This is the place to find out about the classes we have currently scheduled. Our aim is to help you become a better photographer without committing to a semester of classes. Our classes are usually single session and we try to give you as much practical knowledge as we can. Some classes are as short as 3 hours. No big commitment, low impact schedule, Please sign up today.

Spirit Photography at Ardoyne Plantation

Class Dates:
(9/30 from 4-9:30pm)

Meet in our classroom at
3009 North Arnoult
(around the corner)

Class price includes admission to plantation
We will be working with a live ghostly model. Conjure ghostly full apparitions (which you can see through), a ghostly baby, the spirit of George Washington, ectoplasmic residue and spirit orbs.
requirements- SLR and or mirrorless camera, normal zoom lens and a tripod (we will have a few tripods you can borrow)
Time - we will meet at the classroom for 4PM for a quick gear check
*430 PM leave for Ardoyne
*5:45 PM arrive at Ardoyne
*6 PM we will begin a guided tour of the home
*7 PM bein taking spirit photographs
We should conclude by 930 PM and proceed back to Metairie
Cajun Pride Swamp Tour

Class Dates:
(10/4 from 3-7pm)

Meet in our classroom at
3009 North Arnoult
(around the corner)

Class price includes admission to swamp tour
Our instructor will assist you in getting great images of the swampscapes, alligators and possibly other wild life on this beautiful swamp tour.
Cajun Pride is located a very short distance from the 1st LaPlace exit- only 35min away from Lakeside Camera.
Meet at Lakeside for 3pm for a briefing on technique and gear check, and then will continue on to Cajun Pride.
Bring SLR or mirrorless camera with a zoom lens 70-200mm or anything in the 80-300mm range.
We will have a limited number of cameras and zoom lenses to borrow if you do not have one
Practical Photography

Class Dates:
(9/10 from 10am-2pm)
(10/8 from 10am-2pm)

Meet in our classroom at
3009 North Arnoult
(around the corner)

Practical Photography- a lab class to compliment SLR-1
Put to use the lessons we learned in the beginning class in the practical environment, the Sculpture Garden at City Park.
Some of the lessons will include:
Practice limiting and expanding depth of field ( getting near and far things in focus)
looking for the best light
how to properly make exposures for the sharpest images
We will meet at 10 AM at the garden - there is No admission fee
please wear comfortable tennis shoes, avoid wedges and flip flops. Bring bottled water. There are bathrooms and fountains, and bottled water can be purchased at the park
Bring SLR or mirrorless camera- regular zoom and tele zoom lens if you have one- also large flash if you have one (not required) Camera Bag with charged battery and memory card(s).
This is a relatively short and slow walk with lots of breaks.
Baby Photography

Class Dates:
(9/6 from 6-9pm)

Meet in our classroom at
3009 North Arnoult
(around the corner)

In this class, you will learn
*the secrets to lighting and posing newborns and babies
*how to best use your normal zoom lens and the inexpensive 50mm prime non zooming lens (the secret lens of newborn photographers)
*Ideas for best time for baby and best times for natural light.
*how to use props
*how to use on camera flash
*how to use natural light
*how to get the most out of your images during post processing
Our model is a lifelike silicon doll that never cries or needs to be fed.
Bring- camera- normal zoom lens, flash and tripod ( if you have one)
Phone photography - Take Better Pictures

Class Dates:
(9-2 from 9-11am)

Meet in our classroom at
3009 North Arnoult
(around the corner)

The camera you have with you is always the best camera. Learn To make better, sharp, eye catching images with you cell phone camera under a variety of conditions.
Tips for better composing and using the available light to your advantage.
Take your cell phone images to art with a demonstration of the Snapseed App.- a quick image editor that turns ordinary cell phone images into extraordinary images.
Lightroom Part 1 (Quick develop & Library Module)

Class Dates:
(8/9 from 6-9pm)

Meet in our classroom at
3009 North Arnoult
(around the corner)

Bring a laptop (preferably with a mouse) with Adobe Lightroom 4 or later installed

Adobe's premiere organizing and image editing software is the application of choice for enthusiasts and pros alike.

Do you shoot in Jpeg or RAW?- Lightroom handles all files and allows MUCH better improvements to poorly exposed ( too bright and too dark) images than just about any other program. Lightroom provides a speedy way to organize and quickly edit all of your images using non-destructive editing- meaning your original image is never touched.

