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 23, 24, 25

Joshua Tree National Park


Grades: 9 - 12
Full-Day: $395 (Leaving morning of Friday, June 24; returning evening of Sunday, June 26)

Joshua Tree 3-day Photography Adventure

Join OTL for a three-day immersive photo workshop in beautiful Joshua Tree National Park. Take in the wild desert scenery while practicing an array of photographic techniques ranging from traditional black and white, to digital astrophotography. You won’t want to miss this unique experience to explore and create amongst the Joshua trees! Tuition includes transportation, hotel lodging, and meals.

 
June 26 - 30

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


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

Stop Motion Animation

Attention mixed media artists! Tap into your creativity by learning basic camera techniques, video editing, drawing and sculpture. Through the use of storyboards, models, objects (clay, puppets, toys), cameras and video editing software, you will create your own stop-motion animation! By the end of the week, you'll have a packet filled with script ideas, character drawings, a cardboard set and your animation on YouTube to share with family and friends.

 
July 5 - July 8

Museum of Contemporary Art Downtown
1100 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101


Grades: 9 - 12
Full-Day: $TBD (TBD)

People//Places: Environmental Portraiture

Love capturing people? This 3-day portraiture intensive explores the relationship between people and place in the frame. Learn how to best light & frame your subjects and practice with unique on-location shooting in Downtown San Diego. Students will explore environmental portraiture, street photography, fashion photography, photojournalism, and black & white techniques and leave with their very own mini-portfolio!

 
July 10 - 14

La Jolla Historical Society
7846 Eads Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037


Grades: 6 - 8
Half-Day: $200 (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Full-Day: $260 (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

​Take It To the Streets: Street Photography

You see the world around you in your own unique way: A cool car, a funny moment, a colorful mural...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. (PLEASE NOTE that camp will not be held on Monday, July 4)

 
July 10 - July 14

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


Grades: 6 - 8
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 17 - 21

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)

Camera, Characters, Comics!

Learn new photography and digital editing skills, while working on creative projects! This fun and interactive camp will help you use a camera in new and exciting ways as you make your story come to life using a green screen and editing software. By the end of the week, you’ll have a series of innovative photographs and your very own digital comic strip to take home and share.

 
July 17 - 21

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


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

Back to the Streets: Street Photography

Take your street photography skills to the next level, and delve deeper into manual settings on a DSLR camera. Shoot fashion, lifestyle photography, portraiture, and architecture, then put your editing skills in Lightroom to the test!

 
July 17 - 21

Encinitas Library/La Costa/North County


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

Documentary Filmmaking

Do you have passionate opinions? Are you fascinated by individuals and their personal stories? 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 24 - 28

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


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

Music Video Makers

Bring together music, movement, and movie-making in this fun week-long course! Learn from concept to cut how to engage your audience, choreograph with the camera, match moves to music, and leave with your very own short video to share! Perfect for the multi-faceted young artist!

 
July 24 - 28

La Jolla Historical Society
7846 Eads Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037


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

Flashbacks: Film Photography & Alt. Photo Processes

Take a step back in time to discover some of photography’s earliest techniques, and discover the masters who used them best. Test out a 4x5 camera, capture & develop film, explore alternative photographic processes (cyanotypes, tintypes), and even build your own camera! For the intermediate or advanced student who wants to expand their photographic horizons!

 
July 31 - August 4

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)

Crafty Camera

Click, create, craft! Join this hands-on class and discover new ways of using photography to make mixed-media images. Draw, paint, collage, and photograph your way to some fun new creations. Perfect for the aspiring artist or young photographer who loves artistic adventures!

 
July 31 - August 4

La Jolla Historical Society
7846 Eads Ave, 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 soak up the sun and become a pro beach life photographer.

 
August 11 - 25

Bosnia-Herzegovina


Grades: 9 - 12
Full-Day: $2900 (Depart August 11; return August 25)

MFF School Excursion

Join us for this cross-cultural filmmaking experience in the village of Široki Brijeg, Bosnia-Herzegovina and participate in MFF School, an OTL-led international 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. You will be joined by Tyler Gunderson, the post-production manager of YouTube Space LA, and you will shoot the film on the RED Epic camera, courtesy of RED Digital Cinema. Tuition includes flight, ground transportation, lodging, and 2 meals per day.

 

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.