This year, students at Montini Catholic High School in Lombard have been given a one of a kind opportunity to explore their creative side with the start of its Photography Club (called the Montini Shutterbugs). The club's Advisor, Mrs. Dina Kwit (of Elmhurst, IL.) has always had a passion for photography and an even greater enthusiasm to share her love for the lens with young students.
Even though Kwit is impressed with the quickly advancing photo capabilities of smartphones, she feels that the art of learning how to use a camera, in a manual sense is a underdeveloped skill. "Taking a photo with a phone is convenient and fun, but learning how to truly manipulate the composition and colors with a camera, in order to reveal the world as we see it, is a bit more challenging and rewarding."
"Our club focuses (no pun intended she insists) on learning all the areas of the camera," informed Kwit. She starts students out with the basics of photography - working on manual settings only. "We complete projects that involve manipulation of shutter speed, aperture, lighting, reflections, portraits and product photography." Most recently, Kwit took her students on a "Photo Walk" in downtown Chicago. "We took the train to the city, walked around and simply photographed life in the big city. It was very interesting to see how differently each of the students viewed the world."
Kwit finds her work with the students to be a very rewarding experience for her as well. "When a student comes in and can't wait to share what he/she has been doing, or is full of questions about how a use a camera setting, that tells me that I am opening up a new world to them that they can take to any level. They are all amazing students and I couldn't think of a better way to spend my Wednesday evenings."
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