I have recently volunteered to teach a photography class at the Uxbridge Senior Center. Little did I know how little control I would have in setting up the logistics for this class. The representative for the Uxbridge Elderly Connection Inc. pretty much dictated the setup. We’re holding our first class May 12, 2016 at the Uxbridge Senior Center at 6:30 p.m.. That’s not only a tad late for seniors to be on the highway driving but it’s going to be dark or get dark before we even get into class time. Secondly, do the people who signed up for my class even own a camera? I’m not talking a cell phone here but a dedicated camera. Cell phone classes start next year. 🙂
Next we discussed editing software. Editing software? Cathy knew nothing about digital photography and the need to download the camera’s pictures onto a computer for postprocessing, another Greek word to her. I showed Cathy Photoshop Elements at $69.95 from Amazon.com. She’s going to her board of directors for the money for these items. There are three desktop computers, all hooked to the Internet, at the senior center. This will most assuredly help the photography/computer class for seniors before we’re done.
So you begin to see the logistical difficulty of teaching a group of people, any people, a hobby they may know nothing about in a manner where you don’t lose their attention in the first half hour they’re in the class.
What are we going to photograph in the course of this class? If we hold it at sundown, not much. We may just take turns taking pictures of each other. The bigger the class the slower this process will move along. If they’re not familiar with their cameras it could take forever. I know at least one of the students, Jack Keough, owns a top of the line Nikon D810 full frame DSLR. Is he going to get bored to death waiting for someone trying to figure out how to turn on their camera?
I think you get the idea behind this post. If I was King, as the old saying goes, I’d limit the class to 2-3 people with similar experience in photography itself and a prerequisite that the know the controls and settings of their own cameras. Ain’t gonna happen! Stay tuned for the subsequent posts on this class starting on May 12.