The CFKF eight week session provides students with a camera and the chance to learn about the basic principles of photography, including lighting, composition, focus and color.
During the final class, students will receive a personal print of their best photo shot during the course. A photo contest among the students will provide the winner with their own digital camera to continue their photography endeavors.
“There is a level of creativity in all of us, and CFKF will open these doors for the kids and allow them to see their own potentials where they may not have otherwise had such an opportunity. The program is a gift for life where they will forever ‘see’ at a higher level; offering them the luxury to see all beauty in life regardless of their surroundings.”
Students will be instructed by Pawleys Island-based landscape and nature photographer Donald Withers. Donald’s photography and articles have been published in several photography magazines, websites, publications and currently serves as the staff photographer at Hobcaw Barony and the Kaminski House Museum in Georgetown.
As he anticipates working with the children, Withers says, “I live in a small resort town and as a community we have with numerous opportunities to reach out to less fortunate and abused children in the area. Tara Hall is a very special place with an amazing history going back over 40 years. My hopes are that I can reach out and provide a new and refreshing perspective of the world for the boys, through the wonderful art and joy of photography”
CFKF Founder Betsey Chesler adds, “Donald is a great addition to our team of photographers. His enthusiasm for photography along with his strong desire to work with kids in his community makes him a great fit for our program and we are excited to have him and South Carolina as our newest additions to the program.
This marks another milestone during a period of rapid growth for Cameras for Kids. Since it’s founding in 2009, CFKF has now spread to 7 states, as well as Canada.
“We expect 2014 to be a breakout year for our program with South Carolina being one more new launch of many more states in the US providing the CFKF program,” Chesler says.
About Cameras for Kids Foundation:
Cameras For Kids Foundation, Inc. has been created specifically to provide underprivileged teens living in foster care the opportunity to have a camera and learn the basic concepts of art and photography while fostering self esteem, self confidence and offering a skill set. For more information, visit www.camerasforkidsfoundation.org.