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 the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.

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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 Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N. Ashley Drive Tampa, FL 33602 at the corner of Ashley Street and Kennedy Boulevard. 

The next class is scheduled on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  January 7 - February 4, 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: Museum Members $120, Non-Members $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 and digital photography classes 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.



Keep Hitting That Shutter Button!
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For information on other Tampa photography classes and digital photography classes feel free to call me or look under the Tampa Photography Classes section. I also give private individual photography instruction on camera operation and making better photographs, as well as offer photography class and instruction gift certificates. 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.

Streetcar/Ybor City Night Time Safari Photography Class

Ybor City Glows at night. Come and learn how to take great night shots in a dynamic environment.
Come join us on our  Streetcar Safari. If you have never ridden the trolleys from Channelside to Ybor, you are in for quite a treat. We will depart from downtown on the TECO Streetcar Line, take an enjoyable evening trip into Ybor City and shoot some of the lights, architecture, and other wonderful elements of this part of town.  We will attempt capture the essence of Ybor Square, 7th Ave, and other elements of the character of this target rich environment. Come and let me work with you one on one to enhance you night and low light photography skills.
Come on this Safari and ride the Tampa Streetcar to Ybor and back.
After we shoot Ybor, we will return via streetcar to downtown where we will finish up shooting from a “secret” location to capture the beauty of downtown night light. Come have fun and enjoy this unique way of traveling around our rich city for some great photographs. 


Ybor City is a great place to hone your night street photography skills like this couple walking past an accordion player, done by dragging the shutter.
Pre-requisites include Photo 101 or a very strong working knowledge of the manual and semi automatic modes of your camera including how to adjust shutter speeds and aperture. Equipment best suited for night photos will have an adjustable ISO, a long shutter speed of at least 10 seconds, and the ability to manually control the f-stop. Tripods are also strongly recommended .
Participants should plan to meet at 7:00 p.m at the TECO Streetcar terminal located in front of the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown (big glass dome).

  Please bring your cameras, sturdy tripod, a small garbage bag, light rain suit and camera manuals if you are unfamiliar with the dials. 
Participation is limited to 12 people to allow for one on one coaching from the leader (if needed).
Shooting in black and white at night with your DSLR can give a whole different mood to your photos

Cost is $49.95* for 3 - 4 hour class and one on one instruction
*Cost does not include $5.00 trolley fare
 Streetcar Safari Photography Classes for 2014 are  currently scheduled as follows:
April 24, 2014- 7:00PM

To register

If you have questions, please call the instructor Chip Weiner 813-786-7780.


Keep Hitting That Shutter Button!
See my info at http://www.chipshotz.com/
Email chip@chipshotz.com

Become a friend on facebook here http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1485047075



For information on other Tampa photography classes and digital photography classes feel free to call me or look under the Tampa Photography Classes section. I also give private individual photography instruction on camera operation and making better photographs, as well as offer photography class and instruction gift certificates. 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.