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The Obscura Camera Club Does FotoFest

Elizabeth Mellott: When I started teaching at Collin County Community College (CCCC), in Plano, Texas, I decided to start a student photography club! In fall 2007, the Obscura Photography Club was created with just a handful of students. The most remarkable event was when the students decided to attend FotoFest 2008—almost 300 miles away in Houston. […]

Bend it, Babies! A Tool for a New Way of Seeing and Teaching

Maia Dery: As the effort to encourage my students to thoroughly learn technique and craft (in short, the rules) and then use them to go out and find their own vision (and make their own rules), the Lensbaby has been a godsend. It is a new tool, a new way of seeing that’s part of both the old tradition (you have to do it right the first time so what you shoot is what you get) and the new (the joystick like lens and instant feedback of the digital image are reminiscent of a video game). […]

Assignment: Toning

Thomas Gearty: The following three toning assignments from photographer and teacher Tom Gearty discuss basic methods of using Kodak Selenium Toner, sepia toner, and Kodak Polytoner. They explain how the toners work and how they should be used. Feel free to download and distribute these assignments to your class or to individual students interested in experimenting with toners on their own. […]