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iPhone Photography

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

There are hundreds of photography apps available for iPhones, and many have similar features. Explore some of the better-known apps and get instructions on using them for nature photography. We will go over the basics of iPhone photography along with fieldwork. Examine the photos taken during class and learn how to enhance, manipulate, or alter them.  iPhones are mandatory. The online class will be taught via Zoom. Registered students will...

Wednesday Jun 7th, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Composition in Landscape Photography

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s online photography class is a virtual experience you can take anywhere!  Composition is the arrangement of pattern, symmetry, texture, depth of field, and lines. Each week, you will learn one of these elements in depth, providing you with techniques to improve your photographic composition and resulting in a new skill set to enhance your landscape photography. This class will be taught online via Zoom. All registrations...

Thursday Jun 29th, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Photography: Floral Art Workshop

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Add drama to your floral photography, turning each photograph into a piece of art using emotion, experimentation, and added objects. Explore color and camera techniques to create a contemporary and unique twist to your photographs. Class time will be spent in group sessions with lectures, sharing artists’ work that will inspire, reviewing participant’s work, and coaching on individual creativity.  Open to all skill levels. Digital SLRs,...

Wednesday Aug 2nd, 10am–12pm Central Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

The Documentary Photography Narrative

Los Angeles Center of Photography @ Online Learning Class

The Documentary Photography Narrative: Creating and Publishing a Project Through image making, critique, historical overview, and editing, this workshop will explore how to tell visual stories and form a cohesive narrative body of work that can be published. The workshop is open to those who may be just beginning this path and to those who may have a project nearing completion. Students will have opportunities to present work and the class will...

Thursday Sep 21st, 10am–12pm Pacific Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Master Class Macro Photography

Kathy Adams Clark Photography @ Virtual Classroom

You're comfortable with the basics of photography. Now it's time to push your skill level a bit higher. Master Classes are a series of four online classes. During those classes, we'll explore the topic from basic to complex. Between each class you'll photograph a series of assignments. The photos from those assignments will be shared in the next class where we'll discuss and critique.

Wednesday Jun 14th, 7–8:30pm Central Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

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Virtual Beginner's Photography Class

Isla Studio Photography @ Live Online

Virtual Beginner's Photography Class using an iPhone or DSLR We are holding our signature Beginner's Photography Class online. Learn how to use your camera manually in 2.5 hours. No camera needed. Become a better photographer in just 1 class! Have you ever wondered why, after spending hundreds of dollars on the latest cameras, you still can't get photos that really make you proud? We're not talking about the party snapshots you post on Instagram,...

Monday Jul 17th, 12–12:30pm Central Time

Still Life Styling and Photography

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Still life Styling and Photography with Heirloom Objects, Ephemera & Flea Market Finds Vintage objects have stories to tell. Whether they belonged to a special family member or were found at a flea market they can be arranged into meaningful compositions that recall another time and place. We'll discuss the art of storytelling through still life photography and work on techniques for creating beautiful object portraits for use as a selling...

Wednesday Aug 2nd, 5–7pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

Creative Fine Art Digital Photography

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Discover how to see and convey your creative vision of the world in photographs. In this introduction to fine art photography for beginning and intermediate photographers, you will learn to use the features of your camera and the principles of design to make stunning, creative images.  A digital SLR or mirrorless camera with manual controls for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, and a previous photography class or familiarity with basic camera...

Thursday Jul 27th, 9:30am–12pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Fine Art Photography Portfolio D: Online

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Take a journey through Latin American photography from the 19th century to the present day and explore the historical context of this vibrant art movement. Discover the influential work, themes, and techniques of artists Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Nacho Lopez, and Graciela Iturbide from Mexico; Sebastian Salgado from Brazil; Alberto Korda from Cuba; and Sara Facio, Horacio Cóppola, and Pedro Raota from Argentina. Class includes assignments, image reviews,...

