4-Week Photography Camp for Teens


2023 Locations: New York City, Los Angeles, Harvard

The 4-Week Photography Camp for Teens is an intensive exploration of photography in the digital age. Photography students are immersed in the art and craft of still photography, and are introduced to the tools necessary to capture great images and refine them through digital imaging.

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Teen photography students at New York Film Academy’s summer camps develop the skills necessary to research, compose, and capture digital photographic projects in a hands-on educational environment. Students are encouraged to be creative, but are also taught to think of each project as a concise statement of artistic, documentary, journalistic, or commercial intent. They expand their repertoire of techniques with light and shadow as they work with professional lighting and grip hardware and also experiment with inexpensive and unconventional practical sources of light and shadow.

The camp is designed for students of all experience levels, beginning with the fundamentals and filling the inevitable gaps in the understanding of those who have some experience.

4-Week Teen Photography Camp: Classes

Students in the 4-Week Photography Camp for teens can expect to take the following classes.

• Shooting Lab: This lab is a hands-on opportunity for students to learn professional techniques on locations around New York City. It covers a wide range of genres and aesthetic, logistical, and technical challenges. The students work directly with the instructor to apply concepts to assignments of increasing complexity. Field trips to photograph the infinite variety of locations and subjects will play a major part of this course.

• Digital Imaging: Digital photography allows manipulation of images in ways that were never possible with film. The software Lightroom will be used to explore digital imaging and to create the best images possible. Class time will be spent shooting. Lab activities will include various technical demonstrations by the instructor followed by working on images using the techniques demonstrated. Assignments may include: color correction by the numbers, adding depth to images, creating panoramic images, converting RAW files and batch processing, night photography, light painting, and preparing a web portfolio.

• Vision and Style: This course is an introduction to major conceptual trends and ideas in photography. Students learn how to apply their technical skills to formulating their own unique style. This course teaches students critical thinking skills, the visual language of photography, and pushes them to explore their personal interests in photography as they conceptualize, execute, refine, and critique.

Student takes a photograph with a Nikon cameraStudents will define and develop a personal, iconic visual style, and specific area of interest, studying master bodies of work across both genres as examples. The primary focus will be on the still photography, but the use of the moving image will also be explored through class assignments. Students will gain a level of self-awareness necessary to understand the most salient origins for their ideas, and start to conceive how their work might fit into the context of current practices and attitudes.

• Photo I: This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations, shooting assignments on location and in the studio, and critique.

Students obtain a working knowledge of cameras, lenses, modern DSLR cameras, and light. Students will become acquainted with principles of composition, color, and perception, all the while learning to utilize the camera as an image creation tool. We will discuss the distinctions between art and commerce. Students will conceptualize, shoot, edit, process, present, and discuss their work in class, which will derive from weekly assignments. The course culminates with a final body of finished photographs.

• Gallery Tour: Students go on weekly guided tours of current gallery and museum exhibitions of photo-based work and studio visits. Students will also learn the process of exhibiting photography and the working process of current artists.

All 4-Week Photography students are required to bring a digital camera with manual exposure control.

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


Tuition & Fees:
$5,225* (USD)

Start Dates for Available Locations:
• New York City

Jun 25, 2023 – Jul 22, 2023

• Los Angeles

Jun 25, 2023 – Jul 22, 2023

• Harvard

Jul 9, 2023 – Aug 5, 2023

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