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Unlock your creativity and sharpen your photography skills with a wide range of online art classes. Learn the fundamentals, master advanced techniques, and gain the confidence to capture stunning photographs in various genres such as landscape, portrait, and street photography.

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Beginning Digital Photography

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Learn the techniques and principles of photography. You will explore the basics of photography, including image composition rules, how the camera works, proper exposure, and the functions of lens aperture and shutter speed.  The course requires a digital SLR camera. No previous experience is required. This class will be taught online via Zoom. All registrations must be submitted online two days before your class starts. Registered students...

Thursday Jan 11th, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

The Business of Wedding Photography

Los Angeles Center of Photography @ *Virtual Classroom

Join National Geographic Photojournalist and Veteran International Wedding Photographer, Laura Grier, for an inspiring class that will give you real life tips on all aspects of the Business of Wedding Photography. Having shot weddings on six continents, Laura will talk about how to brand yourself, market yourself to get the right clients and referrals for you, shoot to get published, and pitch yourself as a wedding photographer! Laura will share...

Saturday Feb 17th, 10–11:30am Pacific Time

Intermediate Digital Photography: Online

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Thoughtful processes are key steps in learning to identify, then capture, an impressive and artistic image as an intermediate photographer. Use lead lines, selective manual focus, and appropriate aperture settings to enhance your photos. Prerequisite: Beginning Digital Photography or the consent of the instructor. FPC requirement. This class will be taught online via Zoom. All registrations must be submitted online two days before your class...

Thursday Feb 15th, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

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iPhone Photography

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

There are hundreds of photography apps available for iPhones, and many have similar features. Explore some of the better-known apps and get instructions on using them for nature photography. We will go over the basics of iPhone photography along with fieldwork. Examine the photos taken during class and learn how to enhance, manipulate, or alter them.  iPhones are mandatory. The online class will be taught via Zoom. Registered students will...

Wednesday Jan 10th, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Still Life Styling and Photography

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Still life Styling and Photography with Heirloom Objects, Ephemera & Flea Market Finds Vintage objects have stories to tell. Whether they belonged to a special family member or were found at a flea market they can be arranged into meaningful compositions that recall another time and place. We'll discuss the art of storytelling through still life photography and work on techniques for creating beautiful object portraits for use as a selling...

Saturday Mar 9th, 12–2pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

Discover Macro Photography

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s online photography class is a virtual experience you can take anywhere! Discover the world of macro photography, where the smallest of objects are brought into stunning detail. Learn about basic techniques and camera gear required for macro images. Take photos that will be reviewed and enjoyed during the second session.  Class limited to DSLR or mirrorless cameras.

Sunday Feb 18th, 9–11am Central Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

Macro photography with Don Komarechka

Princeton Photo Workshop @ Online Classroom

Discover the enchanting world of macro photography and learn how to capture mesmerizing images on a tiny scale in this innovative course with acclaimed Canadian Macro Photographer, Don Komarechka. Uncover techniques to overcome challenges and create stunning visuals, regardless of your camera gear. Embrace a "what if?" approach to photography and explore the limitless storytelling possibilities found within the intricate details of the macro world.

Saturday Feb 3rd, 10am–12pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Creative Fine Art Digital Photography

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Discover how to see and convey your creative vision of the world in photographs. In this introduction to fine art photography for beginning and intermediate photographers, you will learn to use the features of your camera and the principles of design to make stunning, creative images.  A digital SLR or mirrorless camera with manual controls for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, and a previous photography class or familiarity with basic camera...

Thursday Feb 1st, 9:30am–12pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Fine Art Photography Portfolio B

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Explore design techniques of today’s best contemporary fine art photographers with an emphasis on conceptual photography. Practice the techniques by doing weekly exercises based on class lessons. Finally, use design techniques to create your own professional portfolio worthy of exhibition.  This course is designed for intermediate photographers. Digital SLR or mirrorless camera are mandatory. This class will be taught online via Zoom....

