Photography Classes in Tampa

Want to get your camera off of automatic? Come to digital photography classes in Tampa and learn what shutter speeds and apertures do. Photo 101, intermediate and specialized classes are offered. You can also get private instruction with your camera or borrow a loaner! Most classes are held at central locations in Tampa.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tripod Alternatives

There are times when a tripod won’t work.  Or, maybe you have a tight budget and a tripod is not in it.  Here are some great alternatives.
The best priced tripod alternatives are free.  Remember, the idea is to be able to stabilize your camera either when you are shooting with a slower shutter speed or when you want to be in the picture.  If you sew or you know someone who does, find a piece of old fabric and sew it into a 10" - 12" square.  Get some black eyed peas, some of those little beads that go in beanbag chairs, or even rice will work.  Fill your new “pillow” with the substance of choice and you have a beanbag tripod alternative. In a pinch even an old sock might work. It needs to be full enough so that it can support your camera but not jammed so tight that it has no “give”.  Make it  large enough so that it can support your entire rig, but small enough so that it fits in your camera bag.

A small bag or soft sided purse will work.  Go to your local consignment or secondhand store and find a small soft sided case or cosmetics bag.  This would easily tuck in your camera bag.  You can take it on location with you and once you get there you can easily fill it with small pebbles or sand.  Be careful!  If you’re using sand or some other small substance in your stabilizing bag make sure that you clean your hands and the outside of the bag before they get close to your camera.. If you get grit in your camera or lens it is going to be a bad day! 

When using your new contraption be sure that you set your camera down on a stable surface, or at least on one where you are positive that it will not move or fall!  If you can find a flat surface, sometimes all you need to do is put something under the lens to raise it or lower it enough to obtain your composition. A rolled up t-shirt or towel can be substituted.

Clamps are another way to go.  Instead of carrying a full tripod you can buy or make clamps that will screw into the bottom of your camera.  Most camera bodies accept a 1/4" diameter, 20 thread-count screw if you want to make a clamp. The beauty of these gizmos is that you can clamp them on nearly anything.  If you need your camera high or down low simply find a solid and stable anchor and clamp your camera to it.  Be sure that you do not exceed the weight capacity of the clamp.  Once you have it in place check and double check that your camera is secure before letting go.  Concrete is not friendly to cameras! Here is an example of the Manfrotto Super Clamp. They sell for under $40.


You will also need a pin to go with it to attach your camera

Lastly, the most common tripod alternative is a monopod.  You see sports shooters use them all the time.  They stabilize the camera allowing for a much slower shutter speed than you might otherwise be able to get hand holding.  The problem (obviously) is that you usually can't take your hands off of a monopod.  These devices are relatively inexpensive and can be found at local department stores including Wal-Mart and Target for under $30.


Having a way to stabilize our camera is important.  However, tripods don’t always work and sometimes aren't in the budget. One of these alternatives ought to work great!

Keep Hitting That Shutter Button!

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For information on other Tampa photography classes, digital photography classes, and Tampa photography workshops feel free to call me or look under the Tampa Photography Classes section. I also give private individual instruction on camera operation and making better photographs and would love to work with you one on one to make you a better photographer. Photography instruction gift certificates are also available. They make great gifts for the photo enthusiast in your life. Let's talk about what you need! 813-786-7780. See you in class!


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Chip Weiner is an award winning photojournalist and food photographer in Tampa. He has been a photography instructor for 9 years.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Photo 101- Intro to photography (and so much more)

Want to get your camera off of automatic? Photo 101 is a comprehensive five week course designed to help you understand aperture and shutter speeds, camera settings, photo composition, and lighting. The buttons and dials look intimidating on many cameras. This class is designed to break them down  in a logical sequence to help you get your brain around how they all work. You might even be able to better understand your camera manual when you are done!
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Unlike the one day seminars that try to cram it all in to a few hours, this is a 5 week course. Demonstrations in class and weekly photography assignments will help participants gain a better working knowledge of how to make better pictures. Each class will consist of time devoted to one aspect of photography and one aspect of technology related to photography (see topics below). You can learn artistic, commercial, and practical uses for your camera.

Classes meet one night per week and are taught at the centrally located Hillsborough Community College Collaboration Studio. Click here for a map

The next class is scheduled on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  August 5 through September 2, 2014

  Photography 101 Classes for 2014 are scheduled on Tuesdays as follows: 

CLASSES FOR 2014 

June 24 - July 22
August 5 - September 2 
September 16 - October 14
October 28 - November 25 


Cost for 5 week Photo 101 class: $150.00

To register for the Photo 101 class click here 


 Course Content
Week 1. The first class is an introduction to the buttons and dials on your camera and how they work, some "should haves" for your camera bag, and your first photo assignment.

