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.

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., March 19-April 30
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. Ages 18+
Instructor: Mike Nelson
Prerequisites: Basic computer skills

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Black and White Digital Photography
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., April 7-May 19
Cost: $215
This course will explore classic black and white photography from a digital perspective. With subjects ranging from landscape and urban selections to portraits and still life images, the course will provide a thorough introduction to the world of black and white photography. The importance of tonality, textures and composition will be examined, as well as timeless techniques for infrared, hand tinting, multiple imaging and high contrast photography. The course will include classroom sessions and field trips and conclude with print assessment and finishing.
Instructor: Ken Boyd
Prerequisites: Photography I, Photoshop, Lightroom, or permission of the instructor
Additional Requirements: DSLR camera and tripod; optional filters

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Capstone Course
Attendance of first class meeting on February 19th is mandatory. Other meetings will be scheduled by appointment.
Cost: $300
This is the capstone course for those seeking the photography certificate and have completed all the core and elective courses. The course will be run as an independent study. Limited to 3 students per instructor.
Instructor: Mike Nelson, Ken Boyd, Cliff Brane
Prerequisites: Completion of all core and elective photography courses.

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Essential Digital Printing (Black and White)
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., February 1
Cost: $175
Are you wondering why your prints don’t look like the digital image on your screen? Learn what to look for in a printer. Go through the digital workflow, discussing such things as color management, monitor calibration, and paper and ink selections. You may bring processed images to class and print them on Samford’s printer. Ages 18+. *Limited to 15 students.
Instructor: Chris Bisset

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Outdoor Landscape Photography
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., March 17-April 21 *No class April 7
Cost: $215
Learn the principles of good outdoor and landscape photography in this class from composition, to equipment to the processing of photos. Topics will include landscapes, panoramas, HDR, flowing water, birds in flight, lowlight and harsh light photography and the digital darkroom. This class meets 5 times in a classroom setting plus two or more field sessions with flexible outdoor locations and times determined at the first meeting of the class. Students should have some previous understanding of their camera’s functions. In addition to their cameras, students will need the use of a tripod. For the first meeting on March 17th, students are encouraged to bring up to 10 jpegs or printed photo samples of any outdoor photography they have taken. Ages 18+
Instructor: Cliff Brane
Prerequisites: Knowledge of one’s own camera’s functions; No previous Academy of the Arts class required for enrollment.
Additional Requirements: DSLR Camera, tripod

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Photographing Exotic and Domestic Creatures
Mondays, 6-8 p.m., March 23-May 11 *No class April 13
Cost: $215
Learn tips and techniques to photographing domestic and exotic creatures, to include pet portraiture; field trips may include – horse show, farm, and the zoo. Age 18+
Instructor: Meg McKinney
Prerequisites: Beginning photography, Understanding your Canon or Nikon.

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Photography I: Basic
Tuesdays, 6–8 p.m., March 17-April 28
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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Photojournalism
Mondays, 6-8 p.m., January 13-March 9 *no class January 20 & March 2
Cost: $215
Learn to tell stories with your photographs. Students will apply the basics of photojournalism by developing and creating story ideas, executing them, and editing the image into a story-telling group of images. Students will gain a better understanding of photojournalism, how to impact your life, and how to apply the principals, class lectures and weekly assignments plus one major project fill out this class. Ages 18+
Instructor: Meg McKinney
Prerequisites: Basic SLR Photography

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Studio Lighting
Mondays, 6-8 PM, January 13-March 2 *No class January 20
Cost: $215
Studio lighting can provide the consistent and predictable high-quality results many photographers require. From tabletop and product images to portraits, fashion and group photography, this course will examine the concepts, equipment and techniques for simple, effective and inspired lighting. Modern LEDs, ring lights and traditional strobes, lighting modifiers and backdrops will be used during workshop sessions throughout this course. Photographic planning, composition and design, as well as posing and props for subjects, will be discussed and demonstrated to achieve the best possible results for each image and subject. Ages 18+. *Limited to 10 students
Instructor: Ken Boyd
Prerequisites: Photography I, Photoshop, Lightroom, or permission of the instructor.
Additional Requirements: Digital camera, lens & tripod.

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Understanding Your Canon DSLR
Session A: Tuesdays, 6 – 8 p.m., January 7-February 18
Cost: $215
Are you intimidated by your Canon digital SLR camera? Don’t settle for photographs that are less than your camera is capable of delivering, and don’t be left in the dark about the vast array of features that you can use to take professional-quality images. Learn to navigate the menus, submenus, options and settings to your best advantage. Bring your camera and manual to class. 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 17-April 28
Cost: $215
Are you intimidated by your Canon digital SLR camera? Don’t settle for photographs that are less than your camera is capable of delivering, and don’t be left in the dark about the vast array of features that you can use to take professional-quality images. Learn to navigate the menus, submenus, options and settings to your best advantage. Bring your camera and manual to class. Ages 18+
Instructor: Chris Bisset
Additional Requirements: Canon DSLR camera

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Understanding Your Nikon DSLR
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., January 7-February 18
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
Additional Requirements: Nikon 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 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