• Sonja McGiboney

Teaching Photography

I volunteered to teach a creative photography class to a sixth grade at a local school. After much thought, I came up with the idea of a zoo. What a great way for children to create a scene, figure out their own lighting, focal point, and be creative with depth of field.

I had fun shooting the photos for my short presentation to introduce them to the process. Here is what I am doing.

1. The children will have a bin of toy animals, fencing, trees, grass, and rocks to arrange whatever scene they like.

2. Then they have to pick which object will be their focal point, what depth of field they want, where to set their subject in the frame and where they wish to position the light source (flashlight). The camera will be on a tripod so the angle will be constant.


I am hoping that I get many different photos from similar set ups. We'll see.


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