Photography: Intensive or Traditional program?

Today marks 3 short months until our Photography Intensive begins! If you are a high school student, ages 15-19 wondering whether to apply for the one-week intensive or the traditional three weeks-long program at Spoleto Study Abroad, we’d love to help you decide!

Here are some considerations as you prepare your application:

1. I’ve used a camera before but I’m still a beginner.

The one-week intensive is probably right for you. During the intensive, we will help photography students develop a personal style of shooting, using all sources of light, to create a stunning photographic portfolio. The instructor will discuss technique, intent, composition and the creative use of the camera and lens.

The three-week course allows for a deep-dive into the technical skills and tools of photography during the morning workshop. The afternoons The afternoon photography seminar will afford students individual mentoring opportunities with the instructor and collaborative peer learning during field trips and photographic shoots. The course is very hands-on through on-location photo assignments and some photo editing. You will be also be introduced to a wide variety of portraiture, documentary, and street photography genres through the study of masters in photography.


2. I want to explore Italy as much as possible while taking photographs!

Both the intensive and the three-week program will allow students to explore and photograph the rich daily life of Spoleto, Italy as well as neighboring hill towns. The intensive will visit La Bruna to capture the sunflower fields, as well.

The three-week program will allow for weekly trips to such cultural centers as Urbino, Florence, Siena, Assisi, San Benedetto, Orvieto, and other medieval hill towns throughout Umbria and Tuscany.

3. Can you tell me more about what I will take away from the two courses?

For the intensive, participants will receive daily feedback on their works-in-progress from the instructor and during peer group discussions. The final day of the workshop will culminate in an art exhibition.

For the three-week program, a final photo essay capturing the Sense of Place and Culture will be the culminating project. Many Spoleto students use this as a portfolio piece when applying to colleges.

4. How can I find out more about the equipment needed for both courses?

You can find out more information about the program faculty, the equipment required, as well as how to apply here:

More details about the Photography Intensive
Intensive application

More details about the three-week Photography program
Three-week program application packet