The advent of digital cameras has revolutionized photography by making it easier, cheaper and more user friendly than ever before. However, great cameras don’t take great photos; great photographers do. It’s all about getting to know your camera, mastering various photographic techniques and practicing as much as you can. If you want to master your new camera, enhance your picture taking skills and practice with the pros in the field, check out these DFW photography classes so you can be shooting your best shots in no time.
4756 Algiers St.
Dallas, TX 75207
www.spotstudio.comClick here for class schedulesSpot Studio is, without a doubt, one of the best places in the metroplex to learn how to master the art of photography. Professional photographer Peter Poulides, whose photos have graced the pages and covers of countless publications, including Time, Travel & Leisure and Smithsonian, will teach you everything you need to know from camera basics to shooting, lighting and editing. All ages and levels can choose from a variety of classes and workshops concentrating on topics from DSLR camera techniques and studio lighting to portrait photography, travel photography and using Lightroom software. The studio also holds destination travel workshops, including an upcoming trip to Greece. Classes start at $50 and include both practical instruction and hands on experience, either in the studio or out around town.
3939 Valley View Lane
Farmers Branch, TX 75244
www.brookhavencollege.eduClick here for class schedulesThe Dallas Community Colleges offer a wide variety of continuing-ed photography courses both online and at all of the campuses. Semester courses start at $85 and range from basic photography techniques and lighting workshops to portrait, wedding and digital black and white photography. Most of the courses are also supplemented with a field experience or location shoot. If you want to expand your photography skills even more take a black and white darkroom course for $160 or choose from a variety Photoshop editing classes for $240.
Higher Education Center
3452 Spur 399
McKinney, TX 75069
www.collin.eduClick here for class schedulesCollin College has an in-depth continuing-ed program in photography, encompassing everything from learning the basics of point and shoot and DSLR cameras to the specifics of action, landscape, people, food and wedding photography. Learn how to edit, design and publish your photos with a variety of programs for every level. If you are interested in making photography a business, then check out the photojournalism, marketing and still life portrait classes. Photography and media courses start at $149 for the semester and are taught at both the Collin Higher Education Center in McKinney and the Courtyard campus in Plano. Not sure what you want to take? Try out the Saturday afternoon sampler series of introduction photography and editing classes starting at $15 each.
5809 Preston Road
Plano, TX 75093
www.beauxartsphoto.comClick here for class schedulesLearn all about how to control your digital camera and capture the moment like a pro with professional photographer Sam Anise’s, four-hour workflow workshop. For $400, you’ll spend the day learning about everything from subject placement and angling distances to controlling light, shutter speeds and software editing. If you want to expand your photo repertoire, try the two-hour studio light workshop or plan for one of the day-long workshops out on a nearby ranch. Kids also can get in on the clicking action, with Anise’s five-day summer youth workshops for $299. Anise offers great discounts on his classes, so be sure to check Groupon, Living Social and Amazon Local before signing up.
544 W. Randol Mill Road
Arlington, TX 76011
www.arlingtoncamera.comClick here for class schedulesIf you want to learn the basics about using a digital camera, Arlington Camera holds two-hour, hands-on seminars that include techniques and tips geared specifically to your particular camera. The seminars are taught by Dallas commercial photographer Tom Maddrey, and are free for anyone who has purchased a camera from the shop or for $50 if the camera was purchased elsewhere. Additionally, Maddrey teaches customized private courses on camera studio lighting, color management, Photoshop or other photography specifics with prices starting at $85 an hour. The store also participates in a variety of additional photography workshops, including the Texas School of Professional Photography workshops, Super Monday Photo workshops and Maddrey’s photography lecture series.
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