Week 2. This is THE most important class. Learning and understanding exposure is the key to better and creative photography. Take your camera off “auto” by learning shutter speeds, apertures (f-stops), and ISO.  Also learn the meaning and use of depth of field.

Week 3. We will discuss white balance, composition and what makes a good photograph. This class includes ideas for composing better portraits, artistic shots, nature and landscape photos. You will also learn about different lenses, what they do, and what you need for great shots.

Week 4. Introduction to lighting with a flash. Understanding on and off camera lighting methods is a huge step in getting great photographs. This is a very important class where we explore what camera settings control different types of light. Almost everybody needs to know how to use alternative light sources (including your flash) without blowing out the subject or under exposing the scene. Quality, softness and intensity of light really matter! Less expensive yet effective lighting alternatives will be demonstrated.

week 5. The last class ia an introduction to the digital darkroom (Photoshop). Learn cropping, red eye removal, and some artistic applications of several types of editing software. You will also learn how to do much of it for free!

While many people have enjoyed this class with a point and shoot camera, an SLR or mirrorless camera will better compliment the lessons. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED.

For information on other Tampa photography classes, digital photography classes, and Tampa photography workshops feel free to call me or look under the Tampa Photography Classes section. I also give private individual instruction on camera operation and making better photographs and would love to work with you one on one to make you a better photographer. Photography instruction gift certificates are also avialable. They make great gifts for the photo enthusiast in your life. Let's talk about what you need! 813-786-7780. See you in class!

Chip Weiner is an award winning photojournalist and food photographer in Tampa. He has been a photography instructor for 9 years.

1 Day Intensive Photography Lighting Class


Getting good light makes the difference between a good and great shot
OK...now you know how to work your shutter speed and aperture (kinda). You have some idea what white balance is and can find you way around the other dials on your camera. The next step is to learn how to control light. Refining your photography skills is not just about getting a good overall exposure, it also includes lighting your main subject, background, and knowing how to set your camera to do both.
 Have you ever wondered how professionals photographers get such great light?  Have you ever wondered how to shoot portraits outside in the midday sun? You have heard that you can use your speedlight (hot shoe flash) to take great shots but you just don't know how. Whether you take pictures of people, pets, flowers or landscapes, using and controlling light is important. Join us  for a one-day intensive photography lighting class. This four hour seminar will include the use of natural and artificial light and introduce the use of light modifiers including reflectors, scrims, and a flash attachments. 
This is a four hour class from 10:00 to 2:00. We will start with getting a better understanding of lighting basics and camera settings. We will then go outside with a live model and learn how to take great shots even in the mid day sun using both natural light and flash. We will then return to a studio set to continue the shooting and learning. Lighting theory and techniques will be discussed and demonstrated at length. All students will have an opportunity to take shots with their own equipment and ask questions of the instructor.Topics include getting great shots instead of snapshots, How to control ambient light and flash separately, setting white balance, correct camera settings for portraits, and using light to create more drama in your shots.



Take a day and come join us for an information packed class where you will learn about natural (available), flash, and combination techniques that will make your photos pop!


The next Intensive One Day Photography Lighting class is scheduled for
May 10, 2014.
LOCATION:Creative Loafing
1911 N. 13th Street
Ste. W200
Tampa, FL 33605
(2nd floor above Spaghetti Warehouse)

To register click here
Cost of this info packed class is $79.95 . Price includes one on one instruction, the cost of a professional model and the use of all lighting equipment. Class size is limited!


This is an intermediate class and is designed for people who have either taken the Photography 101 class or have a real working knowledge of their camera. This knowledge includes the ability to set shutter speeds and apertures on your camera.It is most appropriate for participants using an SLR camera with a hot shoe. While you can still learn with other cameras, the ability to use a hot shoe is important.




Bring your camera and tripod to class. If you are not completely familiar with your camera's operation, also bring your manual. If you do not have a tripod, that's OK. It will also be helpful if you bring a notebook and something to write with as there will be many points to ponder over the course of the day. If you are shooting with film, I recommend that you bring a roll of 100 and 400 ASA. Don't forget to charge your batteries and bring extras for the seminar. If your batteries don't last all that long, you may also want to consider bringing your charger. A lens in the 35-70 mm range will probably work best. If you have others bring those as well if you like.



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For information on other Tampa photography classes, digital photography classes, and Tampa photography workshops feel free to call me or look under the Tampa Photography Classes section. I also give private individual instruction on camera operation and making better photographs and would love to work with you one on one to make you a better photographer. Photography instruction gift certificates are also avialable. They make great gifts for the photo enthusiast in your life. Let's talk about what you need! 813-786-7780. See you in class!


Chip Weiner is an award winning photojournalist and food photographer in Tampa. He has been a photography instructor for 9 years.