I included digital photography into my lesson plans for the last two weeks –for 3rd grade students.
I am looking for suggestions from other teachers who may be teaching a photography class to young grades. I know I am up against the point-and-shoot mindset. Cameras now require us to do less and less. I want to show my students that creativity takes a little more time. Those of us who started with film (who remembers that!) know the value of composition and lighting. So here are my questions:
- Does it matter today for young people to understand the subtleties of f-stop and aperture settings?
- Will the apps world turn every photograph into a work of art? The Instagram-ization of digital photography, so to speak
This reflection by Emmy award-winning photographer, Richard Herandez is food for thought:
Photo apps won’t magically give Jane the smartphone photographer a better sense of composition, or lighting, or framing. The apps and filters only change a photo’s look and aesthetic feel. That doesn’t make it a better photo. If you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.
But someone needs to teach them the ‘act of magic’ that takes place between selecting one’s subject and clicking the button.