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Calling all Photographers, please help!

Hi gang! I have been asked to run a photography club, at the school I work at. This is great, except I don’t actually know all that much, or what to do.

So I am asking you guys for help, please! I was thinking Week 1, introduction to cameras etc. Maybe setting projects, like take photos of animals, keeping it fun. I really need your ideas guys, need to have a few weeks worth of activities. There will be compact cameras for the kids to use, so the tasks can not be to hard.

So again, please and thank you gang, all ideas welcome.

Categories: Me, other people, photography, Work
  1. June 10, 2011 at 19:18

    lots of things you could do – how about day to day objects photographed from unusual angles, which would give them something fun to do and make them think a bit too.

    How about setting single word themes, such as ‘pretty’, ‘red’, ‘growing’, ‘slow’, ‘family’, ‘sparkly’ etc etc – perhaps get them all to suggest a word for a theme, write them down, then draw one a week from a hat.

    You could also get them taking pictures of each other, explain about natural light, eg from a window and making reflectors from pieces of white card or a bit of a box covered in tin foil, then using them to reflect the window light back at the side of the model in shade – this can be done easily using compact cameras and the effect is very obvious, so they can see how simple it can be to control their pictures.

    just a few ideas, will add some more as they come to me – just got back from a very rubbish day, brain a bit addled atm😉

  2. Just Jim
    June 11, 2011 at 01:00

    Sorry I’m late!

    The themes idea is a good one. It could be further refined by having a separate hat with ‘styles’ (portrait, landscape, abstract, minimalist, macro (or close-up, given compact cameras) etc. Draw one from each hat and the assignments could be ‘red portrait’, ‘growing landscape’, ‘sparkly macro’, etc.

    The internet is awash these days with tutorials you could adapt to give brief lessons on composition (‘rule of thirds’, ‘leading lines’, ‘S-curves’) or light (‘relationship between shutter speed, aperture and ISO’, ‘zone system’, ‘reading a histogram’, ‘18% grey metering’, etc).

    If you have a Flickr account you could start a Flickr group for your students to post their work for them, their classmates and family to enjoy.

    Good luck and good light.

    Jim

  3. June 11, 2011 at 07:52

    Sorry I’m even later!

    I think there are some fab ideas above. Can’t think of anything off the top of my head to add right now but one thought – personally I’d be wary of pictures of animals. Think they are quite difficult to get right, particularly as most don’t tend to sit still & pose nicely for the camera! I always seem to end up with a partial side view that’s not especially sharp. Must have taken 20 photos of Maisie the other day & was only fairly satisfied with one of them.

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