Summer Photo Camp - kathioleary


Our 16th year of Summer Workshops for kids is TBD 

Again this coming 2018 we will need to secure a studio space. We will let you know if we will run our four week program as we did in 2017 at Mission High or a similar SF location.      


TYPICAL SCHEDULE OF 5 day CAMPS/ 6 students per camp, 9AM to 3:30 PM M-F



This is our typical 5 day workshop program.

Monday: Basics. Still-lifes and cityscapes. Afternoon Photoshop editing/book making

Tuesday: Natural Light portraits and mini field trip through the Mission. Afternoon Photoshop editing/book making

Wednesday: Field trip to SF landmarks. Tea Garden, Chinatown,  Pier 39, Embarcadero, and more. Afternoon Photoshop editing/book making

Thursday: Studio light portraits with costumes. Special effects photography. Afternoon Photoshop editing/book making

Friday: Finish books, pick and print best work, mount and hang photo show. Presentations to family and friends.


Goals & Expectations:

We establish goals, working alone, in pairs and teams, and constantly discuss our photos. We always review our camera controls and settings, and explore content, intention, themes, lighting and focus.  

Still-life shooting:

Students break into individual workspaces to photograph well composed and lit still-lifes with studio props and flowers. This teaches them to create uncluttered images with impact and meaning.


As a portrait photographer Kathi is able to give valuable tips on capturing people. We use available window light, location lighting around Dolores Park and the Mission, or on field trips. One of the biggest bonuses of workshops with Kathi is that students have access to amazing portraits of themselves taken by other students. Kathi allows the students to use all her studio light equipment and costume props to create sharp and dramatically lit portraits 

Field trips around San Francisco

Often called the highlight of our workshop week, our photo field trips allow students to see famous city landmarks in a whole new light. To maximize our shooting time, students are dropped off at 9am on Wednesdays, at the gates of Chinatown/North Beach, or the Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, or Pier 39 for a full 3 hours of shooting with a special treats like tea and cookies, or Italian Pizza. We photograph cafes, shops, parks, alleyways, people, cityscapes and discuss how to handle framing and lighting situations. It's a delightful bonding experience for the group. We have two chaperones besides Kathi for these outings. 

Cityscapes in and around Mission High

We will photograph in the Mission/Castro neighborhood alleyways and shops capturing people, action, architecture and details. This activity prepares them for photography in the future when they travel with family or friends. In some classes we may venture to City Hall or 

Individual On-Line Galleries

Each student has access to an individual Mac for the entire week. Personal on-line galleries are set up to collect best work throughout the week.

Learning by looking

Students review books from the studio library of famous photographers and explain to each other their favorite photo picks-why does a photo work? They also browse Flickr through a collection of student "favorites" from the world-wide Flickr pool of accomplished photographers. 

Break and lunch

We have a 10:30 snack break and a 12:30 to 1 lunch break usually spent in Dolores Park right across the street from Mission High.

Jurying and Editing

After lunch (or when we return to the studio from field trips) our photos are uploaded to Lightroom and the process of picking our best work begins with input from our older interns and Kathi. Photos are edited within Lightroom or are brought into Photoshop Elements for more advanced work with layers and filters.

Book Making:

During our last hour of the day students layout their 20 page hardcover 10x10 photo book project in Shutterfly learning priceless skills in how to express their work, how photos relate and how to talk about their work.


Students must bring a digital camera- compact or SLR are both fine-and clean media card and bag lunch each day. 

Rental cameras are available for $40 extra per week.

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