This two-week program is designed for high school students between the ages of 14 and 18.
Fictional photography is not just reacting to what the eye sees. It is creating what the imagination ponders. In this two-week course, young artists spend extensive time combining advanced studio lighting and post-production software techniques, in conjunction with learning to scout locations, brainstorm, assemble a photography set, and craft visual storytelling, to make images only they could make. Students gain exposure in directing actors, dealing with constantly changing environmental factors, location lighting, advanced post-production techniques, and how to lead a busy photography set.
Students both lead and assist in creating these photographs. The importance of maximizing the potential of pre-production, production, and post-production, and the benefits of each, takes place both in the lab and during shoots as students create from their imagination. Through this process, students become confident in their creative visions and gain a high level of proficiency with lighting and Adobe Photoshop. When not leading a shoot, students are active on their classmates' sets, setting a teamwork atmosphere to allow each student to realize his or her unique vision.
Students also be introduced to methods for how to converge still photography with video and gain experience with Final Cut Pro. As cameras and technology advance, so do the skill-sets needed to be a still photographer today. Supplemental projects will deal with these emerging tools, providing students with a thorough understanding of the technical, and creative outlets for how to best utilize these processes.
Students are encouraged to have previous experience in studio lighting and Adobe Photoshop. Students with minimal experience are encouraged to take Advanced Young Digital Photographers as a lead-in to this course.
About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critique, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day, and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling, and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.
We recommend students have access to $150 over the two-week period for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.
Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 and departure is on Saturday morning.
Tuition Note: includes room and board