PHOTOGRAPHY


We have several objectives in obtaining photos for the yearbook:
  1. Content - images clearly and fairly represent all of the students, teachers and activities of our school year.
  2. Technical Quality - images are clear, in focus, and use good lighting
  3. Composition - images "tell a story", are aesthetically appealing, and interesting to look at

Grading your Photos

Image quality is sometimes a matter of opinion, but it helps if we "grade" our photos from best to worst. See if you agree with these examples and explanations:
Grade
Sample
Notes
A Level
Photos01.jpg
A_DSC_0248.JPG

"We MUST use this in the yearbook!"

- Faces are prominent AND
- Clear Focus AND
- Captures a unique moment - Tells a story- Captures emotion OR
- Exemplifies great composition

There's no doubt who the subject of this picture is. The emotion on his face is clearly expressed, and technically, the image is clear and in focus.
B Level
Photos02.jpg
B_DSC_0193.JPG

"We could use this in the yearbook"

- Faces are prominent AND
- Generally Clear Focus AND
- Could be cropped to salvage a good moment

The technical clarity of this image is good enough that it could be cropped down to create a strong subject of focus.
C Level
Photos03.jpg
Dsc_0154.jpg

"Let's not use this unless there's nothing better"

- Faces are fairly prominent AND
- Generally Clear Focus

Though technically competent, there's no strong focus to this photo - the action and faces have been captured, but it's visually "noisy". We'll keep it as insurance.
Unusable
Photos04.jpg
xDSC_0250.JPG

"Delete this now - it's a waste of filespace"

- Missing faces OR
- Blurry, Grainy or too dark to salvage OR
- Has better dupicate photos

This is a great moment, but not a great picture. Don't confuse the two - delete it to make room for the good ones!

You're going to take HUNDREDS of photos, but only require a few dozen on your pages. You need to get used to doing a "triage" to get rid of the junk, and bring the best to the top of the pile.

You will use XnView to perform this triage when the time comes, rename the best photos, and delete the worst.

References

MediaCollege
http://www.10e20.com/blog/2007/07/27/21-ways-to-shoot-better-photographs/