Seeing in Siouxland, Sioux City

2 Nov

I teach a few photo courses through the Lifelong Learning program at the local community college in Sioux City. A couple of the classes I teach takes us out of the classroom and into the environment as I challenge the students to learn to see and possibly see differently while still being able to technically create the photograph they see with their camera. In the fall one of these expeditions occurs at night. Which is much different than shooting during daylight hours. One must be aware of kit lens’ limitations, especially variable zooms, the use of higher ISO’s and then making sure when shooting that the shutter speed doesn’t drop too much thus creating blurry photos from movement, unless one plans to do that. I also encourage them to try seeing and shooting in B&W. At night, depending on what one shoots and where, the grayscale tonality can give a photo a totally different feeling.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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