This program is ideal for burgeoning photographers who want to explore this fascinating medium and gain a better understanding of photographic techniques. We will start by learning the basics of using a DSLR camera in manual mode. Then, we will progress on to more digital techniques in lighting, composition, and post-production. We will examine the history of photography and look at the work of contemporary photographers. Each day the students will spend time taking photographs in/around their homes, as stipulated by the shelter in place ordinances. Later in the week, we will focus on learning the basics of photo editing, and students will have the opportunity to create their own online photography portfolio. Note: Students will need access to a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera for the duration of the session.

Ages: 13-17

Course Date Info:

Online camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.


Camp - $400

This course is designed for students with little to no background in photography. Students are required to have their own digital single lens reflex camera with them for the camp. More information on that is below, in the “What You Need” section.


Mary Beth Garrett is from Columbus, Georgia, and recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in photography from the University of Georgia. She is currently back at UGA pursuing a master’s degree in Art Education. She has a passion for creating images and for sharing her love of photography with students! At the moment, her photography work focuses on how digital technology functions in her relationship with herself and others. This is Mary Beth’s third year as a Summer Academy Instructor.

Rosie Brock is a photographer based in Athens, Georgia. She is currently an MFA Studio Art candidate at the Lamar Dodd School of Art and holds a BFA in Photography and Video from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been published by Oxford American, Photo District News, and The New York Times. She was named as a Flash Forward 2019 winner by The Magenta Foundation and as a finalist for Film-Photo Award’s student grant. During 2018 Brock was a student winner in the PDN Photo Annual, as well as a runner up in the Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Fund. This is Rosie’s first year as a Summer Academy Instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

Students are required to have their own digital single lens reflex camera, along with the accompanying camera manual (if available), battery charger, and computer interface cables (USB).

Our staff takes great care to provide everything your child needs for their camp’s specific needs. Please look for the camp outline for required program supplies in your parent information e-mail sent four weeks before your camp.