Whether you’re taking pictures for your blog or family photo album, getting the best images are often a priority. In the age of digital cameras and camera phones, it is easy to take pictures but often difficult to take good ones. Fortunately, Minnesotans can sign up for a class or seminar through various locations and clubs. Beginners and more advanced photographers will find specialized classes at any of these places designed to help you produce the best photos possible.
Minneapolis Photo Center
2400 N. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
The Minneapolis Photo Center is a non-profit cooperative that allows artists in the community to meet and share ideas. Membership gives locals access to darkrooms, digital editing labs and participation in exhibitions. The Photo Center hosts artist talks and events throughout the year as well. For the budding photographer, classes and seminars are conducted to help develop talent and learn the basics of photography. Take a class and maybe one of your snaps will be on display for the world to see.
Independent Filmmaker Project
2446 University Ave. W., Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55114
The Independent Filmmaker Project is an organization in Minnesota that supports the digital arts and provides education to the community. Along with video arts and film education, IFP offers classes in digital photography and introduces all aspects of creativity through photograph. Classes start in the spring and are offered to youth and adult age groups. IFP also provides a darkroom suite as well as any other resources a photographer may need.
National Camera Exchange
9300 Olson Memorial Highway
Golden Valley, MN 55427
National Camera Exchange has been bringing the love of photography to the Midwest since the early 1900s. Fortunately for Minnesotans, it has five locations throughout the state that offer equipment as well as education. With the purchase of any camera, free classes are available to help get to know the new equipment. Other classes are offered throughout the year for the beginner to the most advanced photo snapper. Registration can be done online and classes are held at all locations.
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2501 Stevens Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Continuing education at MCAD offers a wide range of photography classes for all ages. Learn how to take better pictures of people and scenery, or just find out ways to design a better shot. Courses are offered year round and are taught by the most knowledgeable photographers in the Midwest. Go beyond continuing education and earn a degree in photography as well.
628 1st Ave.
Two Harbors, MN 55616
Stick completely to nature photography with a seminar from ColdSnap Photography. These classes focus on capturing outdoor shots of nature in all lighting and weather conditions. Professional photographers organize trips to areas of Iowa, Canada and many parts of Minnesota to find the most beautiful subjects for shots. Use your newly formed photography expertise on future vacations or day trips.
Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.