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Digital Photography Fundamentals

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Program Overview

Capture new skills in digital photography

Photography, whether for personal or professional purposes, is an incredibly useful, if not essential, skill in our digital world. This hands-on summer pre-college photography course is designed for high school students aged 15-18 of all interest and skill levels. In just one week, you’ll learn framing, composition, lighting and many other techniques, as well as baisc digital photography editing and photo selection with experienced professors and assistants.

Program highlights include:

  • Portraits, self-portraits, action and close-up photography
  • Smartphone photography
  • Fundamentals of photography using a DSLR camera or mirrorless camera with manual controls
  • Independent photography challenges with faculty review sessions

While concepts are taught online, you will complete indoor and outdoor assignments that let you apply your knowledge and test your photo-taking abilities. Whatever your goals may be, you will leave with a portfolio of photos that you can proudly share on your own social network or with any college admissions officer or media publication.

By the end of the program, you will have...

  • An organized portfolio of polished and edited photography work
  • A certificate of completion
University photographer Autumn Driscoll holds up her camera and shoots a subject for a photo

Program Cost

Program Cost

The $570 tuition fee covers:

  • 1 full week of a faculty-designed and led photography instruction with educational support staff assistance
  • Daily meetings and multimedia learning 
  • Quinnipiac T-shirt

Daily Schedule

9 - 10 a.m. — Morning program meeting and check-in
This small group meeting is a chance to check in with everyone and to review the day ahead, as well as any key ideas.

10 a.m. - Noon — Daily live online class via Zoom with team breakout sessions
Faculty will teach the key concept and skill for the day, often introduced to students the day prior via the online self-paced class modules on Blackboard.

Noon - 1 p.m. — Online social lunch break
Get to know your classmates and those from other online programs over lunchtime with organized and fun virtual games.

1 - 3 p.m. — Independent photo shoot time
The best way to learn photography is to do it yourself; also it’s a great excuse to get out of the house.

3 - 4 p.m. — Live photo review
Review photos that were taken in order to build understanding and try new processing techniques.

4 - 5 p.m. — Process/edit day work with instructor and teacher assistants live
With the support of your instructor and teaching assistants, you’ll select and edit the best photos from your shoot in small group critique format.

After hours — Independent learning and online gallery posting of student work
Flexible to your schedule and goals, the program includes the option to watch, read and discuss different aspects of that day’s lesson online at a time best for you. Also, student work will be shared in a private gallery to view each day.