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Photography Courses and Workshops

There are some big changes coming in 2018 to both our website and our company. We are leaving the old version of the website in place for now as a reference but as things change some new products and service will be added while some existing ones will be discontinued. Some links may become inactive causing you to receive an error stating the page has been moved or does not exist, this does not necessarily mean the product or service has been discontinued but it is possible that it has been. Please contact us with any question you may have.

General Information

We offer Private Lessons, Group Lessons and Workshops covering just about every aspect of photography from the most basic "how to use a camera class" to advanced techniques. Our classes are small most have 12 or fewer students, the classroom atmosphere is relaxed and less structured than a typical school class, allowing us to be flexible and better meet the needs of our students. Most classes are based on years of "real world" professional photographic experience, and are not textbook driven. The dates and times for our courses and workshops are on the detailed description page for each course and workshop. Many of our courses and workshops are available on a 1 to 1 basis for those who cannot attend our regularly scheduled courses and workshops. We also maintain a waiting list and contact those who are on the list by email about 20 - 30 days prior to the starting date for classes. To be added to our course waiting list, please e-mail us.

Customized Courses and Workshops

If you are interested in photography workshops, customized classes or any of our regular classes for your group, church, club, etc. at your location or ours, please contact us to discuss accommodating your group and possible discounted pricing.

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates are available for all of our courses and workshops. Our gift certificates may be used at any time and our courses and workshops run all year so gift certificate recipient will have multiple chances to register for courses and workshops. To purchase a gift certificate please e-mail us to make arrangements.

Registration

We email the entire waiting list with the dates and times for upcoming courses and workshops as soon as we schedule them which is usually prior to the schedule being made available to the general public. The class sizes are limited and to be fair, registration is accepted on a "first come first served" basis which is determined by the order we receive the Registration Forms and payment. In the event of Registration Form and payment being received after the course is full, we will contact you with your options. We do understand that a student may miss classes for any number of unavoidable reasons, in these cases the student will be offered the opportunity to make up the missed class(es) the next time the course is offered or when scheduling permits in a makeup class with other students who need to makeup the same class.

For those who would like personalized training, we also offer private and customized classes. Additionally most courses and workshops can be scheduled on "Private Lesson" 1 to 1 or small group basis.

Private Lessons & Workshops and Personalized Training

Along with our scheduled group courses and workshops, most of our courses and workshops are available on a Private Lesson basis with flexible scheduling. We also offer personalized training in virtually all aspects of photography. For more information about Private Lessons and personalized training, please contact us.

Course and Workshop List

Advanced Digital Photography

This 8 week course is the next step for many students who have successfully completed our Basic / Intermediate Photography course. It is also popular with students who have not taken our Basic / Intermediate Photography course but have a good understanding of photography and some experience. This course consists of ten classes, lasting two hours each, meeting once a week for ten weeks. Students will primarily through hands on activities using their own cameras with minimal lecture time in 80% of the classes.

For more information and the course schedule, click here.

Basic Photography

This course has been updated and has a new name, see Digital Photography 101: The Basics and Beyond! below.


Chroma Key Photography (Green Screen / Blue Screen) Workshop

This one day workshop is a combination of lecture, hands on Chroma Key Photography followed by an editing session in which students learn how to edit Chroma Key photos. Students will remove the green / blue background and insert a background from another photo or digital file. Students will also learn how to remove the subject from a Chroma Key image and insert the subject into another photograph. Adobe Photoshop is used for the editing but many other photo editing programs can be used with the techniques. For more information or to schedule this workshop click here.

This workshop only offered as a 1 to 1 Private Lesson or small group workshop.

Cincinnati Photo Tour and Cityscape Photography Workshop

Take a tour of Cincinnati with one of our photographers who will answer your questions and give you tips for achieve better photos. There is no better way to create great photos of Cincinnati than with a professional photographer helping you!!

This workshop only offered as a 1 to 1 Private Lesson or small group workshop.

To schedule your 1 to 1 personal or small group Cincinnati Photo Tour and Lesson please contact us.

Creating Better Photos (A non-technical guide to improve your photos)

Formerly known as Creating Better Family Photos. This is a non-technical short course designed to help you improve your photographs without requiring you to learn "a bunch of technical stuff". This course is designed to help everyone from those students who use an inexpensive point and shoot camera to those who use professional grade SLR's and everything in between. You will learn how to improve your photographs without taking your camera out of automatic.

For more information and the course schedule, click here.

This workshop only offered as a 1 to 1 Private Lesson or small group workshop.

Digital Photography 101: The Basics and Beyond!

This is a 8 week course meeting once a week for 2 hours. No photography experience or previous classes are required. This course is designed to teach both beginners and advanced photographers through a combination of Lectures and Hands-On learning. Many students have told us "it is amazing how this course has students with vastly different levels of experience and skills yet all students learn so much in the same class" and "these classes really are for both beginners and experienced photographers".

For more information and the course schedule, click here.

This Public Group Course may also be scheduled as a 1 to 1 or group Private Lesson.

"...I had second thoughts about taking a beginners class. Having taken several introductory classes before, & considering myself to be an advanced armature, I figured it would be mainly wasted time . I took the class mainly to get my wife into a classroom setting  in as much as she would not go alone. When they say that it is an introductory and intermediate class they mean it .The notes and info printouts that you get are second to none. The basics are presented in a manner that is quickly and easily understood, & then they move on to a more advanced hands on approach as they address each of the basics. When I would have a question of a more advanced level, they welcomed it, and as they clarified it they would gently bring the class along so they could understand it also. So to summarize unless you are completely familiar with all the magic your camera can perform, and you know all there is to know about flash and all its tricks, by all means take the class, you will learn a good deal."...
Roger S. former student.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography Workshop

This workshop only offered as a 1 to 1 Private Lesson or small group workshop.

