Want to learn how to capture images that turn heads? Looking to kick your Instagram posts up a notch? Don’t know what to do with all the settings on your new DSLR? Whether you’re a good photographer seeking greatness or a beginner who wants to put an end to blurry, dark family photos, there is a class for you in The Lou. Photography courses are available all over the metro area in a staggering array of levels, specialties,] and techniques.
Creve Coeur Camera
(314) 567-3456

Creve Coeur Camera has spread out from their original store to cover the entire region, with locations from Illinois to St. Charles to Columbia. Altogether, Creve Coeur offers more than 30 classes from beginner to pro. Most people begin with Digital Basics or with a camera-specific class, which are both free when you buy a camera at any location. But there’s so much more on tap here: Lunch & Learn sessions, portrait classes, photo walks, you name it. Check out all the offerings on Creve Coeur’s website.

Photo Resource Center
Classes meet at Caring Solutions
1240 Dielman Industrial Court
Olivette, MO 63132

(314) 323-4400

Kathleen O’Donnell at Photo Resource Center is considered a local treasure by other photographers. She offers a wide variety of classes on everything from focus to Photoshop, including night photography, still lives, seasonal photography and classes for pros who are preparing for art shows. Private lessons are also available.

Marcink Designs
(636) 584-3864

For her A to Z Beginner’s Photography workshop, Tyann Marcink focuses on patiently explaining the basics of photography to overwhelmed newbies in small groups. You’ll learn how to care for your camera and adjust its settings and how to compose nice shots. Then you’ll take two photo walks and receive constructive feedback on the images you capture. The workshop is eight hours long and includes lunch. Tyann periodically offers hands-on specialty workshops for intermediate to advanced photographers.

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9240 Manchester Road
St. Louis, MO 63144
(314) 968-3650

Schiller’s offers classes for the general public as well as for customers who buy cameras in their store. Their classes cover beginner, intermediate and advanced students, all taught by professional photographers. In addition to instruction on fundamentals like camera settings and photo composition, there are classes for specific cameras, for studio lighting, for video and for organizing your photos like a pro. The Secrets of Great Photography Class is designed to help you improve your captures all around.

Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 577-5100

Did you know that the Botanical Garden offers a complete selection of classes for children and adults? Among their popular offerings are photography series at the Garden itself, Shaw Nature Reserve and the Butterfly House. Each class brings you a particular skill set, like photographing water lilies or sunrises. Professionals set up the classes to give you access to the best possible lighting and location for each type of shoot, then train you to make the most of the opportunity with proper framing, subject selection, camera settings, and more. These classes are for adults.

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Lauren Haas is a nomadic freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Visit her blog at http://www.thesoulofajourney.com.