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Los Angeles Center of Photography

Los Angeles Center of Photography

Art
Mid-City, Los Angeles, California
(37 Reviews)

The Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP), a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, is a photo center devoted to advancing the skills and increasing the personal enrichment of photographers of all experience levels and ages. The organization offers nearly 150 photography classes and workshops each year, programs a variety of community events, supports artists through group and one-person gallery exhibits, and produces four annual contests/exhibitions.  LACP produces high-end workshops with some of the most well-known and respected photographers in the world, including Sam Abell, Phil Borges, John Paul Caponigro, Greg Gorman, Douglas Kirkland, Joe McNally, Duane Michals, Joyce Tenneson and Alex Webb.

LACP offers a broad range of coursework, with classes ranging from documentary and fine art photography to studio photography and portraiture. Certificate Programs are available for a comprehensive course of study, in addition to an intense One-Year Professional Program, where students may elect to take an unlimited amount of workshops for one year. For students looking to become more involved in the photographic community, LACP provides Membership which offers numerous perks and benefits, including discounts on tuition, free admittance to events and guest lectures, use of gallery and studio space, access to a library housing over 600 photo books, and more.

Actively involved in community outreach, LACP is committed to supporting other non-profits which aid underserved youth, including the Variety Boys and Girls Club, Spark Program , Hollywood Heart and Pablove Shutterbug.

The goal of the LACP is to offer a center of photography for the creative community, a home for photographers to show work and further their careers, a place where new photographers can be discovered, and an environment in which to gather for discussion, education, artistic growth, inspiration, and the exchange of ideas.

FAQs


What are some of your most popular classes that you offer on CourseHorse?  
Basic Photography, After the Basics, Introduction to Studio Lighting, Crash Flash 1, The Business of Photography, and Street Shooting 1 are the most popular classes.  

How long have you been in business? Can you share a bit more about your history?
The Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) was established in October, 2013. The organization obtained 501(c)3 tax-exempt status in August, 2014. Before LACP, the entity was called ³The Julia Dean Photo Workshops² (JDPW), which was created and founded in 1999 by Julia Dean, LACP¹s executive director. 

What is your average class size? 
Our average class size is 8–10 students.  

What is your typical student like? What are their goals? 
Our students are typically beginning amateur/hobbyist with a goal of pursuing photography in greater depth. Students wish to learn how to take better photos of special moments, loved ones and travel adventures.  

Can you recommend activities in the neighborhood for before or after class? 
There are plenty of activities in the surrounding area. Hop aboard a tour bus and explore some of Hollywood¹s storied history, purchase your favorite music at the famed Amoeba Records, grab a bit to eat at the numerous surrounding restaurants, or catch a movie at the nearby ArcLight Cinema.

Reviews of Los Angeles Center of Photography

(37 Reviews)
Basic Photography - Part 1

3/19/2022
Mosses R.

Attended: Basic Photography - Part 1


It was useful and I enjoyed

The Contemporary Landscape

9/10/2021
Diane G.

Attended: The Contemporary Landscape


Not for beginning or amateur photographers. Too jampacked for personal guidance. Was told that class appropriate for all levels-to gain vision. Not true-every week critiques often were related to technique and editing, which I have not mastered, leading to an ultimate critique, which crushed me as a photographer. You will be compared to students with an extensive photography background every week. Instructor not a "teacher", more of a photographer with advise.

An Evening with Sam Abell

2/29/2020
Karen H.

Attended: An Evening with Sam Abell


The size of the class was manageable; maybe 65 people. What I liked about the participants was that it was a diverse group of all ages & photo skills. What do you say about Sam? Incredible photographer; probably one of the greatest living photographers of his generation. And he was so generous in sharing about his work and his views. I was not only inspired, but I learned a few things. I also felt challenged. And that's as good as inspired. I only wish the lovely facility of LACP had adequate parking. Parking was a nightmare.

Basic Photography - Part 1

2/27/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Basic Photography - Part 1


It was an excellent class. Had lots of fun doing the assignments.

Intermediate Studio Lighting

6/10/2019
Eric A.

Attended: Intermediate Studio Lighting


The classes were both incredible informative and fun. Great chemistry. And since there were people from all levels of experience, the instructor did a great job of explaining things to the less experienced while making it still relevant to those of us who had more experience. All in all a great experience, and I signed up for another class immediately.

Basic Photography - Part 1

1/19/2019
Tamara L.

Attended: Basic Photography - Part 1


Awesome class!!

Shooting Fashion

12/19/2018
Britanny C.

Attended: Shooting Fashion


Absolutely LOVED this course I learned so much about studio lighting and how to work with different models. The hands-on experience was super valuable and instructor was fantastic.

Basic Photography - Part 1

6/9/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Basic Photography - Part 1


The class had no structure and wasn’t suitable for actual beginners. We rushed through all the crucial information and then were invited to go outside and just shoot. As a beginner, I need a lot more support and structure. I need to fully understand how my camera works. I didn’t get that. It felt intimidating. Not the way I want to learn.

