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Capture your friends, family and important events through photography. Learn about basic and advanced film cameras, and/or digital cameras, and how to plan, compose, light and exhibit your photos. Advance into wide-angle and telephoto lenses, filters, light meters and computer enhancement.

Things to Learn/Do in the Project

Level 1 Photography

  • Learn more about a camera and how it works
  • Learn basic photo composition
  • Organize a photo story
  • Learn to use simple automatic or digital camera

Level 2 Photography

  • Learn shutter speeds and f-stops
  • Use the Rule of Thirds
  • Learn to capture a point in time

Level 3 Photography

  • Use filters and special film
  • Learn how to use a light meter
  • Create still-life photos
  • Explain the differences between normal, wide angle, telephoto and zoom lenses

Important Photography Notices

Appropriate photo subject matter:

Photographic subject matter is expected to follow 4-H standards.  For a sense of prohibited subject matter, review the Kansas 4-H member Code of Conduct; in general, if it is not allowable at a 4-H event, it is not allowable in a 4-H photograph at the State Fair.

Photos with live subject(s) on railroad right away or taken from railroad right of way property will not be displayed in Kansas 4-H Photography and may receive a ribbon penalty or disqualification.

Copyright protections must be observed.

Decisions as to display and/or penalties will be made by the Photography Department Superintendent and the 4-H Specialist responsible for the photography department.

Posing on or taking photos from railroad tracks is a practice that is both dangerous and illegal. If you trespass while photographing, you can receive a citation, fine, jail time, or more severe consequences such as injury or death. Trains do not stop quickly and you may not see or hear one coming until it is too late.

Project Materials

Reasonably priced materials are available for every project in Kansas 4-H. You can order the materials for your project online or contact your local Extension Office.

Photography (PH100)

General Photography Resources

Events and Activities

Shutterbugs at Auburn
Where: Auburn Community Center, Auburn, KS
When: April 14, 2019

Registration Deadline April 1, 2019

Shutterbugs in the Garden
Where: Botanica Gardens, Wichita, KS
When: April 27, 2019

Shutter Bugs in the Garden City Zoo 
Where: Garden City Zoo, Finnup Center for Conservation Education
When: May 11, 2019

State 4-H Photography Judging Contest 
Where: Kansas State Fair, Hutchinson, KS
When: September 8, 2019

Awards and Recognition

County Level
Award: Medal presented at your 4-H Achievement Banquet
Donor: Jim Gordon

State Level
Award: Medallion
Donor: Jim Gordon

National Level
Award: $400 National 4-H Congress Scholarship
Donor: Jim Gordon

Career Connections