Well it’s been a month for me teaching Photography and I am loving it. These kids are amazing. I have had so much fun with them. They catch on fast and continue to impress me each day with the photos they create. I think it’s been a great opportunity for them to do hands-on learning and to grow and progress with their friends. Through this camp, friendships have grown closer. They now can create photos that express what they like and how they view things.
So what do they learn? The younger kids learn how to handle and maintain a camera. They learn about all the different lenses and all the things they do. They get to try and take pictures using a standard lens, macro lens, and telephoto lens. Each one is taught how to create photographs that are in focus, sharp, and has good composition. The older kids have learned what all the younger kids have, and shoot completely in manual mode. Everyone learns about underwater photography and gets a chance to photograph in the ocean with an underwater camera.
I remember learning photography, and to be honest, it wasn’t always exciting. I’ve taken my experiences and developed my own way of teaching that keeps my students excited, upbeat, and motivated. We don’t sit for long hours staring at a screen, board, or projector. I also don’t lecture for long periods of time. Every day we go to a new location with different environments and situations to photograph. I go over different techniques and scenarios as they are happening.
I have also been catering to the different groups and kids to what their personal interest is in photography. We even went and photographed skaters at the skate park.
Coaching and motivating is another aspect of photography I am moving into. I’m currently lining up some workshops for adults that will be one or two day events. I have found that a lot of people have really nice cameras lying around and have no idea how they work. In my opinion, the camera manuals are boring, YouTube has a lot of bad tutorials and tips, and online is sometimes hard to learn when you have questions and you want them answered and explained quickly. Personally, I have a hard time learning in a classroom or from a book. I have always learned better from teachers who could help and answer my questions as they came. I know that there are many out there that learn the same way, so that’s why I have decided to start teaching this craft.
Photography is really important to me. It is something special to be able to teach and guide someone into taking good photographs. I love talking about cameras, explaining about them, and answering questions about photography. If you are ever interested about a camp or workshop feel free to contact me.