Take a Winning Photograph: Photography Camp Available

There is a big difference between the photographs someone snaps on their phone and a prize-winning photograph.

Palisades High School photography instructor Rick Steil will hold a five-day photography camp starting on Monday, June 17.

He will teach beginners and even advanced students how to understand and work for composition, better lighting and employ camera techniques. Steil will even offer advice on how to take better iPhone photos.  The class is open for students ages 12 to 99.

Three of his students’ photos were selected for The Getty’s third annual “Open Call, Unshuttered” photo contest.

Out of 2,800 submissions from 134 cities in the state, only 25 photos were selected.  Three of the winners were seniors from Rick Steil’s Palisades High School’s photography class: Emmitt Whitacker, Flynn Messic and Ashley Pomeroy.

Steil knows how good his students’ work is, but still he said “was quite surprised to have three of the 25 selected out of nearly 3,000.

The modest Palisades resident does not take the credit he should for helping his students capture winning shots.

Steil worked as a professional fashion photographer around the world. He found he wanted to spend more time with his family, and came to Palisades High School, as the AP photographer teacher, 16 years ago.

Students will also learn from each other as well as increasing their camera knowledge and ability. Each session is limited to a small number of students. To register call (310) 428-1160 or email rsteil@palihigh.org

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