Best Photography Classes In Cleveland

June 20, 2016 8:00 AM

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With the advent of digital photography a new hobby opened up that was at one time enjoyed only by the very wealthy or truly dedicated. Although camera gear has gotten easier to use and less expensive this does not necessarily instantly make you a professional grade photographer or, for that matter, a good photographer. It takes training to develop an eye for photos. This can be done either on your own or through study at a variety of available classes in the Cleveland area.
Dodd Camera (Photo By Mark Horning)

Dodd Camera (Photo By Mark Horning)

Dodd Camera
2077 E. 30th St.
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 361-6100

Dodd Camera has been a family owned business for over 100 years. With six local store locations they carry everything that a photographer needs be they beginner or professional. Classes are held at a variety of local locations with subjects such as Fundamentals of Photography I & II, Nature Photography, Macro and Close-up Photography, Beginners Photoshop I & II and Sports Photography. Prices for the classes vary from $45 to $90.

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C)
4250 Richmond Road
Highland Hills, OH 44122
(216) 987-3075

Tri-C offers a variety of classes in DSLR photography as well as editing, Photoshop, and post-production. Classes are held at Tri-C East as well as the Westshore campus and are designed to help the beginner up to the more advanced sharpen their photo skills. Photo classes cost $49.99 and Photoshop, post-production and editing classes are $149.99 per class.

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Cleveland Photographic Society
9543 Broadview Road, Building 21
Broadview Heights, OH 44147

Cleveland Photographic Society has been a Cleveland institution since 1887 making it one of the oldest camera clubs in North America. Over the years the club has strove to grow and adapt to new ideas while embracing new technologies and techniques. The club meets every week on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in their permanent clubroom and visitors are allowed. Photo Schools are conducted three times a year with subject matter such as the fundamentals of good photography, Photoshop Elements, among the variety of programs offered. While most members have made the switch to digital, there are a few who still shoot film and are willing to share their expertise.

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Best Photography Classes In Cleveland (Photo By Mark Horning)

Buess Media
2100 Center Road
Avon, OH 44011
(216) 469-7319

Buess Media is an organization that specializes in photographic services, photography and editing classes, graphic design, and web development. Photo classes are on location throughout the Cleveland area and Digital Editing classes are held at two locations in Tremont and Avon. Cost per class is $130. While a DSLR is recommended, students with point and shoot digital cameras and smartphone cameras will be accepted.

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Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(800) 223-4700

The Cleveland Institute of Art offers degrees in photography that will set you on course for a professional career as a producer, photographer, studio artist, or photojournalist. Along with a professional grade lab with up to date equipment and computers, CIA has some of the finest teachers on the subject. Opportunities are given to attend onsite workshops as well as working with professional artists, critics, writers, collectors, curators, and museum directors.

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