How to Choose the Right Photography Class for You

Pick a photography class using these tips
Brush up on your camera skills by choosing a suitable course. Photo via Pixabay.

Whether you are a beginner or professional photographer, there is always something new to learn about the art of photography. From camera angles to shutter speed and lighting, there are many concepts to find out and what better place than in a workshop or course that is all about the camera? Choose the right photography class for your wants and needs by following these suggestions.

Pick a photography class using these tips
Brush up on your camera skills by choosing a suitable course. Photo via Pixabay.

Decide on Your Goals

Before committing to a class, take time to think about what you want to get out of the local photography class. For example, if your goal is to learn more about multiple exposures then write this down in a list along with other things you desire to improve. While one person may want to focus more on how the camera works, someone else may want to know how to take better photos.

Along with setting your educational goals, also decide how much time you can give to the class. Many courses span several weeks, and each session can be a few hours. They also may be on weeknights to accommodate job schedules. Alternatively, you may want a one-day experience that provides an overview of a specific topic, such as tips for selecting a new lens.

Also, take an honest look at what you can afford. Some top photographers have taken courses that are by donation and even free workshops. You can contact local art centers and tap into reputable community resources that can refer you to a local photography course to build up or strengthen your skills behind the lens.

Research Photography Courses

Now that you’ve laid out what you would like to develop and the course format you prefer, it’s time to research a workshop that suits your needs. This is preferable to blindly choosing one, which could position you in a first class that isn’t at all what you envision and only puts you in a bad mood. Know what to expect by thumbing through the course syllabus online or in paper form. A reputable provider, whether it is a beginner course, more advanced, or somewhere in-between, will have this information publicly available to you.

As you read the course highlights, look for areas of interest, such as wedding portraits, or for more general topics of interest to you. If you see two classes on different skill levels that both sound fun, choose the one that seems more basic as it will provide you with the foundation you need to then progress to the next level with the other course of interest. Always make sure you have the basics before moving onto more complex concepts.

Come Prepared to Class

For the photography sessions, you will typically have to bring specific gear, depending on the type of lesson. This would differ between a casual one-day course and a 20-hour intensive program, for example. The instructor will usually let you know what type of equipment you need; it could be that a DSLR is ideal or that a basic single-use camera is more appropriate.

Taking the right photography class for you provides you with the maximum opportunity to grow in your skills behind the lens. Look at course guidelines and decide if they fit what you’re looking for education-wise and then go for it – and I hope you enjoy the shots that come out of it in your photo journey!


  1. This is such an insightful article on taking photography classes. It’s something I’ve thought of doing myself since I have an interest in photography but have never gotten around to yet. Research is definitely important as there are so many different kinds of classes out there (theory vs practical) and each one has a different approach. Being prepared is so important too and you said it well. I also think before we sign up to a class there needs to be a want to learn and a want to get something out of the course. One day I hope to take a one-on-one photography class and learn to work with different photography landscapes.

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