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Crazy About Photography

Do you love photography? Do you wish your photographs were better? Do you ever dream about becoming a National Geographic photographer? Join us to learn more about your camera and all you can do with it — but especially to explore how to make photographs that speak to people and tell the story you want to tell. Our focus will be on making photographs every day. We’ll also spend time sharing photographs for group and instructor feedback. Come ready to photograph, experiment, ask questions, explore and have fun!

You’ll need a digital camera and its instruction manual every day. Your camera can be a point‐ and‐shoot, DSLR or mirrorless. 

Who It's For

This course is for incoming 6th to 8th graders.


Ray Pfortner loves photography and teaching, especially to teens. He's been doing both for over 20 years in New York City, California and Seattle. Ray is an instructor for the UW’s Certificate in Photography and Bellevue College’s Digital Photography Certificate Program. He’s worked in photography as an educator, stock agent, editor, consultant and photographer. Ray has a bachelor's in biology from Yale and a master's in environmental management from Duke. He’s been a fellow of the North American Nature Photography Association since 2003. His photography is represented by Getty Images.

More Information

This remote course is taught via Zoom video conferencing. Classes meet in real time and are not recorded. The instructor uses a blend of whole group discussion, small group/partner work and individual work time.

To participate, you should have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection and a headset and webcam. You'll also need to set up a free Flickr account.

See the Policies section for details about registration policies and more.


Aug 2–Aug 13, 2021

1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Refund Deadline
Jun 21, 2021