Hey photo nerds!
I'm writing to ask for your help. Actually, it's not me who needs your help but thousands of young photographers who are learning photography in schools across the world.
I recently spoke to a young teenage girl who is learning photography in school. The school does not have any cameras capable of shooting in manual, yet she is spending an entire semester learning how cameras work–without any camera. With cutbacks to education around the world, art programs are first to go.
I think we can do better for young photographers, and the good news is I'm not asking you to spend a penny. In fact, it just might earn you some money.
Improve Photography is accepting donations of camera gear that you've upgraded or outgrown. Our primary needs are for cameras, lenses, and tripods; however, most photography items would be cherished and put to good use by these students.
Would you please take a second and look through your gear closet for gear that you don't really need anymore? If you've outgrown your kit lens, or upgraded your camera to a newer body, or have an older tripod, I can find a home for it.
As we begin the Christmas season just next month, it's time to look around and see how we can show our love for others in any way we can–and this one is easy!
How This Works
I have been at work for the last few weeks identifying a few schools especially in need of photography items for their programs.
When we receive your donations of photography items, we'll identify a school with particular needs for that item and put it all together in a package. Improve Photography will also be donating thousands of dollars of training materials to these schools so they don't have to work out of antiquated text books any longer.
Once we have enough gear to outfit a school, we'll put it all together and present it to the school. You'll be helping young kids learn photography for years to come.
How You Can Donate Your Gear
Simply box up what you'd like to donate, and send it to the address below. If you would like a letter from us and the school showing that the donation was made to a non-profit, we'll email it to you if you include a note with your email address in the package.
Improve Photography LLC
16357 Copperridge Way
Caldwell, Idaho 83607
What Kind of Gear Do We Accept?
We'll take whatever you're kind enough to give, and find a good home for it. While digital cameras (DSLRs as well as point-and-shoots), lenses, and tripods are the most needed items in schools, we'd be glad to find a home for anything you think could be helpful.
Thank you for considering this opportunity to give the gift of photography to others. If you have any questions, I'll hang around the comments to help.