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UW Youth & Teen Programs

Wild About Photography

Join us to learn more about your camera and all you can do with it. We’ll focus on making photographs every day at locations all around the UW campus, including on the field in the stadium, in the life sciences greenhouses and at the top of the UW Tower. We’ll experiment with photo arrangement, light painting and light drawing. We’ll spend time sharing photographs for feedback from your fellow students, your instructional staff and visiting professional photographers. We’ll also hear from guest speakers, including a National Geographic photographer, who’ll talk about new parts of photography. Come ready to photograph, experiment, ask lots of questions, explore and have fun! 

What You'll Learn

  • How your camera works
  • How to customize your settings to be much more creative
  • Principles of composition and how to apply them to your photos
  • How to take memorable portraits, including selfies
  • Tips that’ll help you tell the story you want with your photographs

Who Should Register 

This course is for incoming sixth to eighth graders.


Ray Pfortner

More Information

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

Students who want a full-day experience can register for two courses — one in the morning and one in the afternoon — which will include a supervised lunch break between courses. Students should bring a lunch.

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


Aug 12–Aug 23, 2024

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