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Mrs. Eckman from Atwater CA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Student-led project

Slow It Down, What Your Eye Can’t See!

Help us get a DSLR with a tripod to work with slow shutter speeds.

  • $831 goal

This project expired on February 15, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

About My Students

I have a variety of classes with different skill levels. The students leading this project are 2nd thru 4th-year photography students who have been devoted to learning as much as possible about the studio photography.

Victoria, Sacia, Roberto, Maddie and Cheyenne are my 3rd/4th-year students who have experienced the difficulties of having time to check out the 18 DSLR's we have to share with 160 students.

Roberto states, "When we go over new things in class and you want to just run out and shoot it, it's really frustrating when there isn't any equipment to check out."

Maddie says, "I wanted to practice my shutter priority photography, to really figure out how to capture light movements and water softness with a tripod in camera. The only way to do this is through repetition and experimenting. This is very difficult when I am only able to practice once a month with our limited equipment."

Students will be able to work with the cameras ability to capture light and movement. With a tripod for stability and their knowledge of how to manipulate the cameras settings they will be able to render long exposures. It is this trial and error and ability to capture what your eye cannot that makes this a wonderful addition to students portfolios.

In Their Own Words

Manipulating shutter speed is a coveted skill needed in cutting edge photography. We are hoping to capture stunning images to boost our portfolios for college and career applications and interviews. It helps to stand out in the crowd by showcasing our abilities to manipulate how long light enters the camera.

By having more equipment to use it really makes students have to own their education. You have to make it happen, you can’t hide behind a group project where you held something but weren’t actually behind the camera making those critical problem solving skills. Leading a project really gives you confidence.

It is a study of time and movement coupled with available or created light. Manipulating those parts show the community that you can produce something that businesses would love to have in their advertising. Challenging students to set up shots and use these long exposures offer the community high quality imagery to use.

Mrs. Eckman
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 160 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Canon EOS Rebel T6 EF-S IS II Lens 18 MP DSLR Camera Kit, 3.1x Optical Zoom, 18 - 55 mm Focal Length • Staples Advantage $588.59 1 $588.59
Sunpak 6601UT 58.32" Floor Standing Video/Photo Tripod, Champagne • Staples Advantage $21.96 1 $21.96

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