Make Amazing Memories with our Chicago Summer Camps!
Fill your child’s summer snapping amazing photos with GTA Photography Classes! With six new programs this is one summer camp you don’t want to miss out on! Check out some of our new programs or take one of our original classes and let your little one explore their creativity this summer!
Kids Camp 1 (8-12)
Kids Camp 1 is a unique photography program that empowers kids, like no other in the country! Kids Camp 1 introduces campers to their cameras through hands-on demonstrations and interactive field trips! In our program, we cover creative and technical techniques that are engaging and meaningful for kids! Kids leave feeling confident having developed a skill set that they will carry with them forever!
Kids Camp 2 (8-12)
The sky is the limit for our Kids Camp 2 campers! Campers are encouraged to get creative with their images and have fun while breaking the rules of composition! Creative projects and demonstrations will inspire campers to master new techniques, including; silhouettes, bokeh, and black and white photography!
Explore Nature & Animals (8-12)
Calling all nature and animal lovers! This camp will explore landscape, macro and pet photography while visiting some of Chicago’s most beautiful green spaces, including Millennium Park! In this camp, you’ll learn to creatively capture a broad range of subjects and scenic views!
Explore Photo Editing (8-12)
Explore Photo Editing offers our kids campers the opportunity to get creative with photo editing applications, including as Lightroom CC for iPads! Campers will learn the essential photo enhancement techniques necessary to transform ordinary photographs into something extraordinary! Daily field trips will provide campers with the opportunity to capture a variety of images using their DSLR cameras to experiment with during daily editing periods!
Explore Sports & Action (8-12)
Learn all the tips and tricks for freezing fast moving subjects and blurring motion! In Explore Sport and Action, campers will get active participating in interactive games, and fun filled demonstrations involving art, water and more! Campers will visit Millennium Park and get inspired catching skateboarders in mid-air!
Teen Camp 1 (13-17)
Experience photography in full manual mode! Teen Camp 1 encourages teens to develop the essential skill set needed to feel confident shooting with DSLR cameras. Get inspired by visiting and shooting some of Chicago’s greatest landmarks, including Millennium Park, Navy Pier, and the Beach! Immerse yourself in a meaningful and unforgettable week, surrounded by others who love photography just as much as you!
Teen Camp 2 (13-17)
Unleash your imagination, anything is possible! In Teen Camp 2, teens are encouraged to experiment with the rules of composition. Explore new and exciting photography techniques, such as painting with light, projection art, and bokeh! Daily field trips will encourage critical thinking and challenge teens to develop creative images like never before!
Street & Documentary (13-17)
Grab your camera and experience photo-journalism first hand in Chicago! In this program, students will develop an eye and the critical techniques required for capturing candid human emotion! With practical experience, students will discover how powerful photography can be to effectively communicate a message across and capture meaningful stories!
Photo Editing 1 (13-17)
Expose yourself to the wonders of photo editing! In this program, students will be introduced to two industry leading photography editing softwares: Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Through guided demonstrations, students will learn the key adjustment tools for retouching and manipulating images within each software. Daily field trips will provide students the opportunity to capture a variety of images to experiment with during daily editing periods!
Fine Art & Film (13-17)
Create artistic images using digital and film cameras! In this program, students will discover photography as a tool for creative expression and visit contemporary art galleries for inspiration! Students will have the opportunity to experiment with 35 mm film cameras (provided) and be able to review their negatives as scans. At the end of the week, favourite shots will be printed for keepsake and exhibited in a gallery form at our exhibit!
Become the first contributors of our new GTA Photography Lifestyle Blog, celebrating the vibrant stories of people, places and events happening within the heart of our city! Dive into a variety of lifestyle genres including food photography, architectural photography, candid photography and more by visiting local businesses within the heart of Chicago! In this program, students will collaborate to prepare a series that will be published and exhibited online.
Counselor in Training (16-18)
Experience what it takes to become a camp counselor! In this 2 week, immersive program, Counselors in Training will be mentored by our CIT Lead, who with coach them through a variety of leadership exercises and placements. Ongoing assessments, feedback and peer evaluations will help to develop the essential skill set and confidence valued by all camp professionals! CITs will walk away having experienced a full mock interview, create and receive feedback on resumes and develop an online portfolio that will set them up for success!