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
Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 16-December 4 *no class November 27
Cost: $195
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. Ages 18+
Instructor: Mike Nelson
Prerequisites: Basic computer skills

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Adobe Photoshop Basics
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., October 29-December 10 *no class November 26
Cost: $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. Ages 18+
Instructor: Bo Doss
Additional Requirements: DSLR camera, camera cable or card reader and USB storage device (2GB minimum)
Architectural Photography
Mondays, 6-8 p.m., October 28-December 9
Cost: $195
Discover architectural photography by emphasizing designs, styles and eras. Ages 18+ Fieldtrips: 1 day out of town; 2+ hours for public spaces; dates and times TBA in class Admission Fees: $20 total
Instructor: Meg McKinney
Prerequisites: Understanding Your Canon or Nikon DSLR; Beginning Photography
Additional Requirements: DSLR, tripod, lenses, cable release

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Black and White Film Photography
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., August 27-October 8
Cost: $195 + $20 Supply Fee
Black and white film photography. Ages 18+
Instructor: Ken Boyd
Prerequisites: Understanding of film camera operation, composition, lighting and other basic aspects of photography
Additional Requirements: Basic film camera, film, and USB flash drive; Optional Equipment & Supplies: Tank for processing 35mm film, rubber gloves, tripod, a 25 A red filter and a mechanical cable release for the camera

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Essential Digital Color Printing
TBA
Cost: $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. Ages 18+
Instructor: Chris Bisset
Outdoor Landscape Photography
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., September 3-October 15
Cost: $195
Learn the principles of good outdoor and landscape photography in this class from composition, to equipment to processing the photos you have taken. Topics will include landscapes, panoramas, HDR, flowing water, lowlight and harsh light, software demonstrations with hands-on opportunities and best equipment for various types of outdoor photography. This class meets 5 times in a classroom setting plus 4 or more outdoor sessions with the instructor with flexible outdoor locations and times determined at the first meeting of the class. For this class students should have a previous understanding of their camera’s functions. In addition to their cameras, students will need the use of a tripod, either borrowed or purchased for use during class. For the first meeting of the class students are encouraged to bring up to 10 jpegs or printed photo samples of any outdoor photography they have previously taken.
Instructor: Cliff Brane
Prerequisites: No previous SAOTA class requirements. Just a working knowledge of your cameras basics and an interest in learning more about taking better pictures outdoors.
Additional Requirements: DSLR Camera, use of tripod

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Photography I: Basic
Tuesdays, 6–8 p.m., October 22-December 3 *no class November 26
Cost: $195
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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Photography II: Advanced
Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., August 29–October 10
Cost: $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: Tuesdays, 6 – 8 p.m., August 27-October 8
Cost: $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. Ages 18+
Instructor: Chris Bisset
Additional Requirements: Canon DSLR camera

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Understanding Your Canon DSLR
Session B: Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., March 5-April 23 *No class March 26
Cost: $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. Ages 18+
Instructor: Chris Bisset
Additional Requirements: Canon DSLR camera

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Understanding Your Nikon DSLR
Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., August 29-October 10
Cost: $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. Ages 18+
Instructor: Mike Nelson
Additional Requirements: Nikon DSLR camera

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Wedding Photography Like the Pros
Tuesdays, 6 - 8 p.m., August 27-October 8
Cost: $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 Christopher Bisset
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
Photo of Dan Matteo
Dan Matteo
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
Photo of Butch Oglesby
Butch Oglesby
Instructor
Academy of the Arts