Fredericksburg, Virginia

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

Intro to Digital Photography
(Ages: 14 to Adult) Do you have a Digital Camera that has more buttons, modes and menus than you can figure out? Would you like to learn about digital photography? In this class you will learn about ISO, f-stops, shutter speeds, white balance and the various modes of digital cameras. Bring your DSLR or Point & Shoot camera and owner’s manual to class and learn how to use your digital camera.
1 two hour class. Cost $15
Thursday, October 1, 10am to Noon
Saturday, October 24, 10am to Noon
Saturday, November 14, 10am to Noon
Monday, November 23, 7pm to 9pm
Saturday, December 12, 10am to Noon
Monday, December 21, 7pm to 9pm

Intro to Flash Photography
(Ages: 14 to Adult) In this class you will learn how to create great photos by adding light from your flash. Using a flash is not as hard as you might think. You will learn easy to use techniques for adding light from your flash in a variety of situations. If you want to understand how your flash works this class is for you.
1 two hour class. Cost $15
Wednesday, October 28, 10am to Noon
Monday, November 16, 7pm to 9pm
Tuesday, December 15, 10am to Noon

Photo Composition
(Ages: 14 to Adult) Would you like to improve your ability to compose great looking photos? In this class we will explore composition techniques that will help you do just that no matter what kind of camera you own. Leading Lines, The Rule of Thirds, Keep It Simple, Use of Color and Cropping to improve your composition are some of the techniques that will be covered.
1 two hour class. Cost $15

Tuesday, October 6, 10am to Noon
Thursday, October 29, 10am to Noon
Monday, November 9, 7pm to 9pm
Wednesday, December 9, 10am to Noon

Painting with Light
(Ages: 14 to Adult) Painting with Light is a great way to add interest to your nighttime photos. In this class you will learn several different Painting with Light techniques both in the classroom and on location. A tripod for your camera is required for this class.
1 two hour class. Cost $15
Monday, October 5, 7pm to 9pm
Friday, November 13, 7pm to 9pm

Understanding Exposure
(Ages: 14 to Adult) Do you have trouble figuring out how to get the best exposure for the photos you want to make? This class will help you understand what exposure choices you have when making photos. Learn to control the camera so that you get the exposures you want.
1 two hour class. Cost $15
Saturday, October 24, 1pm to 3pm
Saturday, November 14, 1pm to 3pm
Saturday, December 12, 1pm to 3pm
Tuesday, December 22, 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.

Parks & Rec. photography classes meet at Maury Commons.
900 Barton Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

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59 thoughts on “Fredericksburg, Virginia

  1. Hi. I want to take the Intro to Photoshop class in July, but I will have to miss the first class. Will that be a problem? Will I miss too much?

    1. In the first class we go over the preferences, general layout and tools in Photoshop. It is quite a bit but if you already have an understanding of all that you should be fine. If you do take the class I can send the hand outs to you for the first night.

      1. I just paid for the class. Could you please email me anything I’ll miss on the first class? Thanks!

  2. My husband and I are interested in taking the DSLR class. We only have one camera, should we try to borrow another for the class or can we share?

    1. It is not a problem for you and your husband to use the same camera for the DSLR class. I have had several couples use the same camera in past classes and it worked out just fine.

  3. Hello,

    I am looking to get the DSLR beginner course as a gift for my girlfriend for her birthday. She is unaware so I am a little apprehensive as to what to purchase for her. She has a Rebel Ti and has owned it for a few years. She loves it and takes very good photos and feels somewhat comfortable with her settings, but I’ve noticed that she muttles through them instead of having, what I think, a full understanding and philosophy behind it. Any insight as to if the beginner course may be too beginner or if you have another recommendation? I also wanted to know how flexible the classes are? She may want to take night because of work–but i am not sure. I also know we have a big trip the last week-weekend of July and I am not sure if she can miss any classes or not.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Danny,
      If your girlfriend has never had a photography class, the Intro to DSLR is a good one for her. We cover basics and much more. I have had students who have been using their cameras for several years say that they learned quite a bit in this class. Missing a class is not a problem. I can let her know what was covered so she can catch up with what she misses. I look forward to see her in class.
      All the best, Vincent

  4. Hi I was just looking at the classes you offer and was interested in taking the intro to DSLR class starting May 6th. I am not sure if my camera qualifies for the class. I have a Sony 5000 model number ILCE-5000L. Please let me know. Thank you.

    1. Hi Victoria,
      You should be fine in DSLR class with your camera. I have he’d others in that class with cameras similar to your’s. I look forward to seeing you in class!
      All the best, Vincent

      1. I just signed up for a class, but I have no idea where they take place. Is there an address somewhere so I can find it?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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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