Kim Bates’ Teen Boot Camp is part of the Camp Imagine program at the local arts center in downtown Canton this summer and offers a class for youths 12 to 17 years old with an interest in photography.
The second and last session of the camp is next week with classes Monday to Friday and an exhibit of the work is set for Aug. 2. Classes are 1 to 4 p.m each day.
The camp is designed to give teens the opportunity to learn more about their cameras, photographic principles and techniques, and the creative workflow of digital photography in a hands on approach, Bates said.
“Each day includes a little classroom time but most of our sessions are spent taking photos in and around the Arts Center and downtown Canton,” Bates said.
Each day includes a specific theme, “Flora and Fauna,” “Architectural Details,” “Portraits,” “Reflections,” and the use of shutter speeds and apertures for creative effects.
“We visited the old courthouse, including the jail, the cemetery adjacent to the Arts Center, Brown Park, the Canton Theatre, and scenes along the streets of Canton to capture some very impressive photos as seen through the eyes of these very creative young ladies,” Bates said of his first session, which included four students.
“We worked in class on some simple workflow techniques in post processing, from downloading the photos to the computer to simple editing, and creating an album of their pictures,” Bates said. “Once we finished the actual class I gave each one of the students a disc with approximately 25 of their edited images and asked them to have their parents help to print five or six of them as 8 by 10’s.”
Bates said the finale is the reception at the Arts Center which allows the students to show their friends and families, and each other, what they had accomplished.
“It was a very successful venture and I think all of the girls truly enjoyed themselves, and also produced some extremely creative and impressive photographic pieces,” Bates said. “We all had fun, and I think I learned as much as each of them.”
Cost for the week-long camp is $120 plus supplies. For information, call the Arts Center, at (770) 704-6244 or visit cherokeearts.org.