By Aaron Navarro
An overall KEMPA SJW camp trip to the Milwaukee zoo turned into a complete photographer playground for instructor Joe Koshollek’s photo class. With 200 acres filled with about 300 species, students had more than enough subjects to choose from.
Lauren Caya, a junior at Harborside Academy, said that the variety of things to take pictures of was a main reason she liked it.
“I also liked that there were so many different ways to take them,” Caya said.
Michael Gospodarek, a junior at Harborside Academy, echoed Caya’s statement.
“It was very interesting to angle yourself differently and figure out where the light is coming from,” Gospodarek said.
Finding multiple ways to take pictures was one of the main lessons Kosholllek has been emphasizing throughout camp. Actual camera settings such as ISO and shutter speed were also lessons that were utilized by the students at the zoo.
“Changing the different features on the camera to adjust to the different lighting helped a lot,” Caya said.
After the lunch break, various stations for each class were set up across the zoo by KEMPA counselors. Autumn Jones ran the photography station, challenging the students to find enough objects in their environment to spell K-E-M-P-A.
“The photography challenge was finding letters so obviously it’s always good to do those sort of things to keep you aware to try and see creativity everywhere,” Gospodarek said.
Gospodarek also enjoyed seeing what the focus of each class was and learning how their jobs contribute to an overall publication.
“It’s always interesting to see what other people are concerned about, because obviously for my class it’s just focused on pictures of the yearbook,” Gospodarek said. “That’s part of it, but there’s a whole lot of other parts that other people have to deal with that I haven’t thought of before.”
The class finished the day editing their pictures through Photoshop, though Lake Zurich High School senior Brianne Saab said she’s definitely gotten better at taking pictures that don’t need too much work.
“I think that there’s vast improvement over the course of two days and that my pictures are definitely better now than they have been,” Saab said. “I get it now... I think.”
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