A Picture-Perfect Summer

Academy students in the Color Digital Photography course dove into the creative field of digital arts this summer with veteran Punahou photography teacher Alex Selarque. In the introductory foundational photo course, the group of ninth through 11th graders learned how to use advanced DSLR cameras, editing software and printers to achieve creative results. 

Best of all, the shutterbugs embarked on three different field trips to Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens in Kaneohe, the Honolulu Zoo and Haleiwa town to practice their new skills. Assignments involved achieving correct exposure and color balance, and such creative skills as motion blur, depth of field and night photography. 

“For the first time in my 27 summers at Punahou, we offered not just one field trip, but three! This allowed the students to discover more beyond campus and their neighborhoods,” said Selarque. “The highlight of the class is when the technical skills come together for students to be able to creatively express a visual idea or feeling.”

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