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 23; returning evening of Sunday, June 25)

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: 6 - 8
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 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 7

San Diego, Downtown
Location TBA


Grades: 9 - 12
Half-Day: $145 (9:00am - 12:00pm)
Full-Day: $200 (9:30am - 3:30pm)

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 6 - 14

Cartagena, Colombia


Grades: High school and college students
Full-Day: $Contact us for details! (Depart July 6; return July 14)

FOTO Colombia

Join us abroad in Colombia this summer for our inaugural Peacebuilding Delegation! You will play an integral role in telling the stories of our OTL youth in Cartagena who are contributing to the important peacebuilding initiatives happening currently in the country. You will work together with local teens, exploring the region through photography and filmmaking. OTL is excited for you to join us in this meaningful work! Contact us for more details! (858) 349-7578

 
July 10 - 14

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 Streets: Street Photography

You see the world around you in your own unique way: A colorful mural, a funny moment, a hidden story...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, people, and places that they see. Then, test your skills with a special architectural photo tour of La Jolla.

 
July 10 - July 14

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 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)

Digital Wizards

Make magic with photographs and film in this inventive summer camp. Practice photo essentials, then create imaginative illusions using double exposure, forced perspective, light writing, and stop motion animation. You'll have a blast conjuring up these new camera creations!

 
July 17 - 21

Encinitas
Location TBA


Grades: 9 - 12
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

You see the world around you in your own unique way: A colorful mural, a funny moment, a hidden story...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.

 
July 17 - 21

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: Beach Photography

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.

 
July 24 - 28

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


Grades: 6 - 8
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 + 40 Supply Fee (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Full-Day: $ ()

Flashbacks: Film Photography & Alt. Photo Processes

Take a step back in time to explore the photographic history of San Diego, 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 photography processes, and explore the past and present through an architecture tour of La Jolla! 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 - 9
Half-Day: $ ()
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).

 
August 11 - 25

Bosnia-Herzegovina


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

MFF School Cross Cultural Film Exchange

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. Registration is due by March 1st. Tuition includes flight, ground transportation, lodging, and 2 meals per day. Students must register by March 1st. Please contact Hilary Morefield for more information - hilary@outsidethelens.org

 

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.