Top Photography Classes In Connecticut

June 20, 2016 8:00 AM

File photo of a camera. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

File photo of a camera. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Photography can be a fun hobby, and sometimes even a profitable one through freelancing or selling stock footage. Others may need to shoot professional-looking pictures for a school or work project, or just want their personal photos to stand out. In any case, photography classes can be a great investment. And many can be found throughout Connecticut, where you can receive hands-on instruction from photographers with years of experience. It’s never too late to become a great photographer, so get started by registering for one of these courses.
Peter Glass Photography
15 Oakwood St.
East Hartford, CT 06108
(860) 528-8559

Hartford’s Peter Glass is a professional photographer who has worked on projects from family portraits to commercial advertising. He teaches several non-credit courses at Manchester Community College throughout the year with topics such as “Creating Photographs That Will Knock Your Socks Off.” He also holds classes at his studio for businesses and nonprofits that cover everything from the basics of taking pictures to enhancing them with Adobe Elements. Finally, he takes on students for one-on-one instruction in whatever areas of photography they need help with.

Silvermine Arts Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT 06840
(203) 966-9700

The Silvermine Arts Center of New Canaan is a haven for Fairfield County artists, with five galleries for displaying their work, and classes for students of all ages. It has an especially good photography program available to teens and preteens in the summer. Taught by photographer Bruce Dunbar, the week-long session will give them the chance to work with different kinds of cameras – digital, Polaroid, and even classic Tintypes. During the other seasons Silvermine hosts classes for adults exploring topics like black and white photography and the proper use of light.

Riley Photographics
552 Ocean Ave.
New London, CT 06320
(860) 443-5700

Former photojournalist Roger Riley now specializes in aerial and corporate photography and runs a studio in New London. He also shares his love of digital photography by teaching private lessons. Riley offers potential students flexibility in terms of scheduling, pricing, and which aspects of photography they want focused on. If you share his passion you will likely thrive under his tutelage. In addition to individual classes he teaches at Mitchell College, Thames Academy and Stonington Adult Education.

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Norwalk Community College
188 Richards Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06854
(203) 857-7000

Norwalk Community College allows Connecticut residents to learn skills in a variety of areas through its many non-credit courses. Among them are several digital photography classes that are slated for summer and fall of this year. That includes an overview of the subject taught by local artist Joan Fitzsimmons beginning in August. Other upcoming classes are taught by Wilton-based wedding photographer Lawrence Frank and focus on shooting landscapes and portraits.

Howard Polley Photography
126 Triangle St.
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 798-0308

Howard Polley has worked in all facets of digital media – web design, video production, and photography. For those interested in becoming more proficient in the latter he is available for private tutoring for $75 an hour. He can provide instruction on how to take the best shots as well as editing photos, printing them at home, and advice on the best cameras and equipment to buy for your needs. And students are always welcome to reach him by phone or email with any questions or problems.

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