On the first day, I gave them a brief introduction to photography using this emaze presentation that I created. There's so much to photography that I couldn't begin to give them everything, so I stuck to the basics: styles of photography, types of cameras, lenses, rule of thirds, and composition. We don't have access to dslr cameras, but I did bring mine for them to at least take play images with. Since we were using point and shoot, the first thing I told them was to turn that flash OFF!
(I apologize for this super large presentation, but I didn't see how to create a smaller frame in emaze.)
The kids walked around the campus finding images to create. Some took florals from the plants in the windowsills. Next door, that teacher was teaching his students about agriculture and horticulture. They had just dug up different varieties of potatoes. The teacher cut open a purple potato and some were fascinated by that. Others went out to the butterfly garden and captured images there.
I was impressed with their interest in photography and the time they took to truly create art.
I was intrigued by one young lady. I hadn't noticed at first, but when I went to help her on a task, I realized that she had suffered severely from what I thought at the time were burns. No real fingers, gauze on her arms and legs, bald patches. Later I found out that she was born with a condition known as EB. I admired her spirit and her eye for photography. Even with very little, she was able to manipulate her camera on her own. Even though I gave all the students directives, I noticed how she would pull away from the other students and create her own composition. I saw her pick up a variety of potatoes, arrange them matter-of-factly, and crouch down as far as she could to get the right perspective. I don't know if she'll pursue her interest in photography, but I let her know that she has some natural talent.
This camp is really a great experience for kids and teachers alike.