Digital Photography: From Camera to Composition

Do you have a passion for photography and an interest in taking your skills to a new level?  Explore how to get more out of your camera, from savvy camera handling to creative settings. Learn the principles of composition and when to apply them — and when not to. This workshop will include lots of opportunities to take photographs and share your results. We’ll focus on how to design photographs that capture the story you want to tell with impact, arranging all the elements in the frame with an attention to detail. We'll also discuss the pursuit of photography in high school, college or even as a career. 

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

Who It’s For

This course is for incoming 9th to 12th 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 uses the Canvas learning management system and 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 and purchase some basic arts supplies; a materials list will be sent shortly before the class starts.

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


Jun 21–Jul 2, 2021

1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Refund Deadline
May 10, 2021