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. Here are 5 things to consider when selecting a photography class

Quit setting your camera on automatic! For info see Tampa Photography Classes and Tampa Photography workshops tab at my web site. Don't forget to check out the comments from past students. Let's get clickin'!

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Saturday, October 4, 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! 

Unlike the seminars that try to cram it all in to a few hours or a few weeks this is a 5 week course taught by a working professional photo journalist. 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). Whether you are trying to take better family photos or want to take your photography to the next level,  you've got to be able to control your camera. This is the class for you!


Classes meet one night per week and are taught at the centrally located CL Space, home of Creative Loafing. Click here for a map

The next class is scheduled on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. October 28 - November 25, 2014

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

CLASSES FOR 2014 

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


Cost for 5 week Photo 101 class: $139.00

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.

5 tips for finding a photography class


Instructors experience. Does the instructor have the experience it takes to answer your questions? Do they know your brand of camera? How long have they been shooting and instructing and do they still work in the field (shooting)?  Chip Weiner has been a photographer for 30 years and knows the ins and outs of all brands, since he has been teaching photography for 10 years and gets to work with old models as well as brand new ones. He is also a working photo journalist. His stories of current photographic challenges, whether you are taking pictures of your kids or thinking of going into wedding or other commercial work, help galvanize your knowledge (and are usually pretty funny).

Instructors style.  Some photography instructors talk over the heads of people trying to learn more.... kinda like a brain surgeon explaining to other brain surgeons. Most beginner and intermediate students aren't looking to be a fine art photographer or the next great celebrity portrait maker (yet). They are trying to figure out the best way to operate their camera and get the photos they want to make. They need someone who can explain things at ground level to get them going. Then they can move to what's next. Take a look at these comments from past participants and see what they say. 

Cost Are you getting enough bang for your buck? What does it cost you per hour to learn? Is the class long enough to give you a comprehensive understanding to get you going, or is it too short to convey learning? How much does the class cover? You need more than a few hours or a couple of days when you are starting out. Be careful with classes that promise to deliver a lot of information in 3 or four classes/hours. Can you wrap tour brain around that much info in a short amount of time? On the other hand, most people looking for photography classes in Tampa aren't looking for college courses that cost big money or require you to be part of a program. Registration is hard and some of the instructors are students themselves.

Location. Most of us are pretty busy trying to stretch every hour we have to get what we need. Having a central location for classes with good (free) and secure parking, and getting some instruction from the comfort of your living room via the internet makes learning easier and convenient.

Face time. Online photography classes and tutorials are great. There is an abundance of information on the internet. But many students I have worked with have unique questions about the settings on their camera or a specific problem they ran in to that tutorials just can't answer. There is time in every class (and after) to get your questions answered. I am also available by email (and sometimes telephone) to answer your questions, even after class is over.


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!

Monday, August 18, 2014

PHOTO 201- Intermediate Photography Class

So, you want to take your photography to the next level and need some coaching and instruction on how to do it. You've pretty much got setting your aperture and shutter speeds down, but still have questions on other techniques and aspects of your camera. You are still working on composition and lighting, but have some general ideas on what you want to do. Right? Photo 201 is the class for you.

Come and let me work with you one on one.  Let me look over your shoulder and see what you are doing and how you are doing it. I can coach you on different ways of shooting the same scene, creating a new look, and refining your existing skill. I will give personalized instruction on mastering shutter speeds and aperture, working with natural and artificial (flash) light. and story telling through your lens.




In Photo 201 we will be working on location in a target rich and colorful environment. Here's what the class includes:







You will be coached on getting the shot you want using your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Now that you know what they are, let's put them to work.

Imagine how your images will change once you have practiced adding motion to your image or completely freezing your subject.








  • Class includes instruction, techniques, and equipment to use for natural and artificial light to bring out the best in your subject.







Sometimes natural (available) light doesn't look so natural. Like clay, you must learn to mold it to look like you want it to look. Photo 201 will demonstrate the tools to make that happen, and participants will have a chance to use those tools.











  • Come and learn the 5 best tips for taking photos that tell stories. As you know, there is a difference between snapshots and photos shot with intent. Come and learn story telling techniques that are effective and easy to remember. 


As a photo journalist my strength lies in telling stories with photos and creating images that "capture eyes". Story telling is important whether you are taking pictures of you kids or shooting your next documentary. Attend this class and let me show you how.



Photo 201 is a three session workshop which includes meeting before the shoot to review techniques and discuss the assignments for shoot day. The second meeting is on shoot day on location. Participants will be given a shot list as an assignment to motivate them to hone the skills taught in class. I will be there to work one on one with you to answer your questions and help you get the shot you envision. The third session will be an interactive online video conference where you can participate from the comfort of your living room (or where ever you choose). We will discuss shots you submit from shoot day and give you feedback on your work. It's a great opportunity to see how your fellow students took the same types of shots everyone was assigned. A demonstration as to the ease with which photos can be stitched together will also be a part of this interactive online session.

For the first session we will meet on Thursday evening from 7:00 - 8:30. We are working on the technology to have participants be able to attend this session via the Internet if they prefer. Shoot day is the following Sunday from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., and the third session is online on the following Monday from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Students will need a broadband internet connection to participate online.

Come and get your questions answered and your Photo 201 technique refined. It will be a fun and educational class.

Cost for the 3 day Photo 201 class: $99.00


Pre-requisites for this class include Photo 101 and a working knowledge of the basics of camera operation. If you can work your shutter and aperture independently (which means you don't need to shoot on automatic) this is the class for you.

The next class is scheduled on;Thursday from September 11 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Sunday, September 14 from 12:00 to 3:00, and Monday September 15 from 7:00 to 8:00.

 CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO 10 Participants permitting me to work one on one with everyone (if needed).

 Come out and learn how to use your camera better. Join us and improve your ability to think like a photographer which includes taking command of your shutter and aperture, as well as increasing your knowledge on working with light, and story telling with your lens.


While  people may enjoy 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 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!



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

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