A Picture is Worth More…

By Sam Cavalcanti, YDP

Winter session has been in full swing for a few weeks now, and one of my favorite programs is our photography club, called “Imagemakers”. The curriculum takes elements from Getty Unshuttered, an educational program for teens by the Getty Museum, as well as material from our own National Arts Contest.

At JAMS (John Adams Middle School), our program runs simultaneously to both our Sports League and our Dance Club, and our members from both those programs enthusiastically agree to be subjects for our young photographers. We run Imagemakers at 4 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays– just in time for Golden Hour during the Winter!

The program has garnered significant interest from our members, who have so far enjoyed lessons and exercises covering composition, lighting, exposure, and several other aspects of photography. Some of them had never held a DSLR (Digital single-lens reflex) camera before, yet after only a couple of weeks, their creativity and comfort with the equipment has shown itself in wonderful photographs, some of which I share with you in this blog post today.

Regardless of previous experience, all our members are welcome to come learn about photography and capture their own pieces in a fun, engaging, and safe environment. I look forward to seeing what our image makers will be capable of by the end of the session!