When you see beauty, it’s almost natural to want to capture its essence. With the perfect lighting, the right angle, and a decent camera, all of the wondrous beauty in the world can become frozen in time with the art of photography. The city of Atlanta has a burgeoning art and photography scene with an abundance of unique and experienced instructors, that will help any novice or expert elevate their photography game. In no particular order, here are the best photography classes in Atlanta to help take your photos to the next level.
Atlanta Photo Workshops With Dean Stevenson
Tula Arts Center (Buckhead)
75 Bennett St. N.W., Suite N-2
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 538-2367

Do you have dreams of conquering Mount Everest with stunning snapshots of the view above the clouds? How about breathtaking photos of New Zealand’s terrains? Or the Grand Canyon? Dean Stevenson and his team of professionals at the unique Atlanta Photo Workshops offers a wide variety of popular classes and workshops that include arches, canyon landscape, night photography workshops, wildlife photography workshops, and your basic, intermediate, and expert digital photography workshops. Their photography based lessons are divided into travel & destination photography workshops, one-day photography workshops, night photography workshops, groups classes and individual photography instructions no matter skill level. Prices for each workshop varies depending on course topic.

Showcase School Of Photography
1135 Sheridan Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 965-2205

Opened in 1996, the Showcase School of Photography school helps its students learn new skills and techniques and how to ‘see’ with a photographers eye. At the Showcase School of Photography they offer several exciting course categories including one-day, three, and four week classes, lighting classes, Photoshop and Lightroom, and portrait classes. For $155 Showcase School of Photography offer an educational and thorough 4 week, 2 hour class which explains the basics of photography. Each week students are given a simple assignment to do and go over the the following week, with a weekend field trip at the end of the course. They also offer the same course structure for intermediate and expert courses.

Emory Digital Photography
6 Executive Park Drive N.E.,
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 727-6123

Atlanta’s prestigious Emory University offers a complete list of digital photography courses throughout the year as part of their universities continuing education program for anyone interested in learning and advancing their skills in photography. Their digital photography course topics include digital, documentary, portrait, travel, wedding, and sports photography. After successful completion of any of the course, students earn a  Digital Photography Certificate. Each course lasts about 4 weeks, and the costs range from $225 and up.

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Creative Edge Photography Workshops Atlanta
565 Dutch Valley Road, N.E., Suite B
Atlanta, GA 30324
(770) 310-1167

At Creative Edge Photography Workshops, students experience a unique hands-on approach to photography unlike any other photography course you will ever take. Workshops are at least 3 hours with at least three professional photographers and two assistants to help during the workshop. They start by teaching you the basics of the camera functions, then hands-on training. After a small information session, you go out on a photo safari for hands-on learning where they answer all your questions as you start applying your new introduction photography knowledge in the field. They also provide models and amazing locations for students to snap spectacular photos. Some of their unique courses include Nature, Urban Safari, and Studio Lighting starting at $125 and up per course.

Camera Shy Photography 
(404) 247-8079

Ready to take your photography to the next level but not fond of big groups? Ingrid Owens, owner of Camera Shy offers online photography classes, in-person group workshops, and one-on-one classes in Atlanta. Classes are a mixture of theory and hands-on practice “in the field” and include weekly assignments. Whether you’re interested in Mastering your DSLR, want to take better pictures of your kids, or just improve your photography skills in general, Camera Shy offers a casual environment to learn basics at your own pace. Most courses start at $150 and up.

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