Tuesday Jan 16th, 1–4pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

The Soul of Infrared Photography: From the Basics to the Sublime

Los Angeles Center of Photography @ *Virtual Classroom

Discover a hidden world and unleash your artistic soul with Infrared Photography. Explore the basics and create sublime images in this captivating webinar series by leading professionals at the Los Angeles Center of Photography. Join us and let your imagination take flight.

Saturday Dec 2nd, 10–11:30am Pacific Time

Beginner's Photography Class using a DSLR and/or iPhone

Isla Studio Photography @ Live Online

We are holding our signature Beginner's Photography Class online. Learn how to use your camera manually in 2.5 hours. No camera needed. Become a better photographer in just 1 class! Have you ever wondered why, after spending hundreds of dollars on the latest cameras, you still can't get photos that really make you proud? We're not talking about the party snapshots you post on Instagram, but stunning, well-exposed landscapes that can be considered...

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iPhone Artistry: Fine Art Photography in your Pocket

Los Angeles Center of Photography @ *Virtual Classroom

In this 90-minute webinar you’ll learn creative techniques for shooting, editing, stylizing and outputting with your iPhone and iPad.

Saturday Jan 13th, 10–11:30am Pacific Time

Playing with Pictures with Odette England

Los Angeles Center of Photography @ *Virtual Classroom

Unleash your creativity with Playing with Pictures, a course at the Los Angeles Center of Photography. Dive into collage, appropriation, and experimental making to generate new meanings from different groupings of images. Transform found photographs into captivating works of art through manipulation and exploration.

Tuesday Dec 5th, 9–11am Pacific Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

The Photographer's Eye - Part 1

Los Angeles Center of Photography @ *Virtual Classroom

Discover the secrets behind capturing the essence of the real world through a camera lens in this thought-provoking course. Explore the challenges photographers face in translating three-dimensional experiences into two-dimensional images, and learn the strategies used by professionals to overcome these obstacles. Immerse yourself in the art of composition and gain a deeper understanding of camera vision.

Thursday Jan 11th, 9am–12pm Pacific Time

 (8 sessions)


8 sessions

Christmas New York City Workshop

The Passionate Photographer Workshops

Join award-winning street photographer Steve Simon for a transformative weekend in one of the world's most photogenic cities. Enhance your photography skills and learn new techniques in this limited and intimate mentorship workshop.

Friday Dec 15th, 9:30am–4:30pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

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Discover the Best Photography Classes Online

Photography is the art or practice of taking and processing pictures. In short, it is a form of art. Since its inception in the 1820s, photography has come a long way. This art form has various styles and is used to capture everything from portraits, still life, and editorial pieces to photos of food. Each style of photography requires not just creativity but also technical expertise. From deciding what type of camera to use to setting up the lighting needed for the perfect shot, there are a lot of different factors to consider, meaning many opportunities to learn. 

Why You Should Learn Photography Online

Learning photography can have numerous monetary and more practical benefits. Photography can be a great hobby, and now, with smartphones, it is much easier to carry your hobby in your back pocket. In addition, taking photos can help feed your creativity while relieving stress as you capture special moments. 

Learning photography could give you access to a new community if you want to connect with others. Once you foster your interest, you can connect with a larger community of fellow photography lovers and even meet them to share tips and tricks on improving your photography skills. Finally, photography can have a monetary value as well. Learning this new skill could open the doors to booking professional events or selling some of your photographs. Taking a photography class online can increase your knowledge of photography, increasing your marketability to either part-time jobs or beginning your gig work. 

Virtual Photography Classes 

Virtual photography classes are a great way to learn this skill, as there are benefits and advantages to taking a photography class online versus in-person. First, an online class allows you to take your course from anywhere, which means bad weather, a late work day, or a vacation can't keep you away from your class. And you have more options for classes also. You can, for example, take part in a virtual class based in LA from the comfort of your Midwest home. And finally, an online course helps you avoid traffic and parking. 

