CHARLESTON — Coles and Cumberland County 4-H hosted a photography workshop on Saturday, April 30 at the Coles 4-H Center on the Coles County Fairgrounds.

Jerry Brown led this hands-on workshop for 12 young people.

Brown began the workshop with a presentation that covered the fundamentals of photography.

Some concepts discussed were rules of thirds, creating diagonals, and different viewpoints.

Once the members learned of Brown, they embarked on their own mini-adventure around the fairgrounds with their cameras to explore scenes through the camera lens.

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Each youngster had the chance to express their creative style mixed with the fundamental concepts learned earlier in the day. Brown’s words earlier, “You can take any ordinary thing. Move the camera a bit. And that’s extraordinary!” echoed in their minds as they looked at the most ordinary things to create the most extraordinary art.

The session ended with Brown reviewing the photos taken during the day, offering critiques, suggestions and praise for the hard work of the youngsters.

For more information on 4H programming, call Jessica Hays at 217-345-7034 or email