Digital Photography | W19

Ages: 11-18
Day, Time: tuesdays 1:15-2:15
Location: game room


Nate Gowdy

Nate Gowdy is a Seattle photographer known for capturing candid moments and for the diversity of his subjects, from drag queens to U.S. presidents. Since getting a camera in 2011, he’s photographed hundreds of events, particularly in Seattle’s LGBTQ community, and his political photojournalism has been featured internationally, including on the cover of TIME Magazine. Always in his element engaging people and mixing things up, he enjoys applying his creative process to events, weddings, headshots and portraits, real estate, and commercial marketing campaigns. He lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood with his girlfriend Erika and their three cats, and his photo studio is located in the International District. Formerly he’s been a newspaper editor and preschool teacher.

class description

This course is for students who are drawn to taking photos and want to have fun learning more about the art of photography. Through in-class activities and hands-on demonstration, students will be introduced to the creative and technical aspects of digital photography, including how cameras work, lighting, and composition. Basic camera features will be explored, experimentation will be encouraged, and students will be inspired by what they can do once given the tools they need for creative control of their pictures. The course will evolve in response to their needs and progress.

Required Skills for Students to Be Successful in This Class:

Compliance with Family Rights & Responsibilities.

Enthusiasm for photography!


Fun weekly photo projects outside of class will be suggested but not mandatory. Time commitment will be wholly up to the students.

field trips:


additional fees/supplies:

While not required, students are strongly encouraged to own or have access to a digital camera with manual controls such as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. However, a point-and-shoot or smart phone is preferred over nothing!

parent involvement:

Parents welcome.

Age Variances:

Please see our Age Variance Policy.