This program is ideal for burgeoning photographers who want to explore this fascinating medium and gain a better understanding of photographic technique. We'll start by exploring the fundamentals of photography in more traditional methods, such as building pinhole cameras, creating photograms and developing prints in a university darkroom. Then you'll learn to successfully use your DSLR in manual mode as you explore an array of digital techniques in lighting, composition and post-production. We'll look at work from the masters, like Sally Mann, Walker Evans, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, to see what makes a photograph great, and spend a day in Atlanta, visiting amazing galleries and seeing a variety of professional and artistic work. A majority of each day will be spent out in the world, taking photographs at different locations and in different styles. You will leave with an online portfolio of your work to share with others. Note: Students are responsible for bringing a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera to camp with them. Open to students ages 13-17.
Day and Overnight Camp Options Available
Extended care available until 5:30pm
This camp meets each day at the Georgia Center, but classes will take place all around the UGA campus. Students will travel by foot, bus and university vehicle to take photographs and attend activities and field trips. More detailed information will available closer to the camp start date.
Day Camp - $360
- Optional Extended Day - $35
Overnight Camp - $760
Partial financial assistance may be available for students who need it. To request assistance, please follow the directions listed in the Financial Aid Request form, which is located on the right hand side of this page. If you have any questions about the process, please call us at 706-542-3537 or email us at questions [at] georgiacenter [dot] uga [dot] edu.
Sarah Laurentius is a local artist living and working in Athens, Georgia. She earned her Master's degree in Photography from UGA, where she specialized in digital/analog photography and printing, video and installation art. Her work has been exhibited in St. Louis, Mo., Athens and Atlanta. She has taught undergraduate Introductory Photography, Color Photography, Photography and Time and Video Art for the University of Georgia, and has also taught photography courses for the UGA-Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) here in Athens. She is excited to introduce a contemporary approach to some traditional photographic lessons in this program. This will be Sarah's third year as a Summer Academy instructor.
You will need to bring your own 35mm Single Lens Reflex (SLR) Digital camera, and either a set of USB connections or an appropriate card reader. We also recommend you bring a flash drive to save your work. Please note: Summer Academy at UGA is not responsible for keeping track of students' personal belongings, and is not liable for anything that gets lost or broken. A detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you three weeks before camp begins.