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NOTE: CityArts is continually adding additional classes, seminars and specialty workshops. Private tutoring is available upon request.

​Creative Photography 101

This program was designed to give students the flexibility to drop in on workshops covering their subject matter interests/needs without having to commit to a full class session...BUT if you sign up for all 9 workshops at once, you'll get one free! ($30 value, discount will show up in your cart when you add all 9 workshops)

Covering the Basics

In this class we'll go over the basic functions of your digital camera and we'll discuss digital file formats (RAW vs JPEG), and we'll touch upon aperture, ISO, shutter speed (aka the exposure triangle).

All About Aperture

We will discuss the historical origins of the camera obscura and take a deep dive to look at why understanding aperture on your camera is so crucial. Hands-on demonstration of depth of field.

Filling the Frame

In this class we'll dissect the various aspects of photographic composition, from Fibonacci to the rule of thirds, and layering to leading lines.

Landscape Photography

This is a session that is dedicated to those who enjoy landscape photography. Two main topics will be discussed: high dynamic range photography as well as panoramic photography.


There are many approaches to the genre of portraiture, and many technical aspects to consider such shooting with flash vs available light. But the interpersonal dimension between the subject and the photographer (and by extension, the audience) is equally relevant. We'll discuss all these ideas and do an in-class demonstration.

History of Photography

From the ancient knowledge of the camera obscura to the daguerreotype of the mid-1800s, we'll take a look at how photography came into being. We'll also take a look at some essential photographers, both historical and contemporary, whose work has shaped the medium.

Intro to Photojournalism

This will be a look at the field of journalism and a discussion of photojournalism ethics.

Business of Photography

Issues in contemporary professional art and commercial photography. Contracts, usage and rights. Portfolio development and marketing. Live Q&A with professional photographers.


For this class, a small selection of your work will be looked at in a live critique setting by a panel of professional photographers. Please bring a flash drive with up to 5 images.​

Creative Photography 101 - Portraits2/8Wed6-8p$30C. Conover
Creative Photography 101 - History of Photography2/13Mon6-8p$30C. Conover
Creative Photography 101 - Intro to Photojournalism2/22Wed6-8p$30C. Conover
Creative Photography 101 - Business of Photography3/1Wed6-8p$30C. Conover
Creative Photography 101 - Critique3/8Wed6-8p$30C. Conover

​​New! Photography Workshop Series 

The CityArts Photography Club invites all local and regional photographers to participate in a FREE Saturday morning workshop series this winter! 

Each meeting of the series will focus on a specific subject matter and will combine a workshop-style setting, along with a lecture format. Workshops will take place at 10 a.m. in the Photography Studio at CityArts on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, starting on Saturday, January 21st​. All Saturday workshops will feature a new topic of discussion. 

No registration is necessary. Participants should plan to bring a flash drive with 3-4 of their favorite images – for critiquing. ​ ​​

Each week we'll cover a different topic, including:

  • Cameras & Gear
  • Photographing Nature
  • Sports Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Landscape Photography
  • Using Props & Special Effects
  • Learning About Photo Competitions
  • Using Photography To Tell a Story
  • Cell Phone Photography
  • Macro Photography
  • Using Editing Options to Enhance Your Photos
  • Night Photography (Shooting the Moon - LOL)
  • Photographing People
  • Scoping Out Fun Places for Photography Field Trips​

Digital Photography, Level 1 – Accelerated Workshop

This will be a fast paced, intense one day class, where you will complete all of Level 1. I highly recommend already having completed Intro and being aware of how to change settings in Manual control. Your camera will be in full manual mode as you develop a deeper understanding of the exposure triangle. You'll learn how aperture, shutter speed and ISO all work together and their effects on your photos. You'll learn equivalent value exposure, histograms, custom white balance and more. Bring your tripod if you have one, as well as a memory card & charged battery. Bring any snacks or drinks needed. We will take a break midway.

​Basics 101

Whether you're enrolled in a CityArts class or just wanting to refresh on your manual mode skills, this is the class for you. Students will need their camera.

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​Best Cellphone Pics Ever! 

This fun two hour workshop is taught by a professional photographer, using some of the techniques and best practices that the pros use! Subjects will be provided for you to photograph. Let's elevate your cellphone photography skills and have some fun!

Requirements: Must bring a fully charged Cellphone that student is familiar with. Make sure there is space available on the phone for photos before the workshop.

​A Day At Botanica

Onsite tutorial on Focus, Depth of Field, Lighting, Equipment and more, as it pertains to Close-up/Macro photography of flowers and insects with instructor assistance to achieve amazing nature shots. Students are responsible for any admission fees. No prerequisite. Equipment: Personal DSLR, charged batter, memory card, tripod, remote cord and small LED flashlight. Close-up lenses and extension tubes for Nikon & Canon will be available to borrow. Optional: Bring any/all Macro or close-up lenses, extension tubes or reversing rings students may have.

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Camera Sculpture Workshop

Build your own "camera obscura" to capture images through the pinhole camera using simple supplies. This one-day workshop is a fun way to step into alternative photo processes. No experience necessary. Age 14+

Portraits in the Park

This one day workshop will be a crash course on Outdoor Portraiture, covering posing, lighting and so much more. You’ll enjoy a very interactive experience with hands on shooting through golden hours. Recommended for Level 3 experience and beyond. Meet up on location with emailed details prior to.

Solar Printing Workshop

Learn how to use the power of the sun to create beautiful, blue images using the cyanotype alternative photography process. Bring your own images or flat items to transfer. No prior experience necessary. Age 14+

​Alternative Process Photography

This 6-week course covers alternative photo printing processes and analog photography. Learn a new process each week including lumen prints, cyanotypes, anthotypes, digital negatives and camera sculpture. No prior experience necessary. Ages 14+

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