Explore Digital Photography in


An immersive, 10-week program hosted by HackCville

Applications Open 01/16/2018
"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."
- Tyler Wagner, 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 is a unique, vibrant community where people come from various starting points to learn to become better problem-solvers and future change makers. There is no place like it here in Charlottesville and it is increasingly becoming an integral part of the college experience for its members. "
- Melissa Wu, HackCville Member
"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

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+.

Learn more about our unique, community-driven approach to learning or read about our goals for HackCville graduates.

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

Tucker Wilson is the Program Lead for Exposure. He is a third year majoring in Systems Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. He graduated from Exposure in the fall of his second year and spent the following semester as one of its Program Coordinators. He is a photography lover at heart and most enjoys portraiture and shooting with experimental lighting.

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Tucker Wilson

Exposure Program Lead

Maya Korb

Programs Director

Maya Korb is the Programs Director for 2018-2019. She’s a 4th Year studying Environmental Science at UVA, and graduated HackCville’s Exposure program in Spring 2017. Following that semester, she worked as a program coordinator under Exposure's founder, and lead the program in Spring 2018. She loves talking about Zambia, soccer and photography. You can reach her at maya@hackcville.com.

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Applying to Exposure

Applications will open Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Meeting Times

Exposure meets twice a week, once as an entire class on Sundays 3-4:30pm, and a second time in a small group. (Those meeting times are flexible as they're set by the small group you'll join.) All programs meet starting January 30 through late April.

All sections of all programs (including Exposure) start January 30.

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


A $110 course fee is due within 5 days of acceptance into the course.

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.

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


Skills courses are high commitment. 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.

Application Process

Our application process is three steps:

  1. Written application, due on .
  2. Attendance to the first workshop, where you'll be assigned a mini-project to complete over the next week
  3. Completion of the project

It is strongly encouraged that you read the details of this process on the bottom of our Skills Courses page.

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Applications Open 01/16/2018

Membership Perks

After you complete your first HackCville program (except Trips), 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 400-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.

Sami Strohm

HackCville Member

"I loved having a community I felt connected to. Having the houses available to just hangout in and having access to tons of cool opportunities was incredible. "

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Applications Open 01/16/2018

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