Basic Photography Workshop at Fayetteville High School

Last week, I did something I had never done before. I did my first ever photography workshop. This basic photography workshop at Fayetteville High School was a chance for me to teach and try out my workshop, but more importantly, it was a chance to raise money for Fayetteville High and their journalism/photo program.

Basic Photography Workshop at Fayetteville High School

I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. We were sending out this information to students, parents, and just about anyone we could find. We ended up having 10, I believe, which was a good number. With this lower number, we had time to go around to each individual and answer questions and make sure the cameras were set up properly. Half were students and half were adults, so we had a good mix in the group. The majority were pretty new to photography, so we found the right people.

Demonstrating slow shutter speed at the workshop demonstrating faster shutter speed at the photo workshop Basic Photography Workshop at Fayetteville High School

The class was three hours long, but I still didn’t quite get through everything. That’s pretty common for me. I tend to plan too much. There were two major things that we accomplished in the workshop. The first was about the three parts to exposure (shutter speed, aperture, and ISO) and how to set them and what they affect. This is huge. Just being able to control these three things will turn them from a button pusher to a real artist. Besides that we made some small changes on their camera settings to make things easier for them and give them more control. We changed it where they could actually control the focus point and where the camera would take multiple photos at a time.

A few shots from one of our attendees

This was a great night. The group we had was amazing and I really feel like they learned some important ideas.I couldn’t have done it without the help of Fayetteville High School and the support from Bedford Cameras. My plan is to do this Basic Photography Workshop at Fayetteville High School again in the future, but I’m also going to be offering two other workshops in the future: flash photography and photo editing. If you have any interest, please let me know and I’ll try to write another post when I set the dates.

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