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09-26-2021, 05:39 AM   #1
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Kids' and Teens' Workshop Course Ideas

Our local youth center has been hosting some photography workshops for the last few years. We've always used budget P&S cameras in the past, but we're looking to take it to the next level and introduce DSLRs for our next session (please see this post about providing equipment we direly need if you can help).

We'd love some ideas about what kinds of simple photography exercises or examples you'd recommend for kids to get a better grasp on basic photography concepts. These kids range in age from 8 to 18, in groups of similar age. Please share these ideas here!

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you might try photographing pollinators if the season is right

Pollinators in action (if possible, please include info on equipment used, thanks)
I got the idea for this thread while experimenting with my K 3 and various lens taking pictures of flowers and insects at the Topeka Zoological Park.
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I'll go left field and say, educating kids on composition and inspiring them to "see" IMHO would be a life lesson irrespective of what instruments and techniques they use. Commenting studying the old masters would be good start. as is known - photographers dont see different things, they just see things differently. Balance, Harmony, use of colour would be nice as well.
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I agree with teaching composition and related ideas over teaching specific platforms like P&S or DSLR . In all likelihood, the studentís first camera is a smartphone. Learn how to frame subject no matter what camera you have will result in better images, even if the smart phone is doing a lot of the processing. Some students will want to know how to do more, those will likely take more traditional camera classes.

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It depends if it will be a field trip or in a classroom.

When I was a kid I practiced endlessly on flocks of mallards and geese in the park, where they weren't shy. It's a great way to practice composition and learn a little about backgrounds. And animals are fun.

If it is in a classroom, portraits of stuffed animals could be a great exercise. There might be a local second-hand store that would donate some! They often get more than they can sell and throw a lot away.
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As a retired teacher, first let me applaud and thank you for what you are doing. Wonderful!

Primary is making sure the kids understand the prime objective (photographs rather than snapshots). We all open our minds and focus when we know what we are working to accomplish. Spend a bit of time on this. Show examples (both good and bad), and get them excited.

Composition is a very good idea for topic. But with kids, you will want a new topic each session. Close-ups. Landscapes. Shapes and patterns. Today is tree day. Etc. Etc. And with a little planning, the topics become building blocks. Once a topic is taught it becomes part of the process.

But the key to everything is getting the kiddos to think. The best way to do this is to ask "why?" Ask why about everything.
  • Why are you taking this picture?
  • Why did you choose this subject?
  • Why did you place the subject in that part of the picture?
  • Why this?
  • Why that?
In other words, the intent is for them to be aware of what they are doing and that everything they do should be done for a purpose.

And don't forget to share some of their photos with us.

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