By Darla Shelden
On Thursday, July 18, young people ages nine to 19 can learn to take dynamic and creative photographs by attending one of two “Youth Photography” workshops being held in Oklahoma City.
Bedford Camera & Video of Oklahoma City in partnership with the 4H Program will be holding classes at the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N. Portland.
Christian Bruggeman and Jim Meyers from Bedford Camera & Video will be leading the two workshops.
Lisa Hamblin, Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Educator said, “We’re happy to have the professionals from Bedford Camera and Video teaching this class. We want to help young people learn the art of photography while encouraging them to take part in photography competitions like the ones being offered in the upcoming Oklahoma County Free Fair.”
The morning Youth Photography workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. for ages nine to 12. The afternoon workshop, for ages 13 to 19, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m.
Christian Bruggeman, Lab Manager for Bedford Camera & Video said, “Bedford Camera and Video, now celebrating its one year anniversary in Oklahoma, is proud to participate in the OSU Extension Photography Workshop to help inspire and encourage the youth of Oklahoma.
“We will be taking and discussing photographs focused on composition, lighting, and getting the most out of your camera.”
When Bruggeman was six years old he received his first 110 film camera and has loved the art of taking pictures ever since.
“I was in 4H and photography was one of the categories I chose to compete in,” he said. “I used a Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera and won a blue ribbon. In high school I spent many hours after class in the darkroom helping the yearbook and newspaper staff.” “That was when I got my first 35mm camera, a Canon A-1. I utilized it throughout college and with it I earned a full scholarship studying journalistic photography.”
Bruggeman continued, “I grew up on Canon but now I also shoot with Nikon, Sony and whatever the store has in stock. Working in a camera store is a great way to have a variety of resources.”
Bedford Camera & Video opened in Oklahoma City last year after Epperson Photo-Video closed after 40 years.
Hamblin said, “This workshop will teach youth the basics associated with using a camera, including how to use the camera’s controls. Participants will also learn about composition, lighting and even color.”
Attendees are asked to bring their own cameras to the workshops so they can learn to take advantage of the many options offered by many of today’s new models.
Bruggeman said, “Whatever camera they bring in, we will be able to show them how they can get the most out of their camera.”
The workshop will also help participants understand how to avoid common photography mistakes so they can get the best picture possible.
“A lot of people don’t get total use of their camera,” said Bruggeman. “They don’t use all the settings; they just leave it on automatic. We’re going to delve into all the extra functions that you can get with a camera – and that’s what makes a great picture.”
Other topics to be covered include shooting with backdrops, close up photography and outdoor photography.
Participants will receive a camera-cleaning kit and other handouts made available by Bedford Camera and Video.
Both of the Youth Photography workshops require a $10 pre-registration fee to cover the cost of the course.
Registration forms may be downloaded at www.oces.okstate.edu/oklahoma. Checks can be sent along with the registration form to OSU Extension Center, 920 N. Portland, Oklahoma City, OK 73107.
For more information about the Youth Photography or other workshops, contact the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service at 405-713-1125.