Introduce the subject of photography, and take a look at a few example photographs. If there are enough people, split them into pairs and ask them to take a look at several photographs, then answer a series of questions.
What do they see? What do they think the photographer was trying to get at? What are the themes and how are these portrayed? Do they like the image? Why?
Give the participants time to feedback their answers.
Show the participants the cameras they will be using and go over the most common settings and show them how to take a clear photograph. Explain this as clearly as possible as some people may not have used digital cameras before. Then, explain the first task: using manual focus, take several pictures of the same scene, but change the focus in order to give a different ‘reading’ of the subject.
If your organisation has a garden area, this would be a good place to send off the participants, but if not allow them to roam the building in search of things to photograph. You can send someone with them for supervision if you feel it is necessary. Give them until lunch for these tasks.
Break for Lunch.
Explain the next task to the group. Give them a list of generic words such as “community”, “energy”, “growth”, and send them off to photograph something they feel best fits the word. The list should be about 6-10 words long, depending on the time allowed. Encourage them to be as creative with the themes as possible.
Start downloading the photographs onto a computer. Allow extra time for this step as not all computers will work at the same speed, and if the participants are working on several computers they might be finished at different times.
When the photographs have been uploaded, have the participants choose their favourites and then have them present these to the group.
Allow people to offer feedback on the photographs, but try to keep a friendly atmosphere, as some people can be sensitive about their work. Have the group explain what they like about each photograph, before offering any criticism.