Photography Class - Day 1

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On Monday, I began my first attempt at teaching beginning photography to students.  I'm teaching at a camp, located in our high school, for 8 days.  The students attending the camp are rising 7th-11th graders, so I teach two classes - a middle school and high school version.

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!
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(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.


  1. What a fun craft to teach children! Maybe you are inspiring the next Anne Geddes!

  2. Sounds like it is a great 8 days to me! I'm sure the kids are all having fun with you as their teacher with this fun Summer activity. : )

  3. What a great and fun summer experience. The students are lucky to have you. As for the young lady, I never heard of EB and clicked on the link. Stories where the human spirit triumphs over adversity is a true testament to living life to the fullest. Hope her natural talent will develop into a passion for photography. Good luck!

  4. Sounds like fun! I wish I could be there too even if I'm not a highschooler anymore. My camera is also a point and shoot one and I take all my pictures without flash. Good to know I'm doing the right thing. :-)


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