Monday I taught my forth session of this Co-op semester. In our previous weeks I had taught them the mechanics of photography, giving them a few minutes at the end of each class to try out what I had taught.
This week I gave them the entire hour to practice and experiment and they had a blast. I was really pleased with this image, taken by one of the students. (Yes, I let a student hold my Nikon D300s. They have to learn somehow…)
While there is a bit of camera shake (as is evidenced by the blur of my left hand), the student did a fairly good job of showing motion through the slowing down of the shutter speed. (This was at 1/25 of a second, so almost anyone would show camera shake. My point was to show them how to get blur in a subject that was in motion… see my right hand.)
We also talked about aperture and this was a picture I took as a demonstration.
We practiced getting the subject (marker) in focus, leaving the background blurry. We would then try to get as much in focus as we possibly could.
I think the students had a really good time.
After that class I was a sub for art. HAHA! I’m so not artsy! I followed the real teacher’s instructions as closely as I could and I think the students did a great job based on what I told them. We did an artist study of Paul Signac and then practiced with pointillism.
I’m really regretting not taking pictures of the final products. If I can find the boys’ finished Signac-inspired works I’lll update this later.
And, now it’s later.