Photography Classes Sponsored by the City of Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation:

Black & White Digital Photography (Ages: 14 to Adult) Black & White images have been around since the invention of photography. Learn how you can create great Black & White images digitally. We will process images using several different techniques. Those techniques will be shown using Photoshop (CC and Elements), OnOne software and Google’s Nik Collection.
Cost: $35
3 weekly 2 hour classes
Class size limited to 15.
Tuesdays, January 20 to February 3, 7pm to 9pm
Thursdays, April 23 to May 7, 7pm to 9pm

Composition & Critique (Ages: 14 to Adult) Would you like to improve the composition of your images and get feedback from others about your images? In this class we will explore composition techniques that will help you do just that. In camera composition, cropping to improve your composition in Photoshop and critiquing images will be covered in this class. There will be assignments to complete between classes and images to bring in for critique.
Cost: $60
6 weekly 2 hour classes
Class size limited to 15.
Fridays, January 9 thru February 13, 10am to Noon
Mondays, April 13 thru May 18, 7pm to 9pm

Intro to DSLR Photography (Ages: 14 to Adult) Do you have a DSLR camera that has more modes and menus than you can figure out? Would you like to learn about your camera? In this class you learn more about digital photography, ISO, f-stops, shutter speed, white balance and the various camera modes of their DSLR cameras. A DSLR is required for this class as well as assignments to complete between classes.
6 weekly 2 hour classes Cost: $60
Class size limited to 15.
Mondays, November 10 thru December 15, 10am to Noon
Saturdays, January 10 thru February 14, 10am to Noon
Wednesdays, May 6 thru June 10, 10am to Noon

Intermediate DSLR Photography (Ages: 14 to Adult) Are you comfortable with the controls on your DSLR camera and want to learn to create better photos? In this class we will explore techniques that will help you take your photography to the next level. A DSLR camera is required for this class as well as assignments to complete between classes and images to bring in for critique.
6 weekly 2 hour classes Cost: $60
Class size limited to 15.
Wednesdays, November 12 thru December 17, 7pm to 9pm
Wednesdays, February 18 thru March 25, 10am to Noon

Intro to Photoshop (Ages: 14 to Adult) Do you have a digital camera and have no idea what to do with your images when you get them on to your computer? This class is for anyone who would like to learn how to resize, crop, remove unwanted elements, enhance their images and post them on the web. These techniques will be demonstrated using Photoshop CC but can be used with any version of Photoshop. A laptop is helpful but not necessary.
3 weekly 2 hour classes Cost: $35
Class size limited to 15.
Fridays, November 7 thru November 21, 10am to Noon
Wednesdays, January 7 thru January 21, 10am to Noon
Mondays, March 9 thru March 23, 7pm to 9pm
Tuesdays, April 21 thru May 5, 10am to Noon

Photoshop Layers (Ages: 14 to Adult) Would you like to learn more about using Photoshop Layers to make image adjustments and composite images? This class covers adjustment layers, layer masks and blend modes. These techniques will be demonstrated using Photoshop CC but can be used with any version of Photoshop. A laptop is helpful but not necessary.
3 weekly 2 hour classes Cost: $35
Class size limited to 15.
Thursdays, December 4 thru December 18, 10am to Noon
Tuesdays, February 17 thru March 3, 7pm to 9pm
Mondays, June 1 thru June 15, 10am to Noon

Macro Photography (Ages: 14 to Adult) There is a small, small world all around us and all you have to do is take the time to photograph it. Macro photography is a about looking into these small worlds and knowing how to make the best choices when creating your photos. Learn about lighting, lens choice and techniques that will help you create better Macro photos.
Cost: $60
3 weekly 2 hour classes
Class size limited to 15.
Thursdays, January 22 thru February 5, 7pm to 9pm
Thursdays, May 28 thru June 11, 10am to Noon

