New 4-H statewide photography program developed for July 20-21 in Temple

TEMPLE — The Texas 4-H Program, in partnership with the Bell County 4-H Photography Advisory Board, will host a statewide photography workshop July 20-21 in Temple, said event coordinators.

The workshop is open to 4-H members 9-18 years old and their parents. It will be held at Central Texas Christian School, 4141 W. Farm-to-Market Road 93.

The 2013 Texas 4-H Photography workshop will focus on careers in photography such as portrait, Internet, commercial, newspaper, magazine, sports, forensic, wedding and video production,” said Dr. Toby Lepley Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 4-H and youth development specialist, College Station. “Participants will have the opportunity to select several of these career tracks to experience as well as learning basic, intermediate and advanced skills in the various areas.”

Lepley said the workshop also includes a statewide community service project of creating note cards using photos taken by the 4-H members.

“These 3-by-4 or 4-by-6 inch note cards will be assembled and either donated locally in Bell County or back in the community of the workshop participant,” he said.

Lepley said a new feature of this workshop will be the premiere of the Texas 4-H Photography Judging Contest.

“This new pilot contest will place the 4-H member in the shoes of a photography judge by allowing them to judge four photographs, placing them in order of first to fourth,” he said. “The 4-H member will explain and defend their placements within one of the given classifications — people, animals, elements of design, nature/landscape, and special effects/digital darkroom.”

Lepley said the second day of workshop will be a day of “photography emersion” at a local farm.

“At the farm the participants will have various photo opportunities and be able to use props and subjects such as costumes, antique farm equipment, animals and farm activities,” he said.

“We hope the young people who attend this program will get an idea of some of the possible career opportunities in photography,” said Micah Holcombe, AgriLife Extension agent for 4–H and youth development, Bell County. “We also want them to learn about what all it takes to make a good photograph, such as knowing how to get the right composition and content.”

Registration is limited to the first 100 youth and adult participants, and the registration fee is $25 per person. To register, go to http://texas4-h.tamu.edu

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