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Find photography classes in Chesapeake, VA

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Top 10 photography classes in Chesapeake, VA

Students agree: these Chesapeake photography classes are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Images By Design

Images By Design

Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
8+ years in business
Serves Chesapeake, VA
Roy W. says, "We called Jim to help my Husband learn how to use Light Room correctly and found him to be a real pleasure. His demeanor is so calm and patient and he has a wealth of knowledge which he was able to convey in easy terminology at very fair prices.. Jim a great choice!!" Read more

Top Pro
Offers online services
3 hires on Lessons
6+ years in business
Serves Chesapeake, VA
Ashley I. says, "He is patient and sweet. I need someone who is calm since I had a bad experience with a teacher previously so I never tried going through a teacher again. But Joseph makes sure you are having fun and that you are enjoying yourself. " Read more
Ty Swartz Photography

Ty Swartz Photography

New on Lessons
19+ years in business
Serves Chesapeake, VA
I have the only studio in Hampton Roads that have a hair and makeup salon in the studio. We have two working studios and regularly have 4 to 6 sets ready at any given point. We use Paul C. Buff, Novatron, and LED lights. For outside teaching, we have a variety of location lighting flashes and a variety of light defusers to help photographers see the light. Once photographers are trained on our lighting systems we rent the studio out in 1-hour increments so they can practice or shoot scheduled clients. Our in-house makeup artist is available to support a variety of shoots. I have loved photography for over 30 years and continue to love teach...
Zac's Photography

Zac's Photography

New on Lessons
28+ years in business
Serves Chesapeake, VA
It's personal!!! My company has been majority word of mouth. We are our clients personal photographers always working with the client and their vision. Understanding every client needs are very different. We like to meet our clients in person before we set up a shoot.
Steve Foreman

Steve Foreman

New on Lessons
Offers online services
4+ years in business
Serves Chesapeake, VA
I am good I enjoy everything

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 Chesapeake photography classes

Recent success stories from people in the Chesapeake area.
Cherry J.
He is always encouraging and helps you build confidence in yourself. He explains things in a way easy to understand. I am enjoying learning to draw, even though I told myself for years that I couldn't. I love the pace of the class. He is very patient, never rushing you, and I feel comfortable asking questions, and he always explains it in a way I can understand. I am really enjoying my lessons.
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