Month-Long Summer Intensive
Jul 10-Aug 11 | Mon-Fri 1-5pm
Level: Introductory - Advanced; for teens ages 14-18
Prerequisites: None; students must have, or have access to both, a 35mm SLR film camera and a digital camera
Credits: 6 elective credits through PCNW
Spend the summer immersed in photography at PCNW. This month-long intensive consists of five, week-long courses. Students who complete the intensive will earn six elective credits through PCNW. Full schedule and course list included below. Appropriate for all levels, from beginner to advanced. For teens ages 14-18.
WEEK 1 | Creative Darkroom Photography for Teens
July 10 – 14, Monday – Friday 1-5pm
Learn how to shoot, develop and print black and white film. Using PCNW’s great black and white darkrooms, students will learn the basics of operating a film camera: light meter readings, depth of field, composition and point of view. We will address some fundamental differences between film and digital cameras and how the photographer sees using both. Each day you will shoot a roll of black and white film, develop it, and make contact sheets and prints. Darkroom techniques include making photograms, solarization and printing with polycontrast filters. We will also make a pinhole camera and do some short exposure pinhole images throughout the week, using enlarging paper for the negative. See how shooting film can make you a better photographer.
WEEK 2 | Creative Digital Photography for Teens
July 17 – 21, Monday – Friday 1-5pm
This workshop will cover all the basics of digital photography: principles of shooting, printing, digital imaging technology, and core concepts like depth of field, shutter speed, exposure and composition. Learn the fundamental skills you need to shoot and edit your own images, and as part of the class, print some of your best work on state of the art printers in PCNW’s digital lab. This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of using a DSLR Camera, but students are encouraged to bring their point and shoot cameras, iPhone or cell phone cameras, and any other digital camera they would like to use to create images. As part of the creative/alternative component different methods for creative image making will be explored, including iPhoneography, long exposure pinhole negatives which are then scanned (no darkroom involved), and alternative printing. See how digital imaging and photography can turn you into a true photographic artist.
WEEK 3 | Alternative Processes & History of Photography
July 24 – 28, Monday – Friday 1-5pm
Learn about the history of photography and explore alternative photographic processes in this fun and very hands-on workshop. Through both instructor presentations and hands-on demos in our alternative process lab and outside using the sun, students will actively connect the history of the medium with various methods of image-making, including Cyanotype and Van Dyke printing and other forms of cameraless photography.
WEEK 4 | Street Photography
July 31 – August 4, Monday – Friday 1-5pm
Capture the vibrancy of street life in Seattle and produce a series of photos that shows your unique perspective on the urban environment. Whether you focus on the details and materials of city streets, the characters and people that populate our common sidewalks, pets and people, or city parks, our city has a lot to offer photographers seeking creative ways of sharing their view of Seattle. This course will incorporate field trips to the International District, Capitol Hill, and Columbia City and provide an opportunity for students to formulate, shoot, edit, and print a photographic series of their own. Hone your photographic skills (using any digital camera), learn editing/printing techniques using Adobe Lightroom, practice shooting people and activities in the field, all while exploring the visual landscape of Seattle’s neighborhoods.
WEEK 5 | The Portfolio Project
August 7 – 11, Monday – Friday 1-5pm
In this workshop, we’ll look at what goes into creating a compelling portfolio of your photographic work. Participants will learn how to create visual relationships between images through sequencing, editing, and matting and finishing prints. Whether you’re interested in organizing your work for college portfolio submission, learning how to cut matts for your photos, or looking to layout a photobook of your snapshots, this workshop has you covered.
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