The Main Components To Run a Successful Yearbook Staff:

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:

  1. Create a theme for the yearbook and ask the staff to create a layout for the book page.
  2. 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)
  3. Ensure the division pages match the theme of the yearbook and list the accomplishments to which each class succeeded throughout the school year(s). 
  4. Create an Excel spreadsheet with their contact information, assignments and deadlines.
  5. 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.  
  6. 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. 
  7. And artwork is essential for running a yearbook because the pages are colorful and full of memories that will live onward.

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)

How to Take One Hibiscus from One Picture and Blend it In With Another Photo on Photoshop:

When it comes to copying  one plant in one picture and pasting it into another picture, that is the easiest part of the job. However, erasing the background from the picture you copied and transferred has to be perfect, or, cleaned up in order to show how clear and unique the photo looks.

In order to do this step by step, you must take two different photos of Hibiscus and open them up on Photoshop:

  1. Use the rectangular marquee tool to copy the plant you want to transfer to the other photograph
  2. In order to paste the plant onto the other picture, find a spot and use the rectangular marquee tool to place where the plant will go and click paste.
  3. In order to enlarge or shrink the pasted photo, right click your mouse and select free transform. Move up and widen the image to enlarge or move the image down and close together to shrink
  4. After you have pasted and feel ready to erase the background so that the flower can be intact and blend in with the photograph, select the eraser tool and begin erasing the edges of the plant and move around until the unnecessary background from the image is erased.
  5. The hibiscus on the left was copied and pasted on Photoshop. Hence, why the plant, itself is smaller than the one on the right.

    The hibiscus on the left was copied and pasted on Photoshop. Hence, why the plant, itself is smaller than the one on the right.