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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 18, 2018 to Friday, June 22, 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.


Rebecca Katzmann is a children’s fashion and lifestyle photographer in the Atlanta and Athens areas. She holds a BA in Visual Communication/Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Rebecca completed her studies at Atlanta’s Portfolio Center Commercial Photography program. Her love of photography started at a very young age when she received a Polaroid camera as a gift. She now has two children who inspire her work to be very whimsical, candid, and light-hearted. Rebecca has extensive experience with both studio and natural lighting, Photoshop and directing models of all ages. She has done freelance work for MudPie, Kate & Libby Children’s clothing, and Fame Parties for the last seven years. Rebecca also volunteers with APA’s Portrait Project photographing families for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. This is Rebecca’s third year as a Summer Academy Instructor.

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.

What you need for camp/program: 

Students are required to bring their own digital single lens reflex (DSLR) 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.