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Teen Studio: Intro to Digital Imaging and Advanced Camera Settings

With the introduction of advanced camera settings, image makers have the advancement of a larger editing process in Adobe Suite. This course will introduce CAMERA RAW settings as photographers begin to challenge their photographic subjects/ materials.  Teens will also get the opportunity to create a conceptual series of images that expand their abilities to create narratives and visual language. This course will explore camera lighting, manipulations, and advanced camera settings such as choosing the best image quality for higher resolution images. Photographic terminology will be introduced to improve our constructive critiques with one another. As a result, teens will finish the course well rounded and engaged with a DSLR camera as they learn about emerging contemporary photographic artists.

All levels are welcome but participants should be familiar with their camera’s settings. For this class, participants will need a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera, or other camera with a manual exposure mode to adjust the settings for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Make sure you have  a new (or free of space) memory card, battery, and charger. If you do not have access to a camera, Kala has a limited number of cameras for use. Please contact youtharts@kala.org in advance to ensure availability.

  • Tuition: $280
  • Location: Kala Community Classroom and Digital Lab
  • Instructor: Lee Oscar Gomez
  • 4 Classes
  • Thursday, October 6, 2022 — October 27, 2022
  • 4:00PM — 6:30PM
  • Materials fee included with tuition


About the Instructor:

Lee Oscar Gomez immigrated from Mexico to the Greater Los Angeles area at an early age, where they developed a subtle awareness of the cultural differences of a new place, and a strong embodiment of record keeping to capture their experiences in a foreign land. Through documentary photography,  Gomez operates and manipulates their fascination with light to demonstrate political  visual images that address topics of gender, sexuality, belonging and self identity. These images include street photography and constructed studio shots. Using analog film processes, Gomez also captures warmth and sensitivity to these topics as a form of radical archiving. Gomez holds a BFA  from San José State University in 2019. They have exhibited their artwork  at Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americano,, Gallery 1202, and the Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport. They worked at MACLA, PabLove Shutterbugs, and most recently at Camp Kala, Kala’s Youth Summer Program. With the hope of inspiring young artists, Gomez strives to communicate the importance of light and its ability to radiate clarity and truth.