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!

Outside the Lens is excited to announce our 2019 summer camps. We offer a variety of digital media camps throughout San Diego County, as well as travel trips. Our programs are designed to enhance photography and filmmaking skills, encourage collaboration, and promote creativity. Scholarships are available to families displaying financial need. Apply today for a need-based scholarship! 


For any questions about our summer camps, please view our Summer Camps FAQ page.

June 21 - 23

Joshua Tree National Park


Grades: 9 - 12
Full-Day: $450 (Leaving the morning of Friday, June 21; returning the evening of Sunday, June 23)

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 24 - 28

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


Grades: K - 2
Full-Day: $329 (9:30 AM - 3:30 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.

 
June 24 - 28

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


Grades: 6 - 8
Full-Day: $329 (9:00 AM - 3:00 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 26 - 28

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


Grades: 9 - 12
Full-Day: $209 (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

People // Places: The Art of the Portrait

This three-day portraiture and storytelling intensive workshop 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 1 - 2

East African Community and Cultural Center
4061 Fairmount Ave.
San Diego, CA 92105


Grades: 7 - 9
Full-Day: $149 (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Picture It Healthy

A two-day immersive camp that inspires middle school girls to live healthier and happier lives through evidence-based curricula and photography projects. Participants will learn how to critically evaluate media messages, as well as create messages of their own.

 
July 8 - 12

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


Grades: 3 - 5
Full-Day: $329 (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 8 - 12

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


Grades: 6 - 8
Full-Day: $329 (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Take It to the Streets: Street Photography

Street photography is about showing people your world, through your eyes. Using a DSLR, you’ll learn 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 8 - 12

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


Grades: 9 - 12
Full-Day: $329 (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-production (editing, sound).

 
July 15 - 19

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


Grades: 3 - 5
Full-Day: $329 (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Trick Photography

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

 
July 15 - 19

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


Grades: 6 - 8
Full-Day: $329 (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 become an experienced beach life photographer.

 
July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29 - Registration Closed

San Diego Writers, Ink
2730 Historic Decatur Rd.
Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92106


Grades: 9 - College
Half-Day: $209 (4:30 PM - 6:30 PM)

From Dream to Screen

Do you have a story that you want to tell, but aren’t quite sure how to take your vision and put it on paper? In this workshop, you will learn all the ingredients necessary for an amazing script, such as how to create a beat sheet, story treatment, and an effective logline. We will then use these tools and techniques to write a script that Hollywood producers will love!

 
July 22 - 26

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


Grades: 6 - 8
Full-Day: $329 + $30 Supply Fee (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

The Art of Photography

Capture amazing photos, and transform them into unique pieces of artwork with the use of mixed media. We will transfer images onto wood, hand-color images, print images on transparencies and paint them with metallic paints, and make cyanotype sun images. Learn some new artistic techniques and add a new dimension to your photographic work!

 
July 22 - 26

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


Grades: 7 - 12
Full-Day: $329 + $60 Supply Fee (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Flashbacks: Film Photography & Atl. Photo Processes

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 26

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


Grades: 9 - 12
Full-Day: $129 (6:00 PM - 6:00 PM)

24 Hour Film Challenge

Get amped for this 24-hour challenge! You’ll have one full day to write, shoot, edit, and submit a short film. Stay overnight at our Media Lab and find yourself totally immersed in the pre-production, production, and post-production of your creation. Join us for a screening of all films when the timer is up!

 
July 29 - August 2

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


Grades: 3 - 5
Full-Day: $329 (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Summer Science: A Photographic Exploration

Come join us this summer and explore the art of science through photography! We will create abstract and innovative imagery while exploring the marvels of science. Projects will include using macro photography to capture the interactions between oil, water and color, and experimenting with the relationship between light and shadow.

 
July 29 - August 2

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


Grades: 6 - 8
Full-Day: $329 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)

Narrative Filmmaking

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

 
July 29 - August 2

Encinitas, Location TBA


Grades: 6 - 9
Full-Day: $329 (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Take It to the Streets: Street Photography

Street photography is about showing people your world, through your eyes. Using a DSLR, you’ll learn 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 5 - 7

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


Grades: 7 - 12
Full-Day: $209 (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

The Business of Photography

Are you dreaming of launching a photography business? Do you have a real passion for photography? Join us for our three-day intensive workshop 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!

 
July 18 - 21

Tijuana, Mexico


Grades: 9 - 12
Full-Day: $495 (Leave the morning of July 18, Return the evening of July 21)

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. Email liliana@outsidethelens.org to register for FOTO TJ.

 

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.