Week one of photography camp is over; it was hot and humid but we all had fun and learned a lot. We don’t have access to a computer lab and each camper has a different camera so we focus on learning to see – changing a snapshot into a great shot. The elements of design are best learned through doing and to make it fun, we practice doing in some great places around the Triangle.
We begin studying the affects of changing perspective in downtown Cary. Photographing sculpture lends itself to shooting from different vantage points, lying on the ground is a favorite. The railroad tracks illustrate one point perspective in very simple terms.
This year we spent a day on NCSU campus. We played with mirrors and reflections at Harrelson Hall, tried our hand at storytelling at the Free Expression Tunnel, and visited the book robot at the new Hunt Library.
After seeing the pictures from the Harrelson Hall bathroom, I went back to play. I need a self-portrait and I hate to have my picture made so I thought this might be a non-intimidating place to take it!
For color studies, we travel to the NC Farmers Market. I love the way the farmers use color theory to show off their produce; the campers love the candy! This year we finished off the week hiking in Umstead Park. NC State Parks is sponsoring a photography contest for all ages so we headed out to take some winning images! I think the humidity must have been close to 100%, you could see mist rising from Crabtree Creek. The categories include remnants and structures of the park’s history so we had to cross the creek to get to the millstone – some chose the easy way and some chose the cool, wet way. Even I made it across without slipping!