3-Week Photography Camp for Teens

2023 Locations: New York City, Los Angeles, Harvard

NYFA’s 3-Week Photography Summer Camp is a comprehensive exploration of digital photography for any teen with a passion for photography. Throughout the three-week camp, teens will be completely immersed in the theory of photography and have ample opportunities to practice their skills.

Photography campers develop the skills necessary to research, compose, and capture digital photographic projects in a hands-on course. Students are encouraged to be creative, but are also taught to think of each project as a concise statement of artistic, documentary, and/or journalistic intent. They expand their repertoire of techniques with light and shadow as they work with professional lighting and grip hardware, as well as inexpensive and unconventional practical sources of light and shadow.

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No significant prior experience in photography is assumed. The camp brings everyone to the same level very quickly, beginning with the fundamentals and filling the inevitable gaps in the understanding of those who have some experience.

3-Week Photography Workshop: Classes

Below is a sampling of classes that photography students can expect to take.

• Shooting Lab: This lab is a hands-on opportunity for students to learn professional techniques on locations and in the studio; it covers a wide range of genres, aesthetic, logistical, and technical challenges. The students work directly with the instructor to apply concepts to assignments of increasing complexity. Shooting practicums to various locations and of multiple subjects is a major part of this course.

Shooting locations at the Los Angeles camp may include street photography on Hollywood Boulevard, portraits at The Grand Central Market, landscapes near the Hollywood sign, and a portraiture session on Santa Monica beach.

The New York camp will explore the many facets of the cities including its bridges, Central Park, and unique locations that make New York one of the best cities in the world.

The Harvard University camp location will allow photography campers to draw inspiration from perhaps the most famous Ivy League campus in the world, with the unique opportunity to feature the historic architecture and New England scenery of Harvard in their work.

• Digital Imaging: Digital photography gives us the ability to manipulate images in ways that were never possible with film. Photoshop, Lightroom, and other applications will be used to explore digital imaging, and to create the best images possible.

Class time will be spent downloading and adjusting images taken during the shooting practicum. Lab activities will also include various technical demonstrations by the instructor followed by working on images using the techniques demonstrated.

Assignments may include: Image correction by using various levels and channels to adjust shadows and lights and color, converting RAW files to jpegs, and adjusting or manipulating images using layers and filters.

• Ways of Seeing: Ways of Seeing is the study, and critique of the work of master photographers, their techniques, aesthetics and approaches, equipping students to choose the most effective means of realizing their own projects. Students are guided to analyze, and understand the evolution of the medium.

Discussions include composition, traditional and non-conventional framing, color theory, design, semiotics (signs and symbols), the effect of technological changes on photography, and personal record, and the surprisingly long history of using viewer assumptions to distort the truth.

• Photographer’s Craft: This course teaches students critical thinking skills, the visual language of photography, and lets them to explore their personal interests in photography as they conceptualize, execute, refine, and critique. Students will begin to define and develop a personal visual style and specific area of interest, studying master bodies of work across genres as examples.

Students will examine principles of composition, color, editing, and presentation through writing, photographic assignments.

All 3-Week Photography students are required to bring with them to the camp a digital camera with manual exposure control.

Click here to learn more about the application process.

Please note that curriculum, dates, and prices are open to change.


Tuition & Fees:
$3,925* (USD)

Start Dates for Available Locations:
• New York City

Jul 23, 2023 – Aug 12, 2023

• Los Angeles

Jul 23, 2023 – Aug 12, 2023

• Harvard

Jun 25, 2023 – Jul 15, 2023

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