There are several way to crowdsource photos for your yearbook project.
1. The easiest option is to open a Storefront. Doing so not only allows you to sell your book online, but accept photo contributions. The camera graphic shown below will appear at the bottom of your storefront until all your pages are locked and your yearbook has been published.
But they won't know about it unless you tell them! Simply share your storefront URL and encourage parents and students to scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the link.
Uploaded photos will appear in the Pending Contributor Photos tab and can be assigned to sections and used just like the rest of the photos you have uploaded into your project.
2. Use the Picaboo Yearbooks web application to invite specific people to contribute photos. Inside the Images tab, select Pending Contributor Photos. Click the blue Request Images button to access an invitation window. Enter a single email address or separate multiple addresses by a comma. You may include a message requesting photos from a specific event or opt to a plea for the kitchen sink.
The recipients will receive an email from you with the above message along with a link to create a login at PicabooYearbooks.com. Photo contributors will not have access to the rest of your project. Uploaded photos will appear in the Pending Contributor Photos tab, similar to the Storefront photo contribution option.
3. Another idea—which may be more in touch with your students’ social lives—is to set up a Facebook or Twitter account for your yearbook. Ask parents and students to post photos to your page or tag the page in their photos. You could receive photos from the bleachers during Friday night’s basketball game or from a weekend outing with classmates and friends. Be sure to ask for options and photo tags for easy identification.
4. Set up a free email account (from Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) and ask parents and students to email their photos directly to the account. The photos will be there when you need them, but will not bog down your personal or work email account.
5. Use Skipple, our free yearbook photography app, to bring photos into your project. To use your school’s Skipple photos in your Picaboo Yearbooks yearbook, you need four things:
- a Skipple account
- an Adviser account in the Picaboo Yearbooks online yearbook designer
- a yearbook project associated with the Adviser in the Picaboo Yearbooks online yearbook designer
- a valid Picaboo Yearbooks Publishing Agreement associated with the yearbook project
Once you have all four items listed above, you can begin to import your school’s Skipple photos by following the easy steps below.
Step 1: Navigate to the “Skipple” management tab in your project’s Image Management.
Step 2: Click “Get Access”. Only advisers can begin the importing process. After the import finishes, Sr. Editors and Photo Editors can also access the school’s Skipple photos from within the online yearbook designer.
Step 3: Enter the email address you use to sign into Skipple.
Step 4: Verify you are importing from the correct school. The school you are importing must match the school your project is for. If not, you can change the school in your Skipple account by going to Settings in the Skipple app.
Step 5: Once you confirmed the school name, in a few seconds, the photos will be accessible to the Adviser, Sr. Editor and Photo Editors.