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 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 the history of photography and look at the work of contemporary photographers. The majority of each day will be spent taking photographs in many different styles at locations in and around the University campus and Athens, with time spent later in the week learning the basics of photo editing. You will leave the camp with an online portfolio of your work to share with others and memories to last a lifetime. Note: Students are responsible for bringing a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera to camp with them.

Ages: 13-17

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Course Date:
Monday, June 11, 2018 to Friday, June 15, 2018
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
Extended Day (Pool) available until 5:30pm
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall

UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Overnight students will check in at the residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.


Day Camp - $370

  • Optional Extended Day until 5:30pm - $35

Overnight Camp - $840

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


Kira Hegeman is currently in the fourth year of a PhD program in Art Education at UGA, with a focus on visual arts-based research, sustainability, and participatory installations in public spaces. Throughout her graduate career she has maintained an interest in the transformative power of making together in shared or community spaces. Primarily a printmaker and book artist, her recent work has merged experiences in visual art and art education through participatory and relational installations that explore waste, consumption, and the role of interactive, public artistic sites in confronting such issues Prior to graduate school, she lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand for almost five years, working as a facilitator for study abroad programs and as the art director for Art Relief International, an organization devoted to empowerment and community-building through the arts. A fun fact, she once taught acrobatics for a travelling youth circus in Vermont. This is Kira’s first year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Jennifer Ritson is a recent alumnae from UGA's photography program at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Since the age of 15, Jennifer has been making work and experimenting with the physical medium of the photograph. While in school she discovered a passion for alternative processes while also using film history as an inspiration for her work. Through taking classes in other art areas such as bookmaking, art x, and jewelry/metals she began a love of collaborating with other artists and allowing these mediums to come together in conversation. Because of collaborating Jennifer has gained experience in various creative work such as documenting local music festivals, photographing weddings, and getting into marketing work. Whenever she can, Jennifer travels to visit family in England, a place that has been a strong influence for her current work. Jennifer is presently based in Athens and is a first year summer academy instructor.

Amy Smoler is an art educator with an emphasis in museum education based in Athens, Georgia. She has a background in comparative literature and art history, and photography has been a constant passion for over twenty years. Amy helped run a community dark room in California for over 10 years, and has taught teen photography courses. She has both a technical and artistic photography background that includes professional wedding and event photography, and experimental techniques such as polaroid manipulations and shooting with “alternative cameras”.  She currently lives in Athens with her husband and two dogs. Amy always carries at least one camera with her at all times, and takes at least one photograph every day. This is Amy’s first year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

Students are required to bring their own digital single lens reflex camera, along with the accompanying camera manual (if available), battery charger, and computer interface cables (USB). Students should also bring a memory card that fits their camera; we recommend 8GB or higher, since we will often be out shooting all day.

A more detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you two weeks before camp begins.