That First Month of Digital Photography

That first month of school can be a real kicker! Especially when you've never taught the subject before

In my last post, I talked about my experience with graphic design in that first month of school. In this post, I will talk about how my digital photography class threw me for a loop.

Luckily, I actually did know how to take a quality picture, I had grown up doing photography for 4-H and knew a couple things about composition at least. However, I quickly learned that knowing how to take pictures didn’t mean that I knew the best way to teach someone to take pictures!

There was also the fact that this class also used Photoshop…which I knew nothing about. So now, I am trying to teach kids how to use their cameras, how to take a quality picture and how to use Photoshop…AND for some reason, students really didn't want to take pictures for their photography class (I really don’t understand this). Even today I have some students who simply do not take pictures for me. (You are in a photography class for crying out loud! Does anyone else have problems with this?) Weird.

Anyway, my one saving grace in this class was my very first project. I decided to do something experimental called the “camera in a room”. Here is a link to the lesson I created and here is a link to an example of it on YouTube. It went off really well and the kids truly did enjoy it.

After that, things kind of went downhill. I mentioned my difficulties with the computers in the last post, but it wasn’t just that, it was also that I just couldn’t get kids to take pictures, I couldn’t understand it! Looking back now, I think it was partly lack of motivation on that (there will always be lack of motivation when it comes to high school students), and partly my inability to explain what I was expecting from them.

It was just a huge circle of confusion that I am not sure was ever broken…those poor students in that first year …well, let’s just say that things have improved exponentially since then- for all parties involved! 

If you want to check out my digital photography lessons, here is a link to the library. Again, browse the videos for free!