Professional photographers offer courses from basic photography to advanced techniques.  Learn to navigate your camera to take professional photos and enhance the quality of your photographs.  Take a step beyond the camera and learn Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop Basics, printing, and studio lighting.  Instructors also offer themed classes in subject matter from weddings, crime scene photography for police professionals, shooting exotic animals or landscapes.  Some classes require pre-requisites and we also offer a photography certificate program.

Photography Certificate Program

If you do not see a class that you were expecting to be available check back soon as classes are added as they become available, or reach out to us by email.

An Introduction to Photoshop Elements
Mondays, 6-8 p.m., September 14-October 26
Cost: $215
Learn how to evaluate, organize and improve your photographs through this fun and informative course. The course will provide an introduction to digital photo editing and will include a review of all the basic tools and creative features that make Photoshop such a powerful and artistic application for photographers. Learn to correct exposure and color, crop and refine composition, clean up and enhance images, and apply imaginative touches to produce outstanding results. Elements is inexpensive, easy to learn and is the only photo editing software most photographers will ever need. For more advanced photographers, Elements is the perfect introduction to the expansive world of Photoshop and Lightroom. The course will guide students through demonstrations and hands-on exercises and include critiques of images and techniques. A social-distance field trip will be included with this course. Mask required for in-person classes. Class may move to virtual if needed.
Instructor: Ken Boyd
Prerequisites: Basic understanding of computer and digital camera operation.
Additional Requirements: Digital camera; Laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop Elements Software. (The cost for Elements is about $99.)

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Digital Infrared Photography - Online
Tuesdays 6-8 PM, July 14 – August 25
Cost: $215
Infrared photography is an exciting and incredibly powerful medium for landscape, portrait and fine-art photographic artists. There is a certain surreal dimension and mystery associated with the images that draw and hold viewers in a manner that is unrivaled by other photographic media. The rich black and white and delicate color images literally radiate with light and air to create an overall quality that almost defies a verbal description. Both camera and computer techniques for creating infrared images will be examined. Through image capture and post processing, this course will provide an introduction to the unseen world of infrared and extend your photographic imaging skills with results that you never before dreamed possible. SPECIAL NOTE: Because of the current COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC and Samford University, this course will primarily meet on location and outdoors. Location class meetings will be supplemented through online web conferencing. Please make sure that you have a webcam, internet connection, and a relatively "quiet" area to take part in the course. Please have your camera ready for the class. If the class is disrupted due to internet connectivity, please wait for the instructor to start the class back up again, or if your internet has problems, please try to rejoin the class and/or email instructor when possible to get any missed information.
Instructor: Ken Boyd
Prerequisites: Photography I and Photoshop Basics or equivalent. This course requires a solid understanding of camera operation, composition, lighting and other aspects of good photography, as well as image editing experience.
Additional Requirements: Digital camera that is capable of capturing infrared either through the use of a special filter or one that has been converted specifically for infrared photography. (See Infrared Conversions, IR Modifications & Photography Tutorials | Life Pixel IR for information on converted cameras. Note that most Canon and Nikon cameras made over the last decade will not capture infrared without conversion, but many older digital cameras can be used with an infrared filter.) (For students who may not yet have a camera for infrared photography, equipment options will be discussed in detail during the first session.) Digital image editing software - Adobe Photoshop is preferred. Tripod.

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Essential Color Printing Classes
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., September 8-29 (4 classes)
Cost: $200
Learn about preparing your photo files for printing and the prosumer equipment needed to do so. During the course you will select a photo(s) for printing, do touch up with Adobe Lightroom or other software, select appropriate paper and create the final print. Bring your 10 best photos files to the first class. Mask required for in-person classes. Ages 18+
Instructor: Cliff Brane
Prerequisites: Photography I, Adobe Lightroom
Additional Requirements: Computer with Lightroom/Photoshop, thumb drive or on-line file sharing

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Essential Color Printing Workshop
Saturday, September 12
Cost: $165
This class is designed to help the photographer and artist create a good print and learn the qualities of a good print. Participants will learn about the art of presenting the print which will include paper choice, matting, and framing. Focus will be on simplifying the interpretation of each device as the original image is processed from the camera to the paper and will include a discussion on monitor calibration and printer profiles. Ages 18+. Mask required for this workshop.
Instructor: Chris Bisset

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Lensbaby: A New Perspective
Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m., August 26-October 7
See special note below.
Cost: $215
Discover an off-beat, creative way of seeing, shooting, using Lensbaby, small lenses with a changeable perspective that you select. First class to review equipment, accessories, purchase options. A Lensbaby lens is necessary for assignments after the first class; class skips a week to accommodate purchases. Field trips offered outside of class, TBD at first class. Enrolled students may purchase directly from Lensbaby for 25% discount, proof of enrollment. Form provided at first class. SPECIAL NOTE: This course will meet for the first class at the AOA building. Remaining classes will be virtual or field trips. Please make sure that you have a webcam, internet connection, and a relatively "quiet" area to participate in virtual classes. *Please note: no refunds will be given for cancellations made after 5 business days prior to the start of class. * Classes will be a mix of in-person and virtual. Mask required for in-person classes.
Instructor: Meg McKinney
Prerequisites: Beginning Photography, Know Your Canon/Nikon. Student(s) must be high school graduates, or have GED. Class will go on field trips photographing locations with cultural significance, or private property with permission of owner, and students must conduct themselves accordingly. No tag-along’s permitted, such as family or friends, unless student has a disability and needs assistance, and kindly discuss with instructor prior to field trip.
Additional Requirements: DSLR camera, Lensbaby, tripod, cable release, upload images to class Google folder if class is online/virtual; or thumb drive if class is held in classroom.

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Photography II: Advanced
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., August 25–October 6
Cost: $215
This course teaches advanced composition, lighting techniques, and personal style. Ages 18+ Class may move to virtual if needed. Mask required for in-person classes.
Instructor: Chris Bisset
Prerequisites: Understanding Your Canon/Nikon; Photography I: Basic
Additional Requirements: DSLR camera

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Understanding Your Canon DSLR
Thursdays, 6 – 8 p.m., August 27-October 8
Cost: $215
Are you intimidated by your camera? Don’t settle for photographs that are less than what your camera is capable of delivering, and don’t be left in the dark concerning the vast array of features that you can use to take professional quality images. Learn to navigate the menus, submenus, options, and settings of Canon digital SLRs to your best advantage. Beginning with the basic camera controls and progressing to the most advanced options, learn to unlock your camera’s potential to suit your individual needs. Ages 18+. Class may move to virtual if needed. Mask required for in-person classes.
Instructor: Chris Bisset
Additional Requirements: Canon DSLR Camera

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Understanding Your Nikon DSLR
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., August 25-October 6
Cost: $215
This course is designed to help you understand the available options and unlock the vast potential of your digital Nikon. The course begins with basic camera settings, advances to auto focus, exposure compensation, and flash options, and concludes with customizing your camera for your needs. Ages 18+. Class may move to virtual if needed. Mask required for in-person classes.
Instructor: Mike Nelson
Additional Requirements: Nikon DSLR camera

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Instructors

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Christopher Bisset
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Ken Boyd
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Cliff Brane
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Bo Doss
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Meg McKinney
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Mike Nelson
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Butch Oglesby
Instructor
Academy of the Arts