Mr. Campbell and me, teaching fourth-graders about photography
Francis Parker School
San Diego, California
As I mentioned in my last entry, Mike and I went to California last week to visit my fifth grade teacher, Rick Campbell. Mr. C is now the technology coordinator at an independent elementary school in San Diego. His school has several Canon point-and-shoot cameras, and he invited me to come teach the students how to use them. When these kids are in the fifth grade next year, they will be responsible for much of the photography in their school’s yearbook, so it’s time for them to learn some basic principles of composition.
These nine-year-olds are smart, creative, and bold! They learned quickly, and were bursting with enthusiasm. Later that day, Mr C and I went through all their photos, and we were really surprised by some of them. Most of the students followed the rules of composition that I taught, but several of them took those rules a step further to really tell a story or create something meaningful. Way to go, Parker fourth-graders!
Look at how beautiful their school is!
Here’s Mr. Campbell introducing me to the 60 fourth-graders at the school.
I asked how many of the students wanted to be yearbook photographers next year. What a response!
I taught them about four rules of composition: getting close to your subjects, choosing good light, following the rule of thirds, and using creative angles. They were attentive and asked very insightful questions.
I showed them a bad photo that I took of Mr C, and asked what was wrong with it. They were eager to critique!
I actually have a masters in education (Instructional technology), and a part of me has wanted to be a teacher ever since Mr. Campbell’s fifth grade class. This was a lot of fun for me!
After my presentation, we divided the students into groups of three, and gave each group a camera. We went out into the courtyard and the kids took portraits of each other using the rules of composition we had discussed.
I loved looking to see the photos they were taking!
Mike was so awesome to walk around and take photos of everyone.
How cute are these photographers?
Finally, here are some photos that I took when I was about their age. Mr C has saved a collage that my friend and I made when our class went on a camping trip when I was ten. I was the class photographer even back then! My pictures weren’t particularly good, though. All that matters is that I have managed to follow my lifelong passion and build a career out of it. It makes me wonder what will become of this group of eager and passionate fourth-graders.
Hi, I’m Charlotte! I’m a photographer in Reston, Virginia. I love hiking, running, and exploring the world with my husband and young son.