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.