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Photography students see life through the pandemic lens

First-year photography student Rory Woodland crouches to get the best shot for his glass assignment. Once a week, first-year photography students get a chance to work in the studio. Image credit: Rory Friend

Looking through the lens, the process of learning how to use the camera has changed compared to the pandemic.

Students and teachers alike have adapted well to distance education. However, there were struggles.

“I know my theory courses haven’t moved well online. Interaction, either through demos or playing with lenses or light, or seeing a student’s response to the lesson, is over,” said Tracy Byers-Reed, professor of photography at Algonquin College.

Students still have the ability to ask questions through Zoom calls by accessing the chat option or using the raise of the hand feature. However, when some students shy away from their shyness when in person, being behind a computer screen does not translate to the same according to Byers Reid.

“I like the ability for students to ask questions through Zoom chat, but it’s not a substitute for seeing a questioning look, hearing a sigh or a quiet question from the shy person in the back, or a student asking a question that seems random in the classroom, but no You feel comfortable doing it online.”

Students facing the delivery of new courses have come to expect and accept the new standard brought by COVID-19 mandates. However, they still remember the past.

“My biggest stress is the inability to have conversations outside of class with classmates and professors. I have discovered that you can learn a lot from informal conversations with each other, learn each other’s unique interests and experiences more easily and be able to reach out to them for advice or impart Know when you’re stuck in a problem or need ideas for first-year photography at Algonquin College, said Tila Morrison, a first-year photography student at Algonquin College.

As delegates and protocols change, there has been a disruption in creating a fixed schedule and conducting classes in an orderly manner.

“The unknown was probably the biggest stressor for me. Things have changed so much and so fast, that you can’t count on anything. We might be told we’re going to come face to face in a month,” said Tracy Cherry, a first-year photography student at Algonquin College. Everything is different.”

“It reduces your ability to learn from each other,” Morrison said.

“It is difficult to learn under these conditions, for both the staff and the students. My schedule has changed many times,” said Sherry.

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