KIDS & CAMDERAS | PHOTOGRAPHY CAMP 2014
This camp was offered at Lambton College in Sarnia, Ontario.
The group consisted of kids between the ages of ten and twelve who entered the course stating that they wanted to learn how to capture memories, use their camera settings and take better pictures.
When asked what she learned about photography in the camp, Ari (pictured below) simplified the practice well:
"it's super duper FUN".
The camp consisted of four three-hour sessions that were organized into photography lessons, techniques and crafts for a good combination of lessons and activities... mostly activities!
DAY 1 | CARDBOARD FRAMES & CAMERA SETTINGS
Activity: Searching for image scenes and testing perspectives without the distraction of actually taking a photograph (and having some photo fun with them too):
Photo by Sydney (age 12).
Lesson // Understanding light, shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how to properly expose an image:
Photo by Ben (age 11). Photo by Jadyn (age 12).
DAY 2 | HANDMADE FILTERS
Activity: Crafting and designing lens filters from various transparent household items, including plastic bottles, saran wrap, clipboards and 35mm film:
The effects were really cool:
Photo by Nadine (age 10). Photo by Ethan (age 12).
DAY 3 | LIGHT PAINTING
Activity: Drawing with light sources in the dark classroom:
Photo by Ari (age 10). Photo by Ben (age 11).
I enjoyed watching the kids discover that the act of setting up and taking photos can be such a blast:
"Lights, Cameras, Rainbows!"
DAY 4 | PHOTO CRAFTS
Activity: Making photo magnets and post cards to bring home and share with friends and family:
Homework | Photo Scavenger Hunt
Practicing camera settings and techniques learned in class. Unlike typical homework, this was FUN:
Photos (left to right) by Ben (age 11), Nadine (age 10) and Ethan (age 12).
The kids provided written feedback which was all very positive:
We also had a group reflection at the end of the last day of camp. The kids said they were excited to have new friends with a shared interest in photography and that they looked forward to keeping in touch with each other after the camp ended.
A community was built, a lot of fun was had, and of course we took many photos along the way!