San Diego Kids & Teens

Summer Camps

This summer, register for OTL Summer Camps! Our exciting San Diego summer camps for kids and teens dive into digital media topics!

June 22, 23, 24

Joshua Tree National Park


Grades: 9 - 12
Full-Day: $450 (Leaving the morning of Friday, June 22; returning the evening of Sunday, June 24)

Joshua Tree 3-day Photography Adventure

Join us for a three-day immersive photo workshop in beautiful Joshua Tree National Park. Take in the wild desert scenery, practice photographic techniques ranging from black and white photography, to digital astrophotography. Don't miss this opportunity to explore and create amongst the Joshua trees! Tuition includes transportation, hotel lodging, and meals.

 
June 25 - 29

OTL Media Lab
2750 Historic Decatur Rd, Barracks 15
Studio 103
San Diego, CA 92106


Grades: 3 - 5
Full-Day: $350 (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Creative Code Makers

Explore how code can be used creatively. Learn the basics of code by creating a series of algorithmically-generated digital art pieces, then build your very own drawing program for your friends and family to use! Students will develop technical skills coding in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

 
June 25 - 29

Muirlands Middle School
1056 Nautilus St.
La Jolla, CA 92037


Grades: 6 - 8
Full-Day: $320 (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Music Video Makers

Bring together the art of music and movement in this fun week-long course led by a dancer, photographer, and filmmaker! Learn from concept to cut how to choreograph with the camera, match motion to music, and engage your audience. Launch your video on YouTube and watch the views come in!

 
June 27 - 29

Union Cowork East Village
704 J St.
San Diego, CA 92101


Grades: 9 - 12
Full-Day: $200 (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

People // Places: The Art of the Portrait

This 3-day portraiture and storytelling intensive explores the relationship between people and place through the frame. Learn from visiting guest artists on how to best light & frame your subjects. Practice on-location shooting in Downtown San Diego. Experience environmental portraiture, studio lighting, photojournalism, and storytelling, and create a mini-portfolio of work.

 
July 2 - 3

OTL Media Lab
2750 Historic Decatur Rd, Barracks 15
Studio 103
San Diego, CA 92106


Grades: 6 - 12
Full-Day: $180 (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Hit the Airwaves: Podcasting from Concept to Creation

Grab your best friends to share your story, your passion, or a laugh over the airwaves. We will cover all steps of pre and post production, from setting up a studio, writing a script, recording, editing, and broadcasting.

 
July 9 - 13

OTL Media Lab
2750 Historic Decatur Rd, Barracks 15
Studio 103
San Diego, CA 92106


Grades: Kindergarten - 2
Half-Day: $240 (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)

Photos + Fun

A vivid imagination is all a student needs to join this action-packed photography and stop-motion animation camp. Come learn photography through hands-on activities, photowalks, claymation, and stop-motion.

 
July 9 - 13

La Jolla Historical Society
780 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA 92037


Grades: 6 - 8
Half-Day: $240 (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Full-Day: $320 (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Take it to the Streets: Street Photography

Street photography is about showing people your world, through your eyes. You’ll learn tips and tricks and techniques street photographers use to capture the moments, objects, and people that they see.

 
July 16 - 20

OTL Media Lab
2750 Historic Decatur Rd, Barracks 15
Studio 103
San Diego, CA 92106


Grades: 3 - 5
Half-Day: $240 (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Full-Day: $320 (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Trick Photography

Learn to remix your stories told by your photos with special effects including fun with PhotoShop, double exposure, forced perspective, and stop-motion animation. Bring your subjects to life, transform landscapes, and create new realities with interesting techniques.

 
July 16 - 20

La Jolla Historical Society
780 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA 92037


Grades: 6 - 8
Half-Day: $240 (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Full-Day: $320 (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Take it to the Beach

Capture summer through the lens in this weeklong photography and film workshop! Dive into landscape, portraiture, action, surf & underwater photography, and even short films as you become an experienced beach life photographer.

