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The Light Factory

1817 Central AvenueCharlotte, NC 28205Phone: 704-333-9755Email: Mert@lightfactory.orgWebsite: Visit Website Google Map


Summer will be here before you know it and we’re looking forward to a safe and fun 2021 camps season at The Light Factory! Covid GuidelinesWe take your safety very seriously. We will be following all the CDC guidelines and suggestions for youth and summer camps.

Gallery Show: At the end of the summer, we will have a Student Photography Show in our gallery! This is a great way to see what the campers have been working on throughout the summer.

Digital Photography: Learn how to see like a photographer in this hands-on half-day camp, open to both middle schoolers and high schoolers! Students will learn composition and lighting techniques and will practice their skills while exploring Plaza Midwood with their cameras. Students will dive into the elements of exposure and will learn how to use aperture, shutter speed, and full manual control to make creative images.


Advanced Digital Photography: This day camp will take students even further on their journey into the art of Photography! Students will cover new photographic techniques and hands-on practices. This camp goes into color theory as well as the use of design elements within a composition. Each student is encouraged to find their unique voice and establish a portfolio by the end of camp.

Black and White Darkroom: In our Black and White Darkroom Summer Camp, students will start with the basics of film shooting and build up their skills from there. Students will walk the streets of Plaza Midwood and photograph to their heart’s content. Students will learn how to load film in the camera, receive tips for shooting manually, develop their negatives, print contact sheets, and then ultimately having a pop-up exhibition, showing off their work!

Advanced Black and White Darkroom: In our Advanced Black and White Darkroom Summer Camp, students will dive right in by taking their printing skills and knowledge to the next level! From working with different types of cameras to different methods of printing, this camp will cover a wide range of information for students. Campers will further explore darkroom and alternative photographic processes. This includes processing film, using filters, and experimenting with cyanotypes, solarization, layered negatives, and more! Let the “Photo Magic” begin!

Lighting Studio Photography: literally means “to write with light.” In this camp, students will learn how to manipulate and sculpt using light. This camp is held in our lighting studio and students will learn how to manipulate light using all the studio has to offer. Studio Lighting equipment such as strobes, modifiers, color gels, flash, reflectors will help students see the light. Students will finish the week with an understanding of professional studio lighting practices and camera function. This camp is perfect for any level photo student. Campers will learn so much and have a blast doing it! 

Photo Art Studio: We will plunge into using photography as a basis for art projects. Students will learn the elements and principles of art through the planning and execution of mixed-media and image-based artwork. Not only will students learn to plan and organize in order to create mixed-media art; there will be lots of exploring and experimenting with the unique properties and potentials of materials. They’ll dive into a variety of art media with a major focus on photo images in artworks. An art kit will be provided! Woohoo! Let’s Go Team Photo Art!