Photography Summer Intensives

Overview:

SOCAPA offers one, two and three week summer programs in digital photography and/or traditional 35mm darkroom with a strong emphasis on aesthetics and portfolio development. Students take classes in studio and portrait photography, photojournalism, documentary, fine art photography, Photoshop, Lightroom, and web publishing. When applying to the program, students must choose one of our three intensive workshops: our Digital Photography Workshop, our 35mm Darkroom & Digital Photography Workshop, or our Advanced Photography Workshop. In addition to creating their own web portfolios, students in our three-week programs leave with a professionally bound portfolio of 8x10 prints, perfect for college admissions and job interviews, or to share with friends and family.

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Photography Overview

Digital Photography Boot Camp, 1wk

In the one week digital photography course students are introduced to the technical workings of their cameras, manipulating their work in Lightroom, and gain a more critical eye. Students learn to think about framing, composition, lighting and the way emotions and stories can be portrayed through a photograph. Students spend most of their time exploring the surrounding area with their cameras, of course.

Course details:

  • Offered in New York City, Vermont & Los Angeles
  • Length: One Week
  • Projects: The Cartier Bresson

Course is good for:

  • Beginner to Intermediate
  • Ages 13-18

Core Digital Photography, 2 & 3wk

Students learn the technical workings of their cameras, learn Lightroom and Photoshop, studio lighting, and practice their skills through a variety of assignments. Students learn to think about framing, composition, lighting and the way emotions and stories can be portrayed through a photograph. Students spend much of their time in the field, capturing people and places that make up a unique city.

Course details:

  • Offered in New York City, Los Angeles & Vermont
  • Length: Two and Three Weeks
  • Available as a Spanish Immersion Program!
  • Projects: The Cartier Bresson, The Hurrell, The Sherman, The Cameron, Movie Posters

Course is good for:

  • Beginner to Advanced
  • Ages 13-19

Core Digital and Darkroom, 2 & 3wk

The D&D course provides students plenty of hands-on time with both a digital and a 35mm camera. In addition to learning the technical workings of both of their cameras, students are introduced to Lightroom and Photoshop, learn studio lighting, and spend 8-10 hours a week in the darkroom learning to develop film and print negatives. In this course students take regular field trips, or photo safaris, around Burlington, Vermont or New York City, documenting their excursions with an artistic eye.

Course details:

  • Offered in New York City, & Vermont
  • Length: Two and Three Weeks
  • Projects: The Cartier Bresson, The Hurrell, The Sherman, The Cameron, Movie Posters

Course is good for:

  • Beginner to Advanced
  • Ages 13-19

Advanced Photography, 3wk

Students are given guidance and structured time to delve into an independent project of their choosing which showcases their individual outlook, aesthetic, and artistic vision. Students also learn to photograph groups, practicing the art of directing individuals and gaining further knowledge of natural and studio lighting.

Course details:

  • Offered in New York City & Vermont
  • Length: Three Weeks
  • Projects: Independent Project, The Leibovitz, The Crewdson

Course is good for:

  • Students who have completed a two or three week SOCAPA Photography course, or an equivolent program.
  • By Portfolio Application
  • Ages 13-19

COLLABORATION

Our Summer Photography Programs are closely tied to our Acting, Filmmaking and Dance Programs. As part of their assignment each week, a photography student may be sent out to shoot production stills on a film set one morning or off to the studio to light and shoot headshots for an actor one afternoon. In this way, each photography student builds an impressive entertainment portfolio to complement the documentary and fine art work they do in class and on field shoots. This also allows the photography students to mingle and work with other young visual and performing artists, which often leads to future collaborations and, more importantly, friendships that last a lifetime.

HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY

On Monday morning, students attend a Hisory of Photography class in order to learn where their art has been and where it is going. This in-depth analysis of groundbreaking photography helps to contextualize the projects students will complete in the following weeks as well as provides a firm foundation on which to explore thier own creative expression.

CAMERA TECH

On Monday morning, students attend a camera tech class, where skilled instructors will work with studnets to better understand the various buttons, settings and operations of their digital camera. Instructors will discuss how to determine the appropriate camera setting for a perfectly exposed photograph, as well as the relationship between ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture.

Students leave the class confident in their abilities to experiment with their camera and go shoot.

Students are encouraged to bring their own digital camera to camp or have the oppertunity to rent one from SOCAPA.

PHOTO SAFARIS

Field trips are planned on an almost-daily basis. Students spend more time at the parks, boardwalks, streets and museums, learning and practicing photographic techniques than they do in the traditional classroom.

