The following information is from 2019. Since, we're still finalizing the 2020 schedule, we don't know yet if and when this program will occur.

Columbus Photography Team ( ages 15-18 )

Learn and practice the principles of successful event photography!

Love photography? Want to learn how to make the most of your camera or increase your photojournalism skills live, during an actual event? Under the guidance and instruction of an experienced event photographer, the Photography Team will give photography enthusiasts the opportunity to learn and practice hands-on, the skills needed to cover the Columbus TTD Convention!

Through classroom instruction, self-guided assignments, and professional photo critique, you will learn how to effectively capture the moment, create consistently bright and sharp images in difficult lighting situations, and expedite the post-processing workflow to meet time-sensitive deadlines. It doesn't get more hands-on than this! 

The hub of the Photography Team will be in the Exhibit Hall at the Lenspiration booth. Orientation will begin on Thursday night, classroom instruction will be held during most sessions on Friday and Saturday, and assignments will be available to shoot as desired throughout the rest of the event. 

Required items to bring
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
    No film SLR, hybrid DSLR, point and shoot, or mobile device cameras accepted
  • Laptop Mac or PC, for editing photos
  • Pre-installed photo editing software
    Adobe Lightroom Classic is recommended and is the program from which all post-processing instruction will be presented
  • Thursday: 7:15–8:45 pm - Orientation and class time
  • Friday: 10:20 am–7:30 pm - Activities planned during sessions (Lunch with parents)
  • Saturday: 9:00 am–5:00 pm - Activities planned during sessions and final Conclusion

Cost is $55 per child* – Register Today

* Multi-Program Discount Available

Register for 3 or more children's program add-ons at the same event and get $10 off each add-on.

Questions & Answers - Columbus Photography Team
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How do I know if I am at the right skill level to join?

First, consider the prerequisites. Do you have a DSLR or mirrorless camera that you can bring? Will you be able to bring a laptop with pre-installed photo editing software? Secondly, you should be familiar with your camera and how to use it. Are you always shooting in the automatic modes? Are you clueless about aperture, shutter speed, ISO and how to get proper exposure? If so, consider yourself a beginner and take Lenspiration’s Foundations of Photography Course before attending. You can take the course for free by joining the Lenspiration membership, which is free for the first month. However, if you have had your camera for a while, are moving beyond shooting in the automatic modes, and want to learn how to effectively cover an event, then signing up for the Photography Team is definitely for you!

What if I don't have the required camera?

Lenspiration has equipment available that you can rent for the entire Photography Team on a first come, first served basis. A DSLR camera plus lenses, accessories and a bag can be rented for $30. Send a request via Lenspiration’s Contact page as soon as possible after you have registered for the event. Payment due at Orientation.

Can I participate in other activities along with the Photography Team?

Yes, but it depends on how much you want to be involved with the Photography Team. Orientation and Conclusion are required and each session typically builds on itself. However, if there are other aspects of the Convention you want to attend, then you have the freedom to do them.

What if more than one person in my family wants to attend but we only have one camera or laptop?

You can certainly make one camera and one laptop work between two people if they are willing to share and work together. The rate per person stays the same.

Will students be accompanied by an adult at all times?

Though there will be an adult at the Lenspiration booth at all times, adult supervision is not always possible between sessions when students are free to fulfill assignments.

What should I bring with me?

In addition to the required items, bring your typical photography gear and accessories like memory cards, batteries, battery chargers, camera bag, etc. You do not need to bring a tripod. It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes and bring snacks and water.

Is there anything I need to do to prepare for the Photography Team?

Yes! After registering for the Photography Team, a special password will be provided in your registration confirmation email to Lenspiration's Photography Team Preparation page. Instructions and suggestions for how to prepare for the Photograph Team will be clearly outlined there. 

Will I be able to show my pictures to my parents/family?

Yes. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend the Conclusion so they can see the best work of each student who submitted pictures.

How will my pictures be used?

By registering for the Photography Team, you grant Lenspiration and TTD the perpetual right to use, print, and publish for any purpose all images you submit during the Photography Team.

May I keep the pictures I take?

Yes. As the photographer, you retain the copyright to all photos you take during the Photography Team, but like everyone else, you are under obligation to abide by commercial use publishing laws. To be safe, you will want to get written permission from all recognizable individuals and owners of recognizable property in a photo to use that photo beyond personal or artistic use.

Where can I find more details or ask more questions?

Please visit Lenspiration’s Photography Team Details page for more information or to ask questions.

Photography Team Leadership
James Staddon is a former homeschool student, professional photographer and full-time photography educator from Salem, West Virginia. With a background in graphic design, his keen interest and endless preoccupation with photography eventually led him to start up Lenspiration in 2009 to provide budding photographers with a family-friendly environment to learn photography. James has been leading Photography Teams at homeschool events across the country since 2014. Through his business and workshops, he loves to see inspiration planted, nurtured, and expressed for the glory of God in the work of other photographers.
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