Tuesday Sep 12th, 9am–12pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Travel Photography: Your Story of Place

Los Angeles Center of Photography @ Online Learning Class

Traveling – and travel photography, is about more than just seeing and recording a beautiful view. While social media emphasizes the “instagrammable” moment, at its best, travel photography tells a story about the way a place looks, feels, smells, tastes and sounds. This webinar will present strategies and tools for conveying the essence of your travels and the story of a place in your images.

Saturday Aug 12th, 10–11:30am Pacific Time

Contemporary FA Photography:Discovering Your Voice

Los Angeles Center of Photography @ Online Learning Class

Course Title: Contemporary Fine Art Photography: Discovering Your Voice with Susan Burnstine Contemporary fine art photography transforms ideas into images, and images into a voice. The photographer acts as a channel to which this progression can evolve. This course will investigate this process and use of photography as a tool for individual expression, not just in terms of innovative composition and interesting camera techniques, but more importantly,...

Tuesday Jul 25th, 9:45am–12:15pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Photography NFTs: Finding Your Audience

Los Angeles Center of Photography @ Online Learning Class

In his debut webinar, Rainer Hosch takes a deep dive into the community of NFT collectors with an emphasis on how photographers can expand their practice onto the blockchain. Rainer presents insights from the perspective of both a photographer and a collector. Aiming to demystify the “community” that is so often referenced when speaking about the metaverse, Hosch explores the nuances of Discord and Twitter. Using Twitter and Discord as building...

Wednesday Jun 7th, 10–11:30am Pacific Time

Digital Photography: Smart Phone Skills

92nd Street Y

Your phone has become one of the most versatile imaging tools around today. Learn how to unleash its potential and your creativity. Covers hardware add-ons like lenses and filters, apps for networking and editing, and some of the basics of better composition. Supply List Your smartphone, fully charged Ipad or Tablet (optional) *Please note that you’ll want to sign on to zoom on a device other than your phone for this class to fully...

Monday Aug 7th, 1–3:30pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

Vision Beyond Seeing with Don Komarechka

Princeton Photo Workshop @ Online Classroom

Join acclaimed Macro Photographer, Author and Podcaster Don Komarechka for a new 4 week photography seminar that weaves science and art together to help photographers of every skill level understand the limitations of both our cameras and our own vision and then step beyond those limits. Understanding Vision and Beauty: What is reality? A camera sees the world fundamentally differently that we do. What you remember is not what you saw, and the...

Sunday Oct 22nd, 10–11:30am Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Challenging Reality with Photo Montage

Los Angeles Center of Photography @ Online Learning Class

Just as a photograph can record fragments of reality, it can also be created out of fragments.  The photo montage blurs the line between photography and painting, reality and illusion, and it can invite the viewer to enter into a world of magic or mystery, of whimsy or the unconscious. In this webinar, we will look at how found, taken, and scanned images can be composited seamlessly and often intuitively to create a new reality. A link for...

Saturday Jun 10th, 10–11:30am Pacific Time

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Best Photography Classes Online

Photography is the art or practice of taking and processing pictures. In short, it is a form of art. Since its inception in the 1820s, photography has come a long way. This art form has various styles and is used to capture everything from portraits, still life, and editorial pieces to photos of food. Each style of photography requires not just creativity but also technical expertise. From deciding what type of camera to use to setting up the lighting needed for the perfect shot, there are a lot of different factors to consider, meaning many opportunities to learn. 

Why You Should Learn Photography Online

Learning photography can have numerous monetary and more practical benefits. Photography can be a great hobby, and now, with smartphones, it is much easier to carry your hobby in your back pocket. In addition, taking photos can help feed your creativity while relieving stress as you capture special moments. 

Learning photography could give you access to a new community if you want to connect with others. Once you foster your interest, you can connect with a larger community of fellow photography lovers and even meet them to share tips and tricks on improving your photography skills. Finally, photography can have a monetary value as well. Learning this new skill could open the doors to booking professional events or selling some of your photographs. Taking a photography class online can increase your knowledge of photography, increasing your marketability to either part-time jobs or beginning your gig work. 

