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Basic Digital Photography for Teens (ages 12-14) with Joaquin Palting (In-Person Learning – One Week)

  • Monday
    June 19, 2023
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday
    June 20, 2023
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday
    June 21, 2023
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Thursday
    June 22, 2023
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Friday
    June 23, 2023
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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In-Person Learning

This week-long course for teens (ages 12-14) is designed to introduce students to the fundamental operations, techniques, and critical vocabulary of digital photography. Students will learn about the camera’s basic and advanced settings in an effort to make beautiful photographs, all while having fun. The class will cover technical information such as shutter speed and aperture, white balance, image quality, and compositional methods to help students develop their vision as budding photographers. Students will have the opportunity to practice their understanding of topics covered in lectures through daily photographic assignments.

By the end of the course, students will be comfortable using the various controls of their specific cameras and will gain confidence in the way they approach different subjects photographically.

Open to students who own a digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) or digital mirrorless camera capable of manual control settings. No point-and-shoot cameras are permitted.

“This class is incredibly fun. We do our morning critiques and discussions over tea and cookies. Students learn to provide critical feedback and praise. Although the class will be learning from photographic masters, students will learn that their photographic eye is to be trusted. We finish the class with a mock ad agency set-up as we go through the process of looking at each others’ work without bias. Words cannot express how much fun and how rewarding it is to teach this class.”Jasmine Lord


Joaquin Palting is the son of two academics. His mother was an artist who taught photography at institutions of higher learning and workshops in his childhood home. Joaquin’s earliest memories are assisting his mother, a landscape photographer, out in the field as she worked. Whether that meant carrying equipment or taking light meter readings, the creation of art was impressed on him from an early age. Joaquin’s mother, was a student of two quintessential photographers in the history of photography, Brett Weston and Jerry Ulesmann. Hints of that photographic lineage, and tradition, can be found in Joaquin’s work.

Early in his 20 plus year career, Joaquin moved to Los Angeles, where he quickly established himself as an editorial and advertising photographer. Working bi-coastally, between Los Angeles and New York, Joaquin counted: The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Nike, Nordstrom, Footlocker, Virgin, Warner Brothers Records, and Sony among his numerous clients.

In 2015 Joaquín decided to shift his focus from commercial photography to building an art practice and becoming an art educator and academic. As a visual artist, he is known for his conceptual storytelling, creating works using traditional large format photography, video, and performance. His art has been exhibited internationally and featured on the websites of countless contemporary photography tastemakers, including Aperture, Float Magazine, Landscape Stories, Lens Culture, LenScratch, and Urbanautica.

In addition to his art practice, Joaquín is a much sought-after instructor who teaches art and photography at many venues, including San Diego State University, The University of California, Irvine, Medium Photo, the Los Angeles Center of Photography, and the Laguna Art Museum.

Joaquín holds an MFA in studio art from the University of California, Irvine.


    • One Week (Five Sessions)
    • Dates: Monday-Friday, June 19 – 23, 10 am – 1 pm
    • Enrollment limit: 15 students
    • Skill/Experience level: Beginning. Ages 12-14 only.
    • Tuition: $435  (Become a Member today and received up to 20% off!)
    • Location:  On Monday, June 19, this course will meet in Culver City near Sony Studios: 10200 Venice Blvd., Suite #201, Culver City, CA 90232.
    • Location:  From Tuesday, June 20 through Friday, June 23, this course will at the Sinai Akiba Academy in Westwood, 10400 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024.

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