Fun With Photography in the Summer

This Summer has brought me many unexpected opportunities and I have not been writing in this space as often as I wanted. Just like it is not really possible to catch up on sleep, I will not be able to really catch up on blogging but the entry below was worth sharing.

During the last two weeks of June I lead a small class for teens on digital photography forĀ The Mainline Art Center in Haverford. The Art Center runs Summer programs aimed at different ages with classes targeting a specific medium and they were looking for someone to teach digital photography for their first Teen Studio session for this Summer.

The first session started on June 20 and unfortunately some of the local schools had not yet let out for the Summer. Because we had a smaller class I was able to spend more time individually with each of the students and our group got close and had a lot of fun.

Check outĀ the class’ Flickr Group.

Digital Photography Class Portrait

Digital Photography Class Portrait

This was their first photography class so we concentrated on having fun finding interesting photographs and using photoshop to manipulate the images afterwards in the computer.

Manipulated Photograph of Traffic Cones

Aged Photograph Effect - Shot with Nexus One Android Phone

Aged Photograph Effect – Shot with Nexus One Android Phone

The saying goes “the best camera is the one you have with you.” I showed the class many images I had made using my cellphone. I wanted them to see that good photographs are not made by the camera, they are made by the photographer.

Opposites

Opposites

I shot all the assignments along with the class. It was a lot of fun to allow myself to play with my compact digital camera without over-thinking technique or gear.

Looks Like: A Sugar Wafer!

Looks Like: A Sugar Wafer!

Photographic Scavenger Hunt: ____ Flies

Photographic Scavenger Hunt: ____ Flies

Geometric Shapes

Geometric Shapes

Sometimes we can drown in the deep end of the technical pool of photography. I hope my students had as much fun as I did, and that they never forget the joy of making images.

There will be another session of Digital Photography for The Mainline Art Center’s Teen Studio. It starts August 1st and it will be taught by Ed Marco.

3 Responses to Fun With Photography in the Summer

  1. Love it!!! You’re good at this, Nando!! Very creative and (most important part) FUN.

  2. Thank you, Mimi. I had a lot of fun!

  3. Julio Loor says:

    Looks like a fun class.

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