Media types like me often assume Millennials and GenZers have innate social media abilities. But I’ve often found that many of the science geeks in this age group have never Tweeted, blogged – or wondered why they need to.
That’s partly why I developed my Miami University course Environmental Communication for undergrad and grad science students. It’s founding is a story for another day (read Randy Olson’s excellent Don’t Be Such a Scientist if you are too impatient to wait). But click back to the high-ropes training photo from one of my first such classes if you think this stuff is easy!
Before we deep dive into science social media campaigns in this class, we work on nature essays and visual science stories. And one of my fave exercises on this path is a Photo Scavenger Hunt.
Last week, my Environmental Communication students traveled to Hueston Woods State Park in Ohio to do the Photo Scavenger Hunt. It challenges them to find various photo compositions in nature. Here are my photos, with the composition type listed, but I know my students will find far more interesting imagery that we’ll look at in class this week.
Rule of Thirds
Shallow depth of field
Wider depth of field
Bird’s eye view
Ant’s eye view
Fill the frame