We’re off to a great start in the Tuesday preteen photo class! This term is all about the art of storytelling through photography. Whether fact or fiction, photographers use the power of the image to convey messages, ideas, fantasies, and truths. They use photography to express themselves and/or give voices to the voiceless. This term our students have the option of taking on an author’s alias. Here are The Authors:
- Faith/Faith Wonder
- Nazaree/Naz Arilee
- Nia/A. Rose Thord
- Ricardo/Silva Drums
- Trenece/Ava Tanece
- Tyler/Tay Grace
Not all Authors, Artists, or Creators use an alias. We’ve decided to use aliases (well most of us!) to inspire the fun and creative freedom of our art. Any good storyteller knows that no matter their art form, having the tools to create or capture a story (and having the knowledge and skill to use those tools!) is essential. The Authors must master their visual, verbal, and written skills. They must also know that the story doesn’t stop because a little (or a lot) of snow falls!
The Authors begin by learning camera basics and angles.
The trick question on day one is always, “What is the most important part of photography?” Answers often include: the camera, aperture, and “I don’t know!” But the answer is light! Painters have paint, singers have microphones, and photographers, we have light. On lighting day we get to pull down the backdrop and play with our hot lights. While you may not have a backdrop and special light at home, you do have bed sheets, lamps, and aluminum foil. The Authors were able to play with these tools and discuss what they could use at home to recreate studio-like settings with DIY lighting.