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4-H clover 4-H Photography Project

What you'll do

drawing of traditional camera

Tell your story using photography! Learn about equipment basics, taking sharper pictures, lighting and flash techniques, photo composition, approaches, sequencing, and evaluating photographs. Use multiple cameras and even assemble a whole production team.

Photo credit: Sarah K, Benton County 4-H. She took multiple shots and overlaid them using photo editing software. She won a purple ribbon at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.

Levels of learning


Fairs and exhibits


Extend your learning


Cool videos

What are you telling me?

What should be in my photo? What should not? Make photos that tell the story you want them to tell. 


Composing a photo means arranging the things in it. 4-H'ers explain the rule of thirds, how to set a mood, background and subject, depth of field and more. 


4-H'ers explain perspective: how you see the subject, where to stand, distance, framing, angle, awareness of camera, orientation.

More photography tips

Watch a whole playlist of tips for your 4-H photography project. 

For volunteers

Find training, camera kits and more support for volunteers on our volunteer site.


Future study & careers

Photographers need a good eye, lots of practice and usually take classes to understand their equipment and constantly changing software.

Photography is a 21st century communications skill, useful in any profession. Professional photographers may use their skills in many industries. They may become business owners, contractors or artists.

Reviewed in 2018

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