 
July 21 - 24

Tijuana, Mexico


Grades: 9 - 12
Full-Day: $495 (Leave the morning of July 21, Return the evening of July 24)

FOTO TJ

Join creative forces with local youth in Tijuana, as we embark on a journey exploring the sites and sounds of La Frontera. Together we will visit human rights organizations working in Tijuana, while capturing the stories of those impacted by their work. This is an incredible opportunity to learn about the Baja region through the power of film and photography! *Transportation included

 
July 23 - 27

OTL Media Lab
2750 Historic Decatur Rd, Barracks 15
Studio 103
San Diego, CA 92106


Grades: 3 - 5
Half-Day: $240 (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Full-Day: $320 (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

ABC's of Photography

You'll learn the A,B,C's as you Advance in photography techniques and discover the settings on your camera, Brainstorm how to capture the best views & framing of your subject, and Capture your own photo series to edit & share. Your friends and family will think you are a true professional by the end of the week!

 
July 23 - 27

Muirlands Middle School
1056 Nautilus St.
La Jolla, CA 92037


Grades: 6 - 12
Full-Day: $350 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)

Game Development Camp

Like to play games? Campers will analyze games and learn the project development, world- and story-building, design, and scripting they will need to build a game of their own. 2-D, arcade style game development will be our focus, with instruction in 3-D game design as well.

 
July 23 - 27

Encinitas Union Cowork
111 C St.
Encinitas, CA 92024


Grades: 7 - 12
Full-Day: $320 + $60 supply fee (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Flashbacks: Film Photography & Atl. Photo Processes: Take It to the Streets 2

Come and get retro with OTL! Discover some of photography's earliest techniques, and learn from the masters who used them best. Test out a 4x5 camera, capture & develop film, try out alternative photographic processes, and explore the past and present through the lens.

 
July 30 - August 3

Muirlands Middle School
1056 Nautilus St.
La Jolla, CA 92037


Grades: 6 - 8
Full-Day: $320 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)

Narrative Filmmaking

In this workshop we'll study various forms of documentary filmmaking, from traditional methods to experimental and hybrid forms, and apply those skills toward creating your own short documentary film, going through the phases of pre-production (planning, storyboarding), production (filming, sound, lighting, interviewing, direction), and post (editing, sound).

 
July 30 - August 3

Encinitas Union Cowork
111 C St
Encinitas, CA 92024


Grades: 6 - 9
Half-Day: $240 (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Full-Day: $320 (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Take it to the Streets: Street Photography

Street photography is about showing people your world, through your eyes. You’ll learn tips and tricks on your DSLR, and techniques street photographers use to capture the moments, objects, and people that they see. Then you’ll put your new skills into practice as you hit the streets with your camera.

 
August 11 - 24

Bosnia – Herzegovina


Grades: 9 - 12
Full-Day: $Registration Closed ()

MFF School Excursion

Join us for this cross-cultural filmmaking experience in Bosnia-Herzegovina and participate in MFF School, an OTL-led filmmaking workshop for high school students at the Mediterranean Film Festival. During the workshop, a short film is created that is then screened for a packed house on the opening night of the festival. You will work together with local Croatian students, collaborating on the production of an original narrative short film.

 
Wednesday's (6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8)

OTL Media Lab
2750 Historic Decatur Rd, Barracks 15
Studio 103
San Diego, CA 92106


Grades: 7 - 12
Half-Day: $180 (5:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

The Business of Photography

Are you dreaming of launching a photography business? Join us for our five week evening summer camp program and learn how to run a creative business. From money to marketing, branding to building a client base. Learn from and shoot with professional photographers, building an awesome mini portfolio as you do!

 

Happy Customers!

I can’t really think of any way to improve upon the program, as it seems to have been very well planned and thought through. Each individual piece of the program was well organized and detailed, and each piece transitioned perfectly to the next component and also to the bigger picture ... We all enjoyed every aspect of the program and our family loved the final exhibitions!

– Alison

I knew nothing about photography before I began with OTL, but have also learned many things that I use when taking photos in my own life ... As photographers, the students become more observant of the world around them and see things from different perspectives. They also see that photography is a tool for communicating across the globe.

– Brooke

Thank you for giving our students such wonderful photography ... they had an opportunity to express themselves openly and honestly and they were respected for their work.

– Susan
 

Outreach


Since 2001, Outside the Lens (OTL) has delivered its curriculum to 13,000 children in weekly classes, after-school programs, summer sessions, workshops and teacher trainings. Students tell their unique personal stories through photography, video, and other digital media forms while under the guidance of writers, journalists, filmmakers, photographers, artists and teachers. Our outreach programs target under-served and at-risk youth grades K-12 throughout San Diego County and uses participatory photography and video, a method in which students are given cameras and videos to document the issues that concern them. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, our curriculum reached over 5,000 people in 2013.