Photography Academy

Capture. Edit. Publish.  

Taught by instructors with extensive expertise, this field-based experience shares key DSLR photography and editing techniques. Master manual camera settings, then maximize the impact of your art with Adobe® Photoshop® and Lightroom®. You’ll work on exciting and challenging projects to add to your photography portfolio. Find this camp near you >>

Week 1: With instructor guidance you’ll learn how to consistently produce superior quality images with a DSLR camera using aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings. You’ll then be introduced to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

Week 2: This week will focus on mentorship and a deeper dive into the professional world of a photographer.  Students will work on challenging real-world projects that professional photographers encounter and leave camp with an impressive and vibrant portfolio.


Academy Details

Learn everything you need to know about Academy for Digital Photography.

Program Info

Ages: 12 – 17
Hours: 9am – 5pm
Tuition: $2,325

Hardware + Software

Apple Computers
Adobe Lightroom
Adobe Photoshop

Learning Outcomes

You’ll learn how to use your DSLR in different modes while exploring professional photo editing and composition techniques.

What You Create

A polished photography portfolio.

*Each student is required to bring his or her own DSLR camera (we recommend Canon®) and a tripod.  DMA is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen personal items.


Skills + Experience

Get ready for a fun and meaningful camp experience through project-based learning.

Film + Photography

In our Film + Photography courses, highly qualified instructors work with students to make their creative ideas a reality and capture vibrant digital images and footage. Our Academy for Digital Photography is ideal for students wanting to explore the world of professional DSLR photography, improve their editing skills using industry software, and polish their portfolios to show to friends, family, schools or potential clients.

The Academy Experience

Our Academies are pairings of two complementary courses, designed to accelerate student proficiency and knowledge in each of our course categories. From week one to week two, students take a deeper dive into the topic, expanding upon their new skills and creating more advanced projects and portfolios.

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The lowest rates of the year are going, going, [almost] gone! You now have until Tuesday September 5th to take advantage of incredible savings on all of our summer camp offerings. Not sure of your plans yet? No problem! Get a full refund on your summer camp purchase until February 1, 2018.



Find This Camp Near You

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DMA was so much fun this summer! This was my second summer at DMA and i’ll be sure to come back next year! Thanks DMA!

Calisa S.

Digital Photography Student


Camp Overview

Take a look at your camp schedule, learn more about tuition, and explore add-ons.

Sample Camp Day

8:00 am Drop-Off
Beat the traffic! Drop off anytime between 8:00 and 9:00am.
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
Learn + Understand
10:30 am Morning Break + Outdoor Activities
11:00 am Continued Instruction + Creation
Application + Guided Practice
12:00 pm Lunch Break
Bring your own or purchase a lunch plan, available at select locations.
1:00 pm Back to Camp
Create, Test, Evaluate + Improve
2:30 pm Afternoon Break + Outdoor Activities
3:00 pm Continued Instruction + Creation
Review + Share
5:00 pm Student Pick-up
Running late? Pick up as late as 5:30pm.

Tuition Includes

Google Apps email account + unlimited cloud storage
Personalized feedback + Project Achievement Report
Certificate of Completion
Digital Media Academy camp t-shirt
Personal Apple workstation for camp
 Low staff to student ratios

Add-Ons Available at Checkout

+ Lunch: Add lunch so you don’t have to bring your own!*
+ DMA Online: Choose a course or subscribe to learn at your own pace.
+ Overnight Housing: Stay on campus Sunday to Friday – includes all meals.*
+ Weekend Stay: Get ready for fun weekend activities and day trips around the area.*

*Meals + Housing available at select locations >>

The DMA Difference

Discover what sets us apart from the competition and why we're the best.

Top-Notch Staff

Educators, artists, and talented industry professionals with a passion for STEM education.

Well-Balanced Experience

Our students enjoy a balanced camp day with both in-class lessons and outdoor activities.

Project-Based Learning

Our curriculum sparks curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork and collaboration.

Safety Matters

Our staff is First-Aid + CPR certified and have completed national background checks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do students need a camera both weeks?

Yes. Due to the hands-on nature of this academy, students will need their own DSLR camera and full-size tripod for the full two weeks. We recommend Canon® cameras. (Visit our retail partner Adorama for a full selection of DSLR cameras.)

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