As we wrap up our independent learning projects, there are some aspects of photography that I have learned along the way and more importantly about myself. I enjoy learning new things and broadening my horizons and for the longest time I just pointed a camera at an object and clicked away. Never really thinking about how or why to compose the best possible picture. I just crossed my fingers and hoped to get a nice picture to reflect upon later or share with others.
This process helped me to learn that I can get very side tracked when it’s not a vital lesson for me. As a life learner, I get to a point that there are so many items that I want to learn about but there’s not enough time to deviate to everything. To pick out just one thing at a time is just not possible, but I must try to do so. I can’t truly learn something to its greatest potential unless I can remain focused on one thing at a time. I also realized that I can be somewhat creative when I choose to. This is an aspect that I have put aside while raising children and trying to complete school.
Motivation on this projects was somewhat difficult. Not that I didn’t want to know more of how to produce better pictures, but because I ended up quite sick for nearly a month. This was just frustration on my part; due to the fact that I couldn’t go out and capture more pictures and practice new skills. Then on top of being sick, our Minolta camera took a dive. I wasn’t going to spend money to fix it so I then had to refocus my learning to using our digital camera. This turned out better anyway; due to the fact that I will most likely being utilizing a digital camera in my future classroom anyway.
By implementing independent learning into my classroom it will be a personal learning experience for my students. Of course, I would want to begin with letting students pick a topic that interests them the most. Gradually, I would want to push them into other topics to broaden their learning and skills. I see this as a highly motivating and creative process for many students. Just as I have learned to utilize so many other technology programs so will my students. Overall, they will be learning not only about a topic of interest but learning to be creative, learning new technology, and cultural dynamics that surround them and what they create.
Lastly, the best part out of this project was taking the pictures. By doing this, I was able to take a time out from all my homework and relax a little bit. I noticed too that I really began to look at things around me in more detail. I would notice the lighting of features more or the shape of things differently. It really made me slow down and really “see” the world around me and appreciate it so much, much more. Some of my last pictures that I have taken, please enjoy.
Working on lighting with flash or without and some action photos (hard).
Out around town shooting whatever captured my eye and working on thirds rule.
Walking the dog and the beauty that surrounds.
My Practicum classroom working with students on Newton’s Laws of Motion.
Can’t wait for summer time, live to ride.