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Jean Carlos, takes a photo of an elephant at the El Paso Zoo, June 20. Carlos is participating in the photo camp at the Child, Youth and School Services located at Fort Bliss.

FORT BLISS, Texas — A photography camp was held at Fort Bliss Child, Youth and School Services for children June 17 through June 21 to teach them how to operate camera controls, the composition of the subject, lighting, color, and how to edit photographs.

The 11 children who attended the camp were not stuck in a classroom the entire week, rather they ventured out into the El Paso Community to photograph the different scenery.

“The children are able to enhance their skills by photographing different settings throughout the city such as buildings downtown and at the zoo. They also work with a green screen,” said Robert Selje II, lab lead, CYSS.

While at the zoo the children were able to take various pictures of all the animals using the skills they have learned at the camp.

“Being at the zoo I was able to work on my photography techniques by taking close-ups of animals using different backgrounds and lighting,” said Jean Carlos, 14, El Paso, Texas.

Selje has been with the youth center for 20 years; as a youth who attended the camps, and now as an instructor and mentor to the youths.

“I was six years old when I started at the youth center,” said Selje. “My dad was in the armed forces, and being at the youth center I was in a positive environment. I was able to build strong bonds with other kids who had the same background and experiences as I did.”

When the opportunity arose for Selje to join the staff at CYSS, he took it.

“Growing up I was a shy kid and would’ve never envisioned myself where I am today,” said Selje. “Being able to mentor the kids at the youth center and being able to share my experiences with them is very rewarding.”

For further information about the various summer camps contact the CYSS at 915-568-5544 or


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This work, A week as a photographer, by SSG Kenneth Pawlak, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:06.21.2013

Date Posted:06.28.2013 16:24

Location:EL PASO, TX, USGlobe


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