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, Photo 101 Boot Camp, intermediate and specialized classes are offered. You can also get private lessons 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 more info see Tampa Photography Classes and Tampa Photography workshops tab at my web site. Let's get clickin'!

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Photo 101- Intro to photography class

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Learn to take better portraits and family photos

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! 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!

Learn action shots in Tampa photography workshops

This is a 5 week course taught by a working professional photojournalist with years of experience. Demonstrations in class and weekly photography assignments will help participants gain a better working knowledge of how to make better pictures. Each class is devoted perfecting your camera operation and improving the way you take photo and allows for time to answer individual questions. (see topics below). 

Taking sunset pictures in photography classes

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

Here's what you will learn;

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 their 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 is 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!

The next class is scheduled for 5 weeks from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, April 2 - April 30, 2019

2019 Class Dates

Feb. 19 - Mar 19, 2019 ULL

April 2 - April 30, 2019

Cost for 5 week class is $149.00

To register for the Photo 101 class click here 

While many people have enjoyed this class with a point and shoot camera, an SLR or mirrorless camera will better complement the lessons. 


The CL Space, home of Creative Loafing Newspaper, is an awesome facility with lots of room, red brick walls, and easy access parking. It is located above the Spaghetti Warehouse in Ybor Square. It is easy to get to from the Selmon Expressway or I-4 making the trip from South Tampa, North Tampa, Brandon, or St Pete a breeze. Here's a map.
location of Tampa photography classes

1911 N 13th St, Tampa, FL 33605

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 lessons on camera operation and making better photographs and would love to work with you one on one to make you a better photographer. Questions?  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 10 years.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Free Photowalk and Photography Class in Downtown Tampa

Free Photowalk and  Photography class in Tampa

On the first Saturday of October each year, photographers and enthusiasts around the world get out their cameras and meet up at a designated location in their town to walk around and take photographs, socialize, make new friends, win prizes, and be a part of a great cause during Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk®
You can work on camera settings and composition in this free photo walk and class
This year is no different! Join me and a bunch of your bay area neighbors when we meet in downtown Tampa for a great morning of shooting and learning. This photo walk is about taking pictures, meeting people, and just having a great time shooting. You don’t have to be an experienced photographer. You don’t even have to have a great camera. Just come out with an open mind and explore the art of photography. I will be there to help you with your camera settings, explore ideas about different kinds of shots, and to guide you through some of the cooler parts of downtown Tampa and the Riverwalk.

I have been a photography instructor for over 10 years. It’s pretty likely I know your camera and how the buttons and dials work and I am happy to show you! Please feel free to ask question during our walk
Enhance your street photography chops or just come and enjoy being around other photographers who are there to learn

Nope, there's no catch. This event is absolutely free. If you choose to order a tee shirt here 100% of the profits from the t-shirt sales go to Springs of Hope Kenya. Otherwise it's a morning of hanging out, learning, and photography, no strings attached.

There are no prerequisites for this walk. What ever camera or phone you have is just right!

Date October 6, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m

Please remember this is a walking tour. And while we won't be running a marathon, we will most likely walk for several blocks. Please be prepared with comfortable shoes, layered clothing, and a bottle of water if needed. Bring only the camera equipment you can comfortably carry.

To participate you must register and there are a limited number of spots. We will meet in front of Kahwa Coffee in the Elements Building in downtown Tampa between 8:45 and 9:00 a.m. and depart from there on time. If you are unfamiliar with the area, need to find a parking space, or want to come down for coffee, please arrive early. We will meet rain or shine. In fowl weather there are plenty of places to take cover and still get some great shots!

PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS EVENT IF THERE IS A POSSIBILITY YOU WILL NOT ATTEND. There are a limited amount of spaces and it usually fills up. If you take a spot and don't use it, someone got left out.

 Click here for more info and registration

Recommended equipment:

Camera and Lens (a wide-angle lens will works well, but any lens will do).

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Macro Photography Class in Tampa

Capturing detail and using good compositional skills help to make a very dynamic macro photo

Come and learn how to take Macro shots without having to spend thousands of dollars in equipment. There are several things you need to know about lighting, magnifying, and dealing with the very narrow depth of field this type of photography presents. This class will introduce you to techniques and gear to get you shooting bugs, jewelry and gemstones, coins, and anything small.

This is a 3 hour class that will explore the equipment you need to take great shots, the techniques used to light the subject, the best camera setting to use, and the best way to enhance your images in post production (Photoshop, etc.). Prerequisites are Photo 101 or a strong working knowledge of your camera controls including setting shutter speeds, apertures, and ISO. While some people enjoy macro photography with simple point-and-shoot cameras, this class is best suited for those who are working with a camera with interchangeable lenses.

There's a whole universe of photos right under your nose. Even if you can see some of it, it's not always so easy to shoot! This is a bug found outside, (yep-he was already a gonner), super glued to a pin and shot with a macro set up

Standard macro photography equipment as well as cheaper alternatives will be discussed, and comparisons made of each. It is an interactive class. In the first section we will discuss techniques and in the second part participants will be shooting macro shots either with their own cameras or a rig provided by the instructor.

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.

Shooting small objects like this dart frog usually takes specialized equipment. Come and see how it's done
Next Macro Class: Saturday August 1, 2015 
From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m.

Cost: $49 per person for class and  one on one instruction (maximum 12 people)


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 lessons 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 photojournalist and food photographer in Tampa. He has been a photography instructor for 10 years.