Photo Friday: High School Letters

How many of you have received letters to be included on your letterman jacket for high school? Is this a late 20th-century thing? Probably. I’ll admit, I earned a variety of letters for my jacket and I couldn’t even fit them all on! So, here’s a photo of the letter that didn’t make the jacket…

Photographing High School Memorabilia
f 4.5, exp 1/25 sec, ISO 100
Center Weight Average metering

This photo is great, but there is a year charm on the school colors tassel. So, I thought a camera shift would allow for this to be seen better.

Photographing High School Memorabilia
f 4.5, exp 1/13 sec, bias +0.7, ISO 100
Center Weight Average metering

Perfect, but the white background looks a little grayer than I had hoped for.

Photographing High School Memorabilia
Level adjustment using Photoshop Elements

A little manipulation of the white and black level sliders in PhotoShop helped me brighten up the photo. Now it’s ready to tell the story of why the academic letter didn’t make it onto my jacket in favor of FHA, Color Guard, and Band.

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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