Explore Digital Photography in


An immersive, 10-week program hosted by HackCville

"HackCville opened me to a whole new way of thinking about myself, my skills, and my career goals. It also introduced and exposed me to a whole new group of insanely talented, driven, and inspiring people that have supported me and provided me with amazing opportunities."
- Amanda Coombs, HackCville Member

Develop skills and apply them through hands on experience

Exposure is a 10-week program for students interested in learning storytelling through digital photography. Students will learn photography using Nikon and Canon DSLRs and photo editing using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Projects in portraiture, landscape, journalistic photography and more will provide students with hands-on experience.

Publish real projects on your own portfolio website

Graduates of Exposure will have extensive knowledge and skills in digital photography. You'll also complete three short-term projects and one semester-long project that will be published to a personal photography portfolio website that we'll help you set up.

"HackCville provides an awesome community of talented and passionate peers and a welcoming clubhouse in which to do work or hang out. Overall, it's an awesome community filled with bright people who like to get shit done, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for exactly that."
- Anna Kuno, HackCville Member

Join our community

Through collaborative projects, group dinners, hikes, pregames, and more you’ll become part of HackCville’s tight-knit community. We serve all UVA students (grad/undergrad) and Charlottesville community members 18+.

What You'll Learn

How to use a DSLR camera

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom

Best practices across various types of photography

How to craft a cohesive photography project

Program Staff

Sarah Dodge is the Program Lead for Exposure and a Senior Producer for The Pioneer. She’s a 4th Year studying Media Studies at UVA, and graduated HackCville’s Storyboard program in Fall 2015. You can reach her at sarah@hackcville.com.

Sarah Dodge

Exposure Program Lead

Applying to Exposure

Applications due by Monday, August 28, 2017 at 11:59pm

Meeting Times

Exposure meets Tuesdays 5-6:30pm and Thursdays 5-6:30, September 3 - December 2.

All sections of all programs (including Exposure) start with a 11am-5pm kickoff on Sunday, September 3.

You must be able to attend each session. More than a few missed meeting times will result in being dropped from HackCville.


$40 membership dues are due at the beginning of the program. These dues remain the same for every following semester you're involved in HackCville.

There is an additional $40 materials fee due at the beginning of the program. This will cover the cost of Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop, a personal SD card for the program, and a few other small items. If you are interested in Exposure but cannot afford the materials fee, we still encourage you to apply. In most cases we are able to provide financial assistance to cover costs like these.

These fees can be reduced or waived for those with financial need, no questions asked.


Semester programs are high commitment, so if you're just looking to get a taste of HackCville or Digital Photography, check out our public events to get your feet wet this semester.

In our application process we look for extremely committed, reliable students who are hungry for an intensive challenge. We want people who intend on becoming active, contributing members of the HackCville community.

No former experience in photography is required. Any UVA student (grad or undergrad) or Charlottesville resident +18 may apply.

Perks of Membership

After you complete your first HackCville program, you're granted HackCville membership. Here's what you get:

24/7 access to our fun and functional clubhouses on Elliewood Ave.

Our two clubhouses are filled with hammocks, couches, whiteboards, and WiFi. Use our space to work on your projects, hold meetings, or just hang out.

Exclusive events and job opportunities.

Whether it's drinks with the co-founder of Reddit or HackCville-only internship, job, and freelancing opportunites, we give our members access to dozens of unique experiences every year.

A community that feels like a family.

You'll join HackCville's 300-member community of the most talented and badass people in Charlottesville.

Early access to HackCville programs, no application required.

Want to take another program? As a member, you can just sign up - no application required. We open up spots to members before the public.

Priority application for our summer program, Launch.

Get paid to learn web design, software development, marketing or data science in our 12 week summer program, Launch. You'll get trained by HackCville's expert instructors and get a guaranteed, paid internship at a local startup or tech company.

Extra Perks With Every Program


Looking for some guidance on how to navigate what you want to do? Every year we pair up hundreds of UVA alumni from across the country with our students to provide guidance and support. Our team also meets with you several times one-on-one to ensure you're getting the most out of your program. It's advising that actually works.

Startup Trips

HackCville hosts immersive trips to cities across the country (New York City, San Francisco, Baltimore, and more) to tour companies, meet alumni, and give students networking opportunities with industry leaders. Trips are where you see how what you're learning is put into action in the real world.

Tyler Wagner

HackCville Member

"Getting to know the people in the community has been by far the best aspect of my time at HackCville. It is motivating and inspiring to be surrounded by those who are constantly hustling while also trying to innovate in whatever they are doing."

Apply to Exposure

Applications due by Monday, August 28, 2017 at 11:59pm

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