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Los Angeles Center of Photography

The Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) is a nonprofit organization providing photography education and enrichment for photographers of all levels. With a wide range of classes, workshops, exhibitions, and community events, LACP offers a comprehensive experience for photographers to learn, connect, and grow in their practice.

Upcoming Classes at Los Angeles Center of Photography (31)

All courses are held at unless indicated.

Saturday, June 1st
10–11:30am PDT

$55

Saturday, June 8th
10–11:30am PDT

$55

Saturday, June 15th
9am–12pm PDT (4 sessions)

$715

Saturday, June 15th
10–11:30am PDT

$55

Monday, June 17th
9:45am–12:15pm PDT (5 sessions)

$715

Saturday, June 22nd
10–11:30am PDT

$55

Wednesday, June 26th
6:30–9:30pm PDT (6 sessions)

$515

Wednesday, July 10th
9am–12pm PDT (6 sessions)

$515

Saturday, July 13th
10–11:30am PDT

$55

Monday, July 15th
6–8pm PDT (3 sessions)

$335

Saturday, July 20th
10–11:30am PDT

$55

Saturday, July 27th
1–2:30pm PDT

$55

Tuesday, August 27th
6–9pm PDT (6 sessions)

$515

Friday, September 6th
10am–12pm PDT (6 sessions)

$515

Monday, September 9th
9am–12pm PDT (6 sessions)

$1,195

Saturday, September 21st
9am–12pm PDT (4 sessions)

$615

Saturday, September 21st
10–11:30am PDT

$55

Tuesday, September 24th
12–1:30pm PDT (12 sessions)

$515

Monday, September 30th
9:30am–12:30pm PDT (6 sessions)

$1,295

Saturday, October 5th
10–11:30am PDT

$55

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Provider Description

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

Reviews of Los Angeles Center of Photography

(4.6-star rating across 42 reviews)
  • Introduction to Studio Lighting - Part 2

    Reviewed by Bob V. on 5/26/2023
    Hugh was a fantastic instructor; however, equipment was 1970's vintage and I was expecting current state of the art modern studio strobes.
  • Pixels, Paint, Pastel and Pencil: Altering Images

    Anonymous review on 3/19/2023
    Everything was great
  • Basic Photography

    Reviewed by Mosses R. on 3/19/2022
    It was useful and I enjoyed
  • The Contemporary Landscape

    Reviewed by Diane G. on 9/10/2021
    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

    Reviewed by Karen H. on 2/29/2020
    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

    Anonymous review on 2/27/2020
    It was an excellent class. Had lots of fun doing the assignments.
  • Intermediate Studio Lighting

    Reviewed by Eric A. on 6/10/2019
    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

    Reviewed by Tamara L. on 1/19/2019
    Awesome class!!
  • Shooting Fashion

    Reviewed by Britanny C. on 12/19/2018
    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

    Anonymous review on 6/9/2018
    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

    Anonymous review on 5/7/2018
    Learned so much, and had great fun doing it! I highly recommend!!
  • Shooting with Intention

    Reviewed by Richard G on 4/3/2018
    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.
  • Shooting with Intention

    Reviewed by Gina C on 4/3/2018
    Los Angeles Center of Photography is a wonderful establishment. I have taken several classes and workshops and gained both invaluable information and inspiration. I have found a photographic community here which has supported me in countless ways. I highly recommend taking classes and becoming involved!
  • Shooting with Intention

    Reviewed by Ann T on 4/3/2018
    Great learning experience. I have taken several courses at LACP and have never been disappointed. Best bang for your photography bucks in Los Angeles. Plan to become a continuing student. Highly recommended.
  • The Complete "Fine Art" Weekend

    Reviewed by Gina C on 4/3/2018
    Los Angeles Center of Photography is a wonderful establishment. I have taken several classes and workshops and gained both invaluable information and inspiration. I have found a photographic community here which has supported me in countless ways. I highly recommend taking classes and becoming involved!
  • The Complete "Fine Art" Weekend

    Reviewed by Ann T on 4/3/2018
    Great learning experience. I have taken several courses at LACP and have never been disappointed. Best bang for your photography bucks in Los Angeles. Plan to become a continuing student. Highly recommended.
  • The Complete "Fine Art" Weekend

    Reviewed by Richard G on 4/3/2018
    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.
  • Light, Shadow, Night and Twilight

    Reviewed by Gina C on 4/3/2018
    Los Angeles Center of Photography is a wonderful establishment. I have taken several classes and workshops and gained both invaluable information and inspiration. I have found a photographic community here which has supported me in countless ways. I highly recommend taking classes and becoming involved!
  • Light, Shadow, Night and Twilight

    Reviewed by Ann T on 4/3/2018
    Great learning experience. I have taken several courses at LACP and have never been disappointed. Best bang for your photography bucks in Los Angeles. Plan to become a continuing student. Highly recommended.
  • Light, Shadow, Night and Twilight

    Reviewed by Richard G on 4/3/2018
    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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Review Summary by CourseHorse

Students at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) had positive experiences and felt that they learned a lot and gained valuable skills. They appreciated the knowledgeable instructors and found the classes to be informative and fun. Many students mentioned that they enjoyed the hands-on experience and felt that they learned a lot about studio lighting and working with models. Quotes: - "I was not only inspired, but I learned a few things. I also felt challenged. And that's as good as inspired." - "The hands-on experience was super valuable and the instructor was fantastic." - "This course was really well designed, each week and each assignment touched on a different subtopic of camera use/composition. Rebecca was so knowledgeable and her feedback was very helpful. I now know how to use my fancy camera, and will certainly do another course with LACP."

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