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Photography at Appel Farm Arts Camp

Bring your vision to life in photography!


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 shutter-speed. 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.

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.