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It helped me take my camera off auto.  It gave me ideas on composition and made me think about what I want to express with my photos.  Chip is a great instructor.  He answered all our questions.  We just wanted the class to go on forever!!

 I learned how and when to change my ISO, aperture plus f-stop, [composition], lighting, and rule of thirds.  Thank you for your uplifting and inspiring attitudes to inspire others to take great pictures.  Very positive and  great attitude brought to class every time

 Excellent.  Very motivational.  He translated his passion and his knowledge.  Even if there was a very hard assignment to me (having kids, working, etc.) it was absolutely nothing.  He is a great teacher.  Thank you!!

I took an introductory photography class at USF and found this class to be so much better.  Chip presents real life techniques and tricks of the trade.  I really enjoyed the class. 

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PHOTOGRAPHY 101 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!

 

Unlike the seminars that try to cram it all in to a few hours or few weeks, this is a 5 week course taught Chip Weiner, an award winning photo journalist and commercial photographer. Demonstrations in class and weekly photography assignments will help participants gain a better working knowledge of how to make better pictures. Each class will consists of time devoted  aspects of photography and aspects of technology related to photography to help you in the digital photography world(see topics below). 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!

 

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

The next class is scheduled on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  January 6 - February 3, 2015. Cost for 5 week class is $139.00 


 

 

 


Photography 101 Classes for 2014 are scheduled on Tuesdays as follows: 
October 28 - November 25 FULL
Classes for 2015 are scheduled on Tuesdays as follows:
January 6 - February 3, 2015
February 17 - March 17
March 31 - April 28
May 5 - June 2

Course Content
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 alternative light sources (including your 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!
 

While 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.


 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 instruction 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 photo journalist and food photographer in Tampa. He has been a photography instructor for 9 years.