Program Details

Explore and photograph the captivating culture and landscapes of Panama. Learn the technical and artistic aspects of digital photography through photo assignments. Learn digital production, editing and basic Photoshop skills while curating your portfolio.
Location:
Panama, Panama
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

Ever dreamed of a career in photography or photojournalism? Do you have a passion for taking pictures? Photography is art, and it is science. It blends creativity, imagination and technical savvy to produce a moment frozen in time. In competent hands, a camera can capture a memory, share an emotion, tell a story and inspire a feeling. A single picture has the power to change the world. The goal of this course is to empower you to compose, edit and produce images that reflect the amazing world around us. Panama is the ideal location for this course's unique blend of photography, adventure, education and experience. Spanish colonialism, modern skyscrapers and indigenous culture intersect at the junction of North and South America in a stunning country with surprising diversity. This trip provides the opportunity to explore and photograph an amazing variety of subject matter throughout Panama. We venture from the islands, beaches and reefs of the Caribbean coast over the continental divide past volcanoes, waterfalls and cloud forest, and then travel through banana plantations to Pacific coast beaches and rainforest. Create a dramatic portfolio filled with images that play with lighting, action and color, and capture the essence of the friends and people you meet along this unforgettable journey.

Explore and photograph the captivating culture and landscapes of Panama. Learn the technical and artistic aspects of digital photography through photo assignments. Learn digital production, editing and basic Photoshop skills. Create a professional photography portfolio. Go sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing and surfing. Earn 20 hours of community service.
 

Setting Description:
On Isla Bastimentos, a quick boat ride from Bocas del Toro on the Caribbean coast, we start off with the basics of digital photography and camera operation as we explore the art of taking evocative pictures. Then, we head back to mainland Panama and venture to the hip, western city of Boquete — where the technical aspects of taking photos get put to the test. This area, on the Caldera River, is ready for its close up. No studio, or Photoshopped-in backdrop can approximate the natural beauty found on Isla de Coiba. Located in the Gulf of Chiriquí off Panama’s Pacific Coast, this former penal colony and now UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a a bio-diverse playground and an aspiring photographer’s dream. It’s a haven for crested eagles and scarlet macaws. Turtles swim in its lagoons and 30 varieties of bats call this place home. Trust us, you will not run out of subject matter to shoot.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

5.0

Based on 4 Reviews

  • Great way to spend a summer!
    5.0
    12/18/17

    This program is a great way to meet new people, explore a new country and learn all about cameras and photography. The accommodations were great, the food was amazing and I made great new friends that I still keep in touch with. I went on the summer 2017

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • I LOVED THIS TRIP
    5.0
    10/15/17

    This past summer I had an amazing experience on this trip. I didn't really have much expectations but it was definitely better than i could have ever expected. We all arrived at the airport on the same day and were greeted by our instructors. Throughout

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Best Place on Earth!
    5.0
    11/08/16

    I could not say enough about this amazing trip! I became a new person by the end; I have so many new stories to tell, and so many new friends. While on this trip I learned so much about photography and about myself. I really learned to step out of my

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Life-Changing Experience
    5.0
    10/30/16

    Pursuing my decision to embark on the Panama Photography trip for 17 days changed my life in more ways than one. My first experience traveling outside of the United States made me fall in love with traveling, as I returned with so many memories, stories,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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