Hawaii: Teaching

School of Photography 1-2014

School of Photography 1-2014


Students with media card holders donated by Roberts Camera


Paula, from Finland, winner of the Think Tank Photo camera bag.

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
― William Arthur Ward

Telling, explaining, demonstrating, and inspiring are the goals Vivian and I have when we do workshops and seminars. It’s not easy, but it sure is satisfying and it’s always fun.

We recently traveled to Kona, Hawaii to guest teach for a week at the University of the Nations’ photo school. It’s run by Dennis Fahringer who has been leading the 12-week intensive school for more than 20 years. We are grateful for the opportunity and look forward to it whenever we are invited. 2013 Link.

One of the unique features of the school is the international mix of students. This year, besides Americans, eight other nations were represented, including Latvia. OK, be honest, how many of you really know anyone from Latvia? You can read more about the school from my friend Stanley Leary, who has also been a guest teacher: LINK

For our part in the week, we tried to help the students become fluent with Lightroom and the visual elements of creating story-telling images. Vivian and I also share more of our personal journeys and how we collaborate day to day. You know…the good, the bad, and the ugly!

We love hearing about the students’ goals in photography and it’s always gratifying to see their creative results from even the most basic assignments.

As part of the teaching process, we introduce students to various resources that I like to share, from photo equipment to other photographers’ blogs. So, many thanks to Think Tank Photo, Roberts Camera and Craft and Vision for providing prizes that we gave away in raffles during the week. Their forward thinking support of these students will reap many rewards in the future.

Below are two examples from many of the creative results of a simple assignment to capture “Light and Shadow.”

©Copyright Andrea Klaussner

©Copyright Andrea Klaussner from Germany

©Copyright Melissa Kelsey

©Copyright Melissa Kelsey from New Zealand

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