summer camps

We offer youth development photography classes in both digital photography and traditional black and white darkroom photography.

Summer Camps 2019: July-August

Summer Camps are open to youth 9 - 19 years old (see descriptions for age requirements). Maximum of 10 youth per camp. Camps are held at Youth in Focus and all equipment is included in the cost. Please contact Youth in Focus for refund and payment plan information.

As this time, we do not offer scholarships for Summer Camps. For sliding scale/scholarship-based classes, check out our Summer Quarter, July 29th - August 9th:

  • Full Day camps will be 9:30am - 4:30pm ($600)

  • Half Day camps will have morning and afternoon sessions ($350)



  • HALF DAY, July 15th - July 19th (9:30am - 12:30pm

  • HALF DAY, July 29th - August 2nd (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

Learn the fundamentals of DSLR photography while exploring some of Seattle's beautiful parks. Get up close with nature while building your portfolio, edit your images in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and compare and critique with your classmates to refine your masterpieces.


CREATIVE DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY - FULL DAY, July 8th - 12th (9:30am - 4:30pm)

Explore the art of black and white film photography in this hands-on course. Use vintage 35mm SLRs and film negatives to print your own photos in the wet lab. Learn traditional darkroom techniques, alternative processes, along with photography foundations like composition and critique.

CREATIVE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY - FULL DAY, July 8th - 12th (9:30am - 4:30pm)

For Intermediate or Advanced Beginners, upgrade your photo skills with advanced DSLR techniques, like in-camera multiple exposure, light writing and more. Explore Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop in the digital lab, critique with your classmates and learn about other photographers working with alternative editing techniques.

DARKROOM DEEPDIVE - HALF DAY, July 15th - 19th (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

Learn the magic of film photography including basic and advance techniques of the camera and darkroom. Students will do on location shooting, use 35mm film, develop and print their images, and learn composition, alternative processes and critique methods.

DIGITAL DEEPDIVE - HALF DAY, July 22nd - 26th (9:30am - 12:30pm) ONLY 4 SPOTS OPEN

Combine the foundations and fundamentals of digital photography with post-production in the digital lab to best tell your story. Use DSLRs to capture images on location and use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to perfect them. Explore retouching, multiple exposure, layers, comping and more as you fine tune your photography skills.

STORYTELLING THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY (digital) - HALF DAY, July 22nd - 26th (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

Artists have been using photography as a way to tell stories since its inception. This class explores that history as well as how we can use modern digital photography and imaging as a storytelling medium. Over the course we will be looking at how light, color and composition can affect moods, how to create an effective series of photos, and learning to use our own narrative voice.

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY (darkroom) - HALF DAY, July 22nd - July 26th (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

Explore Seattle with a 35mm SLR in hand to capture candid moments, street scenes, graffiti art and more as you shoot on-location and build your portfolio. Process and develop your own film, print photos in the darkroom and engage in meaningful critique with other photographers to improve your work.


We provide participants with the instruction, resources, and equipment they need to share their unique and personal stories through photography.

Our supportive and inclusive community provides a sense of belonging and safety for youth from a variety of backgrounds, fostering positive connections between underserved youth and adult teachers and mentors while providing individualized attention and support.

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“I LOVE THE YOUTH IN FOCUS COMMUNITY! They are always willing to help and want you to be here. They all greet you in a respectful manner—it just feels like you’re with family. Every staff member knows everyone’s name, and they’re always waving at you! I like how they actually take the time to get to know you, and the story behind you.”

Iesha G., Youth in Focus student (with portrait and self-portrait)