Working the Streets: A Weekend of Street Photography

5/7/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Working the Streets: A Weekend of Street Photography


Learned so much, and had great fun doing it! I highly recommend!!

Shooting with Intention

4/3/2018
Richard G

Attended: Shooting with Intention


If you have anything to do with photography GO HERE. This is where the community lives. Great shows. Great classes. Great people. They have geniuses on staff. PS: I glanced at some of the negative reviews, seems like 'user' error. The staff is generous and understanding and will work with your problems as they come up. This is a business, they need to create income to stay alive, they are not the enemy. Be kind.

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5566 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90016
Los Angeles Center of Photography
Mid-City, Westside
5566 W Washington Blvd
Btwn Clyde & S Curson Avenues
Los Angeles, California 90016

Upcoming Classes at Los Angeles Center of Photography

Creative Portraiture
Creative Portraiture
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Wednesday Feb 8th, 9am - 12pm Pacific Time

An Alternative Vision: Reimagining the Photo
An Alternative Vision: Reimagining the Photo
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Saturday Feb 11th, 10am - 12pm Pacific Time

Breaking Out of a Rut: Tips for Creating Breakthroughs
Breaking Out of a Rut: Tips for Creating Breakthroughs
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Saturday Feb 11th, 10am - 11:30am Pacific Time

The Photographer's Eye - Part 1
The Photographer's Eye - Part 1
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Thursday Feb 16th, 9am - 12pm Pacific Time

Hand Coloring Black and White Photographs
Hand Coloring Black and White Photographs
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Saturday Feb 18th, 9am - 12pm Pacific Time

Writing Pictures: An Exploration of Text and Image
Writing Pictures: An Exploration of Text and Image
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Tuesday Feb 21st, 9am - 11:30am Pacific Time

The Making of Environmental Portraits
The Making of Environmental Portraits
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Saturday Feb 25th, 10am - 11:30am Pacific Time

Photography for Social Change
Photography for Social Change
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Monday Feb 27th, 9am - 12pm Pacific Time

Portfolio Development Workshop
Portfolio Development Workshop
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Monday Feb 27th, 9:30am - 12:30pm Pacific Time

A Peak Behind the Curtain: What Collectors Look For
A Peak Behind the Curtain: What Collectors Look For
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Thursday Mar 2nd, 10am - 12pm Pacific Time

The Contemporary Landscape
The Contemporary Landscape
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Friday Mar 3rd, 9am - 11:30am Pacific Time

Silver and Gold Leafing Workshop
Silver and Gold Leafing Workshop
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Monday Mar 6th, 10am - 11:30am Pacific Time

Pixels, Paint, Pastel and Pencil: Altering Images
Pixels, Paint, Pastel and Pencil: Altering Images
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Saturday Mar 18th, 10am - 11:30am Pacific Time

How to Choose Yourself as an Artist
How to Choose Yourself as an Artist
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Saturday Mar 25th, 10am - 11:30am Pacific Time

Basic Photography - Part 1
Basic Photography - Part 1
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Tuesday Apr 4th, 12pm - 1:30pm Pacific Time

The Photographer's Eye Part 2
The Photographer's Eye Part 2
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Thursday Apr 6th, 9am - 12pm Pacific Time

The Documentary Photography Narrative
The Documentary Photography Narrative
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Thursday Apr 6th, 10am - 12pm Pacific Time

Publishing a Photo Book
Publishing a Photo Book
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Wednesday Apr 12th, 9am - 12pm Pacific Time

Gallery Representation for the Photographer
Gallery Representation for the Photographer
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Saturday Apr 15th, 10am - 11:30am Pacific Time

Cyanotype: Wet and Traditional
Cyanotype: Wet and Traditional
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Monday Apr 17th, 10am - 12pm Pacific Time

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Teachers at Los Angeles Center of Photography

