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 more 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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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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! 
Matt Dunn at the Bro Bowl

This is the original Photo 101 class in Tampa and has been taken by thousands of people. Don't be fooled by imitators! Unlike the seminars that try to cram it all in to a few hours or charge big bucks,  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). 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 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 on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. March 31 - April 28, 2015

  Photography 101 Classes for 2015 are scheduled on Tuesdays as follows: 

CLASSES FOR 2015
March 31 - April 28 FULL
May 12 - June 
June 23, - July 21
August 4 - September 1


Cost for 5 week Photo 101 class: $149.00

To register for the Photo 101 class click here 

 Course Content


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 AND TENDS TO FILL UP IN ADVANCE OF THE START DATE.


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.

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 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.

Portrait Photography Lighting Class

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Photography is all about light. If you are able to control it, you're able to get the shot that you want. This Portrait Lighting class will teach you skills and tricks that are applicable in any situation where you are attempting to combine both artificial light (flashes) and available (ambient) light. And, we are going to be learning in a very cool urban environment.
If you've ever taken a picture where the flash was too strong or you just haven't figured out the right settings for your flash and camera to get great portraits, this class is for you. If you want to learn how to control light so that you get better people pictures, landscapes, or product shots, sign up now!

Better pictures mean knowing how to set your camera! The settings aren't hard, but you need experience and practice to get it right. In this workshop we will be spending some time in the classroom reviewing the controls on the camera, the essential equipment needed for portrait photography, and the basics in lighting.

Then we will hit the streets to practice taking pictures with a live model using speed lights (flashes) off the camera. This is also known as Strobist photography. We will be working on the cool streets of Ybor City capturing urban scenes, architecture, and learning how to light it all!

Topics include

* How to control your flash on or off the camera, and how to balance it with available light

* What light modifiers are, how they work , and which ones to choose

* How to work with models and other subjects to pose and help them relax

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 and work in manual mode.

This is a four hour class from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. All students will have an opportunity to take shots with their own equipment and ask questions of the instructor.

Cost $89.00 for 4 hour class, use of equipment, and live model

The next Portrait Lighting Class is 

Saturday April 4, 2015 10:00 - 2:00




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.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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.


Shooting small objects like jewelry usually takes specialized equipment. Come and see how it's done


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.

Next Macro Class: Saturday March 21, 2015 
From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m.

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

Ready?


Okay....now... LET'S SHOOT SOME BUGS!



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.