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UW Youth & Teen Programs

Digital Photography: Camera, Composition & Beyond

Do you love photography? Do you want to take your skills to a new level, making photographs that will turn heads? Explore how to get more out of your camera, from savvy handling to creative settings. Learn the principles of composition and when — and when not — to apply them.  This course will include opportunities each day to take photographs all around UW, including in the stadium, in the life sciences greenhouses and at the top of the UW Tower. You’ll share your results for feedback from your fellow students, your instructor and visiting professionals. We’ll also discuss the pursuit of photography in school and college, in contests and as a career with guest speakers from the industry. 

What You'll Learn

  • How your camera works, camera settings and camera handling   
  • How to design compelling photographs by applying the principles of composition   
  • Strategies for telling the story you want to tell with your photographs   
  • How to create a portfolio of your work to use in pursuing classes, scholarships and a photography career   

Who Should Register 

This course is for incoming ninth to 12th graders. 


Ray Pfortner 

More Information

This in-person course is taught on the UW Seattle campus. To participate you’ll need a digital camera — point-and-shoot, dSLR or mirrorless — and its instruction manual. You’ll also need to set up a free Flickr account by the first class; this is where we’ll share our results. 

See the Policies page for details about registration, refunds, waitlists and more. 

Earn a Digital Badge

After participating in this course, you can claim a Youth & Teen Programs digital badge that you can share with prospective colleges, universities and employers and on social media.  


Jul 29–Aug 9, 2024

1 p.m.–4 p.m.
UW Seattle
Refund Deadline
Jun 17, 2024