Whether digital or on film, photographs are an important part of life and with a smart phone, everyone is an amateur photographer. Capturing special events, adding to social media and creating art, photographs speak a language of its own. For those who want to improve their photography skills and even begin to use an actual camera, there are a number of classes offered in Las Vegas from beginner to professional.
B&C Camera
4511 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 871-1100

B&C Camera offers a number of classes and workshops along with cameras and equipment covering all aspects of photography. Beginner Photography Part 1 is for those using a digital SLR camera. This class covers exposure, aperture, shutter, ISO, camera settings other than automatic, focusing/shooting modes and equipment. Beginner Photography Part 2 covers composition, shooting with available light, flash photography, length, white balance, JPEG and RAW files and other aspects. There are also specific workshops covering flash photography and training in Adobe Lightroom. Classes are held at the store.

University Of Nevada Las Vegas
Department of Educational Outreach
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
(702) 774-7100

The Department of Educational Outreach of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, offers a number of classes to enhance photographic skills. Topics include cell phone photography, digital, architecture & landscape, wedding, food and street. There are also workshops on building a photography business. Classes are taught by professional photographers working in the business. Parking is free over the weekend and in the evening.

CSN Community & Personal Enrichment
College of Southern Nevada
700 College Drive
Henderson, NV 89002
(702) 651-3000

As part of College of Southern Nevada continuing education, CSN Community & Personal Enrichment offers a number of classes for the beginner to the advanced photographer. The digital photography class is designed for beginners who don’t know to use a DSLR camera. Basic techniques including exposure, composition, and white balance are taught along with practice sessions. After the development of basic skills, other classes featured include night and low light photography, street and food photography. For those who want to become a professional, Cameraman To Photographer: The Hands-On Journey class is offered. There is also a CSN Photo Club for students to showcase their work.

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The Art Institute Of Las Vegas
2350 Corporate Circle
Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 369-9944

The Art Institute of Las Vegas offers a more formalized program with a variety of photography classes. Its Digital Photography program teaches composition, lighting, equipment use and software. Darkroom techniques, color, and design are taught on location and in a studio. Other classes and workshops include studio, location, advertising, documentary, and editorial photography. There is also a class discussing the business aspect of photography. Techniques such as portraiture, lighting, illustration, and digital darkroom are also taught.

Las Vegas Photography Classes

Photographer Hector Gonzalez, who started his career in 2002, created DSLR. Once a beginner himself, Gonzalez decided to share his knowledge of photography with others in a series of workshops. His class for beginners, “Get out of Auto Mode Workshop,” includes knowledge and instruction on how a camera operates and how to take photos without using the automatic mode. Aperture, shutter speed, and manual mode is also taught. Intermediate classes include composition, natural light and creative lighting.

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Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (37 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.