Digital Photography Workshop

Every summer, RIT's School of Photographic Arts and Sciences offers a one-week Digital Photography Workshop for high school students. Taught by faculty, the intensive experience immerses you in a range of opportunities to explore professional photography in a unique and exciting environment home to one of the world's leading photography schools.


Through daily projects, lectures, demos and discussions, you will learn basic technical and photographic skills, along with visual storytelling techniques. Photography assignments in advertising, fine art, photographic science, photojournalism and visual media will be produced. Exercises in high-speed photography, photomicrography and more will also be integrated throughout the week. The course is open to all high school students who are passionate about exploring digital photography.

A student sets up a photograph outside on RIT's campus.A past workshop student sets up a photo outside on RIT's campus. By Frank Cost.

Workshop dates and hours

July 6-10, 2020

9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

A photo of Swedish Fish and the Goldfish snack lay flat for a studio shot.Workshop students have the opportunity to use RIT's many photography studios to complete assignments that incorporate lighting and other photography techniques.


Learning Outcomes

Throughout the week, you will learn skills in the following areas:

  • Digital capture — proper exposure and color balance
  • Composition and lighting techniques and skills
  • Camera controls — shutter speed, aperture and depth of field
  • Hand-held flash techniques
  • Techniques for approaching/photographing strangers
  • Artificial light photography in the studio
  • Photojournalism and picture editing
  • Fine art photography
  • Photographing for science

A student takes a photo of herself with a camera timer outside on RIT's campus.
A past course attendee works on an assignment. By Frank Cost.

Program Faculty

The workshop is taught by faculty from RIT's School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, which rosters award-winning photographers who have won Pulitzer Prizes and a Guggenheim Fellowship, served as deputy director of the White House Photo Office, photographed big-names celebrities like Jay-Z and Kanye West and produced industry-changing work recognized around the world.

Frank Cost
James E McGhee Professor
Kes Efstathiou
Visiting Lecturer
Daniel Hughes
Michael Peres
Associate Chair
Jennifer Poggi
Assistant Professor
David Turner
Visiting Lecturer


The anticipated program fee is $450.

A faculty member works with a student on a computer assignment.
Students receive plenty of one-on-one instruction from faculty. By Frank Cost.



Any questions about the Digital Photography Workshop can be emailed to professor Michael Peres at Registration is coming soon.