Why Consistency is a good thing.

This is an article from Before & After Magazine

Consistency:

Unless you’re designing a video game, consistency matters. Not to make things dull, but to keep attention focused on the good stuff. It’s like driving; because every stop sign looks alike, you can get where you’re going and carry on a good conversation while you get there. If, instead, stop signs all looked different — like, whatever; you know, creative — you’d spend the whole drive worried about whether you should stop, or where, or when, or how, trying to figure things out. You’d lose your good conversation and your peace, and it would be scary besides. That’s what consistency in design is about. Get the routine, navigational stuff consistent so your audience can settle in, then you can have fun with the real stuff.

(From the awesome ybklove)


CameraSim: The DSLR Camera Simulator

Face it: for beginners, DSLRs can be really really hard. But no fear! CameraSim is an amazing DSLR camera simulator! Adjust all the settings, snap the photo and see what you’ve got! Even better, it tells you what you did wrong to help you correct the issue.

This is an amazing tool to train an entire staff on DSLRs, without having to have a camera per staff member.

Go on over and try it out for yourself!

Here’s an idea: have your staff members each sit at a computer and play with this simulator for a while. It’ll let them get the hang of it. Make sure they try ALL the settings, though!

(Also check out these two videos on Aperture and Shutter Speed!)

(You really rock, mountainshighletusdream!)


At my school, there are no pre-requisites to the yearbook class. Therefore, most people do not know the basics of photography.

Matt (of YouTube’s Matt’s Macintosh) is a videographer. He has two videos explaining the basics of videography, and the basics of videography are… photography!

Here’s a great video explaining Shutter Speed. Although it’s for videographers, it explains still photography perfectly.

(See the other video, about Aperture, right here!)


At my school, there are no pre-requisites to the yearbook class. Therefore, most people do not know the basics of photography.

Matt (of YouTube’s Matt’s Macintosh) is a videographer. He has two videos explaining the basics of videography, and the basics of videography are… photography!

Here’s a great video explaining Aperture. Although it’s for videographers, it explains still photography perfectly.

(See the other video, about Shutter Speed, right here!)

From Sarah Ainsworth’s blog: a beautiful article about lenses.
This article is a great way to explain lenses to your staff!
(Click through for a bigger view.)

From Sarah Ainsworth’s blog: a beautiful article about lenses.

This article is a great way to explain lenses to your staff!

(Click through for a bigger view.)

LMAY <3 DOWNLOADS!
Incase you haven’t noticed, a lot of the posts have download links. Here’s the skinny.
To make lives easier, I’ll be putting download links on appropriate posts. These will link to templates of designs, or layouts, or sidebars, et cetera. This way you don’t have to redesign something that’s already been designed!
Files are all securely zip’d up and securely hosted on a secure server in some secure country. Securely. No need to worry about viruses or any of that fun stuff.
Files are (typically) made in Adobe CS5 apps, and therefore exported and saved as such. If you don’t have CS5, and would like a compatible file, please don’t hesitate to drop something in the ask and ask for a conversion. Please. Don’t worry. No fears.
Also, please submit your own files by e-mailing them to letsmakeayearbook {at-a-rookski} gmail {toshka} com!

LMAY <3 DOWNLOADS!

Incase you haven’t noticed, a lot of the posts have download links. Here’s the skinny.

To make lives easier, I’ll be putting download links on appropriate posts. These will link to templates of designs, or layouts, or sidebars, et cetera. This way you don’t have to redesign something that’s already been designed!

Files are all securely zip’d up and securely hosted on a secure server in some secure country. Securely. No need to worry about viruses or any of that fun stuff.

Files are (typically) made in Adobe CS5 apps, and therefore exported and saved as such. If you don’t have CS5, and would like a compatible file, please don’t hesitate to drop something in the ask and ask for a conversion. Please. Don’t worry. No fears.

Also, please submit your own files by e-mailing them to letsmakeayearbook {at-a-rookski} gmail {toshka} com!


Yearbook: for many of us, it's our second home, our second family. We're the kids with the cool cameras and the cool techniques. We're the best photographers, writers and designers on campus. We've got neat computers and neat software, and we've got the ability to capture the entire year for our student body to look back on from now until forever. Our books live on for decades. Everyone will show our production to their kids and their kids' kids.

This is the blog for inspiration, help, venting, and anything and everything else you want it to be. Enjoy, fellow yearbookers yerds!