Albert Lee Alex Stoddard Alice Sachs Zimet Aline Smithson Alison Wright Allan Barnes Amanda Keller-Konya Amanda Hankerson Amanda Smith & Kevin Tully Amani Willett Ami Vitale Amy Tierney Amy Arbus Andi Campognone Andrea Modica Andrea Passarella Andrew Eccles Andrew Southam Angela Roskop Erisman Ann Mitchell Ann Elliott Cutting Ann Elliott Cutting Arno Rafael Minkkinen Art Streiber Arthur Meyerson Ashly Stohl and David Carol Barry Schwartz Betsy Schneider Bob Sacha Bobbi Lane Bonny Taylor & Kevin Weinstein Brad Temkin Brad Buckman Brandon Thibodeaux Brent Winebrenner Brian Ulrich Brooke Shaden Bruce King & Laura Slatkin Caleb Cain Marcus Camilla Brown Carlos Javier Ortiz Celeste Lecesne Charlie Holland Cheryl Kelleher Walsh & Eric Joseph Cheryle St. Onge Chris Davies Chris Orwig Chris Cherney Christian Patterson Cig Harvey Cirinia Catania Clay Haskell CourseHorse Craig Semetko Crista Dix Daisy VOCALS ONLY Dan Balilty Dan Milnor Dan Burkholder Dana Gluckstein Daniel Coburn Daniel Sofer Darren Ching Darshil Patel David Alekhuogie David Gibson David Calicchio David Hilliard David Ingraham David Calicchio David Zentz David Doan & Mallory Tucker David Doan & Mallory Tucker David H. Wells Dean Zulich Debe Arlook Douglas Stockdale Ed Kashi Ed Freeman Eddie Soloway Elinor Carucci Eliot Dudik Elizabeth Avedon Elliott Cutting Eric Matthies Eric Joseph Erica A. Hart Erin Davis Estevan Oriol F. Scott Schafer Ford Lowcock Fran Forman Gabriella Muttone George DeWolfe Gerald Slota Gina Valona Greg Miller Greg Gorman Gus Powell Harvey Stein Hellen Van Meene Henry horenstein Holly Lynton Hugh Kretschmer Ian Spanier Ibarionex Perello Ibarionex Perello J. Sybylla Smith James Wimberg Jane Szabo Jasmine Lord Jason Langer Jeanine Michna-Bales Jeff Jacabson Jeff Curto Jeff Phillips Jefferson Graham Jennifer Stoots Jennifer Murray Jennifer McClure Jennifer Emery Jérôme Brunet Jill Enfield Jim Sanderson Joanne Dugan Joanne A. Calitri Jock McDonald Joe McNally Joe Bararban Joel Sartore Johanna Siegmann Johanna Siegmann, Elin Spring & Suzanne Revy John Free John Weiss John Lichtwardt John D. Russell Jonathan Blaustein Joni Kabana Joseph Rheaume Josephine Sacabo Josh Cho Josh Withers Joyce Tenneson Juli Lowe Julia Dean Just Loomis Karen Miranda Rivadeneira Kat Bawden Kate Breakey Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin Kawai Matthews Keith Carter Kelly Webeck Ken Light Ken Merfeld Kevin Weinstein Kevin Scanlon Kimberly Witham Kristine Schomaker Laura Letinsky Laurent Chevalier Lauri Lyons Laurie Klein Laurie Klein & Shelley Vandegrift Lee Varis Lee Corkett Lee Corkett Lee Varis & Bobbi Lane Leigh Andersen Linda Connor Linda Vallejo Linda Lewis Lisa Volpe Liz Sales Lois Greenfield Loren Hammer Lori Vrba Lori Vrba & Tobia Makover Lorne Resnick Lydia Panas Lynsey Weatherspoon Maggie Taylor Maia Anderson Manuello Paganelli Marc Valesella Marc Franklin Marcy Palmer Mari Howells Maria Perkovic Marissa Roth Marjorie Salvaterra Mark Edward Harris Marty Pesis Mary Virginia Mary Virginia Swanson Matt Eich Matt Stuart Matt Black Matthew Rolston Maya Myers McNair Evans Melanie McWhorter Meryl Meisler Michael e. Stern Michael Grecco Michael E. Gordon Michael Crouser Michael Foley Michael Long Michael Foley Michael Karsh Michael Sanville Michael Pliskin Michael Chinnici Michael O'Connor Michael E. Stern Michael Rababy, Hannah Kozak Carissa Dorson & Mark Edward Harris Michelle Groskopf Mike O'Connor Miranda Penn Turin Molly Wizenberg Mona Kuhn Morgain Bailey Morgain Bailey & Stella Kalinina Multiple Instructors Multiple Instructors Nevada Wier Nick Turpin Nigel Parry Odette England Paige Patrick Harbron Patti Silverstein and Lisa Thackaberry Paul D. Amato Paul Emberger Paul Michael Carr Paula Tognarelli Peter Bennett Phil Borges Rafael Soldi Rainer Hosch Ralph Gibson Rania Matar Rebecca Truszkowski Renée Jacobs Richard Tuschman Richard Newman Richard Renaldi Rick Loomis Rick Loomis Rinzi Ruiz Robert Hirsch Rollence Patugan Rose Eichenbaum RoseMarie LaMar Ry Sangalang Sal Taylor Kydd Sam Abell Sandra Lindo Sandro Miller Sara Terry Sarah Schulman Sarah Hadley Sasha Wolf Scott Stulberg Scott Duncan Sean Kernan Sean Blocklin Shamayim Shawn Theodore Shawn Bush Sheila Metzner Sherrie Berger Stella Kalinina Stephen Johnson Stephen Schafer Stephen Wilkes Susan Burnstine Susan Kae Grant Suzanne Goldish Sybylla Smith Sylvia Plachy Tanya Robinson Thad Kubis Thomas Allen Thomas Chambers Thomas Alleman Tim Arroyo Timothy Baur Todd Felderstein Traer Scott Tye Edwards Victor Ramos Victoria Chapman Vincent Versace Wally Skalij Zoe Aparicio ​Rollence Patugan
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