Summer Camp Photographers at professional studio

STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography studios provide a controlled environment in which to make your photographic dreams possible. Studio Lighting and backgrounds create dynamic portraits and beautiful professional headshots. Students learn learn the basics of portriat lighting and have the opportunity to experiment by photographing their classmates.

PHOTO EDITING & RE-TOUCHING

Photo editing and re-touching are essential to developing a professional photography portfolio. Using industry standard software, Adboe Lightroom, students learn how to select and isolate their best photographs, as well as how to refine the final color, contrast and clearity of an image to give it that polished professional look.

Los Angeles actors and filmmakers celebrate after seeing a movie

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

Every evening, Monday through Friday, we plan an activity for the students, whether it be a barbecue on campus, a dinner in the city, a cool-off swim, a theater/musical performance, or a film screening. On the Saturday afternoons that are not devoted to shooting and performing, we organize a group excursion. This could include a trip to a museum, the beach or a show in the city. Past evening and Saturday excursions have included trips to Coney Island Amusement Park, live tapings of MTV's TRL, outdoor concerts (The Roots, OCMS, TV on the Radio, etc.), Universal Studios, Pilobolus Dance Group at the Joyce, Disco Bowling, Broadway Shows such as Spring Awakening, Hair, Rent and Avenue Q, Six Flags Amusement Park, Fourth of July Fireworks, Bryant Park Film Screenings, and off-Broadway hits such as Fuerza Bruta and Stomp, to name a few.

Actress Melissa Leo visits the New York City Campus

MASTER CLASSES

At least once per session, SOCAPA invites a top industry professional from the New York or Hollywood film or performing arts scene to come to campus and lead a master class for all students, regardless of focus. Some past guests include Academy Award-Winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Frozen River, 21 Grams), writer/director John Hamburg (I Love You Man, Along Came Polly, Safe Men, Zoolander, Meet the Fockers, Little Fockers), actor Luis Guzman (Traffic, Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love, Carlito's Way, Anger Management), writer Hawk Ostby (Iron Man, Children of Men, Cowboys and Aliens), actor Brendan Sexton III (Empire Records, Welcome to the Dollhouse), the four lead characters from American Teen, filmmaker Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Raising Victor Vargas), actor Sarah Clarke (TV show 24, Thirteen) screenwriter Andrew Marlowe (Air Force One, End of Days, Hollow Man), director Morgan J. Freeman (Hurricane Streets), comedian Matt Walsh (The Daily Show, Bad Santa, Upright Citizens Brigade), and the cast of Hair and Spring Awakening on Broadway.

Photography Faculty

SOCAPA offers small classes and an accomplished teaching staff comprised of industry professionals

SAMPLE PHOTOGRAPHY SCHEDULE
WEEK ONE
SUNDAY DAY ONE
11a-3p: Airport Arrivals
1-4p: Dormitory Check-in
5-6p: Welcome Dinner
6-7p Photo Program Orientation - Meet & Greet with Teachers
7-8:30p: All Programs Orientation
9:30p: Dormitory Floor Meetings & Orientation
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in
MONDAY DAY TWO
7:30 – 8:30a: Breakfast
8:45a: Meet for Attendance in Lobby
9a-12p: Camera Tech
12-1p: Lunch
1-5p: Photo Safari
5-6p: Get ready for dinner
7-9p: Dinner on the Town
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in
TUESDAY DAY THREE
7:30a – 8:30a: Breakfast
8:45a: Meet for Attendance in Lobby
9a-12p: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom
12-1p: Lunch
1p-5p: Digital Lab (editing and re-touching)
5:30 – 6:30p: Dinner
7-8:30p: Walking Tour of Downtown/Group Photo
8:30-10p: Night Photo
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in
WEDNESDAY DAY FOUR
7:30a – 8:30a: Breakfast
8:45a: Meet for Attendance in Lobby
9a-12p: Photo Safari
12-1p: Lunch
1-5p: Introduction to Studio Lighting
5:30 – 6:30p: Dinner
7-9:30p: Night on the town
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in
THURSDAY DAY FIVE
7:30 – 8:30a: Breakfast
8:45a: Meet for Attendance in Lobby
9a-12p: Final Critique
12-1p: Lunch
1-5p: Digital Lab - Create online portfolio
5:30 – 6:30: Dinner
7-9:30: Work Night - Slideshow Due
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in
FRIDAY DAY SIX
7:30 – 8:30a: Breakfast
8:45a: Meet for Attendance in Lobby
9a-12p: Professional Studio Tour
12-1p: Lunch
1-3:30p: Final Class
3:30 - 5:00p: Pack and Clean
5:30 – 6:30p: Dinner
7-9p: Final Showcase
  Wrap Party
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in
SATURDAY DAY SEVEN
8-10a: Students Depart
  We will miss you!!
   
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