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 including weddings, animals, creative fine art, outdoors and landscapes. Some classes require prerequisites and we also offer a photography certificate program.

Photography Certificate Program

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Architectural Photography
Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 20- December 8 *no class November 24
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: $30 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-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.
Instructor: Meg McKinney
Prerequisites: Understanding Your Canon/Nikon/Sony; Photography I
Requirements: DSLR Camera, tripod

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Creative Fine-Art Photography
Mondays, 6-8 p.m., September 20-November 8
Cost: $215
Fine-art photography is a medium for creatively and passionately expressing the vision of a photographer, while also communicating an idea, emotion or concept to the viewer. This course will thoroughly examine the basic fine-art image constructs of subject selection, lighting, composition, colors, tones, moods, depth, and perspective to challenge and inspire students toward a personal style and a consistent, skilled and refined approach in their work. The course will also introduce a series of specific creative photographic techniques such as infrared, black and white, and multiple imaging to guide students as they strive to identify individual goals and objectives in their work. Image finishing and presentation will also be discussed. Ages 18+
Instructor: Ken Boyd
Prerequisites: Photography I, Photoshop, Lightroom, or permission of the instructor.

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Essential Color Printing Classes
Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., September 16-October 7 (4 classes)
Cost: $195
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, edit or learn about editing with Adobe Lightroom or other software, select appropriate paper and create the final print. Bring your 10 best photos files to the first class. Classes will be a mix of in-person and virtual. Ages 18+. This class is a requirement for the Academy of the Arts Capstone Certificate.
Instructor: Cliff Brane
Requirements: Personal photos you consider candidates for printing. Knowledge of photo editing software helpful but not required, Thumb drive or knowledge of or willingness to learn on-line file sharing.

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Outdoor & Landscape Photography
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., August 24-October 5
Cost: $215
Learn the principles of good outdoor and landscape photography in this class from composition and equipment to processing the photos you have taken. Topics will include landscapes, panoramas, HDR, flowing water, lowlight and harsh light, software demonstrations and suggestions for the best equipment for various types of outdoor photography. This class meets 6 times over 7 weeks plus weekly outdoor assignments with flexible outdoor locations and times. The instructor encourages frequent contacts throughout the weeks of the class through email, phone, or texting. Ages 18+ Students should have a previous understanding of their camera’s functions. Requirements: DSLR or Mirrorless camera, tripod. For the first meeting of the class students are encouraged to submit up to 10 jpeg photo samples of any outdoor photos they have previously taken. No previous SAOA class requirements. Just a working knowledge of your camera’s basics and an interest in learning more about taking better pictures outdoors.
Instructor: Cliff Brane

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Photographing Flowers and Other Living Things
Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., August 18-October 6 *no class September 29
Cost: $215
Tell the artistic and colorful stories of flowers, preserved lands, and plants for commerce with your camera, while learning techniques for close-ups, lighting, composition, and more. Class to have at-home assignments in addition to field trips scheduled at the first class. Must be 18 years, or older, with GED or high school diploma. Field trips are to public and private properties.
Instructor: Meg McKinney
Prerequisites: Photography I, Understanding your Canon/Nikon/Sony.
Requirements: DSLR, lenses, tripod

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Photography I
Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., October 21-December 9 *no class November 25
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+*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-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.
Instructor: Mike Nelson
Prerequisites: Understanding Your Canon/Nikon DSLR
Requirements: DSLR Camera

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Understanding Your Canon DSLR
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 19-December 7 * no class November 23
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+
Instructor: Chris Bisset
Requirements: Canon DSLR Camera

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Understanding Your Nikon DSLR
Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., August 26-October 7
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+
Instructor: Mike Nelson
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
Photo of Meg McKinney
Meg McKinney
Photography Instructor
Academy of the Arts
Photo of Mike Nelson
Mike Nelson
Instructor
Academy of the Arts