Are you missing out on what your DSLR can really do?

When using a DSLR camera the ultimate goal is to shoot on fully manual to get the most out of your camera and have maximum control of your shot. But understanding how to shoot on manual can be very cumbersome and takes dedication and practise and without formal training this can be very difficult. This is why the majority of yearbook students will shoot on Automatic mode or one of the pre-set shot modes (i.e. the running man for sports shots or the face for portraits.) But did you know those settings could be making your photos worse?

The pre-set shot modes are meant for whatever type of photography their picture describes but in a perfect light situation. And let’s be honest, “perfect” light is hard to come by. I’ll give you an example: typically a lot of school sports happen inside of a gymnasium with dark, terrible fluorescent lighting and reflective orange/brown floors and by using the pre-set sport mode, it isn’t accommodating for the low light environment. This will give you either a blurry or dark, non-white balanced photo.

So you are probably thinking, if I don’t understand how to shoot on fully manual and I shouldn’t use automatic or the pre-set modes, what should I be using?

On a Canon you will see two settings on the exposure wheel: Av and Tv and on a Nikon these same two settings will read as A and S.

Av or A stands for our Aperture Value. What this setting does is gives you the freedom of choosing your own Aperture and the camera will read the lighting situation and automatically adjust your ISO and Time Value depending on the Aperture you have chosen. This is great when you want full control of the depth-of-field in your photograph but are unsure of how to use the camera on manual.

Tv or S setting stands for Time Value or Shutter Speed. This setting will do the same thing the Aperture setting does but instead, it will just effect the shutter. This setting is perfect for sports photography because it will give you the freedom to change your shutter fast enough to “freeze action” your shot but then your Aperture and ISO will automatically change depending on the available light you have.

Be sure to give these two settings a try. It is a great semi-automatic middle ground to have some control over your camera settings but still give you the assistance you may need from your camera!

Summer Campers warmed up for the new season

FutureBook hosts camps and workshops during summer and fall months to kickstart creativity and yearbook training. The largest workshop, taking place over three days at St. Michaels University School, in Victoria, BC, recently wrapped up. It was the warmest camp on record, with temperatures reaching up to 32 degrees! Plenty of cold water, a raucous game of Chuck the Chicken and a refreshing auditorium helped to keep the students cool.

Photo courtesy of Sid Akselrod

Photo courtesy of Sid Akselrod

“Throughout the camp, the students were challenged to bring together the ideas and techniques the they learned and create their own layout. It was also an opportunity for students to meet new people and get inspired from what other schools have done. It goes without saying that the three days were not only filled with work but also excitement!” Joanna Zhang, Vancouver Technical

Adobe InDesign training was the focus of this workshop, but education was rounded out with copywriting, file management, deadline scheduling, infographic creation, photoshop manipulation and much more. Some students and advisors return to the summer camp yearly to freshen their skills, while others are just joining a yearbook staff for the first time. As always, the evolution in skills and design the campers show in only a few days is incredible. This is certainly thanks to passionate and amazing yearbook advisors: Rainer Mehl from Kitsilano Secondary, Noah Choy from Delview Secondary and Nigel Reedman from Vancouver Technical all helped to provide training and expertise during the camp.

We love seeing the camaraderie as yearbook staffs unite from all different schools and cities. Whether they’re swapping stories over a glass of chocolate milk in the Hogwarts-esque dinning hall, getting a taste of college life rooming in dorms, busting a gut watching their peers get called into a improv show, the camp really allows for a journey of discovery for future editors.

“I went to the yearbook camp in 2015 and 2016, and it has been a blast! From the lectures, classes, taking photos and even messing around in the dorm room; the whole experience was amazing and it’s going to be disappointing when I’m graduated and don’t get to come back!” Brooke Vibert, Brookswood Secondary

View student layouts here: https://youtu.be/N_dOMf9pk90

View student photos here: https://youtu.be/MQOHtS-tY7w

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Photo courtesy of Sid Akselrod

Photo courtesy of Sid Akselrod

 

 

 

Tinkerine Partners with FutureBook Yearbooks, North America’s Fastest Growing Yearbook Printing and Publishing Company

FutureBook Yearbooks will bundle Tinkerine’s award-winning Ditto™Pro 3D printer as part of its North American educational institutional offerings

VANCOUVER, Feb. 23, 2015 /CNW/ – Tinkerine™ Studios Ltd. (TSXV: TTD and OTC Pink: TKSTF), Canada’s leading manufacturer of desktop 3D printers and 3D printing educational content, today announced a partnership with FutureBook Yearbooks, North America’s fastest growing yearbook printing and publishing company. Tinkerine’s Ditto™Pro will become a feature item in Futurebook Yearbook’s Awards Program offering to educational institutions. The Awards Program gives educational institutions an allowance to purchase classroom technology, which will now include 3D printers.

What’s new for the 2014 school year

Welcome back to school, friends and FutureBook family!

It’s already been an interesting and contrasted start already this year: Our Texas schools started back as early as August, while schools in British Columbia are only starting next week, after a strike process which began last June! We are happy the job action has reached a resolution and look forward to working with these schools soon.

Video yearbooks: the future of school yearbooks is here

Video yearbooks? What took so long, you might be wondering. Well, actually, video yearbooks have been around for a couple of years, pioneered by FutureBook in 2012. But this year, we made some great improvements!

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The slim new 2″x 3″ video yearbook features the video player embedded into the cover—front or back, your choice—and flush with the cover, seamlessly blending into the endsheet. It has three video “channels,” a mini SD card, a lithium rechargeable battery, a wee cord to recharge the battery and an earphone jack.

Here’s why this is so cool:

  • You know that yearbook deadlines fall in April for books delivered in June, right? Well, the SD cards ship separately. This means that you can film your grad ceremony, upload it to the SD card, and when the yearbooks arrive, pop that SD card into the books and distribute them with the ENTIRE school year represented in the yearbook. Pretty amazing.
  • Schools can load the three “channels” with three different videos—say, a sports highlights reel, a theatre or dance performance and the grad ceremony—or, students can upload their own videos on their own home computer.
  • An easily accessible battery that’s rechargeable (and replaceable) means that your children will be able to watch your high school videos. Who knows if YouTube or Facebook will exist in their current iterations with your videos uploaded, in twenty years? Having a self-sufficient video player means that as long as you have your yearbook (in a dry, safe place), you’ll have the audio and video, too. It’s nice to have all your memorabilia contained in one place.*
  • The sound quality on the video yearbook is pretty great. For an even better experience, plug in some great earphones and get lost in nostalgia!

Video yearbooks are accessible for every school. Contact us at 1-877-855-2665 or email us at info@futurebookyearbooks.com to find out how your school can receive its own yearbook worthy of the future!

*To further compartmentalize and protect your memories, add a magnetic-closure name-plated GradBox to your order (another feature only available through FutureBook). It can contain your video yearbook, photos, grad cap and diploma, keeping them all safe and organized for generations. It can even contain your video player, shown in this design for Andrews High School in Texas:

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