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

Unlike the seminars that try to cram it all in to a few hours or a couple of weeks 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 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 newspaper. Click here for a map

The next class is scheduled on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. February 17-March 17, 2015

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


CLASSES FOR 2015
January 6 - February 3, 2015 FULL
February 17 - March 17
March 31 - April 28
May 5 - June 2 

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 uUnderstanding 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 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



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

Monday, January 5, 2015

Florida State Fair Photo Safari



You've probably seen those cool shots with ferris wheels blurring at night and awesome shots like the fire eater above. Come with us and let me work with you one on one  to learn how to do it at the 2015 Florida State Fair Photo Safari. The fair is a great place to learn to take night shots and high dynamic range pictures while surrounded by Krispy Kreme Doughnut cheeseburgers and a lot of action. The people, movement, sights and sounds of the Fair make this environment a great place to have some fun and learn night photography. Plus, shooting in a group is awesome!
We will start around sunset and as the lights of the midway come up we will be there to capture it all. Participation is limited to 12 people to allow for one on one coaching (if needed)
Pre-requisites include Photo 101 or a working knowledge of the manual and semi automatic modes of your camera (you need to know what the dials do!). Equipment best suited for night photos will have an adjustable ISO, a  shutter speed of at least 10 seconds, and the ability to manually control the aperture (f-stop). Tripods are also strongly recommended 
The Florida State Fair Photo Safari 2015 is on

Sunday February 8, 2015 6:00 - 9:00 PM 

Cost is $39.00*

*Cost does not include entry to fair

Participants should plan to meet at 6:00 inside GATE 1, the main entrance off of 301 across from the Holiday Inn Express and the Winghouse. We will meet just inside the gate. Cost does not include entry to the fair. YOU MAY BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE ONLINE HERE  . Walgreens is also selling discounted advance purchase tickets!
After you register you will receive a detailed follow up email with directions, things to bring, ang final instructions
Come out and let me work with you to learn and enhance your night photography in this target rich environment ( and maybe eat something fried!). Questions? Call 813-786-7780


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.