Learning to Shoot: Part 3

All photos in this post were taken by Jack Masci.  Jack is 9 years old.

Jack Masci Lesson 2 & 3-4

Jack was ready to shoot beyond his house, so for this lesson we went on location to Silverstrand Beach.  It started to sprinkle just about the time we arrived.  Everyone was open to the unique opportunity of shooting in the rain.  We talked a lot about quality if light during the session, and Jack captured some truly magical moments. Can you spot the raindrops?

Jack Masci Lesson 2 & 3-3

Jack Silverstrand

Learning To Shoot: Part 2

All photography in this post is by Jack Masci.  Jack is 9 years old.

We were back at Jack’s house for our second lesson.  I really wanted Jack to work on depth of field and perspective for this one.  He took some great pictures of a little army man in their pond, changing the aperture to adjust the look he wanted.  I also challenged him to move around–forward and backward, up and down, to get different angles on his shots.  Then we worked on some more textural shots with nuts and bolts from the garage and the pebbles in the pond so he could get a feel for the smaller aperatures.

Jack Masci

Finally I gave him a homework assignment.  I call it “Fill the Frame”.  Which basically meant I was looking for him to exclude the background…to fill the frame entirely with only his subject.  You can see a couple of his favorites here and I think he did a great job.

Jack Masci Lesson 2 & 3-2

Jack Masci Lesson 2 & 3

Learning to Shoot #1

All photography in this post is by Jack Masci.

I have started something new this month.  Last month, a friend of mine approached me about doing photography lessons with her son, Jack, as part of his Christmas gift.  I’ve never really taught photography before, but I’ve worked with kids a lot and I figured I knew enough that I could help a 4th grade boy.  Besides that, I liked the ideas I saw in his sample work and it seems like an excellent opportunity to combine two of my favorite things:  teaching stuff to kids and photography.

Last weekend was our first lesson.  His dad came along and after a quick explanation of camera settings, Jack spent most of the time just shooting.  As Jack took pictures on his own I started to see what interested him about photography and after awhile I’d step in and ask him questions or give him tips to help him convey his vision.  Jack is really big on both color and details.  He sees the subtleties of color very well and seems to enjoy capturing the minute detail of everyday objects in a new way.  This is all really fascinating for me of course, to see through the eyes of another photographer is inspiring to me–especially a 9-year old boy that views the world in such a different light than I do.

Primarily we worked on moving around and getting closer to the subject.  I was impressed at how fast Jack made the adjustments to his shooting process.  Next time we will work on aperture and I look forward to challenging him on some of the photography biases he’s developed.  Here’s my favorite three shots that he took during our first session.