Fatima NeJame, president and chief executive officer of the world renowned Palm Beach Photographic Centre (PBPC), announced that this summer the nonprofit organization will be offering three age appropriate FOTOcamps for children and teens. FOTOcamp for Kids
- June10-22 / 9a.m. to 3p.m.
- July8-19 / 9a.m. to 3p.m.
- July22–August2 / 9a.m. to 3p.m.
For ages 9-17 “FOTOcamp is for anyone between the ages of 6 and 17 that has an interest in photography and/or computers, and who are inquisitive and like adventure,” says NeJame. “It is the perfect opportunity for youngsters and teens to gain knowledge in all areas of photography, beginning with the basics of picture-taking, using SLR digital cameras and progressing to state-of the-art digital imaging, at each participant’s own rate of speed.” “FOTOcamp is my favorite time of the year,” she adds. “I enjoy seeing the amazing images the kids come back with from their field trips, and I love to see their reactions when working in a real studio.” FOTOcamp students are grouped by their level of experience, from beginner to advanced, in each of three 2-week summer sessions. Students are each issued a digital SLR Camera and while exploring lens choices, lighting, and composition of photographs they will learn about photography and digital imaging, in a fun and fact-filled environment. Sessions in the computer lab will expose them to downloading images to the computer, saving and renaming files, burning CDs, and creating slide shows. In addition, using Adobe Photoshop and Elements, they will learn image adjustment techniques such as color correction, compositing images, adjustment layers and layer masks and other digital imaging technology. The computer lab is set up so that each student has access to a computer ensuring the ultimate hands-on experience. Based at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in downtown West Palm Beach, all sessions of FOTOcamp will include a professional instructor and an assistant, with opportunities for both individualized and group critiques for each student. The culmination of all three sessions of FOTOcamp for Kids will be a special exhibition of photos taken by the young students. At the exhibition’s opening in August, one talented FOTOcamper will be named Student of the Year and receive a free SLR Digital camera. The cost to attend one of the three two- week session of FOTOcamp for Kids is only $695 for Photo Centre members and $745 for nonmembers. This covers 10 6-hour sessions and includes use of digital SLR Cameras, transportation and admission fees for the fieldtrips, t-shirts, prints, etc. To register for one of the three sessions of FOTOcamp for Kids, please call 561-253-2600 or visit www.workshop.org. Now running through June 1 at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre is FLORIDA WILDLIFE CORRIDOR EXPEDITION: The Exhibition by Carlton Ward, Jr. In 2012, the photographer and explorer led a small team through a 100-day, 1,000-mile trek — traveling by kayak, mountain bike, horse and by foot — from Everglades National Park north to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia. The exhibition is the legacy of that journey. More than 50 large photographs and maps document the landscape, flora and fauna of Florida’s interior and illustrate the interconnected, natural corridor that should be preserved for wildlife and future generations. The Photo Centre is located at the downtown City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is free.