Engage your creativity with this intense two-week immersion in the world of digital photography.

Jun 24, 2024 - Jul 5, 2024

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $4195
Workshop Duration: 2-weeks
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 10

This workshop is a part of the 2024 summer Academy program.

Book before December 31st, 2023 and save $300 on any 2-week Academy workshop or $1000 for the 6-week summer school programs. Early Bird discounts will be applied automatically & cannot be combined with any other offers.


Note: Workshops can also be taken individually.

6-Week Summer Film School (Jun 24 - Aug 2, 2024)

  • 2-Week Film School (Jun 24 - Jul 5, 2024 - SOLD OUT)

  • 2-Week Advanced Film School (Jul 8, 2023 - Jul 19, 2024)

  • Finishing Strong: Editing & Post-Production (July 22 - August 2, 2024)


Note: Workshops can also be taken individually.

6-Week Summer Photo School (Jun 24 - Aug 2, 2024)

  • 2-Week Digital Photography (June 24 - July 5, 2024)

  • 2-Week Advanced Digital Photography (July 8, 2024 - July 19, 2024)

  • Scholastic Portfolio Development (July 22 - August 2, 2024)

Book Arts & Design

Midcoast Maine Summer Arts Expedition (July 22 - August 2, 2024)

This workshop is for teenage photographers wanting to explore and excel in digital photography. In the quest for creative vision students study the technical capabilities of digital camera functions, file management, Adobe Lightroom, printing, and image editing. Students will learn the tricks of the trade such as how to use color to create dynamic compositions and how to handle the elements of time, motion, image content, and intent. Through hands-on instruction, assignments, and critique, learn to photograph people, landscapes, architecture, interiors, and conceptual subject matter all in the absolutely stunning backdrop of Maine summer.

Maine Media Academy Photography - by Devin Altobello


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

What you will learn:

Students leave this workshop with a solid understanding of the core foundation of photography, digital capture, and image printing which enables students to further their digital photography skills in Advanced Digital Photography.

What you will need:

Students should bring a DSLR camera, lens, memory card, and a minimum of 120GB Hard Drive. We have cameras and accessories available for loan for the duration of the workshop if needed.

Maine Media Academy with Gould 3 - by Amanda Piela

Maine Media Academy photography students enjoying the Alpacas

Maine Media Academy with Gould - by Amanda Piela

Maine Media Academy Students posing for photography scene


“Maine Media Workshops was a great experience, a place to meet fellow teen artists and learn from experienced staff”
– Aaron Mason, Noblebaro, ME

“I learned that there are so many tricks to photography.”
– Kyra Hahn, Nazareth, PA

“I think every kid should experience MMW because it is truly a gift and I feel so lucky to be a part of it.”
– Julia Plummer, Falmouth, ME

“Going to Maine Media Workshops was a great experience for me because it gave me more confidence about my photos.”
– Kelly Zimmerhanzel, Schertz, TX

“I learned a lot, met new friends, ate new food, and photographed it up!”
– Liv, New York, NY

“I think the training and programs we got to use were amazing”
– Hannah Bolduc-Jackson, Raymond, ME

“Maine Media is the perfect place to meet people who share your same interest and work together as a creative group of young artists.”
– Giacomo Cabrini, Milan, Italy

Maine Media Academy - Advanced Young Digital Photography with Kari Wehrs 3

Image Credit: Kara Burnbaum

Past student work

Past student work (left to right): Maggie Hough, Lily Steck, Abby Coston, May Winter, Gus Baganz, Yasmine Smeets, Molly Darcy, Victor Payton

About the Maine Media Academy

For over 30 years, each summer the Academy at Maine Media cultivates the next generation of photographers, filmmakers, and book artists through expert learning opportunities. Academy students join a longstanding community of artists and visual storytellers committed to building a legacy of mentorship and lifelong creative learning. Instructors in the program are accomplished working artists and professionals who are dedicated to the personal success and artistic journey of their students. Students will be surrounded by peers who share their passions and are guided by working artists who encourage creativity as they instruct them in the latest skills and techniques and help create portfolio-level work.

Brief Academy Overview:

  • Student days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critiques, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow, and/or digital lab 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.
  • All students reside in our campus residence, occupying the lower floor. Rooms are all private baths with a maximum of three students per room (most will be doubles). Resident Advisors (RAs) also reside on the same floor to monitor and supervise. The upper floor is occupied by non-Academy adult workshop attendees who will have little exposure or direct interaction with the Academy students.
  • During the week, all meals are taken together in the dining facilities directly across the street. Weekend meals are taken in the local economy and transported by the RA’s – or sometimes do cookouts. This cost is included in the tuition package. Parents may indicate any special dietary needs upon registration.
  • RAs supervise the students when not in class and help make group decisions about weekend activities which may include swimming, bowling, movies, 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 Maine Media 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 includes accommodation, access to campus amenities, transportation once the workshop has begun, meals (including a lobster dinner!), Resident Advisors, and Teacher’s Assistants.
  • Students may request a transcript be sent to their high school for possible credit.

Questions or Need More Information?

We have the answers to your questions and are here to help! You can give us a call at 877-577-7700, email us at [email protected], or get in touch online.

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Instructor: Kaitlin Santoro

Kaitlin Santoro is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. Working across photography, glass, and printmaking, her work explores time, impermanence, loss, and memory. She creates work that slowly breaks down and shifts, documenting the process and the aftermath to illustrate the fragility of memory over time. Santoro pushes the traditional boundaries of lens based, print, and 3D techniques by using incompatible materials, creating and using distortion lenses, or working in non-archival methods like printing with household solvents.

Santoro’s work has been exhibited internationally and was most recently included in exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, UrbanGlass, and the Print Center of New York. She has been awarded residencies at the Manhattan Graphics Center, Pilchuck Glass School, DaVinci Art Alliance, the Sculpture Space, and the Oxbow School of Art. She has presented at the Glass Art Society annual conference, Pilchuck Glass School, the Tyler School of Art, and Queens College. She received her BFA from the University of Connecticut, and her MFA in Photography from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture. In addition to her studio practice, she teaches photography at youth, adult, and college programs. She currently teaches at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Philadelphia and for the City University of New York.