Summer Photo Camp - kathioleary


We ARE booking now for 2 day workshops in June and July. 9am to 4pm. $345 including materials fee ($150 due at sign up)

Sorry, but we are suspending week-long 30 hour workshops for the first time in 15 years. We hope to offer our full program next year.



G:June 11-12-WAITLIST   A: June 13-14 WAITLIST. B: June 18-19-WAITLIST  C: June 21-22 FULL   D: June 27-28 -1 spot. E: July 2-3 -1 spot. 

9am to 4pm both days.

DETAILS:We are running 6 photography workshops this summer that are two day intensives combining a local field trip with creation of a gallery and prints and photo editing with a mixed-media project, at our Alamo Square home studio. These are small groups, strictly limited to four students 11 and up. $345 for 9am to 4pm.  Included: Transportation, snacks, matted prints and acrylic, pastel art supplies and papers plus use of a 21 inch Mac computer with editing software. ‚Äč


Deposit of $150 is refundable until April 20, 2018. Afterwards will be held as a credit for future classes. Remainder $195 will be billed in late May.

OR: Contact Kathi :

 G:June 11-12-WAITLIST  A: June 13-14 WAITLIST. B: June 18-19-WAITLIST  C: June 21-22 FULL

9am to 4pm both days.

DAY 1: On day one students will be dropped off at a landmark site like Pier 39, Stow Lake, City Hall, the SF Zoo, Japanese Tea Garden, Hall of Flowers, Chinatown, the Mission or SFMOMA/Yerba Buena Gardens or Fort Point. Our group of 4 students will be guided through documenting their surrounding with the use of exposure, depth of field, and most of all, composition to express what they see and how they see it. We will Lyft or bus back to Alamo Square in the afternoon for processing our work and adding artful edits in Lightroom and Photoshop.

DAY 2: Drop off at Kathi's Alamo Square home studio. We have the option of shooting near or on the square. We are close to Divisadero corridor and are 6 blocks from Hayes Valley and Haight-Ashbury. We will work on our best images, print and mat them, and try mixed media interpretation of one or two favorite photos. We will also enjoy Alamo Square with a bagged lunch with the option of creating fresh photo takes of the Painted Ladies image so often snapped by tourists.


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 Field trip Day, at the gates of Chinatown/North Beach, or the Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, Fort Point, Conservatory of Flowers, 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. For trips of 5 or more We have one to two chaperones besides Kathi for these outings. 

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. 

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.


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 $30 for the workshop

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