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 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. Don't forget to check out the comments from past students. Let's get clickin'!

Also, please enjoy the information on this blog. There are tons of great tips on photography, techniques, setting you camera, and shooting different environments. Have a suggestion on a great blog you want me to write? Let me know! Please leave your feedback through comments on this blog!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Photo 101- Intro to photography class

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!

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). 


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. May 3 - May 31, 2016

  Photography 101 Classes for 2016 are scheduled on Tuesdays as follows: 

May 3 - May 31, 2016 Full

July 13 - August 9, 2016

August 23-September 20, 2016


Cost for 5 week Photo 101 class: $149.00

To register for the Photo 101 class click here 




CL Space 1.jpgWhile 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 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.

Free Photography Class



Haven't shot in a while? Looking for some photographic camaraderie? Come and join us for this FREE 2-hour photo class Safari.  We will spend a fun and informative morning walking through Ybor City reviewing photography principles including shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, and composition. This historic part of Tampa has beautiful architecture, curious (and sometimes odd)  street art, and is a great place to practice street, urban,  and architectural photography.


The class is open to any former student of Chip Weiner Photographic Arts and is absolutely free. We will meet at a central location, review camera settings and equipment best used in this environment, and then shoot together. I will be available to work with you one-on-one for specific questions that you might have about your camera or other aspects of your photography. 
Please be advised that 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.

Cigar store Indian.jpg
Recommended equipment:
Camera and Lens (a wide-angle lens will works well, but any lens will do).
Polarizing Filter



Dates for Free Photography Safari

Saturday March 5, 2016

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Please reconsider signing up for this free event if there is a possibility that you will not be able to attend. The class size is limited so if you take a spot and don't use it, someone got left out.


 Tips about shooting in a group:
  •  If everyone is shooting the same subject and you want to get closer, say out loud "stepping in", get your picture, and then step out.
  • Try not to block the sidewalk with tripods or groups of people. Street photography includes being respectful of others.
  • Don't be afraid to help others or ask others questions. Some people have more experience than others.
  • Also, don't be afraid to share contact information if you are comfortable with that. Creating a stronger photographic community is a great thing to do, and part of what this safari is all about.
Let's hit the shutter button!
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.

Wednesday, December 16, 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 2016 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 2016 is on

Sunday February 7, 2016 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 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.
Chip Weiner is an award winning photojournalist and food photographer in Tampa. He has been a photography instructor for 9 years.