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Photography and Video at Appel Farm Arts Camp

Develop your own photo, direct a zombie movie, animate a cartoon, make your ideas come to life with photography and video.


The Photography program at Appel Farm is a 35mm black and white film photography program.

This means you have to put film in your camera : )

Campers bring their cameras to camp, and Appel Farm provides everything else they need. See below for details about finding the right kind of camera! Campers in the Photography program start by learning how their cameras work, and how to load film. They study composition, subject, and lighting, and shoot photos using new knowledge of f-stops and shutterspeed. Campers develop their film and make prints in one of two darkrooms on camp. They also participate in informal class critiques and learn about the history of photography.

  • Major I classes include : Photography
  • Major II classes include : Photography, Independent Study Photography

Past Photography Minors, which vary every summer and reflect the unique strengths of current staff, have included Portraiture/Fashion Photography, Mixed Media Photography, and Photojournalism.

What camera should I bring?

Most campers bring their own camera, maybe one they have already, or can borrow from a family member. It is important that the camera is a 35mm camera with manual focus, exposure, loading, advance, and rewind. If you want to invest in a camera for your camper, we recommend a specific camera, which you can buy new or used: the Nikon FM10 35mm SLR Camera with 35-70mm Lens. Click here to find more details about this camera.


Our Video program is about story telling through the medium of digital video. Campers are working on short films: documentaries, comedies, or dramas. Video campers experience every aspect of film production, including producing, screenwriting, directing, filming, and editing. Classes have an emphasis on process based learning through collaborative projects, and each camper plays a key role in producing a short film. Throughout the process, campers learn to use professional digital video equipment, and edit their videos with Final Cut Pro.

  • Major classes include : Video

Past Video Minors, which vary every summer and reflect the unique strengths of current staff, have included Green Screen Video, Animation, Silent Movie Making, and Music Videos.

Want to know what our campers came up with last summer? Watch the Video Show from Camp 2015 First Session!