CPC offers classes to suit many levels of experience, from the absolute beginner to accomplished photographers who are seeking new learning avenues. Our instructors are second-to-none and all are working professionals in photography and/or in arts education.

Classes are held from 7:00-10:00pm weeknights, with bootcamps and special classes on weekends:

Beginning and Basic Classes

For the beginner, there are Fundamentals of Digital Photography and Fundamentals of Film Photography. Both provide you with an introduction to the basic operation of a 35mm single lens reflex (SLR) camera. You’ll learn the principles and the subtleties of exposure and the elements of good composition.

If this is your first visit to CPC and you’ve already taken a class similar to Fundamentals of Photography, you may want to consider Fundamentals of Studio Portrait Lighting. This class teaches students to take complete control of lighting to create traditional, practical lighting scenarios in a studio environment.

If you’re thinking about taking up digital photography, sign up for our one-day Digital Boot Camp, which runs monthly. Digital Boot Camp introduces students to the basic operation of a digital camera (DSLR) or a camera with an interchangeable lens.

Intermediate Classes

Intermediate Digital Photography and Intermediate Film Photography are open to graduates of Fundamentals of Photography. Intermediate Digital Photography is a highly technical, detailed class that delves into the specifics of how a digital camera works and how to obtain precise exposure and color rendition when printing. Intermediate Film Photography further explores the subtleties of correct exposure and introduces paper grades and filters.

Specialty Classes

If you are looking for ways to expand your knowledge and creativity, we have topics covering the history of photography, Street Photography, Multi-Exposure Photography, Photojournalism,  and Capturing Beauty with Your Camera. We also offer specialty classes within the genre of Lighting: Tabletop/Product Photography, Flash Photography,  and Studio Portrait Lighting.

One or Two-day Bootcamps

Free Basic Camera Workshops

If you have a new SLR camera and would like to learn how to use it, or you need a refresher, come to a FREE Basic Camera Operation. Scheduled periodically throughout the year, the workshops are open to all. For those with a digital point-and-shoot camera, consider our free Capturing Beauty with your Camera workshop. This workshop introduces you to certain shooting techniques taught in our five-week Capturing Beauty class.

Registration Policies

Please pre-register so we have enough people to run your class. We reserve the right to cancel any class due to insufficient attendance. Registration may be made online, over the phone, or in person at CPC during office hours. Fees must be paid in full and in advance. CPC classes/boot camps may be cancelled due to under-enrollment and/or other reasons. In any such case, you will be notified before the start date, and CPC will automatically issue to you a class/boot camp credit. If you would prefer a refund, please contact CPC within 7 days of notification of the cancellation. A refund cannot happen automatically.

In the case that a student wants to withdraw and to receive a full refund (minus a $25.00 processing fee), you must submit a written, dated request (electronic or paper) to CPC at least 7 days prior to the first meeting of the class/boot camp. Approved refunds may take up to 30 days to process. CPC cannot be held responsible for refunds due to illness, personal emergency, unattended classes, or any event not under our control. Class credits may be issued in these circumstances, subject to review by the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.

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