Teen Camera Camp Week

Kids Photography CampIt’s Friday and it’s the last day of teen camp.  I am going to miss each and every one of these children! They all brought something different to the group.  And I have to say they were all very talented in their own way. I know they all enjoyed taking lots of pictures and the consensus was that close up photography was their favorite out of everything they shot.

This morning it was our field trip day and we went to a local art garden and the kids were given their assignment from me. They needed to spell out their name by searching for letters, abstract or otherwise. They did a great job and here are the results.                          SammiSammi

LellaLELLA name

Stephen

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Be Uniqueunique

Then it was off to Lahaska and we looked for butterflies and bees and frogs. Look what Stephen found, a frog sitting quietly  on a rock in the pond.stephenfrog

Next we looked for Composition Rules. Here are some they found.

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Framing

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Donna, the owner of Riah Hair Studio allowed us to take some great sunflower shots in front of her salon.

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It was a great week and I can’t wait till next year!

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Thursday was a super rainy day and it turned out to be a good thing as we had planned to do our Photoshop editing this day.  So we stayed inside learning how to manipulate, cutout and place the kids photos into other pictures they found on the web. They were very excited to see the end results. Here is what they accomplished.

Sammi did a kiss pose and Lella took her portrait. Sammi then made herself kiss Harry from the band One Direction.

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Next Shane was holding up a stool and cut out the stool and then inserted himself holding a helicopter in front of the white house.shanes picture copyThen Lella took a jump pose and put herself floating in outer space.

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This pose the girls did together in front of a blue screen and Lella cut them out and put them into a circus scene using Adobe Photoshop CS5, transformed them so it looked like they were on an angle balancing themselves onto the elephant, and then added a trapeze bar since her hands were up in the air when we took the shot. It’s amazing what ideas kids can come up with. sam and lella

Here’s the original we shot. Katydid4114

Then Stephens turn, he wanted to be inside a popular game that he plays on the computer called Mine Craft.

Stephen PS

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It’s Wednesday and we started off in the studio this morning learning how to Light Paint with the kids. They all took turns, twirling the glow sticks and glo-ball and taking photographs. They learned how to accumulate light on their sensor with long exposures. Then we light painted Lella with glow sticks to outline her. Next she wrote her name in the dark with the glow ball, lots of fun.

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After lunch, we ventured outside and took some Monochrome (B&W) photos by changing out Picture Style settings in the camera. Stephen took this one of us.
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Here we are in the studio with the lights out and Stephen is holding the head of Lella. We did this by light painting with a small pen light.
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Next it was time for some hard work, trying to capture water droplets and bubbles in mid-air and as they dropped and made a splash. Waterdrop4283It was a packed fun filled day! _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Catastrophe by Katydid

Catastrophe by Katydid

A great day for some fun and excitement at Teen Camera Camp Week. It’s our second day. With Adobe Photoshop helping us, the kids helped me make a Super Villan out of Sammi with flames in her hair, green skin and fist power. Stephen was being  jolted backwards from the crack in the driveway she created, Lella is being lifted from the lightning bolt that came out of Sammi, and we have Shane who was about to throw a bomb but was caught by Sammi’s explosive power (sounds like the making of a book). We took the photo in the driveway with the Canon 5D Mark II camera and 24-105mm f/4 IS lens and then it took us about 2 hours to create the final image.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Monday at camera camp, the Teens first day at Katydid Camera Week. They told me they learned a lot already, yippee, they paid attention! I told them we were going to learn to use the “P” mode first. Would they like to call it Program Mode, Professional Mode or Perfect Mode? They chose Professional Mode. Next they adjusted their ISO numbers according to the light they were about to shoot in. I started off teaching them how to shoot in dark inside areas so they understood how long exposures keep their shutter speeds open longer and gather light to make a proper exposure. They started having fun right away. Here’s an example  by Lella

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Then we went on to learning to shoot fast shutter speeds and stop action with levitation photos. They each posed for each other and I combined their picks together in one photo for them. This was lots of fun for 13 year olds but I think any age would love this.

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Next, we played with closeup filters on the front of the camera lens and Shane found a bee that was totally covered with pollen. It was really cool. Shane

A Butterfly landed and quickly took off but Stephen was able to grab it with his telephoto lens on his new Nikon DSLR.Stephen

Lella found these water drops on one of the elephant ears and used her close up feature  (the tulip icon) on her Kodak Easy share compact camera.lella2643

Sammi found some bees hanging out together that were barely moving. Guess it was still early for them!

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via Katydid Photography.

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2 thoughts on “Teen Camera Camp Week

  1. This is an excellent program and I hope that Shane learned what an incredible eye he has for photography, and continues to create beautiful photos

  2. Sammi is having a blast at camp and learning so much! Kathy, you have a knack for teaching this age group. Sam can’t wait for the next one!
    Thanks for sharing these awesome pics!

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