I had so much fun today with the WCS Photography Class! They took a short trip to tour my CWIlbanks Photography studio. My 3 story building was built in the early 1900's, burnt down and rebuilt in 1917. They enjoied seeing one of the oldest working elevators in SC, the upstairs with a cool antique bathroom and the creepy basement with a "cave" that runs under the main street sidewalk. A few of the students took photos down there, and I showed them how to use the natural light coming through the glass blocks in the sidewalk to create cool images. ( hopefully I can get those from the school camera to show) We then walked around town and worked on photos of patterns in town. I showed them if you look around, they are everywhere! From to details on the light poles, man hole covers, architecture of the old buildings, the tennis court fence, even the trash cans! Here is one a student named Alyssa took with my camera of the basket ball goal and the trash can.
Heres a couple I took of the tennis court fence, which I told them look boring at first, but if you move around and get different perspectives, it can be very interesting! Notice the "leading lines" headed to Ethan on the bench on the far right photo. When you put the 3 photos together it frames him in a cool way. Because well…Ethan is cool. ( Next time you head to the Piggly Wiggly and he rings you up, give him a high five and tell him how cool he is ;)
Here's on of a very old cactus plant. Using the macro lens, we talked about focusing on one area, and stepped through the changes to get the light were we want it and show the detail in the spikes so the rest of the plant fades away into a blur. One of the students took this one. A even cooler shot would be to get in a little closer and move around the plant for different perspectives.
We had to stop and include Mr. Willie in our day! He is a staple of main street. Always and encouraging word and a big smile on his face! He is the best car detail man around! Although today, he was preparing his fishing rod! We talked about instead of "posing" someone, to just talk to them as you photograph them. Get real responses, ask questions, be interested in them and joke around. Before you know it, you have gotten a few great shots during a short engaging conversation! Much better than a stiff, posed photo. You can't look at this one and not LOVE Mr. Willie! Such an awesome man!
Then we bombarded Thomas's Grill for lunch! As we waited, I photographed a few of the kids. I took these simple photos of Chase, and I wanted to focus on accentuating his gorgeous blue eyes. We talked about a starting point with your camera, looking at what you have in the first shot and changing the settings to get to where you want to be. The first photo of Chase was my starting point. It didn't show his eyes off like I wanted and the light was to hot on his face, so to fix that I had him turn his nose towards the light and I changed my position so I could get a better shot showing off his blue eyes and also cut out the distractions in the background. Chase, is super cool and had to keep his cool face on, so I had to trick him into a real smile. I really loved the little bit of time I was able to spend with this class! I went to the school a few months ago and was able to teach them a few things about the elements of photography and composition. So much fun! I can't wait to have more time with them again! Thanks to Mrs. Bryant for having me! Hopefully, I will get access to some of the photos the students took with their phones and school cameras so I can post them soon!