It's time for some edu-fun | photography summer camp
Summer is quickly approaching us. If you ask me, it's not approaching quickly enough. Anyway, I do have some plans as to what I will do for part of the summer. Do you want to read about it? I'm guessing that if you're reading my blog right now, the answer is yes. Drumroll please........introducing my very first ever summer photography camp! (And the crowd goes wild!)
As you know I just love children. Yes, it is amazing that I only have one child, but that's a different story for a different day. Being that I love children, especially my son, I am very active at his school. I volunteer for the book fairs, PTA committees, school council and I even chaperone field trips. What can I say, my career allows me the freedom to set my schedule so that I can have the opportunity to volunteer and I love it! You may be wondering how this has anything to do with my summer photography camp. I'm getting to that, just hold on.
It all started at the last career day I participated in at my son's school. I spoke to 4th and 5th graders about my job as a photographer. When I present, I don't just talk, but I like to give the children the opportunity to ask questions. Are all of the questions relevant? Not necessarily, but sometimes they just want to tell a story about someone in their family who has a camera and what they take pictures of. Who am I to steal their joy? Anyway, the way that I have been ending my talk was to ask the students what they wanted to be when they grew up. From this exchange, several had told me how they wanted to be a photographer or at the very least were interested in photography. The idea to have a summer camp didn't hit me right away, but it did make me think.
My first thought was to offer a photography club at my son's school, but unfortunately that didn't come to fruition. So of course the next step was a summer camp. The camp will be for children ages 9 - 14. I didn't want to start too young because the younger you go the shorter the attention span. I also didn't want to go too old because the younger children might make the class go a little too slow for the older ones and no one wants bored teenagers. Since this is my first camp, I'm sure that there will be improvements that can be made.
For those parents who are concerned about leaving their children with me, my business does have liability insurance in the event that anything happens. Mind you, we won't be swinging on ropes across rivers or drag racing, but sometimes things like sprained ankles can happen. Also, the camp maximum for this first go round is 8 students. Now you may be wondering what will your child need. It would be great if they had a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera. That's one of those cameras where you can change the lens. A point and shoot can be used, but they will be learning about shutter speeds and apertures, which are not adjustable on point and shoot cameras. I don't want you to feel that you a dslr is required, but it is recommended. Whatever camera your child has, I will work with. If you are interested in renting a camera for the 7 day class, you can contact any of these dealers:
One thing to remember is, if you're going to rent a camera, you will also need to rent a lens. If you don't know what kind of lens, a 35mm, 50mm or 80mm should be find for our purposes. If you don't want to rent, then perhaps your child can borrow a camera from a relative. If you just want to buy a camera, there are a plethora of places to choose from. If you're interested in used cameras, you can try http://www.keh.com. Another good resource is http://www.wingscamera.com. They are located on Briarcliff at Clairmont Rd. Worse case scenario is a cell phone camera. There are probably some available apps that will allow manual setting changes to the phone's camera, but since I don't use one, it's difficult for me to suggest a good one. Plus not everyone has an iPhone, so I don't want to seems as if I am favoring one over another.
The last thing your child will need is either a CF (compact flash) card or an SD (secure digital) card, depending on what type of card your child's camera takes. If their camera does not take either of these, I can always set up a DropBox folder for them to submit their images to, which is free. That should be it! Oh yeah, a great attitude and a willingness to learn is also something I would love for them to have. I will be offering them snacks and water to sustain them until they leave for lunch. Make sure they are dressed comfortably as we will be outside. I will provide the address to the park that is located in Stone Mountain. Please be aware that it is a park in Stone Mountain, NOT Stone Mountain park.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 404-784-3008 or send me an email by clicking here. To sign up, please click and select day camps. I will send you an invoice and release form to sign and return to me.
I look forward to teaching your children about photography. And one last thing, once you have signed up, I will send you a release to sign and return to me. Thank you so much for your interest and happy shooting!
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