On Wednesday, September 6, five yearbook students and their advisor, Maya Kehr Yoder, traveled to Coralville to learn from yearbook teacher and former professional photographer, Kyle Carter. During the day students learned the fundamentals of photography, especially how to use a DSLR camera to its full capacity. Carter stressed to “not use automatic,” but instead focus on the three most important variables: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. He also focused on sports photography and gave us tips on the best locations for each sport (so, if you see yearbook students standing closer to the courts or fields, you’ll know why).
Carter used a hands-on approach to learning so yearbook students were able to practice the fundamentals on site by shooting pictures of people blowing bubbles and catching water balloons. Both of those activities mimic sports photography in their quick action; we found this practice helpful to solidifying our learning.
Many photos in Carter’s presentation came from his high school students’ portfolios, including a paid photoshoot of a Cardinal’s game at Busch Stadium this summer.
The yearbook staff is extremely grateful to the PTO for making this learning trip possible. This chance to learn from a professional, apply that information, and improve our photography is energizing and motivating.