Assistive Technology Photography for Youth - SSU

Photography with Assistive Technology - SSU - CEI - Saturday, March 13, 2021

HWP Staff

Saturday, March 13, 2021 4:00pm to 5:00pm PST

The profound connection to the environment and wildlife enjoyed by many nature photographers is not accessible to us all equally. Whether you or your child or student uses a wheelchair, has limited use of their hands, or is weak and has tremors, this informative and interactive event is for you.

We will explore artistic techniques using Assistive Technology (AT) for smart phones and digital cameras in order to promote accessible photography for everyone. You are encouraged to reach out to event leaders in advance for specific information about your disability or mobility needs, and how to acquire AT.

Before the event, we’ll ask you to take a photograph to upload. After a presentation and demonstration of homemade and purchased AT photography devices, each person will have a chance to share their photo with the group and get feedback from Rick, then hear about accessible nature photography sites.

At Sonoma State University – Center for Environmental Inquiry and Heartwork Photography we are deeply involved in both Nature and Wildlife Conservation and we work with many Environmental and Wildlife groups to increase awareness. Learn more about the Sonoma State University Center for Environmental Inquiry – http://cei.sonoma.edu/

This event is part of the North Bay Science Discovery Day. Learn more here: https://www.northbayscience.org

Logistics

No previous experience or knowledge is required. This event is recommended for ages 13-18, and is for anyone with a disability or interest in nature photography access for all.

Before the event, instructions will be sent to you about taking a nature photograph to share with the group, including how to send it to the leaders.

Please feel free to contact the leaders by email about AT suggestions and/or explore camera devices on the internet via Centers for Independent Living.

Lastly, be prepared to share any information you have about good accessible trails and sites for nature photography.

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you upon registration. If you have not used Zoom before, please allow time to download and install the application before the event. Please log-in a few minutes early, as it may take more than one attempt if servers are busy.

This event will be recorded.

Learn More and Register @ SSU's Center for Environmental Inquiry

Wheelchair Monopod - HWP Assistive Technology - T&K - Copyright 2017 Rick Waller 1200

Photography with Assistive Technology - SSU - CEI - Thursday, December, 3, 2020

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Monday, September, 28, 2020, 10:00am to 11:30am PST

The profound connection to the environment and wildlife enjoyed by many nature photographers is not accessible to us all equally. Whether you or someone you want to invite on nature photography outings uses a wheelchair, has limited use of their hands, or is weak and has tremors, this informative and interactive event is for you.

We will explore artistic techniques using Assistive Technology (AT) for smart phones and digital cameras in order to promote accessible photography for everyone. You are encouraged to reach out to HeartWorks Jeree’ and Rick in advance for specific information about your disability or mobility needs, and how to acquire AT.

At Sonoma State University – Center for Environmental Inquiry and Heartwork Photography we are deeply involved in both Nature and Wildlife Conservation and we work with many Environmental and Wildlife groups to increase awareness. Learn more about the Sonoma State University Center for Environmental Inquiry – http://cei.sonoma.edu/

Logistics

This event is open to all ages, and is for anyone with a disability or interest in nature photography access for all.

Before the event, please try using your camera or smart phone in advance, and explore the “local nature” photography options in or near your home, such as your back or front yard, just down the street, on your porch, or through your window.

Also please create a Google account, as a Google Drive folder link will be sent to you upon registration, and this is where we will upload the photos we capture during the event.

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you upon registration.

Learn More and Watch Event Video @ SSU's Center for Environmental Inquiry

Pond Plants - SSU Fairfield Osborn Preserve - HeartWork Photography Org - © 2019 Rick Waller

Intermediate Backyard Photography with SSU - CEI - Monday, September, 28, 2020

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Monday, September, 28, 2020, 10:00am to 11:30am PST

Let photography bring you closer to nature and inspire others!

Turn-of-the-century photographs of western landscapes led to conservation action across the United States, while recent images of endangered bees and of polar bears living on dwindling resources inspire people to address environmental challenges. At Heartwork Photography and CEI, we are both deeply involved in both Nature and Wildlife Conservation and wework with many Environmental and Wildlife groups to increase awareness. Learn more about the Sonoma State University Center for Environmental Inquiry – http://cei.sonoma.edu/

Following spring’s popular beginner program, this class will go into more detail on how you can engage with the variety of photography opportunities right in your backyard using your cellphone or digital camera. Come develop an eye for close-up and creative shots, turning even ordinary natural items into photos to enjoy.

Logistics

Some photography experience is required, whether that be with a camera or smartphone. This event has no age limit, but is recommended for teens and adults at and advanced-beginner to intermediate level.

Please have your camera ready. During the event, we will take time to go out into our own “local nature” areas such as your back or front yard, just down the street, or on your porch to take nature photographs, so please have a location in mind.

Learn More and Watch Event Video @ SSU's Center for Environmental Inquiry

Cameras For Kids

CAMERAS FOR KIDS

Providing Cameras and Photography Education during COVID-19

Cameras and Education

During this unprecedented time of COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders, children and parents are struggling to continue with education and an enjoyment of nature.  HeartWork Photography is responding by requesting gently-used or new, inexpensive digital cameras to be safely delivered to the family’s doorstep or an outdoor/public location.  We call this new program, CAMERAS for Kids. This volunteer service is for children ages 5-17 in western Nevada County, California, so that we do not need to leave the area in which we live. Names and addresses are never shared, and both Rick and Jeree are finger-printed and vetted through governmental agencies.  Children are asked to write thank you notes which are sent to HeartWork to be forwarded onto the camera donators.  All cameras are cleaned, checked, matched to the child’s age and skill-level, and sanitized. Parents are provided with instructional PDFs to help with their photography instruction.

