Individualized instruction in photography online and hands-on in the classroom.
Instructor Don Camp

What Makes a Good Photo?
Read this description of good photography by Mr. Camp. LINK

Here is a slide show of fruit and vegetable photography

What's this class all about? Syllabus


Tools for this class:
  GIMP official site Downloads are free.
  iPiccy online photo editor
  Flickr The photo sharing site we use in class.
You will also need to be able to order prints from your photos. Walgreens, Costco, and Rite-Aid all make good prints and have a one hour service. You can upload pictures from your computer to these sites, and the prints will be waiting for you to pick up in about an hour.

Project  Nature
Where to begin?  Shall we photograph huge landscapes, capturing deserts and mountain ranges? Or attach a macro lens and photograph insects in our studio? Is today a flower day or are we stalking buffalo at Yellowstone? Probably if you are just exploring nature photography you will want to try out them all. So should you buy a ticket for India to photograph tigers? Probably not. The best idea is to start where you are. Or close.

Explore nature    Project Nature

Mt. Rainier
Project  The Extraordinary
We walk by extraordinary things every day at home, and school and in our community. They are ordinary things like colorful fall leaves or simple tools around the house or the things we use in school. We miss the extraordinary because we don not look closely enough, but it is there. And we can turn those ordinary things back to extraordinary with out camera.

Extraordinary   Project Extraordinary

Required Project   The City
Like many of the other projects, your city provides endless opportunities for creative photography.
Some people spend all their photography time recording the life of their city. They photograph the people, the buildings, the patterns, and the ugliness.

This a project you can build on over the years.
The City
City Photos
Portraits of Children
Child are fun to photograph. You never know what will happen. But if you are patient and take a lot of pictures, you get some prize winners. This project gives you some tips on taking good photos of kids and practice.

Explore the wonderful subject of children Project Children
Project  Around the House
This is a project that asks you to see interesting things in ordinary places, and there is nothing more ordinary than breakfast.

There is no place that has more photo opportunities than your home.

Find some ordinary things and make them look great. Around the House

Project  Composition
Any picture you like is a good picture. But almost any picture can be improved by paying attention to the composition. 

Learn the secrets of composition. Project Composition

Required Project   Christmas Cards
This project asks you to  create photos around the theme of Christmas. We'll do some of this in class, but some will need to be done outside of class.

This photo was taken by a student from last year Cooper Downey

Look here for Project Christmas

Project   Take control: Aperture
Every camera has an aperture, even if it is set automatically. The aperture is the size of the opening in the lens. Its function is to control the amount of light that enters the camera. The aperture on most cameras can be changed to allow more or less light into the camera. But the aperture does much more. Its size determines the depth of field, and it determines the shutter speed required to make a well exposed picture. And those both make a big difference in your picture.

Get to know how the aperture can be changed and how you can control the picture using the aperture. Project aperture

Project  Take control: Shutter speed
Every camera has a shutter, though fully automatic cameras do not allow direct control of the shutter.  The shutter opens and shuts allowing light to reach the camera's sensor making the exposure. But shutter speed, like the aperture, does much more. With any subject that is moving, the shutter speed determines how sharp the picture is. That makes the shutter speed very important if a sharp picture is desired. But it also allows creative control.

Watch the video and take notes, the complete the project.

Get to know how the shutter speed can be changed and how you can use shutter speed creatively. Project shutter speed


Upload pictures to the class Flickr site LINK

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