Salvador Dali may have believed in the persistence of memory, but many of us need something more tangible to spark detailed recollections. Photographs help bring everyday joys and special celebrations into sharper focus, whether a wedding, favorite pet, summer camping trip or a toddler’s first cone of Rocky Road. Learning how to take great photos is a snap with classes offered by these Sacramento specialists.
2222 Trower Court
Folsom, CA 95630
Reading a cookbook is interesting, but it pales in comparison to actually creating and enjoying a culinary delight. Learning the basics of photography from a manual is a similar situation, and the staff at Anfinson prefer to learn by doing. Anfinson offers three-hour workshops that combine a photography class with a visit to somewhere you may have been, but perhaps have never really seen. Each workshop includes a local walking tour; visit Old Sacramento and experience familiar landmarks in a new way through the eyes of your camera. Reserve your spot for the next Old Folsom workshop, taking place on June 22.
2200 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
Mike’s has a number of fun options for beginners and advanced photographers, including courses on specific cameras from Nikon, Canon, Sony and more. Some are on-site at the shop, such as the periodic seminars on underwater photography. Other specialty classes take place at art galleries, the Sacramento Zoo and at Second Saturday Art Walk events. One workshop on advanced digital SLR photography takes place on June 15, and June 22 brings another on Sony digital camera techniques.
6346 Elvas Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Author and photographer Ted Grant said that the only way to see a person’s soul was to photograph them in black and white. Photo Source can help open your eyes – and your lens – to that possibility with a six-week introduction to black and white photography. The class covers everything from f-stops and exposures to developing, printing and presentation. Class dates and times for this summer will be announced on the Photo source website.
Cosumnes River College
8401 Center Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95823
For those interested in a career in the photography field, CRC offers an associate of arts degree program in visual arts. Shutterbugs with more casual pursuits may prefer to take some of the specific classes that interest them. Options include photography in general as well as portraits, weddings, commercial work and fine art studies. Amateur photogs may especially enjoy short courses that include trips to Yosemite Valley and the Mono Lake Basin. Available courses begin on June 10 or in the fall; due to cancellations students may be able to join late.
1111 Howe Ave., Suite 115
Sacramento, CA 95825
Learning Exchange offers an array of one-day and short-term classes in photography this summer and throughout the year. Courses in basic digital photography and about taking photos of nature or when travelling begin on June 19, and a single session on photographing birds is scheduled for June 22. Photoshop courses are available starting in June and July for people interested in creative editing and enhancing their photographs. An optional $29 membership fee gives discounts on most classes during a 12-month period.
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