Photo Classes - kathioleary

Summerfoto 2017 update: We are creating a studio classroom at Mission High School. We are registering students now. 

Choose week 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17  

Program: 9 to 3:30 Monday thru Friday. Groups will range in age 10 to 16, possible subgroups. Classes fill fast, as we only take 6 plus one intern ( interns are students who have taken Summerfoto before). 

In December we moved from our 324 Fell Street Studio-a wonderful space but we couldn't keep up with the overhead. Kathi is working out of her Alamo Square flat and is creating portraits and teaching on location.


Kathi O'Leary is a professional photographer in San Francisco with more than 20 years experience capturing natural, compelling portraits of professionals and families. 14 years ago she began  mentoring kids and adults so they might learn what she knows and loves about photography. Kathi's goal in teaching has been to encourage and enable self-expression with any camera and to have her students see the world from the perspective of a photographer.

In teaching workshops, Kathi shares her pro lights, reflectors, props, and costumes, while the students cover all the general areas of photography; portraits, abstracts, even special effects. Through location field trips the students see their city in a whole new way and learn to work with mixed light and different subjects and themes.

Throughout one day and week-long workshops, students adjust manual controls to understand the effects of speed and aperture, color balance and exposure. They also review photo books and online photo sites to learn from the best and to discuss composition and meaning. Finally, through group critique, students learn how to tell great images from ones that may not work. Using Photoshop Lightroom, they organize and jury their work to create an on-line portfolio of best images. Workshops end with a show of favorite photos, printed and matted by the students.

Parents, if your child is looking for an activity, or that one special "thing" to call their own, you will find our workshops offer the photography skills and inspiration they need in a visually stimulating environment. Grown-ups, Kathi is happy to treat you with the care and attention she lavishes on her  kids and assures you she can have you shoot as well as they do in a few lessons!

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