Night and Low Light Photography (Ages: 14 to Adult) Creating images at night and in low light can be both challenging and rewarding. In this class you will learn how to create great images in some of the most challenging lighting conditions. Long exposures, high ISO, white balance in mixed lighting conditions, “painting with light” and astrophotography are some of the topics the we will explore in this class. A DSLR is required for this class as well as assignments to complete between classes.
3 weekly 2 hour classes Cost: $30
Class size limited to 15.
Fridays, December 5 thru December 19, 7pm to 9pm
Fridays, March 6 thru March 20, 7pm to 9pm
Fridays, May 8 thru May 22, 7pm to 9pm

Speedlight Photography (Ages: 14 to Adult) In this class you will learn how to create great images by adding the light from your speedlight. Using speedlights is not as hard as you might think. You will learn how to use speedlights in a variety of situations. If you want to understanding how your speedlight works this class is for you. A DSLR and speedlight are required for this class as well as assignments to complete between classes.
Cost: $30
3 weekly 2 hour classes
Class size limited to 15.
Mondays, January 26 thru February 9, 7pm to 9pm
Saturdays, May 2 thru May 16, 10am to Noon

Surreal Digital Photography (Ages: 14 to Adult) Would you like to learn how to make the impossible look possible? Learn how to use various techniques that will help you create images that you might have never thought possible. Creating surreal digital images can be both challenging and a lot of fun! Techniques for planning, photographing and using Photoshop to post-processing your images will all be part of this class.
Cost: $75
6 weekly 2 hour classes
Class size limited to 15.
Wednesdays, April 22 thru May 27, 7pm to 9pm

To register online for any of these classes please click the links above. Residents of Stafford County and Spotsylvania County are welcome to attend. For more information on other ways of registering for these or any class other classes please visit the Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation registration information page.

For the photography classes meeting at Maury Commons, 900 Barton Street:

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  1. Looking for an intro to dslr class and creative photography. Any chance you will be offering night classes this fall?

    1. Hi Dawn, There will be a DSLR class on Saturdays, starting in September, and an Intermediate DSLR class at in the evenings starting in November. You might also be interested in the Photo Composition class that starts in September.

  2. Hi I too am a beginner and am very into photography I would like to take some of your classes but not sure what I should take. I enjoy indoor and outdoor photos of anything! Also not quite sure what kind of camera I should get any opinions?

    1. Hi Samanth, For a beginner I would suggest either the Intro to DSLR class or the Intro to Point & Shoot class depending upon which type of camera you have. As for getting a new camera I would suggest that you find a place that you can hold different cameras and see how they feel in your hands. I know I prefer a heavier DSLR camera to a lighter one. After that figure out what features you want and one of the most important… don’t break the bank. Go with a budget in mind and get what you can afford remembering that with digital cameras the technology is getting better all the time and the one you buy today was probably initially designed 2-3 years ago. When you can upgrade lenses then get a new camera. Lenses will last much longer than cameras.

  3. Hello, I see you’re offering classes for DSLR. I noticed that you have some classes starting in August. The only problem is that I am a teacher, and school starts toward the end of the session. I don’t think I can make the last two or three classes? Could I sign up and get sent the assignments and do them on the weekends for the last few classes.

    1. Hi Jeff, The assignments near the end of the class are mostly to practice what we have gone over in class. I can send them to you and if you would like for me to take a look at them and give you some feedback I would be happy to.

  4. I’m a beginner who is interested in doing more with my favorite hobby besides photograph my own kids. I have a Nikon sale. I am interested in so many of your classes, learning how to use my camera and learning how to edit photos more professionally. Do you have a suggestion for which classes to take and in what order?

    1. Hi Kim,
      Since you are a beginner I would recommend the Intro to DSLR Photography class. Once you are comfortable with your camera I think you would be interested in the Creative Photography Techniques. I hope this helps!
      All the best, Vincent

  5. Hi! I would like to sign up for the upcoming classes, but am having difficulty signing up through the links you posted. Is there possibly another way to sign up for the class? I just purchased a Nikon D5200 with the standard 18-55 & 55-200 NIKKOR lenses and would like to learn about all the extra features my camera has that my Sony DSC-H50 point & shoot didn’t. Thanks so much in advance!

