Photography Classes

Photography Classes at VMFA Studio SchoolFrom the intricacies of learning to shoot with a digital or film camera to exploring 19th century alternative photo processes, the Studio School has a photo class for everyone.  Traditional photo darkroom enthusiasts can refine both technical and creative skills and learn about photo history and aesthetics.

Instructors Regula Franz, Frank Saunders, and Georgianne Stinnett teach most weekly classes.

Class Schedule


Digital Photography for Beginners [45]

Mon, Jan 30– Mar 13 (no class Feb 20), 10 am – 1 pm (6 sessions) | Studio School, 1st floor
MONICA ESCAMILLA

Find out what white balance, resolution, and mega pixels are all about. This class teaches students to use their digital cameras more effectively, including the fundamentals of image capture, camera operation, proper exposure, and using a flash. Weekly assignments and sharing images in class help beginning photographers troubleshoot and develop a creative eye. Bring a digital camera with manual adjustments and the camera manual to the first class.

$175 (VMFA members $155)


Digital Photography for Beginners [46]

Mon, Jan 30– Mar 13 (no class Feb 20), 7 – 10 pm (6 sessions) | Studio School, 1st floor
MONICA ESCAMILLA

Find out what white balance, resolution, and mega pixels are all about. This class teaches students to use their digital cameras more effectively, including the fundamentals of image capture, camera operation, proper exposure, and using a flash. Weekly assignments and sharing images in class help beginning photographers troubleshoot and develop a creative eye. Bring a digital camera with manual adjustments and the camera manual to the first class.

$175 (VMFA members $155)


Intermediate Digital Photography [47]

Mon, Mar 20 - Apr 24, 10 am – 1 pm (6 sessions) | Studio School, 1st floor
MONICA ESCAMILLA

This class helps students refine both technical and creative photographic skills. Through discussions, class critiques, and weekly assignments, participants solve problems with exposure, low-light situations, and creative ennui, and learn time-saving methods for an effective digital workflow. A digital SLR to use in class is recommended but not required. Prerequisite: digital photography skills.

$175 (VMFA members $155)


Intermediate Digital Photography [48]

Mon, Mar 20 - Apr 24,  7–10 pm (6 sessions)| Studio School, 1st floor
MONICA ESCAMILLA

This class helps students refine both technical and creative photographic skills. Through discussions, class critiques, and weekly assignments, participants solve problems with exposure, low-light situations, and creative ennui, and learn time-saving methods for an effective digital workflow. A digital SLR to use in class is recommended but not required. Prerequisite: digital photography skills.

$175 (VMFA members $155)


Introduction to Black and White Darkroom Photography [49]

Wed, Feb 1 - Apr 26 (no class Apr 5), 7 -10 pm (12 sessions)| Studio School, 1st floor
GEORGIANNE STINNETT

This class is for anyone who wants to get into the darkroom. Those with no or non-recent experience will be taught the basics of developing film, as well as making contact prints and enlargements. Topics include mixing chemistry, enlarger operation, adjusting contrast and density, making photograms, contact sheets from negatives, editing, and printing enlargements. Students will shoot photos outside of class time and use the darkroom during class. Those with recent darkroom experience are also welcome and will receive feedback during lab time. Students must provide their own film camera, film, and photo paper. Photo chemicals will be supplied.

$250 (VMFA member $230)


The Digital Portrait NEW! [50]

Sat, Feb 4 & 11, 10 am – 4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 1st floor
MONICA ESCAMILLA

Learn some of the fundamentals of photographing people with the digital camera. The instructor will share a selection of photographic portraits as well as strategies for making compelling images. The class will tour Isaac Julian:Lessons of the Hour-Frederick Douglas for inspiration. Back in the classroom, students will have opportunity tp practice some of the techniques they have learned while photographing each other and subjects outside of class.

$145 (VMFA members $130)


iPhone Photography Workshop [51]

Sat, Mar 25, 10 am–3 pm (1 session) | Studio School, 2nd floor Conference Room 
TRAVIS FULLERTON

Do you use your iPhone to make photos more than your digital camera? Learn from a photographer who uses his iPhone regularly in his studio practice. Students will learn the various camera functions and will practice shooting during in-class exercises.

$90 (VMFA members $75)