4-H Photography Series

4-H Virtual Photography Clinics

Thursday, June 10, 17, 24, July 8 (No Workshop July 1)  

(Link to class will be in the confirmation email)


Photography Level 1 – 4:00-5:00pm


Suggested for Photography 1 project members wanting to learn more about the photography exhibit requirements for show.

Areas that will be covered and not limited to these subject areas:

  • General camera parts
  • Focusing
  • Picture composition
  • General functions
  • Create a better picture


Photography  Level II - 6:30-7:30 pm 

Suggested for those that have taken the photography workshops in the past.

Areas that will be covered and not limited to these subject areas:

  • Review of topics above
  • Continue perfecting techniques
  • Improving and understanding of settings 


For questions about the Photography project, please contact the Photography Superintendent, Richanne Nicolai, at 815-648-2375 or 815-685-5992


Illiniois 4-H Photography Project guidelines, scoresheets and SPARK sheets: 

Photography judging TIP Sheet: Finding your Photo's Metadata for Fair judging. Please see 2021 4-H Fairbook for additional requirements. 


From the 2021 4-H Fairbook...

ALL photos in exhibits must have been taken by the exhibitor. Photo/Model releases from individuals pictured in the exhibitor’s photographs are required unless the photograph is of a group in a public place where identification would not be an issue. The release can be obtained at: Photos may be taken with a camera, an electronic tablet (i.e. iPad), or a cell phone.

 ALL photos must be accompanied by details of the camera settings that include:

a) Camera/device used
b) Aperture (F-stop)
c)  Exposure time (shutter speed)
d) ISO (film/sensor sensitivity)
e) Lighting used (flash, artificial, sunlight, other)
f) Lens Filters (Ultra-Violet, Polarizing, etc) if used.

 Additional details required for Photo Editing ONLY:

g) Photo editing software/application used (required for ALL edits and retouches except for cropping)
h)  Filters used (lens filters and or digital/software filters)

Members are allowed to shoot on a camera’s automatic setting, but should be able to find the metadata information on the photo to discuss the information above.

The exhibition size requirements for all photographs will be:

  • Minimum image size: 5” x 7”
  • Maximum image size: 8” x 10”
  • Maximum exhibit size (including frame): 18” x 20”

All exhibitors must include unframed (taped to the back of the framed exhibit or attached to the project booklet) original or un-edited versions of either the same subject or the examples of the same technique that the framed image represents. This will assist the judge in understanding the choices made by the photographer to build the exhibited composition.

NOTE: Images taken with devices that apply an automatic filter will not be eligible for award.

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