I believe an appreciation for nature can be developed through nature photography. That appreciation can grow to include an awareness of our environment and the need for management and protection. That is why, for the past two years, I volunteered to lead nature photography sessions for children at a camp conducted by the Millican Alliance at the Millican Reserve in Millican TX. Camp Millican is an outdoor day camp which, aims to promote a healthy relationship with nature.
Each camper learns the basics of good photography. I begin by discussing things such as composition, distracting elements, and how to use the camera. Depending on the age of the campers, I may also introduce elements of design including balance, texture, color, and patterns.
Each group learns about ethics for nature photographers. I caution them not to disturb any nests, webs or living creatures they may find nor destroy or pick any plants and flowers. They are told to “Take nothing but photographs. Leave nothing but footprints”. Groups of campers then set out to capture images with point and shoot cameras. I select the best shot from each child, tweak if needed, print and send it home with them. This year, we were able to have a “gallery show” with matted images hung in the boathouse. It was impressive!
I have included their images in this gallery. Please enjoy!