Photography for Teens: Photographing Our World

photography for teens summer photography class

Photos © Susanna Frohman, Charlotte Lang, and Maya Rabow

In this five-day Photography for Teens workshop, photographers ages 13 – 19 will explore the concepts of what makes visual content strong and how to capture images that are as dynamic as the world around us.

Now that many of us have cameras on our phones, we are awash in images. We regularly photograph and share pictures our friends, families, and lives.

But how do we create images that are artfully seen and have a strong visual content? How do we operate our cameras so our images convey a strong sense of emotion, light, and composition? How do we sync our movement through the world so that the images we capture are as dynamic and exciting as life around us?

These are the guiding questions that we will explore on site in this photography workshop for teens. We will visit up to five different locations in and around Mill Valley and San Francisco.

The workshop will be led by Susanna Frohman, a veteran Bay Area educator and professional photojournalist. The class is designed for students to have fun with hands-on experience in the outdoors while putting key photographic concepts to the test. Students will learn how to shoot, edit, and speak to their photographs. The week will culminate in a community slideshow at The Image Flow.

The purpose of this class is to:

  • Help teenagers learn the technical and philosophical know-how of photographing people and places from a variety of different perspectives
  • Have fun exploring, shooting, and editing photographs
  • Build a set of photographs that students can use for their portfolios

Students will learn the fundamentals of “good pictures” and the techniques of how to capture them, and work with the mentors to capture the primary concepts of photography. Motivated students will be encouraged to shoot supplemental assignments at home each night.

Class Schedule: Please note the various meeting places on excursion days.

Day 1: Introduction to workshop

The workshop will meet at The Image Flow with a group discussion of camera operations, followed by photo walks around downtown Mill Valley and The Image Flow, and a photo editing session.

Day 2: Shooting in and en route to San Francisco

The group will meet at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal for the trip to San Francisco. The ferry departs at 12:40, so meeting on time is paramount. The group will photograph during the ferry crossing, followed by a shooting assignment along San Francisco’s Embarcadero. Pick up will be at 5:30 at Larkspur ferry terminal.

Day 3: Shooting at Ft. Baker

The group will meet at the Discovery Museum parking lot at Fort Baker. They will return to The Image Flow for  editing and pick up at 5:30.

Day 4: Shooting in Sausalito

The group will meet at Dunphy Park in Sausalito (off Bridgeway between Napa St. and Litho St.). Mid-afternoon they will return to The Image Flow to begin editing their final project. Pick up will be between 5:30–6PM depending on the final editing process.

Day 5: Editing and Presentation

The group will at The Image Flow to finalize their editing. If time permits, students will take a photo walk to practice some of thier new skills. There will be a final presentation of the week’s best work for friends and family at The Image Flow at 5PM.

Students should come ready to learn, participate, follow their curiosity, and work hard. During the workshop they will be expected to share, reflect on their experience with the group, and support each other by offering constructive feedback.

Students who participate in all of the classwork and assignments will leave the course with new skills and a portfolio of personal images that can be used for school applications or to further creative and educational opportunities.

Price: $685.00 Sold Out

Please review our Registration Terms & Conditions

Call 415-388-3569 for more information or to register.

June 20 – 24, 12:30–5:30PM (Sold Out)

Who should take this workshop: 

This workshop is designed for students ages 13 – 19 with some photography experience. Students who participated in last summer’s Talking Pictures workshop with Susanna will discover new challenges in this workshop.

Pertinent details:

  • Maximum 10 students
  • Daily photo excursions
  • Please note the different meeting/pick up locations each day

Required materials:

  • DSLR camera
  • Camera manual
  • Charged battery & battery charger
  • 2 SD cards (1 in camera and 1 extra)
  • Laptop & charger
  • SD card reader (in laptop or external)
  • Bagged lunch & snack
  • Water bottle
  • Extra clothing layers for cold summer fog

Further reading:

“My daughter learned a lot about her camera and taking pictures on the street in this class. The slide show during the last class was brilliant! The kids—and parents—were so proud of the work that was created during the week!” — Barbara, whose daughter participated in Talking Pictures with Susanna summer 2015


Susanna Frohman Photography for TeensInstructor bio: Susanna Frohman is a freelance photojournalist and photography mentor, with a master’s degree in Visual Communication from Ohio University.

She has worked extensively with teens about visual storytelling as a coordinator and co-coordinator for three National Geographic Photo Camps for underserved youth nationwide. She has taught photojournalism to young participants in the MOSAIC program, which is geared towards increasing diversity in the nation’s newsrooms, as well as been a mentor to students at the KIPP Heartwood Academy’s Luci S. Houston Photography project.

Susanna’s photographs have been published in newspapers, magazines, six books and numerous group exhibitions, including Eyes on the World: A United Nations Traveling Retrospective and We Do, a show addressing early gay marriages in 2004, as well as three group shows of the National Press Photographers’ Association Women in Photography exhibits and many more.