Montreal Photography Day Camp for Teens

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I am very excited to announce my first ever Photography Camp for Teens!


When I was in high school, I was obsessed with photography:  I was the “Candids” editor for our high school yearbook.  At family functions I was the one snapping pictures of everyone.  On vacation, it was me who documented our trips… and of course, I had hundreds of photos of our beloved four-legged family members.  Outside of school, however, there did not seem to be any programs that were available to help me improve my skills or grow as a photographer.  I WISHED I could find a summer camp program that focused on arts instead of sports… Well, now that I’m all grown up and running my own photography business, there IS a program just like that, for teens who want to improve their skills, get inspired to try new things and meet other like-minded creatives in a fun, safe and professional environment.  This program is not an excuse to buy more gear.  It’s about learning how to use the camera you already have to take better pictures.


  • July 11-15, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day


  • End of summer vernissage showcasing participants’ work – Date & location to be determined.


Creative Perspectives Photography Studio
1655A Edouard-Laurin
Ville St. Laurent, QC
H4L 2B6


  • Ages 13-17
  • Must have a DSLR camera with at least one lens
  • Must have access to a laptop (preferable) or to a computer at home
  • Must have Adobe Lightroom (Student pricing is available with proof of enrollment in school:  $79 for the software download or $19.99/month for Creative Cloud)

How Much: 

$350+tax per person

Price includes;

  • All workshops and activities outlined in the curriculum below
  • E-mail and phone support with assignments
  • Admission to the Ecomuseum Zoo (Day 5)
  • Professional lab prints of three images for the vernissage (framing not included)

* Program is eligible for the Children’s Art tax credit

** Existing clients of Creative Perspectives Photography are eligible for a 10% discount.

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The Nitty Gritty

This comprehensive photography day camp will include a dynamic mix of workshop-type instruction as well as the opportunity to take your cameras – and your newfound knowledge – out for a spin, as we explore the studio and surrounding areas to complete daily assignments.  Each day camp session will be limited to no more than 10 participants so that everyone will have the occasion to ask questions and really get involved in a truly interactive learning experience. Keep reading for a more detailed curriculum.  I look forward to seeing you this summer!


Day #1- Introduction & Mastering Exposure

 Morning Workshop:

  • Metering – Spot, Center-Weighted and Matrix/Evaluative
  • White Balance & Understanding Middle Grey
  • Exposure Compensation
  • Aperture & Depth of Field
  • The relationship between ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed

 Afternoon Assignment:

  • Explore your camera and learn where all the controls are
  • Create custom menus (if possible)
  • Practice metering in a variety of settings to get proper exposure and learn when each method works best
  • Work with a partner and photograph each other using depth of field to creatively produce 3 different styles of portraits

Day #2 – Introduction to Lightroom / Working with Animals

 Morning Workshop:

  • Setting up your photo catalogue
  • Using Keyword Tags, Folders, Flags, Ratings and Color Labels
  • Importing, Evaluating & Culling your Images with the Library Module
  • Using the Spot Removal & Brush Tools
  • Using Presets in the Develop Module
  • Image formats for internet, printing & archiving

 Afternoon Workshop:

  • Lens choice & settings for photographing animals
  • Best techniques for pets vs. zoo animals
  • Choosing a setting with depth & interest

 Afternoon Assignment:

  • Work with some of my favorite furry friends to create dynamic and interesting animal portrais
  • We will be shooting in the studio and possibly outdoors (weather permitting)

Day #3 – Seeing the Light

Morning Workshop

  • Working with available light
  • Natural reflectors
  • Extreme lighting conditions
  • Working with On-camera Flash
  • Working with Off-camera Flash
  • Working with Studio Lights

Afternoon Assignment:

  • Photograph the same subject using three different lighting techniques of your choice to create images with three different moods
  • Review & critique of images

Day #4 – Working with People

 Morning Workshop

  • Establishing rapport
  • Communication:  Direction & Feedback
  • Pre-visualization, Anticipation & Timing
  • Eliciting a response to get a great expression
  • Working with Children
  • Posing for Men vs. Women
  • Posing for Groups

 Afternoon Assignment:

  • Pose the entire group for a formal group portrait
  • Work with a partner and create posed portraits with at least three different (and believable) expressions
  • Review & critique of images

Day #5 – Putting It All Together

Today we meet at the Ecomuseum Zoo in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue where participants will put their newfound knowledge to use photographing a variety of subjects including people, animals, plants, insects and objects in a photo scavenger hunt.

Montreal Photo Camp-03Mentoring, and one-on-one workshops are also available.

For more information, please click  HERE.

Let’s get creative!

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