In June, Steve Simon and Ben Long taught a two-week photography class to students at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. OSAI is a two week arts camp for 14 to 18-year-old Oklahoma students. Held in the beautiful Quartz Mountain State Park in southwestern Oklahoma, the program offers photography, writing, ballet, modern dance, orchestra, acting, film and video, and chorus. The camp is unique both for the faculty it attracts and for the cross-disciplinary experience that the students get.
Class photo from OSAI with students holding up their picture books they made using Aperture.
As a teacher, one of the most startling things Ben learned about OSAI was the caliber of the students: their dedication and focus was impressive, as was the quality of their work. The students must work hard to get into the program, and once there, they make the most of it. What also impressed Ben this year was how much easier it is to teach and manage a lab using Aperture.
In this podcast, Ben Long talks about teaching photography and the role Aperture played while he worked with teens in Oklahoma.
(Inside Aperture, Sept. 21, 2007: 21 minutes, 46 seconds)
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Derrick Story is the author of The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, The Digital Photography Companion, and Digital Photography Hacks, and coauthor of iPhoto: The Missing Manual, with David Pogue. You can follow him on Twitter or visit www.thedigitalstory.com.
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