There are a few new things going on ‘round here. We took advantage of The Great Courses sale and bought NatGeo’s Travel Photography and a geology course: 36 Geographical Wonders of the World. We love them both.
To be fair, we have only done one lesson in each. I recently read an opinion that adult courses are usually very good because adults don’t have to take them! They have to pull you in, teach you something interesting, and hold your attention. This is what we have found to be true for both these courses based on lecture #1.
The photography course was 100% interest-led. Both my girls have an eye for photography. Both love their Instagram accounts, which give them the opportunity to connect with kids who have become friends all over the country from CA to FL and lots of places in between! They both share Crosby’s Instagram account, and have researched popular pet photography accounts to get new ideas on photo composition. Plus Crosby is a real challenge to capture because his fur is so dark you lose definition in almost every photo. They have had to learn edits and use other apps for to enhance photos or their viewers would never know Crosby had eyes!
The real motivating factor behind Grace’s photography is our upcoming trip to Florida. She wants to take really great pictures, not just point and click. She is building a collection of cameras from her latest Christmas gift, her GoPro, and last year’s gift: her all purpose Olympus Tough camera, the TG-820 which is amazing underwater. She is always allowed to borrow my Cannon T2i, a dslr camera.
Our first lesson was about moving beyond the postcard. Why capture the same photo that has been done over and over and over again? If you think with an artist’s eye, you can make the ordinary extraordinary.
*You have to think as an artist, not a travel photographer. Many of the reviews of this course are missing the point. This instructor has a budget, a travel allowance and access to the world’s most beautiful places. He is going to approach photography differently that a family of 4 on a road trip down the east coast. HOWEVER, the principles still apply and he makes point of that.
After a recent snowfall, the girls took my camera outside in the early morning light (6:30-7:00am) to photograph our yard as if it were a place they had never seen before. If this were a stop on our travels, what would they capture? What would they want to remember? This is what their artist’s eyes saw. My house in a whole new way. They had to explain to me where some of these pictures were taken.
This week we watch lesson 2 and I take my memory card to CVS or Target and make hard copies of these photos for their portfolios and possibly for my walls.....