“Creativity is Intelligence Having Fun” Albert Einstein
Are you a parent of a child aged 11-16 who has shown interest in photography?
Are you having a difficult time discovering how to foster their creativity and curiosity?
Are you looking for an activity where they are not glued to their cell phones and video games?
I have the answer to your dilemma with PHOTOGRAPHY LESSONS FOR TEENS & TWEENS. Each lesson is a private one-on-one lesson.
Over the past nine years, I have taught many middle school and high school kids how to use a DSLR camera. I have been astounded by how quickly they catch on to photography. Learning photography at a young age is the best time to learn a new skill. I am offering a 12 week program with 12 – 30 minutes lessons. Homework will be given and it is expected that the student will practice 4 hours a week. After the 12 week workshop, your child will see the world in a whole new way.
Being involved in a creative outlet at a young age has many benefits.
*In a ten-year national study by Shirley Brice Heath of Stanford University, it was discovered that young people who are involved in highly effective non-school art based programs were:
- Four times more likely to win an academic award, such as being on the honor roll.
- Eight times more likely to receive a community service award.
- Three times more likely to win a school attendance award.
- Four times more likely to participate in a math or science fair.
- Likely to score higher on their SAT college admission test scores.
*Source – The Child Development Institute.
Read what parents had to say:
Thank you so much for the Teen/Tween photography lessons. Brooke absolutely enjoyed the classes and stoked her flame for photography. Brian
Each week will be jam-packed with creative exercises including a mix of left brain and right brain activities. Below is a summary of the schedule:
- Weeks 1 – 6 Learn the basics of how to operate a DSLR camera, including aperture and shutter priorities, focus, metering modes and white balance. Practice shooting outdoors.
- Week 7 – Create images using a harmonious arrangement of miscellaneous objects (flowers, fruit, shells and other random things) on a light box. Student will use the skills they learned in the first 6 weeks.
- Weeks 8-10 – Learn how to use Photoshop to enhance images. This will be hands-on so all students will have the opportunity to work on one of their images. Instructor will also teach the art of composition including the rule of thirds, leading lines and filling the frame.
- Week 11– There will be a field trip day to a nearby park to practice photography skills.
- Week 12 – The instructor will go over the basics of taking a portrait, including proper lighting and now to use fill flash. In this last week, each student will learn how to print a photo using Photoshop to calibratge the print and an inkjet Epson photo printer. Each student will go home with an 8 x 10 print of their work that they printed.
The fee is $30 per lesson and includes all materials except the camera. Two students can share a lesson for $25 each. A six week committment is recommended. Payment for the full six weeks is required at the first lesson.
If you do not own a DSLR camera, I recommend that you rent one from the following sources:
or any other online company who rents cameras. Please make sure you receive the camera the week before your lessons start. I recommend the following cameras:
- Canon 6ti ,
- Canon SL2
- Canon 7ti.
- Canon 3ti (this is an older camera which can be purchased used for less than $300. It is a great starter camera.
You will also need a lens. The kit lens 18-55 mm is fine.
- When: After school hours or daytime if your child is home-schooled. Weekends are unavailable.
- Where: Lightscapes Portrait Studio – 3883 Rogers Bridge Rd. Suite 201B, Duluth GA 30097
- What: A 6-week committment is recommended.
- What to bring: A DSLR camera and lens. Please note: Cell phones will not be allowed in the classroom. If a child brings a phone, it will be held in the front office and turned off, so there are no distractions.
About the Instructor:
Mary Buck has been teaching photography for over 15 years. She started with a handful of film photographers in 2003 and in 2010 she grew her program when digital cameras became so popular. Since 2010, she has taught over 1,000 people how to use a DSLR camera and how to become a better photographer. During this time, she had many students, as young as 10 years old in her classes. She marveled on what great learners the young people were and continued to accept and enjoy the tweens and teens enrolled in her program.
After many requests for Teen/Tween photography lessons, Mary is finally adding them to her schedule. Mary also teaches photography with private lessons and photography immersion workshops for adults.
Mary has owned Lightscapes Portrait Studio in Duluth since 1998. She is also very involved in the community as the President of the Duluth Fine Arts League and a volunteer with the Duluth Fall Festival. She is also a substitute teacher for the Gwinnett School District and has taught at the Coleman Middle Steam School many times.
Upon receiving your contact information, an application will be sent to you so we can have more information about your child. An invoice will be sent to you for the first six weeks.
The same day and time is recommended for each student however Mary travels often, so some irregularity may happen. Cancellations will only be allowed for illnesses and a notice of 24 hours must be given.There will be no refunds for late appointments or cancellations made less than 24 hours.