Intro to Digital Photography

Summer photography camp for teens




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Have you ever wanted to learn how to use Photoshop? Do you have a digital camera and want to make amazing photos with it? In this workshop, students will learn about Adobe Photoshop software, shooting techniques, lighting, printing and more! Students will present a photography showcase at the end of the week.

Note: Camera requirements: participants are required to bring their own digital camera.


Ages:  13 – 18
Dates:  August 2 – 6, 2021
Times:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm (M-F)
Tuition:  $300
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, Art & Design Building
*After Care not available for Summer 2021


COVID REQUIREMENTS:  Students must follow University Covid protocols. Please see updates here.


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Instructor: Casey Shannon

Art Educator at Fairfax County, VA
Read about Mr. Shannon

Casey Shannon studied Graphic Design and Art History at Seton Hill University and received a master’s degree in Art Education from George Mason University. Mr. Shannon’s first teaching job in FCPS was as a Project-Based Learning teacher at Rose Hill Elementary School. There he learned to create engaging lessons that challenged students to solve complex problems by planning, collaborating, and revising their ideas. Now as a photography and digital art teacher at Hayfield Secondary, Mr. Shannon’s teaching philosophy revolves around the same tenants. As a multi-disciplined artist in his own right, Mr. Shannon understands the importance of becoming a “whole-brain thinker”, and believes engaging in art is a fantastic way for everyone to learn and grow.

Justin Sutters, Art Lessons
Director: Dr. Justin Sutters
Mason School of Art Professor
Read about Dr. Sutters

Dr. Sutters was a K-12 art educator in an urban school district for seven years and also taught for two years in São Paulo, Brazil. He completed his undergraduate and master’s degree from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, attained his doctorate degree from the Ohio State University receiving national recognition for his dissertation. Since he has been an Assistant Professor and currently is the Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in Art Education at George Mason University. He has presented his research at the state, national and international levels and is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. He currently is the Chair of the Professional Learning through Research (PLR) working group of the National Art Education Association’s Research Commission, the NAEA Higher Education Representative for the Southeastern Division, on the review board of Art Education and Visual Arts Research (VAR) and has been a contributing member of the Data Visualization Working Group. His research focuses on pre-service practices, teacher licensure, national demography data, comparative studies/Brazilian studies, and theories pertaining to space and place. His studio practice and background is primarily in the 2-D realm including printmaking, drawing, and watercolor.




Attending the camp, I had access to software we don’t all have at home. I appreciated the freedom of content and learning darkroom skills. — Digital Photography Summer Studio 2019 Participant

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“I loved that every day we learned something different.” — Digital Photography Summer Studio 2018 Participant

“I enjoyed trying all different kinds of photography instead of just sticking with one type. For example, I came with some knowledge of landscape photography but we did a lot of portrait photography which was relatively new to me, so I learned a lot!” — Digital Photography Summer Studio 2017 Participant

“My favorite part was using studio lights.” — Digital Photography Summer Studio 2017 Participant




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