While it has its advantages, there can be some cons too. The main disadvantage is equipment. When attending an online course, you typically have to supply your equipment. For example, taking a class about digital cameras, you will generally need a digital camera on hand to learn about and use during the course. Essentially, access to equipment could limit your ability to explore classes out of curiosity because it can become expensive quickly. 

If the benefits match your expectations, there are many options when looking for online photography classes. There is an 8-week course titled Anatomy of a Portrait. This virtual workshop is open to all levels of photographers who want to explore the history of portrait making, philosophize on what makes a portrait, and discern strategies and techniques. This course has a live instructor, and students can expect to engage in group discussion and creative play too. You may want to start perfecting your iPhone photography skills; there's a course for that too. The iPhone Photography course is designed for all levels of iPhone users that want to explore some popular applications and learn the basics of how to use the camera on your iPhone.Having an iPhone is required to be a part of this online course. Artist as Subject: Strategies of Self-Portraiture is a tremendous virtual course that will help students learn self-portraiture techniques and the history of the form. This course is limited to 10 students and will require you to be vulnerable when discussing your photos in class and sharing stories. 

Want to learn about still life photos? Still Life Lighting Basics is a great online beginner course covering still life's basics. This structured course meets in the morning on Zoom so that your instructor can demo lighting with natural light in the home and the color temperature of the light. Students will then spend the rest of their day shooting still life photos from their homes, sharing their work, and receiving feedback online. This still life course is designed for all levels and allows for great hands-on learning to develop or expand your skills. You may have been working on your photographs and feel it is time to display them to others. Self-Publish & Design Your Own Photo Book - Level 1 will cover the basics of designing your photography book. While this course is open to all levels, you should have 12-15 related images for sequencing and discussion. By the end of this photography class, you will have explored what makes a good or bad design, the sequencing of your book, typography, and cover design.

Private Online Group Photography Classes

Some students take photography classes alone to become better skilled in their craft, but you can also take a group class for fun. CourseHorse allows you to schedule photography classes for private groups online. An online group class could be a great team-building event for a company. If you don't see the course you had in mind offered, CourseHorse can help you plan your own with no booking fee. You can complete a contact form directly on their site and have access to a free event planning team. Just be ready to provide a group size, preferred dates, and details of what you want in a group class. Even if you are still determining the exact number of guests, an estimate will do, and you can make adjustments later if needed. CourseHorse makes it easy with no booking fees, and someone will get back to you within two business hours to help you start planning your event. While Zoom is preferred, they can accommodate other platforms such as Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, and Webex. A private instructor leads the event, and CourseHorse will send the necessary materials directly to participants taking all the extra responsibilities off your hands. 

Online vs. In-Person Photography Classes

Should you take a course online or in-person? The choice is personal and depends on your needs. An online class allows for convenience and lets you work with individuals from all over with similar photography interests as you. You also get access to instructors from all over instead of only local ones with an in-person course. However, taking a photography class online means you must have the materials at home. Equipment is something to consider when it comes to entry-level classes. In-person classes could offer equipment to be borrowed throughout the course, allowing you to test it out and find out if you are serious before investing. While an in-person class does not offer the flexibility of an online course, some might like the structure and accountability of being in a classroom at a specific time. Ultimately, it comes down to what works best for you as a learner and the cost. Consider what you need to be a successful learner and what you can afford. 

Can I Learn Photography for Free Online?

There are options to learn photography for free. For example, you could look for free video tutorials and connect with other aspiring photographers through forums or websites. While you could learn photography for free, there are benefits to more formal training. Working with an expert in photography, you can learn skills faster and more effectively. Paying for workshops, online seminars, and attending online courses gives you formal access to experts in the field. Also, having a certificate of completion can be helpful when looking to book more traditional jobs. 

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