sides and in the background
  • Using the color balance to balance out the color of an image
  • After coloring someone’s eye colors in a b & w image, I lowered opacity and fill to make sure the eye colors look natural
  • Learned how to create a photography book with page layouts (using photo page)

Back to School Today:

It’s my first day back to school as a senior in college. I look forward to meeting my classmates and professors for this semester. Sure, it might be difficult by taking a marketing and an accounting course, but determination will help you get through it. As long as I don’t procrastinate and always do my homework ahead of time. Not to mention, purchasing textbooks before attending class for the second time which can be quite expensive at the school’s bookstore. Luckily, there is a website that you can rent at a lower price. When I have plenty of time on my hands, it’s good to walk to my two favorite places on campus: 1.) Recreation Center-where I can exercise for one hour and 2.) The library-where my homework can be completed and not have to worry about doing it at home. Since my classes are already showing online where I turn in my assignments, I have written down the majority of my assignments and quizzes that have deadlines stretching from August until the end of November, in my calendar. It’s nice to look at the syllabus before attending class and visualize what the professor will be assigning to the class.

However, to those who are going to college for the first time, have a great day and I wish you the best of luck out there. Remember though, have fun and take some free time to enjoy what your university offers. In other words, join some extracurricular activities. If you are a writer, write for your local university newspaper. Life is too short to focus on one thing at a time. Go out there and reach your goal to your highest potential. Never let opportunities slide by.

Writing Advice: Shorten Your Sentences, The Better

Even though I love to write long sentences to stretch my paragraphs, it is best to know what you are writing and shorten your sentences as much as possible. Here are some examples of how you can do this:

#1 (Long): Today, there was this group of high school bullies that were in the back of the bus while shoving and pushing middle school kids to the front of the school bus.

#1 (Short): Today, a group of high school students shoved and pushed middle school kids to the front of the bus.

Or…

-One group of high school freshmen sat in the back of the school bus and did not allow the middle school kids to sit near them.

I know these are some boring scenarios, but re-write what you think is best for your English papers. If y’all have any great examples to share, please feel free to leave a comment anytime.

Tips for Amateur Photographer Bloggers:

Just because you might consider yourself an “amateur” photographer does not mean that you cannot publish your work online to share with the world. You have every right to publish what you think is appropriate and a magnificent piece of art work.

1. Be original

2. Express your creativity not just through your photos, but through description and depiction. (What do you see?)

3. Create a story

I know this is only a short post, but I just want amateur photographers to know that it is great to brag about your pictures online, even though there will be times someone will criticize you. Constructive criticism is acceptable because you can learn from professional photographers who have a blog, too and it is never too late to ask for a second opinion.

Have fun and keep snapping them photos. Remember the quote: “Pictures are worth a thousand words.”

Introduction to Blogging: What It’s All About

Over a year ago, I started my blog on here. Sure, it kind of started out a little awkward and have less people like your work, but that is not what it should be about. Blogging should be about finding what topic(s) you love to write about. Of course, it will take months to find out what you will love to write about, but when you take a college course in photography or write advice posts for high school students, you are on the right track to blog about your favorite hobbies you do in your free time.

My advice to you: follow where your heart leads you on this journey. There will be bumpy rides along the way, but do not give up and remember: there will be more than one person who will look at your blog and share the same interests you have. Don’t just look at how many people like your posts of the day: have fun on WordPress.com and share this with your friends and family after you have started blogging.

For those who have been on here for a while, what was your experience like when you began blogging?

Caption and Kicker Advice:

Tree and Flower Combined

Last week, I posted about writing captions for a yearbook. Well, today, I will provide new examples if anyone recently joined the yearbook staff and would like to know what it takes to write a terrific caption, matching your image.

Sometimes you can write a caption with a quote at the beginning or write a sentence introducing the topic before quoting a person.

Advice: Also, if you are required to write kickers above or beside the captions, try to make sure it matches the story because if you accidentally misinform what you are writing about, the yearbook readers can and will read over your part and move onto another page.

Try to prevent misspellings of any kind, punctuation and grammatical errors. These can be avoided if you proofread your work. I hope you all enjoyed reading this and if you need to share anything that you have learned from the yearbook staff, please feel free to comment.