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. March 21 – May 2nd
Cost: $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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Capstone Course
Thursday, March 7, 6-8 p.m. Future class dates will be scheduled between instructor and student.
Cost: $300
This is the capstone course for those seeking the photography certificate and who have completed all the core and elective courses. A student will be required to enroll one time in this course, even though the work may not be completed in one 7-week session. The course will be run as an independent study with no formal class meeting times. Each student will meet one-on-one with his/her adviser to review and critique his/her body of work, discuss what should be included in a portfolio, and advise on the selection and preparation of images for the judging of his/her portfolio. The mentor will guide the student in writing the artist's statement. Attendance at the first class meeting on March 7 is mandatory. Other meetings will be scheduled by appointment.
Instructor: Mike Nelson
Prerequisites: Completion of all core and elective photography courses.
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Crime Scene Photography Professional Training
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., January 8-February 19
Cost: $300
This course is for law enforcement officers only. Get to know your camera and techniques of metering and good composition. 14 hours of APOST credit pending department approval.
Instructor: Dan Matteo
Prerequisites: Basic SLR knowledge
Additional Requirements: SLR camera, tripod, flash with remote cord or strong flashlight
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Outdoor and Landscape Photography
Tuesdays, February 5 - March 5 6-8 p.m. - Two additional outdoor sessions will be scheduled at the first class meeting.
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, birds in flight, lowlight and harsh light outdoor photography. This class meets 5 times in a classroom setting plus two outdoor sessions 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. This course will meet at the Inverness Country Club in North Shelby County. The Inverness Country Club is making their meeting room available, but you do not need to be a member to take this course. Location: Group Meeting Room at Inverness Country Club, 1 Country Club Drive, Hoover 35242 (just off Inverness Parkway)
Instructor: Cliff Brane
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Photographing Exotic and Domestic Creatures
Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., March 6-April 17 *No class March 13
Cost: $195
Learn tips and techniques to photographing domestic and exotic creatures, to include pet portraiture; field trips may include – horse show, farm, and the Zoo.
Instructor: Meg McKinney
Prerequisites: Beginning photography, Understanding your Canon or Nikon. Age 18+
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Photography I: Basic
Tuesdays, 6–8 p.m., March 19-April 30
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.
Instructor: Mike Nelson
Prerequisites: Understanding Your Canon/Nikon DSLR
Additional Requirements: DSLR camera
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Photojournalism
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., January 8-February 19
Cost: $195
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.
Instructor: Meg McKinney
Prerequisites: Basic SLR Photography; Ages 18+
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Studio Lighting
Mondays, 6-8 PM, March 4- April 22 (No Class March 25)
Cost: $195
This course will introduce basic concepts and principles of lighting for photography. Through demonstration and practice in studio, the students learn the fundamentals of recognizing and controlling both natural and studio lighting. Students will study and produce still life and portrait photographs using strobe lighting equipment.
Instructor: Ken Boyd
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Understanding Your Canon DSLR: Session A
Session A: Tuesdays, 6 – 8 p.m., January 8-February 19
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.
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., 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.
Instructor: Chris Bisset
Additional Requirements: Canon DSLR camera
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Understanding Your Nikon DSLR
Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., January 10-February 21
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.
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
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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