Farlington girls get snapping

In late June, 15 Year 8 girls from Farlington School’s ICT Club spent a photography-filled day at the Nikon School in central London

The girls spent the day with Neil Freeman, Nikon School’s Training Manager, who gave them a comprehensive and practical introduction to getting the most from a digital SLR camera.

On the streets outside the school they were asked to take two shots – one of a sharp image of a moving vehicle and another of a blurred image with a sharp background. They soon discovered that in order to achieve this they needed to alter the shutter speed. Next, they moved on to aperture and controlling depth of field. Again, they experimented on the London streets and took some interesting shots, learning how to get a completely sharp photograph and how to blur the background to a chosen feature.

In the afternoon they concentrated on portraiture and lighting, taking it in turns to model and shoot, both in the studio and outside. The girls gained a great deal from the hands-on workshop and are keen to apply their new skills to the Farlington Science photography competition.

Farlington is an independent girls’ day and boarding school located just outside Horsham, on the West Sussex/Surrey border.



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