COVID-19 Policies for Non-Music Class Students
  • Please note: no refunds will be given for cancellations made after 5 business days prior to the start of class.
  • Class may be moved to virtual if required.
  • No refunds will be given if class format changes to either virtual or in-person.
  • $20 credit card processing fee for all cancellations

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.

Adobe Lightroom
Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., October 29-December 17
Cost: $215
Adobe designed ‘Lightroom' specifically for photographers who want to organize and edit digital images quickly and safely. This course is designed to teach photographers how to edit images and to learn a complete start to finish workflow. Adobe Lightroom is the preferred software for creating beautiful images and it integrates with other postprocessing software programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Lightroom is safe and nondestructive to your original images making it perfect for photographers that are new to editing.
Instructor: Mike Nelson
Prerequisites: Basic computer skills

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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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Architectural Photography
Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 21- December 9 *no class November 25
Cost: $215
Discover architectural photography, exteriors, interiors, with technical challenges of composition, distortion, lighting. Assignments to emphasize designs, styles, eras, on-location problem solving. Field trips: 3 - all-day, out of town; 1 – half-day near Birmingham. Dates, times TBD in class. Admission fees: $25 total. Field trips are not required but offer excellent photography experiences. Ages 18+ . *Student(s) must be high school graduates, or have GED. We will be going on field trips; photographing locations with historic, cultural significance; meeting guides, location representatives, and students must conduct themselves accordingly. No tag-alongs permitted, such as family or friends, unless student has a disability and needs assistance, and kindly discuss with instructor prior to field trip.
Instructor: Meg McKinney
Prerequisites: Understanding Your Canon or Nikon DSLR; Photography I: Basic

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Outdoor Landscape Photography
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 13-November 10
Virtual/Outdoor Sessions
Cost: $215
Learn principles of good outdoor and landscape photography from composition and equipment to processing your photos. Topics include landscapes, panoramas, HDR, flowing water, lowlight and harsh light, software suggestions. Class meets 5 times over 5 weeks with weekly outdoor assignments with flexible locations and times. Prepare 10 photo samples for the first class. The instructor encourages consultation throughout class weeks via email, phone, or texting. Ages 18+
Instructor: Cliff Brane
Prerequisites: Students should have a previous understanding of their camera’s functions.
Additional Requirements: DSLR or Mirrorless camera, tripod

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Photography I - Online
Tuesdays, 6–8 p.m., October 27-December 8
Virtual
Cost: $215
This course is designed to cover all aspects of beginning photography. You will learn proper exposure and appropriate use of shutter speed and aperture as well as lens choices and lighting options. You will learn many methods for creating strong compositions. This course will teach you how to create beautiful images - not just snap photos. Ages 18+
Instructor: Mike Nelson
Prerequisites: Understanding Your Canon/Nikon DSLR
Additional Requirements: DSLR Camera

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Understanding Your Canon DSLR
Thursdays, October 29 - December 17 6-8 PM
Cost: $215
Are you intimidated by your camera? Do not settle for photographs that are less than what your camera is capable of delivering and do not 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+ Equipment Needed: DSLR camera
Instructor: Chris Bisset
Additional Requirements: Canon DSLR Camera

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Instructors

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