OTL Blog

The source for photography tips, student news, and exciting updates from OTL.

Be a Part of the Magic! Join an Exhibition

Written by Elisa Marusak Thomson on April 05 2013

It's that time of year when we all get to gloat at the hard work our students have put in the last 8 months. Join us in the celebration at some of our upcoming exhibitions! Read Post


OTL In London!

Written by OTL Volunteers on March 23 2013

One of OTL’s past high school interns, Desiree Etzel, is now in her third year of studying Psychology and Art at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon. Read Post


Students tour U-T TV San Diego!

Written by Tina Esser on March 20 2013

OTL students from Muirlands Middle School toured the San Diego Union Tribune and its TV studios today! Students caught a glimpse into the making of a newspaper and the workings of a TV station from the helpful staff! Read Post


Portraits at Nativity Prep

Written by Niki Even on March 17 2013

In preparation for our visit from a professional photographer this week, Nativity Prep students spent our last class taking expressive portraits of each other. They came up with some really great shots! Take a look! Read Post


Throwback Thursday: Picture It Healthy!

Written by Tina Esser on March 05 2013

Happy Throwback Thursday! These are some samples from our Picture It Healthy program at Castle Park Elementary School back in 2011. Learn more about bringing our Picture It Healthy program to your school! Read Post


Video Class...Brainstorming Session

Written by Elisa Marusak Thomson on March 02 2013

Our students spent the afternoon talking about the stories of their lives as female students within engineering based high school program. You would be blown away with what they have to share! Read Post


U-T San Diego visits Nativity Prep Academy's OTL class

Written by Niki Even on February 23 2013

Outside the Lens has had a wonderful start at Nativity Prep Academy! For our third class, two photojournalists from U-T San Diego (Peggy Peattie and Nelvin Cepeda) came to talk to the students about life working for the newspaper. Read Post


New Social Media Platform: Vine

Written by Tina Esser on February 14 2013

If you ever thought about mashing up Twitter with Instagram and YouTube - look no further! Check out this review on Vine, a new social media platform that allows you to upload short video clips to share with followers. Read Post


Movie Making at Muirlands!

Written by Niki Even on February 12 2013

Outside the Lens students at Muirlands Middle School are in the process of creating films for a few local film festivals; here's a sneak peak at one of the groups' idea! Read Post


Photography Contest!

Written by Niki Even on January 15 2013

Calling all college and high school aged photographers! OTL is hosting a "Re-Imagining Borders" photography contest in collaboration with the Museum of Photographic Arts, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Trans-Border Institute, and Worldlink. Read Post


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