To schedule your 1 to 1 or small group version of this workshop please contact us.

Landscape Photography Workshop

This workshop only offered as a 1 to 1 Private Lesson or small group workshop.

To schedule your 1 to 1 or small group version of this workshop please contact us.

Lighting for Home and Professional Studios 1 day workshop

This workshop is a fast paced day of lecture and hands on learning. Students will have take turns being the photographer including adjust the positions of strobes and take photographs during the demonstrations.

For more information and the course schedule, click here.

This Public Group Course may also be scheduled as a 1 to 1 or group Private Lesson.

Macro (Close up) Photography 1 day workshop

Using lecture and live demonstrations, our instructor leads students on a fun and educational exploration of the world of Macro Photography. For 4 hours students will participate in short lectures followed by demonstrations in which the students will aid the instructor in the creation of photographs followed by 2 hours of hands on photography. The students will help with equipment setup, camera settings and the choice of subjects with most demonstrations.

For more information and the course schedule, click here.

This Public Group Course may also be scheduled as a 1 to 1 or group Private Lesson.

"Thanks Captured Light Photography. I tried and tried to learn on my own and only became frustrated ... now I can make wonderful close up photos of my roses, day lilies and anything else I want ... What a great way to learn..."
Karen R. former student.

Mastering Portrait Photography workshop

Due to popular demand, we have brought back our Mastering Portrait Photography workshop. This workshop is fast paced, fun and informative. Students will learn through a combination of lecture and hands on practice. Weather permitting, this workshop is a combination of classroom, studio and outdoor on-location. For more information please click here.

This Public Group Course may also be scheduled as a 1 to 1 or group Private Lesson.

Nikon Capture NX2™ and NX-D Workshop

Nikon Capture NX2™ is a vital tool in the post production of Nikon™ raw files, allowing you fine tune or change many of the camera's setting after the image has been created. Capture NX2™ is an invaluable tool at our studio and is a great companion for Photoshop™ or Photoshop Elements™. In this workshop our instructor will use both lecture and demonstrations to explain how to use Capture NX2™ to fine tune your images and to correct mistakes made in the field.

For more information and the course schedule, click here.

This Public Group Course may also be scheduled as a 1 to 1 or group Private Lesson.

Nikon™ Creative Lighting System™ 1 day workshop

Learn how to use the Nikon™ Creative Lighting System™. This is a full day workshop will show students how to control Nikon Speedlights (Flashes) using the Nikon™ Creative Lighting System™. Students will see how to use a camera's built in speedlight or a speedlight attached to the camera to trigger external speedlights. We will show you how to control both single and multiple speedlights including how to adjust the flash exposure compensation remotely from the camera. Students do NOT need Nikon™ Creative Lighting System™ compatible equipment to attend this workshop.

For more information and the course schedule, click here.

This Public Group Course may also be scheduled as a 1 to 1 or group Private Lesson.

Photoshop™ Real World Photo Editing 1 day workshop

This is a one day workshop is a shortened, faster paced version of our 8 week Photoshop™ course. We cover the common photographic retouching techniques we use in the studio every week just like in the 8 week course. This includes the simple ways to "fix" the common photographic "problems" that photographers run into every day. Want to fix red-eye, move a head from one photograph to another, and create exceptional Black & White photos? We will show you these and more.

For more information and the workshop schedule, click here.

This Public Group Course may also be scheduled as a 1 to 1 or group Private Lesson.

"...OMG! This workshop was amazing, I have tried a few other classes and thought I just couldn't get it but this workshop worked! My instructor was Richard (Rick) - he had about 25 students and each time one of us was having trouble he walked us through it. It was like having my own personal teacher, he explained things differently if we were stuck, he showed us a different way t do things when we were stuck. Most teachers show you 1 way and if you don't get it "oh well" but not Rick, he was patient with all of us, none of us was ever bored...simply great! THANK YOU!!! Danielle T. former student

Photoshop Elements™ 1 day workshop

Like our Photoshop™ workshop, our Photoshop Elements™ workshop is a shortened, faster paced version of our 8 week Photoshop Elements™ course. We cover the common photographic retouching techniques we use in the studio every week just like in the 8 week course. This includes the simple ways to "fix" the common photographic "problems" that photographers run into every day as well as photo retouching. Want to fix red-eye, move a head from one photograph to another, create exceptional Black & White photos? We will show you these and more.

For more information and the workshop schedule, click here.

This workshop only offered as a 1 to 1 Private Lesson or small group workshop.

Studio Consultation Services

Are you a professional photographer looking for help? Are you an amateur planning on opening a photography based business? We have a consultation service that may just be the answer to your prayers.

For more information, click here.

Taking Better Sports Photos

We created this course to teach basic sports photography skills. Using our 20+ years of experience photographing professional and amateur sports we have created an easy non-technical course to help parents improve their sports photography. Please note this is course will not teach you to be a professional sports photographer, it is intended to teach parents how to take better photos of their children using cameras and lenses that are commonly owned by parents.

For more information and the course schedule, click here.

This Public Group Course may also be scheduled as a 1 to 1 or group Private Lesson.

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