Beginner Photography for Teens

In a full day of hands-on photo fun, you will learn the basics of your DSLR or mirrorless camera. You'll get to practice your new skills with a live shoot and edit session. For ages 12-18.
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Hey Teens!

Everybody knows that photography is fun. But sometimes you want your pictures to turn out better or more consistent and that’s where you get into the technical side. Surrounded by your peers, we’ll break down the fundamentals of photography and set you up with a vocabulary to describe what appeals to you. After this workshop you’ll be ready to show off your work whether it’s on Instagram, the school newspaper or in an art school portfolio.

Hey Parents!

In this full day workshop your young photographer will learn the technical and creative basics of photography. Concepts like f-stops and shutter speeds will be taught in an interactive way that will turn your kid into the family photo expert. This is a hands-on workshop with a small group, live shooting demonstrations and time for interaction and problem-solving.

We’ll be busy learning and experimenting:

  • Buttons and dials: locating and deciphering the physical controls on your camera.
  • Basic menus & settings: file size, quality, JPG, RAW, white balance and ISO.
  • The viewfinder: what information is available and how it helps you.
  • What’s in a name: Why your camera is called a DSLR and what goes on when you take a picture.
  • Exposure: a thorough explanation of shutter speeds, f-stops and their relationship to ISO and light.
  • Motion blur and depth of field: understanding these creative tools is the key to better photos!
  • Exposure modes: getting off the green Auto mode and understanding the difference between P-A-S-M, (P-Av-Tv-M).
  • Built-in flash: when to just say no.
  • Focusing modes: if it’s called auto focus, why do some photos still turn out blurry? Taking control of how and where your camera focuses.
  • Techniques for stability: stance, camera operation, holding the camera.
  • Assignment: we will shoot photos together of professional, age-appropriate models.
  • Assignment review: surprises and near-misses, we end the day with a live edit and slide show of your best shots.

  • Cost per person is $240 early registration, $260 late registration.
  • For ages 12-18 only.
  • Workshop price includes modeling fees and lunch. Lunch will be brought in from Potbelly Sandwich Shop. If you have any special dietary restriction please check out the Potbelly menu to see what options they have for you.
  • Doors open at 8:45am.
  • Workshop starts promptly at 9:00am and ends at 5pm.
  • Classes may be held in the upstairs classroom, up one flight of stairs, no elevator access.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 12, minimum number to make a class is 6.
  • Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent lot at Electric Light & Power.

For Students:

Q: What kind of camera is best for this workshop?
A: The workshop is geared toward Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras like the Nikon D3000, D5000, D7000 series or the higher end D600, D700, D800 or D4 series. On the Canon side the models of any of the Rebel or EOS T series cameras, 60D, 70D, 7D etc. Mirrorless cameras like the Sony Alpha, Fuji, Olympus, Lumix and others are welcome. Small pocket cameras and smartphones that don’t have manual controls would not be appropriate for the class. If you’re not sure if your camera is appropriate, just drop us a note through the Contact page.

Q: What do I need for this workshop?
A: You should bring the following:

  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera with a full battery and empty memory card
  • Snacks if needed. We’ll have water and soda at the studio.
  • Something to take notes with.
  • Curiosity and creativity!
For Parents:

Q: Who will be teaching and supervising my child?
A: The instructor, Rebecca Flores, has years of teaching experience at both the high school and college level including summer film camps for the Dallas Film Society. She’ll be helped by one or two staff members or workshop assistants.

Q: Is lunch included in the workshop?
A: Yes, we will be bringing in lunch from Potbelly Sandwich Shop. If you have any special dietary restriction please check out the Potbelly menu to see what options they have for you.

Q: Can I accompany my teen?
A: Not in the classroom. Please contact us if you need to make special arrangements.

Q: Where is the workshop held?
A: At Dallas Center for Photography, 4756 Algiers St., 75207

Q: Is the workshop indoors or outdoors?
A: Mostly indoors except when we go out to shoot photos with natural light.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: Details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Q: I have other questions. Who do I contact?
A: That’s easy. Use the Contact page to email us directly with any questions.