St Canice's students focus on a love of photography

Students from St Canice's Primary Katoomba, gained new-found confidence in using cameras at a workshop at Wentworth Falls in May.

The focus was on landscape photography, starting at the school with some technical information about composition, aperture and shutter speed. This was followed by a drive to Wentworth Falls and a bushwalk along a track to the beautiful waterfall.

Five students and nine parents took part in the extra curricular activity to help interested students gain confidence in using a camera in the lead up to a photography exhibition on display at the school this month.

The exhibition is part of the school's Sculptures at School exhibition from June 23-29, with an environmental theme and photojournalism style.

St Canice's principal and keen amateur photographer Mark Geerlings said the workshop was a great opportunity for participants to listen to nature, frame their shots and enjoy the local environment.

"We live in a beautiful part of Australia, let's make sure we appreciate it and respect it,'' he said.

"Feedback from participants was they found the work around composition very beneficial and a few of them even tried to get out of the auto mode and tried manual. People are very keen to join the next workshop in term 4 around how to take great portraits outdoors.'

"The school has a photographic exhibition each year and I thought it would be great to give people the opportunity to learn more about their cameras and how to take a great photo," Mr Geerlings said.