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Top 10 photography classes in San Diego, CA

Students agree: these San Diego photography classes are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Debora Barreto Photography

Debora Barreto Photography

New on Lessons
Offers online services
16+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
I have over 15 years of photography knowledge. My strongest skill has always been composition and lighting. With a great knowledge of Photoshop and Lightroom I can teach you how to create amazing images.
LeightonD, LLC

LeightonD, LLC

5.0(2)
Offers online services
21+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Steve S. says, "Informative instructor, able to help you visualize your end result and has the knowledge to help bring it to reality. " Read more
Alexis Evanoff Productions

Alexis Evanoff Productions

5.0(1)
Offers online services
21+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Noah H. says, "Professional, courteous, skilled" Read more
Justin B SD Photography

Justin B SD Photography

New on Lessons
Offers online services
3+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Active Marine here with a huge passion for photography also with a desire to help others achieve their next perfect shot!
Michael Wisnieux Photography

Michael Wisnieux Photography

New on Lessons
Offers online services
47+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
How do we create Photography as World-Class Art? If art is individualistic skilled creation producing emotional response, then refining your skills and self-expression will be a productive journey affecting many areas of your life! Together, we will improve your technical skills, as they expand your distinctive passions. Composition, Lighting, Posing — • Optimally Arranging subject, background, foreground, camera, lights & props — for any subject, in any location — • truly Seeing, and working with existing Light — and adding simple, or professional, equipment to shape the right light for your subject — • Communication — connecting with your s
A Better Image Photography

A Better Image Photography

5.0(1)
1 hire on Lessons
35+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Ericka B. says, "Dennis, Just wanted to let you know how much Chris and I enjoyed working with you. Our wedding album is nothing less than WONDERFUL!!! We are so happy and thankful that you do such excellent work and everyone that we have showed our album to has said the same thing. Thanks again and we look forward to working with you again in the near future." Read more
Afterglow Photo

Afterglow Photo

New on Lessons
Offers online services
7+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
I’m a portrait, lifestyle and fashion photographer. I have a studio and lighting gear and have been creating images with impact for many years. I’m happy to teach and mentor folks interested in photography. I’m extremely patient so we move at a pace that suits you.
Rick Edra Photography

Rick Edra Photography

5.0(3)
19+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Pamela H. says, "He always is Professional and takes amazing pictures.I I have recommended him to several family and friends and they are always satisfied with the pictures and the way he does business " Read more
Natalia DelCarmen Photography

Natalia DelCarmen Photography

New on Lessons
Offers online services
Serves San Diego, CA
I am a professional photographer with 10+ years of experience in both professional photography and fine art photography. I am also a professional retoucher and have extensive experience of Adobe Photoshop to assist and compliment your photography skills. I have a BA in professional photography and an AA in fine art photography. I love photography and teaching, I like to combine both and help others capture great images and understand how the camera works, lighting and composition. My facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/NataliaDelCarmen-Photography...
Mark Holmes Photography Workshops

Mark Holmes Photography Workshops

5.0(1)
2 hires on Lessons
18+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Angela L. says, "Mark was super patient and really made sure I understood the techniques he was teaching. I loved the exercises he used to help me practice what we learned and I left the workshop very pleased, more knowledgeable and with a lot more confidence about using my DSLR with specific goals whether it be portraits or actions shots, etc. I would definitely recommend Mark and his workshops to anyone. " Read more

Your Photography Lessons questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much do photography classes cost?

Photography classes cost $80 to $300 at a local photography center, museum, or online course provider. A beginner photography course at a university costs $250 to $500+, while the cost for a photography degree program is $10,000 to $30,000 per year on average.

Prices depend on the type of class, skill level, and your location. A basic Introduction to Photography class typically costs less than advanced classes or workshops taught by an experienced photographer.

Why take photography classes, and are they worth it?

A photography class is worth it if you want to master your camera, learn new techniques, and gain the ability to capture moments in exciting, memorable images. You do not need to be an aspiring professional photographer or artist to benefit from a class.

You'll learn to observe the world around you in new ways and develop an eye for details, light, color, shape, and texture. Through expert feedback from the instructor, you'll identify areas where you need improvement and become a better photographer as a result.

What do you learn in a photography class?

A beginner photography class teaches basic camera skills and techniques, including:

  • The exposure triangle—aperture, shutter speed, and ISO—and how each setting affects motion, depth of focus, and noise in your images
  • Light and how it affects your photos
  • Composition techniques, the Rule of Thirds, and leading lines
  • Color, shape, and texture
  • White balance
  • Lenses and filters

More advanced photography classes teach post-processing techniques in Photoshop, Lightroom, or other similar photo editing programs. Post-processing techniques include color correction, retouching, adjusting contrast and sharpness, and more.

Advanced courses may also focus on a specific type of photography, such as landscape photography, portrait photography, or street photography

Do I need my own camera to take a photography class?

Most photography classes require you to bring your own camera. However, if you're interested in exploring photography before investing in your own camera gear, consider taking a class anyway. Whether you take photos with your cellphone or a high-end digital camera, you can benefit from the skills learned in the class.

During the class, you'll learn not just how to take great photos but also about the features you'd like in a more complex camera, as well as the best lenses and filters for the type of photography you're interested in. This knowledge will better prepare you for the expensive purchase.

Can you take photography classes online?

Yes, you can take photography classes online through universities, web course providers like CreativeLive and SkillShare, and a wide variety of websites dedicated specifically to photography. Most sites offer both beginner photography classes and a vast selection of intermediate and advanced classes focused on specific types or aspects of photography.

Where can I take photography classes near me?

Keep these tips in mind when choosing a photography class:

  • Look for a course targeted toward photographers at your skill level. Advanced photographers may want to consider taking a workshop with a specific photographer instead of a class.
  • Decide if you want to take a class that focuses on a specific style or type of photography.
  • Read the instructor's reviews on Lessons and Google.
  • Check out the instructor's portfolio, as well as portfolios from previous students.

What questions should I ask photography instructors?

Ask the instructor these questions before enrolling in the class:

  • What skill level is this class designed for?
  • What topics will the class cover?
  • Do I need to bring my own camera?
  • Where will the class meet?
  • Will the class include instructor feedback?
  • Will you share our photos on the school website or social media?

Reviews for San Diego photography classes

Recent success stories from people in the San Diego area.
Geno P.
Leighton is an outstanding teacher who is passionate about his craft. I booked Leighton for several lessons on business and photography. His sessions start on time, and he is always willing to stay late to answer follow-up questions. Leighton’s organized lesson plans are filled with well-researched content. He has a strength for teaching technical, and non-technical, pupil. Do yourself a favor and book Leighton for your future lesson.
LeightonD, LLC
Cesare F.
He is able to answer my questions.
Rick Edra Photography
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