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Manual DSLR Photography 101 Camp for Teens

Katherine Causbie - Photography
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In a week-long camp, learn the original science and art of photography -- using aperture, shutter speed, and ISO -- and gain the skills to take beautiful photos without any automation from the camera!

Class Experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Beginner - Intermediate Level
5 lessons//1 Week
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction to the Camera's Manual Mode (Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO) 📑
Understand the foundational mechanisms of photography, working on manual mode.
Lesson 2
Troubleshooting and Feedback
Review project #1 together and troubleshoot any questions or issues that arose while completing the project.
Lesson 3
Introduction to the Principles of Composition
Explore the interaction between form and content, looking at specific techniques to craft visual appeal and guide the viewer's eye through an image in a compelling way.
Lesson 4
Final Project Plans
Learn about setting visual intention: encoding photographs with personally significant message and meaning. Design a final project.
Lesson 5
Final Presentations
Share completed final projects.
I hold a BA in Studio Art/Photography and Psychology, and am trained both as a photographer and as a Montessori assistant teacher. As an educator I have experience teaching children pre-K through high school. 
Homework Offered
Photography assignments that allow students to practice the ideas introduced in class will be given each meeting, and each student will share their work and discuss their experience and any questions around the assignment the following day.
4+ hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
 1 file available upon enrollment
All learners will need: #1 A DSLR camera and lens, or other camera with a manual exposure mode to adjust the settings for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. (Make sure you have a memory card and battery + charger, too!) #2 The means to upload the photos to a computer, tablet, or cellphone with an internet connection and web browser. For example, with a cable for the camera or a memory card reader. Please make sure your learner can upload photos to the device prior to class, so they are ready to complete your projects and focus on learning how to use their camera. If you are unsure if your camera has a manual exposure mode, you can check the camera instruction manual, or feel free to message me! A film SLR camera could also be used, but the photos must be scanned to digital files, and with developing time learners would have less time to complete the projects each week. Many introductory DSLR cameras are available for relatively low cost used or new. Examples: - Nikon D3400 or D3500 - Nikon D5500 or D5600 - Nikon D7000, D7100, D7200, D7500 - Canon Rebel T8i / 350D - Canon Rebel T7 / 2000D - Canon Rebel T6 / 1300D - Canon Rebel SL3 / 250D - Canon Rebel T100v/ 4000D (Canon camera with lowest recommended retail price) A few old edition options that are still great to get started with learning manual mode on a budget: - Nikon D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300 (old versions of D3500) - Nikon D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300 (old versions of D5600) - Nikon D70s, D70, D80, D90 (old versions of D7000) - Nikon D40, D40x, D50, D60 (old versions of D3000 and D5000 series) - any older Canon Rebel
Some photographers and/or photo theorists who we learn about may have photography work or analysis that involves nudity and themes of sexuality, much like you might encounter in an exhibit at an art museum or in fashion photography. We will not explore these in class, but there is the possibility that students come upon them during further research. 

External Resources Details:
Dropbox File Requests and/or Padlet are used to submit work, no sign in is required.
Pinterest is used for project inspiration and examples, no sign in is required. 
International Center for Photography Artist Info Pages are used for additional resources, no sign in is required.
Joined May, 2018
Teacher expertise and credentials
Bachelor's Degree in Music or Theatre or Arts
Bachelor's Degree
Hello! I am a teacher on Outschool who loves to share artistic photography and human-animal psychology classes! My goal is to offer high-quality learning experiences that support curiosity, inspiration, and understanding. All classes are held... 
Group Class


for 5 classes
5x per week, 1 week
70 min

Completed by 106 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
3-6 learners per class

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