Donation of camera equipment to Colonie Central High School is picture perfect

"The more cameras we have, the more efficient we can be," Eichholzer said.

She said having more cameras means having more students with their hands on the cameras, practicing and learning how they work.

Most importantly, said Eichholzer, with the new equipment, students will be able to efficiently videotape the fall pep rally.

"[With the current equipment] students spend more than 100 hours producing this video that's 15 minutes long," Eichholzer said.

She said that the TV production class has struggled in the past because of lack of equipment due to high costs and breakage.

Bhatti said he is hoping that as a result of the donation, not only will existing classes benefit, but new classes that incorporate formal photography will be added to the high school's list of programs, but Gehres said there are no plans for new classes as a result of the donation at this point.

"There probably won't be a new class implemented, but [the donation] will be part of our electronic publishing and design classes," he said.

Still, Gehres said this equipment will be highly useful for students in the high school who are in those classes.

"We're excited; it's going to be a big help in our classrooms," said Gehres. "Lots of kids and lots of teachers will be able to use it."

Specifically, Gehres said students who had been using canned images taken off of Web sites would now be able to get their own images and modify them themselves.

On behalf of the technology department, Gehres, who called Khuram Bhatti "K" when he was a student, said he is happy about the donation the school has received.""

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