By Emily DeRuy
Young shutterbugs looking to become more confident behind the lens of a camera will have a chance to hone their photography skills during a free one-day workshop at historic Wisteria Cottage on Jan. 29. Sponsored by the La Jolla Historical Society in connection with Outside the Lens, the workshop will give students in grades K-12 the opportunity to learn basic camera skills, as well as how to capture the perfect picture.
Outside the Lens is a San Diego-based youth media literacy program that helps children around the world tell their unique stories through photography, writing and other digital media forms. With guidance from professional writers, photographers, filmmakers and artists, the non-profit encourages children to engage with a variety of issues, particularly those impacting the environment and conservation efforts.
Leon Chow, owner of Nelson Photo Supplies, was excited to learn about the workshop and offered to supply the students with cameras for the day. Rachel Lebowitz, youth council supervisor at Outside the Lens, will instruct workshop attendees on photography techniques, covering everything from how to choose a subject to framing shots.
The Historical Society is also sponsoring a Student Photography Contest and the workshop will give attendees guidance on how to snap a winning picture. Lebowitz will lead the children on a scavenger hunt designed to inspire the young artists to photograph different aspects of their village.
Regardless of whether or not they attend the workshop, La Jolla-area students are invited to submit photographs to the Historical Society featuring everything from architecture to nature and people before March 31. The pictures will be judged by professional photographers and displayed, along with historical images of La Jolla, by the Historical Society. One winner will be selected from each grade level and awarded a prize.
The Historical Society is offering the workshop in an attempt to reach out to youth and engage them in learning about the village’s vibrant past, said office manager Kristina Gibbons, who is spearheading the action-packed day.
“We really want to let the younger generation know that we are here,” said Gibbons. “We want to educate them about La Jolla’s history.”
If you go
Student photo workshop
10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 29
Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect St.
Free, limited seating
Register or submit photo:
Kristina Gibbons (858) 459-5335, ext. 1 or