Burdette Parks, instructor of our very popular Road Scholar photography courses, discussing what makes Great Camp Sagamore a wonderful venue for the art. All photos below taken at Great Camp Sagamore and generously provided by Parks.
Something that may be overlooked but I think is a very important aspect of Sagamore’s appeal is its very isolation. Distractions are limited and students can more readily and fully engage with the photographic experience.
There are a number of things that make Sagamore a great location for digital photography courses. The most apparent, of course, is the obvious abundance of photo ops that abound on and near the camp. The facilities are more than adequate and offer a very comfortable learning environment with the unique opportunity for students to experience a slice of life from another time. Something that may be overlooked but I think is a very important aspect of Sagamore’s appeal is its very isolation. Distractions are limited and students can more readily and fully engage with the photographic experience.
The principle course I’ve been teaching is an introduction to digital photography with some principles of basic photography thrown-in. But due to the rapid and continuing evolution of digital technology, the course has necessarily evolved with it. Where students once arrived with their recently acquired point and shoots, they are increasingly showing up with much more sophisticated gear. As a result the course has expanded to accommodate students with more capable cameras as well as entry level point and shooters.
As a part of that expansion of interest and capability, a new course is being added this year which will address areas that go well beyond digital basics. The purpose of this course is to guide students through the initial setup and learning phases of two pieces of software that will greatly enhance their skills in image management and post-processing. In this more advanced, computer oriented course, they will learn the fundamentals of both Lightroom and Photoshop Elements.
This coming summer, I am looking forward to sharing my excitement for and expertise in photography with some new enthusiasts and, hopefully, reconnecting with some of my previous students through the offering of the more advanced course.