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    VIP Industries is one of the largest sheltered workshops in the state of Missouri and serves two counties, Cape Girardeau and Bollinger, along with parts of Stoddard and Scott county. We have a growing workforce of over 175 staff and employees, who work at our three production facilities located in Cape Girardeau, Fruitland, and Marble Hill, Missouri. Read More
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Capturing Creativity

100_0307Five employees recently completed a Basic Photography class offered through the Off-Site Day Habilitation (OSDH) program at VIP. The classes began in August and were held once a month through December.

Patrick, Patsy, Mike, Wendy, and Steve all completed the five-class course. Each class took part at various locations throughout Cape Girardeau including the Mississippi River Walk and Trail of Tears State Park. Participants learned the basics of digital photography, including composition, lighting, and how to use a camera.

They were each provided with a digital camera to use during the class, along with detailed instructions and informed instructors.

Class 1: Basic camera skills, such as how to hold the camera properly and how to use the autofocus feature
Class 2: Composition, including developing a photographer’s eye, shooting from different angles, the rule-of-thirds and full-frame photography

Class 3: Lighting, including lighting directions (such as back lighting, side lighting), changing the light setting on the camera, a discussion about shadows, and how and when to use (and not use) the flash.figure_web

Class 4: Additional settings, including long exposure, color modes, and self-timer.

Class 5: Focus review, macro photography and composition review/group photographs.

“The class went very well,” said Christine, a staff member who wrote the course manual for both the students and teachers. “The consumers seemed to love showing off their pictures that they printed at the end of each class, and we all loved seeing them. I was so impressed with how their skills improved over the course of the classes.”

Upon completion of the Basic Photography course, each photographer chose their favorite images from each class. The photos were posted in all three workshops and every employee and staff member was given an opportunity to vote on which images they liked the best. The votes were counted and Steve was pronounced the winner at VIP’s Christmas party. As an incentive to continue pursuing his interest in photography, Steve was awarded a new digital camera.wendy_web

The class was so successful that many employees have asked if they can participate in the next course. Organizers are currently in the process of scheduling another course for early 2013.

 

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