St. Louis Photo Authority®

St. Louis Photo Authority®

5.0 (2)
Best of 2022
3 employees
11 years in business

About this pro

The St. Louis Photo Authority® is a non-profit organization that  builds community through photography. We teach classes, provide workshops, and offer a 5000 square foot exhibition/studio/educational/creative center dedicated to the needs of photographers and videographers. Edward Crim, our CEO, has over 20 years experience as a professional photographer, teacher and photographic lab operator. Edward is the mind behind our various clubs, including:

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The photographic arts are about seeing the world and all of the interesting things it has to offer us. Nature's moments of awesome splendor and sublime simplicity, rare glimpses of an animal kingdom normally unseen by man, and rich stories of the human struggle for love, acceptance, freedom, and all the other desires of the heart.

This is what the photographer seeks; sometimes successfully, sometimes not. Education is frequently the difference between the artist's failure and success, and it is when a student has that "Aha!" moment that the teacher is rewarded. It is our joy and mission to lead many to that revelatory experience and a satisfying involvement in the photographic experience.

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St. Louis, MO 63112
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  • Donna Burch

    I had a great time doing it. I do wish I could have taken notes. That is OK because I will the next time. Great learning how to take out my film in the dark. Need the next class just for printing. Suggestion: Prior to experiencing the workshop, take some sit down time and give instruction. That way if you want to take notes or handouts it can be done then.

  • Janis Shetley

    I have taken almost all of the photography classes taught by Edward Crim through the St. Louis Photo Authority. All of the classes I have taken were detailed, thorough and packed full of tips and tricks and things I never knew about photography. I can recommend every class he offers without reservation. Even if you think you know all there is about a particular topic, I guarantee you will learn new things in Edward’s classes. If you have invested in a nice camera, lenses, and other accessories then you owe it to yourself to learn how to use all that equipment to create beautiful photographs. There is a lot of skill and technique that goes into creating a great photograph. Even if you are just interested in taking the occasional family and travel photo, Edward’s classes will give you the knowledge to elevate your snapshots to new levels of excellence. These classes are great for both the serious photographer and the hobbyist - there is something for everyone in every class. After you have taken some classes and started producing some new photographs, come to the monthly photo critiques at the St. Louis Photo Authority to share your work and see what others are creating. You are guaranteed to learn a lot at these sessions as well.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

With new students I ask questions and listen to the answers in order to ascertain what course to take in teaching. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been a professional photographer for over 20 years and have been teaching classes and leading others in photography for most of that time. I also have extensive experience as a photographic printer, both digital and film (from transparencies and negatives).

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My standard price for photographic consultations both commercial and personal is $150 per hour, but will give students a half-price special rate of $150 for an two hour lesson.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching many years ago with some of the parks departments in the St. Louis Area. In 2010 I began what is now the St. Louis Photo Authority® to help new photographers navigate the tricky currents of the photographic world. Since that time I have taught hundreds of classes and led scores of workshops on photography, lighting and using the leading software.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have taught, consulted with, and led executives, other professional photographers, beginners and intermediate photographers in growing their photographic skills and knowledge.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Just this spring, one of my best students, a photographer of great talent and perserverence, commented on a lighting situation that I constructed for her,

"I can't believe you got that kind of look just by using an umbrella on your light!"


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Don't expect to learn it all right away, and don't expect to learn much from someone who doesn't actually do the work. This is the work that I do every day.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What kinds of photography are you interested in? Do you want to become a professional, working photographer, os is this a personal project, a hobby? How much time, effort and money are you willing to dedicate to your pursuit of photographic excellence?

Lessons offered

Photography Classes Adobe Lightroom Classes Photoshop Classes