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 learning the basics of using your DSLR in manual mode. Then, we’ll move on to more 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 UGA campus and Athens, with time spent later in the week learning the basics of photo editing. After we’ve taken and edited our photos, we’ll print them out and explore different ways we can display them. 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 17, 2019 to Friday, June 21, 2019
Course Date Info:

If these dates don't fit your schedule try Photography: Session B

Day and Overnight Options Available
Extended Day 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. Early drop off is available between 7:30-8:00am. 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 - $400

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

Overnight Camp - $880

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.


Mary Beth Garrett is from Columbus GA 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 second year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Lexi Deagen is from Athens, Georgia, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in 2014. She is currently attending the University of Missouri to pursue a master’s degree in photojournalism, as well as a law degree. She has been working in photojournalism since she was 15 years old. She has worked with high school students at her alma mater, Clarke Central High School in Athens, to teach photography skills, from composition to interacting with subjects. Working as a coordinator for international photo competitions and workshops, as well as educating beginning photo students, Lexi enjoys working with a variety of photographers and their different sets of skills. This is Lexi’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 three weeks before camp begins.