Monthly archives for October, 2015

What’s your angle?

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Once your photographers have mastered the technical aspects of their cameras, it’s time to address the creative side of photography, starting with composition. Read More »

What to do when you have too many typeface choices

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Too many choices.

The term “overchoice” was a concept introduced to our vocabulary by futurist Alvin Toffler. It’s a term describing the difficult time people have making a decision when faced with many options. The inexhaustible number of typefaces to choose from is a perfect example of choice overload.

What’s the solution? Read More »

11 students lock a finalist position in NSPA competition

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National Scholastic Press Association’s Picture of the Year competition honors student photographers in six categories, including News, Feature, Sports Action, Sports Reaction, Environmental Portrait and Jr. High/Middle School.

Eleven student photographs from 2015 yearbooks printed by Balfour are among the 60 finalists for the top award.  The winner will be announced at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 12-15.

Balfour’s eleven finalists are listed below. Read More »

The assignment is “action” in Balfour’s fall photo contest

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Great photography is crucial to a fantastic yearbook.

No matter where you are in the production process, photo skills need to continue to be improved and reinforced. For interesting photo opportunities, school events provide the actions and reactions of students and staff.

If you are looking for ways to showcase, reinforce and reward photo skills, enter Balfour’s Great Shot Photo Contest: Assignment Action.

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Look ‘beyond the stars’ for yearbook coverage

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The stars. They are the leads in plays, the presidents of the clubs and the captains of the teams. Do you see them? Yes. They are very visible members of the school community, but there is more to your school than meets the eye.

For inclusive, in-depth coverage, your staff will need to look beyond the stars. A graphic organizer is a simple but effective tool to help your students visualize student and staff involvement. It’s a visual display that demonstrates relationships between facts, concepts or ideas.

Distribute the single graphic organizer to each student. Then try this two-minute drill:

In the center of the graphic organizer, write the name of a sport, club or activity.
Select one you know something about. In the eight circles that surround the center circle, write the names of people or groups of people connected to the subject.

Share these examples if they are having difficulties with the assignment:

MARCHING BAND – Director, (assistant director), student director(s), drum major, brass, winds, drum line, flags, majorettes, parent support group, fans, etc.

FOOTBALL – Athletic director, coaches, offense, defense, special teams, specific positions (kickers, quarterback, etc.) managers & trainers, spirit groups (cheerleaders, mascot), parent support groups, etc. (see example)

Distribute the two-up graphic organizers (4 pages) to each student. Then explain their homework assignment:

Write the eight names in the outer circles from the exercise above in the center of each of the eight graphic organizers.
In the circles surrounding the center, write activities the person or group of people do when involved in the activity.
Finally, in each circle write whether it is done before, during or after.

The activity generates the following:

  • A heightened awareness of student, faculty, staff and parent involvement
  • People to interview for background information
  • Participants’ stories and spectators’ reaction
  • A specific angle for coverage
  • Photo possibilities

In order to complete the assignments, download and print both the single and two-up graphic organizers.