We will cover
*bringing your images into the Lightroom program
*making quick edits to establish proper color and brightness
Intro to
SLR & Mirrorless

Class Dates:
(8/12 from 9-1pm)
(8/26 from 9-1pm)
(9/9 from 9-1pm)
(9/20 from 6-9pm)
(10/7 from 9-1pm)

Meet in our classroom at
3009 North Arnoult
(around the corner)

Topics covered
*The JPG
*Camera file type settings for size and quality (JPG full size - fine quality)
*Setting correct date and time
*Continuous file numbering and why you want this
*Camera care, lens cleaning and battery mainenance.
*Memory cards - choosing a proper speed and size for your needs.
*Reformatting memory cards in camera
*The differences between Automatic and Program
*Setting exposure compensation in Program to get brighter or darker images
*Basic Autofocus techniques *Using your standard, wide angle and zoom lenses
*Composing for an 8x10 and other sized prints
*Using built in flash in your camera


Class Dates:
(8/19 from 9-1pm)

Meet in our classroom at
3009 North Arnoult
(around the corner)

Topics covered
*Advanced Camera Settings
*Secrets of FOCUS
*Ascertaining proper exposure using the in-camera HISTOGRAM.
*Getting proper focus- using the focus modes of Single, Auto Intelligent and Continuous.
*Setting the proper focus AREA points based on the subject/ subject matter.
*Focusing in poor light using a dedicated flash
*Lenses- Using Extreme Wide and Angle for landscapes and interiors and Telephoto lenses for sports and Portraits.
*Learn how to produce nearly unlimited focus images with Hyperfocal Focusing to create great depth of field.
*Create shallow focus images based on subject matter such as facial portraits using Aperture Priority mode.
*Tips on for better composition and lighting illustrated along the way
Manual Exposure

Class Dates:
(9/13 from 6-9pm)

Meet in our classroom at
3009 North Arnoult
(around the corner)

Manual Mode is the choice of working professionals. This mode is especially useful when photos of still subjects, art images and in preparation for making HDR- high dynamic range images of subject with lots of contrast

Topics covered
*Leveraging the power of shooting in RAW image format mode
*Reading the cameras internal light meter to get good exposures
*How to choose ISO ( sensor chip sensitivity ) for various subjects and lighting conditions
*Choosing the appropriate shutter speed and aperture- ƒ-stop to arrive at a variety of effects- from deep focus landscapes to stop action images
*Understanding using your camera in manual allows complete control and a better understanding of the semi automated modes
Night Photography
Painting with light

Class Dates:
(8/30 from 7-10pm)
(9/27 from 6-9pm)

Paint with Light-in City park
Meet at the Morning Call in City Park on Dreyfus Ave.
Class will begin with instructions on the settings suitable for night time shooting.
We will take pictures until 9pm.

*Learn how to paint with light at night using inexpensive flashlights and led Christmas lights.
*We will photograph three locations near the Morning Call.
*Learn how light “spheres" are made and also light paint a night landscape.
*Please bring comfortable tennis shoes, a tripod and a camera with normal zoom lens.
*A few tripods will be available to loan.
Note - we will walk about 500 yards total during the class
Cemetery Tour

Class Dates:
(9/23 from 8-11:30am)

A guided photographic walking tour of one of the most beautiful and historical cemeteries in the country.

We will meet in the parking lot of LAKE LAWN cemetery at 8AM and then proceed to photograph as we advance to the most beautiful and photogenic sculptures and tombs.

Personal guidance and instruction will be given regarding composition, exposure, finding the best light and the use of the reflector.

See and image mourning angels, colorful stained glass and tombs with Egyptian and Arabesque Themes.
What to bring:
SLR camera with normal zoom lens, telephoto and wide angle lenses if you have them. Comfortable walking shoes or flat sandals. Flip flops and high wedge sandals are not recommended. Tripod or monopod may also be helpful- we have a limited number of these for loaning.

Prerequisites- a basic working knowledge of the SLR camera. SLR 1class highly recommended.

Image provided by Brian Hartman 2013


Class Dates:
(8/16 from 6-9pm)

Meet in our classroom at
3009 North Arnoult
(around the corner)

Improve your portraits by practicing the techniques as we learn in class using our new lifelike 10 year old child mannequin model Aimee.

Learn the proper lenses, lighting accessories and how to use them to create natural and fashion portraits.

Composition and posing of your subjects / model is also stressed. PowerPoint presentation and actual camera practice Lessons in naturalistic Portraiture with natural light and reflector, electronic flash fill and by window light.

Pre-Requisite - SLR1 recommended Please bring your SLR camera and all lenses
Studio Lighting & Flash

Class Dates:
(8/23 from 6-9pm)
(9/16 from 9-1pm)

Meet in our classroom at
3009 North Arnoult
(around the corner)

Topics covered

*Learn to use studio flash monolights to produce brilliant portraits indoors
*Learn the basics of studio lighting and when to use
*Appropriate ISO and ƒ-stop settings
*A slide show demonstrating lighting diagrams
*Students should bring their camera and lens with a focal length of over 80mm. (Ideal lenses: 18-135 zoom or 70-200/300 zoom)
*A mannequin model will be provided for the students to participate in making portraits under a variety of lighting setups with a background

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