Iowa 4-H Camera Corps

4-H Camera Corps is for 4-H members who desire challenges to expand their photography skills. Working independently, participating 4-H'ers identify local photo opportunities to tell a story with photographs about the chosen theme. Nationwide Agribusiness sponsors 4-H Camera Corps to support 4-H members in improving their creative skills.

The theme for 2014 is "Explore.Create.Inspire. In Black and White". This theme will challenge you to look at the world without color. Our inspiration is the Iowa State Fairs 75th Anniversary Photo Salon "My Ansel Adams". Ansel Adams was inspired by nature, what inspires you? This year as part of the 10th anniversary of the Iowa Camera Corps we want you to step out of your comfort zone and step into black and white. Start exploring the lighting, textures, and shades that black and white can offer you.

Your task- take ALL photos in black and white and find what inspires you.

This theme will challenge your crative abilities in finding the perfect lighting for the photo that you desire to take. This theme will help you see the world differently in a way we sometimes take for granted. What photographs - not snapshots will you choose to share with us.

The application form and additional information is listed below. 4-H members who participate will submit photos for review, have access to the expertise of photographer Tim Florer, and will have their photos considered for selection in future exhibitions. Consider saying "Yes" to participating in 4-H Camera Corps. Applications are due June 30, 2014 and the first photo submissions will be due July 1.   



Night shooting

  • First-read your camera manual, it may have settings programed in for night shots.
  • Set ASA to 100 for fireworks, 200 for indoor lights and night scenes.
  • open F-stop to max,like 4.5, that lets more light in.
  • Try shutter speed of 2 seconds,1 second,1/2 second,1/4 second-see what looks the best.


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 black and white or RAW.
Photos can be horizontal or vertical this year.
Tip: If you take a photo in color and change it to black and white, you will lose the proper lighting and your photo may end up looking bland.
Applications due June 30, 2014
First photo submission due July 1, 2014

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