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Art students at Southern Local High School are learning the intricacies of digital photography with a new College Credit Plus course offered to students in grades 9-12. Art educator Laurie Ronshak teaches the program and students learn all aspects of creativity behind a lens. Left to right, Gabryelle Dietch, Rachel Lynch, Colton Spahlinger and Brody Brown. (photo sent)

SALINEVILLE — Students focus their skills on a new subject with a digital photography class at Southern Local High School.

Art educator Laurie Ronshak said the program is in its first year as part of Eastern Gateway Community College’s College Credit Plus program and she is a professor/teacher. Students in grades 9 through 12 can participate and earn credits toward an associate degree.

“Students learn how to hold their Canon digital camera correctly, how to take photos manually and automatically, how to use lenses, filters, ISO, aperture, lighting, exposure, composition and ruler some thirds. » said Ronshak. “[They also learn about] take motion pictures, shadows, portraits, landscapes and various prompts.

She added that each project is based on a different prompt throughout the week and students then select their best photo to submit in class.

“They discuss how they took the photo, how they set up their lighting, composition and exposure and why they chose their photo.” she says.

Officials and students noted the benefits of the new course, saying it offered tools to boost creativity and that it takes a lot more to compose a good shot.

“I love the class and the engagement with the students,” said Superintendent Tom Cunningham.

“Taking a photo is not just about pressing the button”, said student Colton Spahlinger.

Ronshak said the courses were suggested by EGCC’s College Credit Plus counselor and she chose the digital photography course from five art courses available. Meanwhile, students also learned art history during the first semester.




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