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The technology of digital photography and the diverse options of how to take that perfect photo are made easier with lessons and classes from an experienced photographer. There are opportunities to take short lessons, private sessions and courses from basic to advanced levels of experience. The instructors will cover all the essential information of how the camera works and what techniques make for the perfect photo. The instructors will guide you on how to capture a great shot, and then discuss how to edit them to perfection.

Community College Of Allegheny County
800 Ridge Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212-6097
(412) 237-2525

CCAC is Community Education at its best to provide non-credit courses that are fee-based for personal improvement. There are two courses available at the Allegheny Campus that include Photographing Nature starting July 19 in five sessions for $79. All it takes is to bring your own camera in a classroom or on-location setting. You will learn about telephoto photography, flash, filters, tripods and stabilization, lighting styles, landscapes and outdoor instruction. The Art Of Night Photography is five sessions starting July 21 for $89, and you may bring your film or digital camera to understand night vision, lighting, motion, weather conditions, and exposure methods. An experienced instructor will guide you through all aspects of nature and night photography from basic to advanced levels of expertise.

Pittsburgh Photo Class
17 Wabash St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
(412) 559-3889

Head on over to the West End neighborhood near downtown Pittsburgh for inclusion to photography classes by Missy Timko, an experienced portrait photographer at Powder Blue Photography. There is a Photography 101 class using the basics of DLSR for manual exposure, and if your interest is photographing children, architecture, fashion, or real estate, then this is the class for you. For advanced photography, give Photography 201 a try to learn about your camera’s adjustments, shutter speed, editing software and how to print, or exploring ways to send to social media sites. Pricing fluctuates between $50 to $150 depending on the amount of workshop participants and don’t forget to bring your camera and register.

Eden Bridge Photography
2045 Haymaker Rd.
Monroeville, PA 15146
(412) 860-8279

David Kelly had an early start with photography and from age 12, he developed an interest that hasn’t waned. What began with black and white photos has grown with leaps and bounds. He said that the best part of teaching has been the encouragement for his students to enlist them to learn things and follow their dreams. He stated that in photography there is a 1/3 process of taking pictures and 2/3 is the actual imaging and processing. The lessons at his studio cover just about everything and there is instruction on composition, lighting, shutter speed, creative photography, Lightroom software and plug-ins. Mr. Kelly’s expertise in digital photography is a strong influence on his students for the purpose to reach every person at every level.

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Don Rose Photography
777 Beaver Rd.
Greensburg, PA 15601
(724) 953-3121

Don Rose, master photographer, has 35 years of experience in photography and that includes 24 years with Adobe Systems. He said, “Photo classes are few and far between and I want to make it fun and keep it simple.” The classes and lessons cover all topics and the attention to all details of aperture, shutter speed, camera metering, white balance, shooting in different formats and care of your camera is extensive instruction at his private studio. The classes start at $84 and a master class with studio lighting is available for $225.

Pittsburgh Center For The Arts At Pittsburgh Filmmakers
477 Melwood Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 681-5449

For many years, the Pittsburgh Center For The Arts At Pittsburgh Filmmakers has been a mainstay for excellence in film and photography. The teachers have their work displayed in museums and galleries, and the faculty likes to interact with the students. There are opportunities to engage in a wide variety of short courses in digital photography and iPhone photography and a one day course to learn how to organize your photos with the Lightroom software. The summer 2016 series has a chance to try your hand at black and white photography and basic digital photography.

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Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at