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Actual comments from Photo 101 participants

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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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  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 consists of time devoted to different aspects of photography, with time for you to ask unique 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 shutter speeds, aperture, ISO, and lighting. We even touch on photo editing (Photoshop). Whether you are trying to take better family photos or want to take you photography to the next level, you've got to be able to control your camera. This is the class for you!

Established in 2006 this is the original Photo 101 class in Tampa and has helped thousands of people understand their cameras. This is a 5 week course taught Chip Weiner, an award winning photo journalist and commercial photographer. 


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. May 12 - June 9, 2015. Cost for 5 week class is $149.00 

 Photography 101 Classes for 2015 are scheduled on Tuesdays as follows
March 31 - April 28 FULL
May 12 - June 9
June 23 - July 21
Aug 4 - Sept 1

Please be advised that class size is limited and classes tend to fill up in advance of start dates!

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.

Week 4. This class is about how to effectively use you flas (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 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.


 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.