Student photography exhibit at Saugerties Library

Photography by Saugerties High School students will be on display in the library’s Stephen L. Crohn Gallery throughout January and February. An opening reception for the show will be held on Friday, Jan. 17 from 4-6 p.m.

Thanks to a generous grant from Jimmy Fallon – Saugerties High School graduate and current host of NBC’s The Tonight Show – the high school’s art department was able to bring back a photography course for students in grades 10 through 12. For a third year now, all students have access to Nikon D3400 digital cameras, a color laser printer and the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.

The class offers students the opportunity to gain professional skills that will make them competitive in the workplace and trains them to spot captivating images. Art teacher Amy Hayes teaches students how cameras, composition and lighting work, and how to use photo-editing software. Students learn digital manipulation using Adobe Photoshop to creatively alter digital images and learn how to analyze and critique a photograph. The course covers various genres and techniques of photography, including portraits, still life, self-portraits, rule of thirds, surrealism, and multiple flash exposure techniques. The goal of the course is to help students become well-rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography.


When she is not in the classroom, instructor Amy Hayes is a Boiceville-based artist who works in pastel, pencil and watercolor.