Introduction to Photography

The Introduction to Photography workshop is designed for students who are interested in learning the basics of how to manipulate the settings of a digital camera in order to take better photographs. This workshop will focus on learning and incorporating composition basics, finding and using the best light and making better photographs. Participants will also explore journalistic principles, editing fundamentals and visual storytelling approaches. Attendees will learn how to be in control of the camera and in charge of photographic outcome and will edit images through Photoshop.

We recommend photojournalists bring a digital camera with manual override. If one is not available, a point and shoot-type digital camera will be fine. For publication quality, cameras should be at least three megapixels.

2023 Sessions: July 10-14

Typical Daily Schedule

While no two days are alike, they are designed to give you the best journalistic experience you can have while at IU.

  • Day 1
    • Noon to 2:30 p.m.: Check in at residence hall
    • 3-5 p.m.: Instructional sessions
    • 5-7 p.m.: Tour of instructional areas, dinner with floormates and counselors
    • 7-9:30 p.m.: Instructional sessions and residence hall orientation
    • 11:30 p.m.: Lights out
  • Days 2-4
    • 8:30-11:30 a.m.: Large and small group sessions
    • 1:30-4 p.m.: Large and small group sessions
    • 4-5:30 p.m.: Recreational programs led by counselors
    • 7-9 p.m.: Enrichment sessions, one-on-one meetings with instructors
  • Day 5
    • 8:30-10:30 a.m.: Publication Day
    • 11 a.m. to noon: Awards ceremony (friends and family welcome)
    • Noon: Check out and workshop departure



  • Contact HSJI Administrative Services Coordinator Linda J. Johnson at 812-855-0895 or e-mail her.