Learn how to compose and take better portraits

Learn how to compose and take better portraits

Want to get your camera off of automatic? This class is for you!  Photo 101 is a comprehensive five week course designed to help you understand aperture, shutter speed, ISO, 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 your get your brain around how they all work. You might even be able to  understand your camera manual when you are done!

Demonstrations in class and weekly photography assignments will help participants gain a better working knowledge of how to make better pictures and control their cameras. Each class will consist of time devoted to different aspects of photography, with time for you to ask questions about the operation of your camera and the content of your photographs from the weekly assignments (see topics below). You will gain a better understanding of how to work your camera and when to choose certain settings. We even touch on photo editing (Photoshop). 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 how to capture motion and moments in time that tell a story

Learn how to capture motion and moments in time that tell a story

Established in 2006 this is the original Photo 101 class in Tampa and has helped thousands of people understand how to be a better photographer. Classes meet once a week for 5 weeks and are taught Chip Weiner, an award winning photojournalist and food photographer. 

Learn to take sports and ction shots.

Learn to take sports and ction shots.

Classes are taught at the awesome CL Space, home of Creative Loafing Newspaper (see below) and meet one night per week

2019 Class Dates

September 24 - October 22, 2019 FULL

November 5 - December 3, 2019


The next class is scheduled on Tuesdays for 5 weeks from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. November 5 - December 3, 2019

Cost for 5 week class is $149.00

While many people have enjoyed this class with a point and shoot camera, an SLR, DSLR or mirrorless camera will better complement the lessons. Any camera that allows for the control of shutter speed and aperture works best.

Course Content

Week 1. The first class is an introduction to the buttons and dials on your camera and how they work. They are really not as intimidating as they look! We will also discuss 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.

Learn fun compositional elements

Learn fun compositional elements

Week 4. This class is about how to effectively use your flash (and other light sources). 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 over lighting your subject or underexposing the scene. Quality, softness and intensity of light really matter! Less expensive yet effective lighting alternatives will also be discussed. This class includes a portrait session demonstration.

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!


Classes are taught at 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. Click HERE for a map.


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