Youth spend hours each day snapping photos of themselves and friends on their phones so why not give your child the knowledge of how to plan for a great photograph. Sign them up today for the University of Illinois Extension Photography SPIN Club. The three session club runs October 16, 23 and November 6 from 3-5 p.m. at the Whiteside Extension Office in Sterling.

The SPIN club will train youth in basic camera settings, selecting a subject, composition, lighting, printing and managing photos. The club fee is $10.00 and youth ages 11-13 may attend. Camera will be provided.

Pre-registration is required - please register by 10/13 by using the registration link or calling 815-632-3611.

For a fun and safe experience, we will be following health and safety guidelines including face masks, hand washing, and social distancing.

The three session club runs October 16, 23 and November 6.

Session 1-Oct 16
The Camera
Learn basic camera settings
Be able to label the basic parts of a camera
Understand the different types of cameras used in everyday photography
Know criteria for selecting a camera

Selecting a subject
Make a plan before they take a photograph.
Ask themselves what they are wanting to“say” with their image.
Learn to tell a story or “sell” an idea with their image(s).

Session 2-Oct 23
Focal Point
Balance and Symmetry
Rule of Thirds
Rule of Odds
Leading Lines

Increase their self-expression abilities through the use of lighting techniques
Develop skills in composition, light, story line, posing, and awareness
Learn how to manipulate their subjects or camera angle to achieve the best quality lighting

Session 3-Nov 6
Managing your Photos 
Learn about options and strategies for organizing photos and storing
Determine the best personal method for organizing and storing photos
Create a system for organizing and storing photos

Printing and displaying your photos
Learn the difference in file types and how it effects quality.
Learn the various types of median photographs can be printed on and how printing changes appearance.
Determine the best file type and median to print and display photographs

Program Areas
Event Date(s)
Event Time
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Event Fee
Whiteside County Extension Office