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Digital Photography: From Camera to Composition

Do you have a passion for photography and an interest in taking your skills to a new level?  Explore how to get more out of your camera, from savvy camera handling to creative settings that will take you beyond any automatic setting. Learn the principles of composition and when to apply them — and when to violate them. This workshop will include some discussion of cameras, but it’s primarily an opportunity to share your photographs for group and instructor feedback. Expect out-of-class location shoots around the UW campus. We’ll focus on how to design photographs that capture the story you want to tell with impact, arranging all the elements in the frame with an attention to detail. We’ll also discuss pursuing photography in high school, college or as a career. 

You’ll need to bring a digital camera and its instruction manual to class.  Camera can be point-and-shoot, DSLR or mirrorless.  

Who It’s For

This course is for incoming 9th to 12th graders. 


Ray Pfortner loves teaching and photography and has been doing both for over 20 years in New York City, Seattle and California. He’s worked in photography as an educator, stock agent, editor, consultant and photographer. He was the publishing liaison for the nature photographer Art Wolfe, the stock agent for eight National Geographic photographers and a partner in the stock agency Peter Arnold. Ray has a bachelor's in biology from Yale and a master's in environmental management from Duke. He’s also a fellow of the North American Nature Photography Association.

More Information

See the Things to Know section for details about registration policies, transportation and parking, and more.


Jul 8–Jul 19, 2019

1 p.m.–4 p.m.
UW Seattle
Refund Deadline
May 15 (100%)