OTL Blog

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

Nativity Prep and Outside the Lens Visit Balboa Park

Written by Elisa Marusak Thomson on April 24 2013

Every year, our 6th grade class at Nativity Prep Academy takes a field trip to the Museum of Photographic Arts for a tour and a photo scavenger hunt around Balboa Park. The change of scenery brings a change in perspective and some beautiful photos! Check out some of their artwork below. Read Post

Can't Help But Smile! with Dewey Elementary

Written by Niki Even on April 16 2013

One of my favorite groups of the year are the 3rd graders from Dewey Elementary. They never stop making me laugh as they come up with shots that mimic advertisements and TV shows! Read Post

Composing Better Photos

Written by Tina Esser on April 10 2013

Whether you have a point-and-shoot or a DSLR, you can easily apply a few simple rules to enhance your photos, including the "Rule of Thirds", framing, and contrast. Read Post

Our First Liberty Station Photo Bootcamp!

Written by Niki Even on April 10 2013

Thank you to everyone who came to our first Photo 101 Bootcamp on March 23rd! Two of our instructors, Amanda Dahlgren and Daniel Solomon, joined a mix of teens and adults for a beautiful day of hands-on photography at our new Liberty Station space. Read Post

How to shoot Time-lapse Photography

Written by OTL Volunteers on April 07 2013

Time-lapse is basically a new method of shooting frames slower than they will be shown. With diagrams, and step-by-step explanations of concepts and equipment, OTL helps you learn the basics. Read Post

Visual Design with ALBA

Written by Tina Esser on April 06 2013

Impressive photography from our students at the end of class number 2. Read Post

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

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