With the great accessibility of the camera option on every smart phone made, pictures are taken hundreds of times more frequently today than they were a decade ago. Memories are so much easier to capture and treasure via digital format and social media. However, do those pictures always come out the way you want them? And what about special occasions, those times where you want the very best picture possible? Photography classes have expanded to help the layperson use what they have to take the best pictures. Without being a professional, you can learn how to use light and background to your advantage and make your own personal snaps look professional.
Normandale Community College
9700 France Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN 55431
The Continuing Education department of Normandale Community College offers a great option for photography classes. Take classes online and at your own pace. Online classes cover using tools such as tablets, smart phones, and other devices to take the best pictures possible. Get an overview of the mechanics of taking great pictures and review some great techniques that will make you look like a pro. Classes include Discover Digital Photography and Secrets of Better Photography.
Minneapolis Community Education
Davis Educational Center
1250 W. Broadway Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Community education is always a great go-to for a class that highlights some important details and takes up less of your time. Minneapolis Community Education has several options for photography classes that range from beginners trying to decide what type of equipment to by to those looking for a very specific subject matter. Learn how to pick out the best camera for your photo goals or take a class on photographing flower, foods, or babies. There are even classes that meet on location to examine real world situations and help students get the best pictures possible.
Fall Colors Photography Workshop
The Duluth Experience
211 E. 2nd St.
Duluth, MN 55805
The Duluth Experience is an organization that hosts tours and adventures throughout Duluth for locals and visitors to enjoy the beauty of Northern Minnesota. Aside from adventure and historical tours, The Duluth Experience offers a sightseeing tour paired with a photography class every fall. Meet early and learn how to capture the sunrise on camera before you head out to photograph some of the most beautiful areas of Duluth. A professional photographer that was born and raised in Duluth leads the expedition and will help you make the best use of your camera. The workshop goes all day and includes an editing session in the evening. Combine sightseeing and learning in this unique experience.
Minneapolis Community & Technical College
1501 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Looking for a class that may lead to a degree and a career? Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC) has a fantastic digital photography program. Go beyond taking great photos for your Instagram and actually learn how to manage the latest equipment and technology while getting a full understanding of things like composition and editing. Take your hobby to the next level and get help with internships, hands-on experience, and a ton of other photography opportunities.
Twin Cities Photography Group, Inc.
2500 University Ave. W.
St. Paul, MN 55114
Twin Cities Photography Group is a thriving community of photographers that range in skill level from beginner to advanced. With their love of photography and Minnesota, the Twin Cities Photography Group encourages creativity and promotes growth of photographic talent through meet-ups and mentorships. They offer lessons and support for those that wish to learn the craft or just become better at it. Join in on an excursion to increase your exposure to other photographers or just learn about opportunities to become better at taking pictures. Check out their webpage or contact the group to learn about meetings, events, and other ways to get in touch with some skilled photographers.
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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature. Examiner.com.