Iowa 4-H Camera Corps

Apply for the 2020-2021 Iowa 4-H Camera Corps

Iowa 4-H Camera Corps is a talented group of youth photographers working together to make beautiful, powerful, and creative photographs of communities from across of the state of Iowa. It is a unique opportunity to practice your photography skills and receive public recognition and juror feedback on your work.  

Each month, a photography theme is provided with a different focus. Professional evaluators will give individual feedback to each photographer after they submit their monthly photograph, and then each photograph will be exhibited digitally on the Iowa 4-H Facebook page where voting will be open to the public.

The top ten Juror's Choice and top ten People’s Choice photographs will be printed, framed, and shown at statewide gallery exhibitions every month.

New for this year we are adding a certificate program where youth photographers will level up from newbie to master photographers as they complete certain tasks and challenges.

All youth from all counties are welcome to join Iowa 4-H Camera Corps. We want to help you become the best photographers you can be!

“I just want to say that I have really had a lot of fun doing these assignments and using my camera more. For a while I was starting to lose interest in
photography, but this has really helped me practice more.”

“Each month I seem to find a new way to enjoy each theme! This theme has to be one of my top favorites. At first it was a challenge to create a photo during golden hour that wasn't going to be a silhouette, I am so thankful for these monthly themes to help myself and others grow!!”


This months theme:

April’s Iowa 4-H Camera Corps Theme 48 is “Point of View.” Please make sure to go out and create new photographs for each theme challenge!

April theme point of view purple flowers shot from worm's eye view

This month’s theme is all about looking at the things we are photographing from a new, unique point of view. It’s easy to take photos from our normal, everyday eye level, but once we move around a bit and shift our point of view, it opens up a whole new world of photographic possibilities!

If there’s one thing that we as photographers always have complete control over, it’s where we choose to stand and where we choose to place our lens to capture our subject. This is referring to point of view. Simply put, point of view in photography is the position the camera is in when viewing a scene. For example, are you laying on the ground, looking up at your subject? Are you up high, looking down at your subject from above? Or are you standing and looking at your subject straight-on?

These different points of view have a major impact not only on how the photograph looks, but also in the message it conveys to the viewer. Subjects can be drastically distorted simply by where you choose to place your camera -- a dandelion can be made to look ginormous, while people and cars shot from above can look as tiny as ants.

With every image we take, we get to determine this unique point of view! Here are some unique points of view to get you started. Be prepared to do some moving to get that perfect shot!

Bird’s Eye View - Birds eye view refers to an image that was shot from above. It’s as if you were a bird looking down as you fly above the scene. If you look up “birds eye view” on google, you will likely see lots of photos shot from a drone or from an airplane or helicopter. Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to be high up in the sky to capture this effect! All it takes is for you to be above your subject, no matter how high that may be. Ideas: landscapes shot from above, people laying on the ground, a person or animal looking up at you from below

Worm’s Eye View - The opposite of bird's eye view, worm’s eye view refers to an image that was shot from a low point, looking up at your subject. Imagine yourself as a tiny worm, looking up at the world -- everything around you would look huge, even if it’s actually small in reality. For example, a single blade of grass would look giant from the eyes of a worm. This point of view creates an almost surreal perspective of the world. It also makes your subject appear very powerful. All it takes is getting down low and looking up at the world around you! Ideas: flowers, buildings, people, trees, animals

Becoming the Subject - This type of photo is taken from the point of view of the subject, or the person interacting with the subject. It makes the viewer feel as though they are experiencing the scene themselves. For example, if you wanted to take a photo of someone cooking or baking, you could take it over their shoulders, showing their hands preparing the food. This would make it seem like you yourself were the chef doing the cooking! Another example would be taking a photo from behind your subject, showing what they are looking at. More ideas: You could also be the subject and the photo could be from the point of view of you! For example, if you were riding a horse and took a photo of your viewpoint, or snapped a photo of your hand reaching out. 

April theme point of view hand throwing leaf into air shot from worm's eye view​​​​​​​Tips & Tricks:

  • Get moving! Don’t be afraid to lay on the ground, stand on a chair, or get in some crazy positions! 
  • Pay attention to the world around you -- look in all directions to get inspiration for unique points of view. There is beauty to be found everywhere, and it’s exciting to look at it from a new perspective.
  • Try taking photos of the same subject from multiple points of view. Then reflect -- which photo do you like most and why? How does the different point of view change the story of the photo? 
  • Experiment with your focus points. Do you want the foreground to be in focus and the background blurry? The background in focus and the foreground blurry? Or maybe you want everything in the frame in focus. Experiment with these different looks!
    • Technical tip: A small f-stop number (large aperture) means less of the photo will be in focus, creating a shallow depth of field. A large f-stop number (small aperture) means more of the photo will be in focus, creating a larger, deeper depth of field. 

Regardless of the point of view you choose to photograph from, it’s all about getting creative and looking at the world in a new way. Have fun with it -- there are infinite possibilities! 

For some Point of View ideas and inspiration, check out this photo gallery! 

When submitting your photograph please save your image as: Your County_First Name_Last Name.jpg

Voting will be opened to the public on the Iowa 4-H Facebook Page after submissions are received and closed at the end of the month. Winners will be announced and highlighted on Facebook shortly after.

Submit only one photo per month, per theme. If you take multiple photographs, which we encourage you to do, please choose the photo you believe to be the best. Submitting only one photograph will allow for better critique.

Please submit your “Point of View”  photo by April 30th via JotForm using this link: https://form.jotform.com/210876357739974 


Reminder:

Have your camera set to the highest resolution!  This makes it possible to enlarge photographs without reducing quality. (Minimum 300 dpi)
Set your camera to large JPEG or RAW.
Photos can be horizontal or vertical.