Iowa 4-H Camera Corps

Camera Corps is an opportunity to creatively explore something that may be new to you while having fun using photography and social media.

4-H Camera Corps is a talented group of selected youth photographers working together to capture beautiful, powerful, and unique photographs of communities from across of the state of Iowa.  Each month, a photography topic/theme will be provided with different subject matters as the primary focus.  

The best photographs from across the state will be submitted digitally to Iowa 4-H social media platforms. Voting will be opened to the public and a panel of professional photographer evaluators.  The top voted photographs from each assignment of the month will be highlighted and receive statewide recognition.  The top photos from the year will be printed, framed, and shown at a statewide gallery exhibition.

Iowa 4-H Camera Corps members will:

·      Gain a better understanding and appreciation of photography

·      Engage in innovative and exciting photography projects

·      Develop new photography skills and techniques

·      Have the opportunity to take part in hands-on workshops

If you are interested, please send an email to our Arts, Communication, and Design Program Specialist, Clark Colby, at by March 15th.  Please specify “Camera Corps” in the subject line and include your name, county, a brief description about why you are interested in Camera Corps, and what you are hoping to learn from this experience.

After March 16th those youth that have properly applied will be notified by email with additional information that will include specifics about lessons, assignments, themes, and hands on opportunities for this coming year!


Night shooting

  • First-read your camera manual, it may have settings programed in for night shots.
  • Set ISO to 100 for fireworks, 200 for indoor lights and night scenes.
  • Open f-stop to a large aperture like f/1.4, f/2, f/2.8 or f/4 that lets more light in.
  • Try shutter speed of 2 seconds,1 second,1/2 second,1/4 second - and see what looks the best.
  • Use a tripod for all exposures over 1/60th of a second or try light painting with controlled camera movements.


Have your digital camera set to the highest resolution!  This makes it possible to enlarge photos without reducing quality. (Minimum 300dpi)
Set your camera to large JPEG or RAW.
Photos can be horizontal or vertical.
Applications due March 15, 2017
First photo submission due April 1, 2017

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