    1. Hi Matthew,

      I just checked and the class for July/August is now full. I will be posting new dates for classes but the signup does not start until the end of August. I hope to see you in one of those classes.

    1. I think the most important thing to do when choosing a DSLR is to set a budget and stick to it. It is very easy to spend more than you want to on cameras and lenses. After that I recommend that you go and hold all the different DSLRs that fit within your budget. See how they feel in your hands. See where the buttons and wheels are and if you can reach them easily. This is one of my most important considerations because I have big hands and many DSLRs feel like little toys, no matter how well built they are, when I’m holding them. Don’t get fooled by the MegaPixel Myth. More pixels does not necessarily mean better images, just much bigger image files! Anything from 8 to 13 megapixels should do fine.

      Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and others make great DSLRs. After all, the camera, when it comes right down to it, is a black box you attach a lens to.

      I hope this helps!

  6. I just signed up for the summer class, but now I’m wondering if my camera is the right kind to be taking this class. I have a Canon Powershot G12. I do not have removable lenses, however I would like to learn how to use the functions/settings other than AUTO. Please let me know if my camera will be sufficient.
    Thanks so much! :)

    1. Hi Jennifer, Your camera is more of a Point & Shoot. I have had students take the DSLR class with your camera. Most of what we go over can be to both kinds of cameras and since your camera has more adjustments than most Point & Shoots I think you’ll be fine.

  7. I have a Canon Power Shot SX50 HS digital camera. I am interested in a cIass to learn more about using it along with composition, etc. Which class would be best for me to take? I don’t think my camera qualifies for the “Don’t Settle” class.

    I’ve always enjoyed photography, but am a beginner when it comes to really knowing what I’m doing. I want to pursue this as a more serious hobby.

    1. Hello Heidi, In the fall there will be a class called “Rock Your Point & Shoot” which would be the class for you to take to learn more about your camera and photography.

  8. I am very interested in digital SLR classes similar to the ones you did in April and May. When do you plan to offer this class again? Jim

    1. Hi Jim, Yes I will be offering the DSLR class again. I’m currently looking at my summer schedule for dates but there will definitely be a class in the fall. All the best, Vincent

  9. I am really intrigued by your “Don’t Settle” class, but can’t attend the April/May session. Will you be offering the class anywhere over the summer? I was disappointed that I didn’t see the course in the Fredericksburg Parks & Rec summer catalog and was hoping you might be offering it through another venue. Thanks!

  10. I tried signing up for the April/May DSLR class, but it is apparently filled. Is that correct? Will there be another scheduled soon? Any info would be great. Thank you!

    1. Yes, the DSLR class teaches working in Manual Mode. I do have lighting classes and most of them are listed through the group. I am currently planning classes for the next few months.

  11. I would like to attend one of your classes. would you please direct me to which one should I be taking. I love taking in doors and out doors. BTW, I am a beginner. Thanks.

  12. I’ve had a SONY NEX-3 for over a year now and have no idea how to use it. I decided to take a class and came across yours when I Googled Fredericksburg Photography Class. I don’t see any classes for 2013 though. Will you be having any?

    1. Yes, classes are being offered. The Fredericksburg Parks & Rec. Dept. is currently installing new software for classes so they are not viewable online. The are listed in the catalog of classes and here on my site.

  13. Hi, Vincent! I’m in your Monday “Don’t Settle” class, but today, the Dorothy Hart center was closed. I’m wondering if I missed the class altogether, or if we simply weren’t meeting today because of the holiday. Would you please let me know?

    thanks! Kay Holladay

    1. Hi Kay,

      I called and left a message yesterday, sorry you didn’t get it. I found out after class last week that the Hart Center would be closed today so I called everyone yesterday. We will have class a the usual time next week. Sorry for the wasted trip to class. I look forward to seeing you next week.

      All the best, Vincent

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