MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

January 3, 2013

Photography clicks for kids

Three Rivers Photo Club sponsors youth club at art guild

By Travis Sloat
Phoenix Correspondent

— Samara Cain, an eighth-grader at St. Joseph Catholic School, said the photography bug bit her over the summer of 2012.

“My grandpa is in the Three Rivers Photography Club,” Cain said. “I like to take pictures of all types of wildlife, but especially birds. I’m looking forward to the classes and I plan to be a club member as well.”

The Three Rivers Photography Club is sponsoring a Youth Photography Club at the Muskogee Art Guild. The first meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The purpose of the Youth Club is to provide kids ages 10-19 with the essential knowledge of camera operation.

Tom Twine, the president of the Three Rivers Photography Club, said the meetings would have a classroom feel.

“We want to teach them how to use the camera they have properly,” Twine said. “It can be a point and shoot or a digital camera. We’ll give general rules of composition. If the weather is nice, we’ll do some shooting outside as well.”

Although the first meeting is Saturday, those who attend will decide on the days and times of future gatherings. The club will feature monthly in-house competitions, and those involved will also be able to compete in contests from the Photographic Society of America.

Sarah Allen, who attends Muskogee High School, said she got into photography about two years ago, and it has been a passion of hers ever since.

“Both of my uncles started small and now they are professional photographers,” she said. “I see pictures other people take and I want to be able to create things like that. I would like to be a professional one day, but right now it’s a tossup between photography and the medical field.”

About 10-15 youth, gathered at the Muskogee Art Guild on Wednesday to learn more about the Youth Photography Club. The ages ranged from 8-16, and each one sported a camera, borrowed or owned.

Jacob Scheihing, who attends Sadler Arts Academy, said he was borrowing his mother’s camera for the club.

“She makes me promise I won’t break it,” Scheihing said. “She got me into photography, and I’ve been doing it for about a year now. I really enjoy taking pictures of insects, especially butterflies. They look good and I usually have a bunch in my back yard.”

Among those present, most preferred to photograph objects in nature, from birds and insects to pets and wildlife. All were excited to begin the classes.

Twine said if someone was on the fence about coming to the meeting on Saturday, they should belay their nervousness and come on out.

“If you’re interested in photography and you have a camera, you should come join us,” he said.

If you go:

WHAT: Youth Photography Club sponsored by Three Rivers Photography Club

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

WHERE: Muskogee Art Guild, 315 Court St.

INFO: Marie Gassaway, (918) 682-3745