Tom Myers of Lexington, Kentucky, is a nature photographer and a trained entomologist. In this segment, he discusses how he has traveled the world photographic primarily animals and the challenges of wildlife photography.
Have students study the history of photography. Topics to research and discuss might include: How and when was photography invented? How did people create and carry images before photography? What was the role of photography during the Civil War? The Great Depression? How has digital photography changed its nature and role?
Have students look at other examples of wildlife photography in publications such as National Geographic. What do they think makes a good wildlife photograph?
Have students compare Myers’ work with the families project photography of Uwe Ommer shown in the segment Photography: Uwe Ommer. What do the two photographers’ work have in common? How does their work differ?
Have students take photographs of wildlife around the school and community and create a classroom exhibit. Have them discuss the challenges they faced. Have them research the type of wildlife they are photographing and explain how knowing about an animal helps them photograph it.
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