Virtual Photography Classes 

Virtual photography classes are a great way to learn this skill, as there are benefits and advantages to taking a photography class online versus in-person. First, an online class allows you to take your course from anywhere, which means bad weather, a late work day, or a vacation can't keep you away from your class. And you have more options for classes also. You can, for example, take part in a virtual class based in LA from the comfort of your Midwest home. And finally, an online course helps you avoid traffic and parking. 

While it has its advantages, there can be some cons too. The main disadvantage is equipment. When attending an online course, you typically have to supply your equipment. For example, taking a class about digital cameras, you will generally need a digital camera on hand to learn about and use during the course. Essentially, access to equipment could limit your ability to explore classes out of curiosity because it can become expensive quickly. 

If the benefits match your expectations, there are many options when looking for online photography classes. There is an 8-week course titled Anatomy of a Portrait. This virtual workshop is open to all levels of photographers who want to explore the history of portrait making, philosophize on what makes a portrait, and discern strategies and techniques. This course has a live instructor, and students can expect to engage in group discussion and creative play too. You may want to start perfecting your iPhone photography skills; there's a course for that too. The iPhone Photography course is designed for all levels of iPhone users that want to explore some popular applications and learn the basics of how to use the camera on your iPhone.Having an iPhone is required to be a part of this online course. Artist as Subject: Strategies of Self-Portraiture is a tremendous virtual course that will help students learn self-portraiture techniques and the history of the form. This course is limited to 10 students and will require you to be vulnerable when discussing your photos in class and sharing stories. 

Want to learn about still life photos? Still Life Lighting Basics is a great online beginner course covering still life's basics. This structured course meets in the morning on Zoom so that your instructor can demo lighting with natural light in the home and the color temperature of the light. Students will then spend the rest of their day shooting still life photos from their homes, sharing their work, and receiving feedback online. This still life course is designed for all levels and allows for great hands-on learning to develop or expand your skills. You may have been working on your photographs and feel it is time to display them to others. Self-Publish & Design Your Own Photo Book - Level 1 will cover the basics of designing your photography book. While this course is open to all levels, you should have 12-15 related images for sequencing and discussion. By the end of this photography class, you will have explored what makes a good or bad design, the sequencing of your book, typography, and cover design.

Private Online Group Photography Classes

Some students take photography classes alone to become better skilled in their craft, but you can also take a group class for fun. CourseHorse allows you to schedule photography classes for private groups online. An online group class could be a great team-building event for a company. If you don't see the course you had in mind offered, CourseHorse can help you plan your own with no booking fee. You can complete a contact form directly on their site and have access to a free event planning team. Just be ready to provide a group size, preferred dates, and details of what you want in a group class. Even if you are still determining the exact number of guests, an estimate will do, and you can make adjustments later if needed. CourseHorse makes it easy with no booking fees, and someone will get back to you within two business hours to help you start planning your event. While Zoom is preferred, they can accommodate other platforms such as Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, and Webex. A private instructor leads the event, and CourseHorse will send the necessary materials directly to participants taking all the extra responsibilities off your hands. 

Online vs. In-Person Photography Classes

Should you take a course online or in-person? The choice is personal and depends on your needs. An online class allows for convenience and lets you work with individuals from all over with similar photography interests as you. You also get access to instructors from all over instead of only local ones with an in-person course. However, taking a photography class online means you must have the materials at home. Equipment is something to consider when it comes to entry-level classes. In-person classes could offer equipment to be borrowed throughout the course, allowing you to test it out and find out if you are serious before investing. While an in-person class does not offer the flexibility of an online course, some might like the structure and accountability of being in a classroom at a specific time. Ultimately, it comes down to what works best for you as a learner and the cost. Consider what you need to be a successful learner and what you can afford. 

Can I Learn Photography for Free Online?

There are options to learn photography for free. For example, you could look for free video tutorials and connect with other aspiring photographers through forums or websites. While you could learn photography for free, there are benefits to more formal training. Working with an expert in photography, you can learn skills faster and more effectively. Paying for workshops, online seminars, and attending online courses gives you formal access to experts in the field. Also, having a certificate of completion can be helpful when looking to book more traditional jobs.