Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Personal Story: Talking about Photography!

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Today I had the daunting/fun task of speaking to a group of 100 5-13 year olds about photography.  The Salvation Army's Community Center had "Photography Week" this week and I was invited to talk about photography.  I could talk about anything from how I became a photographer, to what type of photographer I am, how cameras work, how to take "good pictures", etc.  

I was all worried about how to fill up 45-60 minutes and still keep the attention of all ages involved.  I don't know why I worried because these kids kept me on my toes with really awesome questions!  One of my favorites was asked by a seven year old:

(This question came about after I was talking to them about how the shutter opening and closing lets light in to record the picture...)
Seven Year Old: "Mrs. Ashley, I have a scientific question for you"
Me: "Wow, well I hope I can answer it"
Seven Year Old: "So, is the speed at which humans blink their eyes like the speed that the shutter opens to let the light in?"


How do kids think of this stuff??  Yes, I think I came up with a great answer to that and many other curious questions.  And it was fun!  

The picture at the top was one I took as I was walking around letting them listen to a slower shutter speed.  It was also a good trick to get them to be quiet and still enough to hear the shutter click.

2 comments:

studio 310 said...

ah, perfect transition to talking about aperture and the pupil of the eye. i like your idea about getting the students to listen. sounds like you had a lot of fun!

the.indie.image said...

awwwww! what fun! I am sure you did a super awesome job! :-)