Your Week at Camp

Galileo Summer Quest

Digital Photography

This week, campers will hone their photographer's eye. They'll use Nikon 3000 series DSLR cameras and Autodesk’s Pixlr Editor to produce pictures like the pros. They’ll practice adjusting aperture and shutter speed to take photos that tell a story. They’ll design action shots, expressive portraits and PSAs that incorporate text. They’ll experiment with innovative techniques like light painting and learn to adjust highlights and shadows in post-production. After hosting an end-of-session gallery opening, they’ll take home their digital portfolios and curated photo boards of their favorite prints.

Project Spotlight

PSA Photo Shoot

Campers will create their own Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and motivational posters that represent their abilities and vision as a photographer. They’ll practice being determined, evaluating their work and redesigning as needed until they achieve their goals—enhancing their best images with text and other advanced features using the photo editor Pixlr.

BE DETERMINED: I know that innovation and mastery require effort

Weekly Breakdown


Campers will learn the tools of the trade as they explore and use their DSLR cameras for the first time. They’ll learn about perspective and the elements of composition, then go on their first photo shoot to practice these techniques. Campers will practice being courageous, sharing their best shots from the day during an informal gallery walk.

Ask your camper: What features are you most excited to learn about and work with on your camera? What did you learn on the first day’s shoot?


Campers will learn how to manipulate the depth of field, exposure, or motion captured in a photograph by adjusting aperture and shutter speed. They’ll practice being visionary as they design and shoot an emotion-based portrait.


Campers will dive into the world of photojournalism, visiting other classrooms and taking photos of camp in action. When they’re out in the field, they’ll focus on being collaborative with their partners, each contributing his or her own strengths to support their partner’s work.


Campers will learn how to use the photo editor Pixlr to add text and other graphics to their photographs for a public service announcement (PSA).

Ask your camper: What is your PSA about? Why did you choose that subject?


Campers will get a chance to flex their reflective muscles as they evaluate their work from the week, and decide which photos to showcase on their gallery board. They’ll learn about composition and lay out the photos for display in innovative ways, prepping for a photo gallery showcase for friends, families and guests.

Innovation At Home

  • Explore an existing passion – or try something new – at, an online community for kids to challenge their inner photographers and so much more.
  • Draw inspiration for your next shoot from the photography collections at the San Jose Museum of Art, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Main Gallery in Redwood City, or Gallery House in Palo Alto.
  • Collaborate with other photographers to bring your skills to the next level. Visit a Palo Alto Camera Club or Sunnyvale Photographic Club meeting, or become a club member.

Galileo Innovation Approach

The Galileo Innovation Approach® (GIA) is our guiding principle. The GIA is at the core of every activity your kids do at camp, from Pre-K all the way to 8th grade. Having a Galileo Innovator’s Mindset, Process and Knowledge makes a lasting impact on the way children think, explore and create.

1. The Innovator's Mindset: How Galileo innovators approach the world

I am Visionary

I am Courageous

I am Collaborative

I am Determined

I am Reflective

2. The Innovator’s Knowledge:What Galileo innovators need to understand

Concepts and Facts

Historical Context

Skills and Techniques

Audience and Environment

3. The Innovator’s Process:How Galileo innovators innovate

Read more about the GIA