Cole volunteered as the official photographer for the 8th grade play at his school this year.
As you might imagine, I was pretty dang excited to hear this news and immediately started working with him on shooting in Full Manual Mode, Custom White Balancing, and composition.
I had him read the lessons I wrote for The Photographers' Workshop, I drilled him with questions like, "If you couldn't risk a slower shutter speed, but you needed a brighter picture, what would you do?", we shot together, and he took my old Nikon D700 and a new 50mm f1.4 lens to school with him every week to photograph play practice.
And then a couple weeks back, we practiced shooting the dress rehearsal together and not only did I realize how totally prepared he was for the event, I also got to take some pictures of him taking pictures...
And last week, after the final play, I received this email from his teacher:
"Cole was a complete blessing! I will proof the pictures and create a final photo archive for the school to burn for parents over the vacation. You should be very proud of your son. He was indispensable and I worked him hard!"
And last week while we were on Spring Break, he asked questions almost every time he saw me shooting, he did quite a bit of shooting of his own, he spent hours looking through my images on the drive home, and he asked if he could bring a camera next year too.
Two down (Ross and Cole both love photography), two to go.