Galleries and Exhibits

Though the number of art galleries and exhibits featuring photography will vary according to your region and the size of your community, there is an excellent chance that you will have access to some resources along this line. If not, you may be able to create them.

One emerging trend is for restaurants to use the work of local artists and photographers to decorate their walls. If this is common in your community, it is yet another way of locating photographers who might be willing to assist you in some of the ways outlined above. A nature photographer, for example, would be another good choice for a class presentation and may also be open to escorting your class on a field trip to a local scenic area.

If none of the restaurants in your community currently include photographs in their decor, perhaps you can persuade them to start — using the

work of your students in a rotating display. One recommendation that applies to any proposal of this kind is that you should first prepare an impressive portfolio of your students' best work, so you are clearly offering a service and not merely asking a favor. In addition, be sure that the work you present is appropriate: landscapes or appealing portraits (possibly in color) are likely to be of greater interest to a restaurant than shots of the latest football game, though again this will vary according to local taste.

Any gallery or other exhibit that includes a substantial number of photographs is a fabulous opportunity for students to be exposed to the work of other photographers. Plan a field trip and follow it up with a critique session, encouraging students to voice their responses to the work they have seen. Better still, you might be able to arrange for a private viewing (at a time when the gallery or exhibit is officially closed or expecting low attendance) and do the critique right then and there. (This is of course preferable to having to remember what the photographs looked like.) Perhaps the photographer!s) featured in the exhibit would be willing to meet with your students and explain the work on display, both in terms of artistic intent and technical considerations.

When visiting a gallery or exhibit with your class, don't forget to raise practical questions as well as exploring aesthetics. For example, how are the photographs mounted and arranged? How might certain effects have been produced? What ideas, techniques or locations might students try to emulate?

Digital Camera and Digital Photography

Digital Camera and Digital Photography

Compared to film cameras, digital cameras are easy to use, fun and extremely versatile. Every day there’s more features being designed. Whether you have the cheapest model or a high end model, digital cameras can do an endless number of things. Let’s look at how to get the most out of your digital camera.

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