One student was fascinated by the filters in Photoshop and really transformed her image quite nicely. She was very pleased with it, so what I will do is print both her original image and her edited one. And again my star from yesterday said, "I like my image the way it is." YES! Although I enjoy Photoshop, my first love is to capture the image and present it as is. Although she did change another image for the sake of practice, I was impressed by her willingness to showcase the sunflowers she captured just the way nature intended.
For the students who were absent the first day, I allowed another student who had also captured beautiful images, to show them the ropes. They were gone for a bit, but when they came back, I was amazed. They had been able to capture baby quails handheld by a teacher. I loved that there were some students who focused specifically on the teacher's hands and the baby bird. That composition makes a better statement than that of the teacher and the bird in the full frame. In that regard, you don't know what to focus on and it becomes merely a snapshot.
Anyhoo, on Wednesday we all go on a field trip to visit nearby colleges, so hopefully students will capture a few great images from this excursion.