Parents’ comments:

“My son’s camera was stolen and he will be so happy to get a replacement.”

“Our children are so excited to learn photography with their own cameras, and this is a great way to teach them about nature surrounding our house.”

“My daughter is in Scouts and looks forward to now working on her photography badge.”

“My child has been taking photos all day and this is the most excitement we have had in our home for weeks.”

How can I help get cameras to deserving children?

Consider buying one of our fine art prints, and all proceeds will go to buying cameras for CAMERAS for KIDS: www.wilddestinationsphotography.smugmug.com

If you live in western Nevada County, CA, send us an email and we will talk to you about how you can donate a used or new camera that we will pick-up safely at your doorstep.  All digital cameras, very simple to more advanced, are needed.

Safe Instructions for Parents:

  1. Let us know through FB or Nextdoor messages or a phone call, (530) 575-4800, that you are interested in receiving one or more cameras for your children. Provide the age and photography-experience level for each child.  We do not want names or genders.
  2. You will get a response within a day to tell you what your number is on our waiting list, and to let you know the approximate waiting time to receive cameras for your children.
  3. We only provide donated cameras to children in western Nevada County, CA. You may either provide your address so we may drop the camera off at your doorstep, or you may arrange to meet us at a store parking lot in Grass Valley (with proper social-distancing of course). Address information is completely confidential.
  4. When a camera for children is donated, we check that is works well, we sanitize it, and we match it to the next family on the waiting list according to age and skill appropriateness. You will get at least a day’s notice that it will be dropped at your doorstep, or that we are ready to meet you in Grass Valley. We wear gloves and a mask when delivering the cameras.
  5. If there is a good supply of donated cameras, we try to give each child their own camera when there are multiple children in a family, The camera/s are put in a wrapped box or gift bag with a card from HeartWork and an envelope addressed to HeartWork so you can have your children write thank you notes or draw pictures to be given to those who donated the cameras.
  6. You are offered our PDF for basic photo composition instructions, and a more advanced PDF for older children about camera settings. This is sent via email and is also free.  We are available to answer questions about the cameras via email or a phone call.
  7. Please be assured that the only HeartWork people who will be in touch with you and those who deliver the Cameras for Kids are well-vetted, with fingerprint clearance and instructor/caregiver/therapist certifications. Again, all information about you and your family is protected.
  8. If you allow us to use a photo of your child for the purpose of camera requests and our website, the child cannot be identifiable and you must give us your permission. Please also send us images that you child has taken with the camera that we can post in the gallery on this page!

Thank you for being a part of our local COVID-19 community-service response!


Snow capped Lassen Peak reflection in Manzanita Lake - Lassen Vocanic N P - HeartWork Photography Outing - Copyright 2020 Rick Waller

Lassen Volcanic National Park Accessible Outing - POSTPONED

Lassen Volcanic National Park Outing Outing

Friday & Saturday, June 19 & 20, 2020, 9am Morning and 5pm Evening Outings

Nature Photography enjoyment for singles, couples, and families with children 10+

Snow capped Lassen Peak reflection in Manzanita Lake - Lassen Vocanic N P - HeartWork Photography Outing - Copyright 2020 Rick Waller

Learn creative photography composition / lighting / plant close-ups / unobtrusive wildlife photos Easy, slow-paced instruction on accessible trail.

The peace and privacy of residents in the area will be fully respected and we always practice Leave No Trace guidelines.


Volunteer Photography Training - Wolf Creek Trail - Northstar Mining Museum - hydraulic mining monitor - Yasha, Rick - Copyright 2020 HeartWork Photography

Volunteer Training - Wolf Creek Trail

Volunteer Photography Training

Wolf Creek Trail / Northstar Mining Museum

A morning of On-Sight Photography Training in fundamental and intermediate photography principals:

  • Composition

  • Depth of Field

  • Shutter Speeds

Volunteer Photography Training - Wolf Creek Trail - Northstar Mining Museum - hydraulic mining monitor - Yasha, Rick - Copyright 2020 HeartWork Photography

FREED Center For Independent Living - Traumatic Brain Injury group - Photography instruction class - Detail, Lighting & Composition - - Copyright 2019 HeartWork Photography

FREED CIL Traumatic Brain Injury Group Outing

FREED TBI Classroom and Outdoor photography instruction

Center for Independent Living

This Photography outing was held at the FREED Center For Independent Living office in Grass Valley California to familiarize the Traumatic Brain Injury group with photography terms and techniques. We discussed Composition & Lighting while demonstrating how to set their cameras, smartphones, and tablets to achieve the best results. We provided some assistive equipment  to mount their cameras to wheelchairs.

FREED Center For Independent Living - Traumatic Brain Injury group - Photography instruction class - Silky Water - Copyright 2019 HeartWork Photography

Navajo YES Logo - Empowering active life style for youth - HeartWork Photography

Navajo YES

HWP Staff

Empowering our youth with an active life style

HeartWork Photography is proud to support the Youth Trails Initiative of Navajo YES.

NavajoYES believes that trails are a major element of the wellness revolution and we strive to promote trails in communities and tribal parks around the Navajo Nation. Trails are a key element in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, community wellness, ecotourism and family togetherness.

Learn More @ Navajo YES

SSU - Center for Environmental Inquiry

HWP Staff

Growing an environmentally ready society - one that is awake, prepared and engaged

HeartWork Photography is excited about providing environmental Photography Events at the Center For Environmental Inquiry.

The mission of Sonoma State University’s Center is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where everyone has the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing the earth.

The Center empowers students of all ages and disciplines to solve the environmental challenges of the North Bay.

Learn More @ SSU's Center for Environmental Inquiry