Master the craft of photography with a 35mm camera, black & white film and silver prints.

©Emily Schiffer

The Young Photographers Workshop helps talented high school students master the craft of photography as they develop their skills and improve their ability to see and make images. This comprehensive photography course uses the 35mm camera, B&W film, and the darkroom to explore photographic vision. There is extensive darkroom training in film development and printmaking, lots of fieldwork, along with an introduction to the history of the medium to help each student form a personal photographic vision. The course includes work in the aesthetic aspects of composition, point-of-view, the moment and subject matter. Students learn how to make fine silver prints in the darkroom, tone, spot and mount your photographs for exhibition. They also learn how to edit, sequence images and build a portfolio that can be used in college applications. The days are full and students will be working in the darkroom long into the night under the supervision of our staff and faculty. There are daily critiques, supervised lab exercises and field trips along the Maine coast. Students may also go hiking, kayaking, and swimming. Students photograph each other, the Maine landscapes, the sea and seashore, markets and county fairs. and leave with new technical skills, an awareness of the creative potential as a photographer, and a new portfolio of work.


This two-week program is designed for high school students between the ages of 14 and 18. It is an entry-level workshop and no prior experience is necessary. 

What you will learn:

Students leave with new technical skills, an awareness of the creative process and image printing, which enables students to explore other level 2 workshops.

What you will need:

Students should bring a 35mm manual film camera, lens, and film. Unfortunately Maine Media doesn’t have film, film cameras or paper available for loan or purchase. Quantities and types will be provided in your acceptance packet.

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

This class is part of a multi-course sequence and may qualify for a discounted tuition of 10%.  Contact for details.


"My experience at Maine Media Workshops was very empowering. The people are friendly and passionate, as well as culturally diverse. The teacher I had was committed, patient, and so knowledgeable."
- Adeline Manson, Bedford Hills, NY

"I arrived unaware and inexperienced. I am leaving focused and in love with the darkroom."
- Rosa Bozhkor, New York, NY

"This was a great experience!"
- Sam Wagner, Ithaca, NY

"It's an experience that will stick with me forever."
- Elena, Bexley, OH

©Emily Schiffer

Course Dates

This course is not offered at this time.
Check our full workshop listing for other alternatives.

Please email us or call 1-877-577-7700 with any questions.




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