Photography Classes

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.

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.

Adobe Lightroom
Thursdays, 6 - 8 p.m. October 18-December 6 * No class on November 22
$195
Lightroom was created specifically to help photographers streamline their workflow by importing, organizing, and post processing images, all within one fast application. Lightroom is the perfect software for beginners and experts alike because it is completely safe and nondestructive to your original images. Lightroom also integrates seamlessly with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
Instructor: Mike Nelson
Prerequisites: Basic computer skills
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Adobe Photoshop Basics
Thursdays, 5:30- 7:30 p.m. October 25 – December 13 (No class on Thanksgiving)
$195
This is a complete introduction to Photoshop. This course helps you unwrap the immense software and explains in detail all the tools, buttons, and menus. Learn tips and tricks for installation, setting up your personal workspace, and how to navigate around the program. Hands-on lessons show you how to develop, manipulate, and print photographs in the digital darkroom.
Instructor: Bo Doss
Additional Requirements: camera cable or card reader and USB storage device (2GB minimum)
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Birmingham’s History in Plain Sight
Mondays, 6-8 p.m. October 22-December 3
$195
This course will guide you using the lens of the camera to identify elements of Birmingham’s History. Field Trips will be scheduled the first night of class.
Instructor: Meg McKinney
Prerequisites: Minimum age 18, completion of Understanding Your Canon or Nikon, Photography I: Basic
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Essential Digital Color Printing
December 1, 2018. 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
$175
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.
Instructor: Christ Bisset
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Exploring Photography
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. September 4-October 16
$195
This survey course covers photo composition, the digital darkroom and more. Throughout the 7 weeks there will be exercises in improving photo composition. Included will be introductions to Lightroom, Photoshop, software like Topaz, Luminar and NIK, printing and the equipment you need to create various types of photos from HDR, landscape and family photos to sports photography. We will talk about and use apps like VSCO, Snapseed, Lens Distortions and Lightroom Mobile. We will introduce and discuss how to compose better photos and put the lessons into practice with exercises and photo-walks. Requires DLSR and some basic knowledge of how to use them. Class goal will be to make you a better photographer now and set a future direction for continued growth in your skills.
Instructor: Cliff Brane
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Outdoor/Landscape Photography
Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. September 5, 12, 19, 26 Saturdays Field Trips Times TBA September 8, 15, 22
$195
Fall colors offer some great opportunities for landscape photos. Get prepared for fall by learning the principles of good outdoor/landscape photography in this class which includes composition, equipment and enhancing the photos you take. This class meets 7 times and is a combination of 4 classroom and 3 outdoor sessions. Students should have taken Understanding Your Canon or Nikon Camera. In addition to their cameras, students will need the use of a tripod. The instructor will attempt to make the required field work as flexible as possible, but students will have to spend time at various locations taking photos to properly complete the class. For the first meeting students are encouraged to bring up to 10 jpegs or printed photo samples of any outdoor photos they have previously taken.
Instructor: Cliff Brane
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Photography II: Advanced
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., August 28–October 9
$195
This course teaches advance composition, lighting techniques, and personal style.
Instructor: Chris Bisset
Prerequisites: Understanding Your Canon/Nikon; Photography I: Basic
Additional Requirements: DSLR camera
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Understanding Your Canon DSLR: Session A
Session A: Thursdays, 6 – 8 p.m., August 30-October 11
$195
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.
Instructor: Chris Bisset
Additional Requirements: Canon DSLR camera
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Understanding Your Canon DSLR: Session B
Session B: Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 23-December 4
$195
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.
Instructor: Chris Bisset
Additional Requirements: Canon DSLR camera
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Understanding Your Nikon DSLR
Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., August 30-October 11
$195
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.
Instructor: Mike Nelson
Additional Requirements: Nikon DSLR camera
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Wedding Photography Like the Pros
Tuesdays, 6 - 8 p.m., October 16- November 27
$195 +$25 Modeling fee
Thinking about Wedding Photography? This course will help you take a look into the realm of wedding photography. We will take you from the engagement session and pre-wedding preparation all the way through to post production methods after the wedding. We will look at the various types of equipment required as well as legal contracts, marketing strategies and pricing.
Instructor: Mike Nelson
Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic SLR photography. Required: DSLR Camera.
Additional Requirements: DSLR Camera
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Instructors

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