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Florida Yearbook Seminar Notes and Presentations


I was privileged to work with a group of middle and high school students in St. Petersburg, Florida a couple of weekends ago. My emphasis was on learning to use the camera in manual mode using the exposure triangle and using the elements of composition to become a better photographer.


The students in the photography track have their work critiqued by their peers and the instructor  and receive feedback to assist them in becoming better photographers. Images are critiqued for proper exposure, sharpness and the compositional elements used to help tell the story.


It is indeed an interesting process watching the students go from using full auto mode on their cameras to understanding ISO, aperture and shutter speed and how manual settings can affect the final image.


Below are some links that might be helpful in helping to further understand all the factors that go into making powerful photographs that tell a story.


The Photographer’s Mind

The Perfect Photo

5 Steps to Make your Photos Pop

See the links below for tutorials and how to’s.

1) Cropping – remember pixel density (300) and aspect ratio (vertical or landscape) of final layout

2) Understand the Histogram – tells you how darks and lights are distributed through the photo

3) Sharpening –

4) Levels – use the levels tool to make accurate color adjustments

5) Saturation – a little goes a long way!

Photoshop Tutorials

Photoshop Top 40 with Deke McClelland

Levels Tutorial Video with Deke McClelland – Using The Histogram



Bridge and File Management

Bridge Basics

File Naming

Network Attached Storage for BACKING UP IMAGE and SPREAD FILES

Photography – Composition

Photography – ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture – Using Manual Mode

Student Journalism Ethics and Guidelines

Tip Sheet For High School Journalists

Photojournalism and ethics

The Importance of The Ethical Use of Photoshop – A Real Life Story