Everyone is a photographer in today’s world, or so they think. In this smartphone tech world we live in, a good photo is just a few clicks away at any moment. Of course, in addition to that good photo are probably 100 bad ones. Why not take it to the next level and take a photography class so you can really capture the moment and even wow your friends on Instagram or Twitter? Here are some places in Connecticut that offer classes from the beginner to the more advanced.

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Milford Photo

22 River St.
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 882-3415

Chock full of information and knowledge, Milford Photo has a passion for photography and a desire to share its contagious spirit and expertise with others. From beginners to advanced pros, it can cater to your ever-growing photographic obsessions. Milford Photo has workshops, an extensive video library of learning tools, a pro area with a trove of articles and most importantly, multiple classes covering all levels experience. Every month, classes such as Canon Discovery Day, Night Photography, Exposure & the DSLR Camera, Beginning DSLR Photography and even one focusing on close focus, aperture setting and compositional technique using hand models are available. Adjust your exposure and head to the shoreline for top-rated techniques by “Connecticut’s Largest Photo Specialty Store”.

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The Sassy School of Photographic Awesomeness

Sassy Mouth Photography and Studio
77 Park Ave., 2nd Floor
Meriden, CT 06450
(203) 530-0250

If you are looking for a more light-hearted and “sassy” time learning about photography, owner Marisa Balletti is sure to whet your aperture. With expertise and four consecutive Bride Choice Awards to show for it (in wedding photography), it’s no surprise that a course on wedding photography is offered. However, less expected and also on the docket are unique classes on how to photograph children, products, “real sized people” (not just model-esque types,) and “everyday documenting.” The latter class is perfect for today’s society. We are documenting our days daily with cameras on our smartphones already, so why not get better at doing it?

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

Since 1922, when sculptor Solon Borglum established an artist’s guild here, Silvermine has drawn the artist from across Connecticut and the northeast to enhance and share their love for all aspects of art. One of the unique aspects of Silvermine is its dedication to learning from, and with, professionals. There are over 300 professional artists and 4,500 annual enrollments at Silvermine, located in Fairfield County. There are hundreds of art courses divided into 21 categories including photography. Currently there are over 2 dozen photography classes listed including photography basics, photography for youth, intermediate and advanced courses. Technical courses such as lighting, pinhole photography, art of black & white, art photography, film developing and even post-picture courses such as matting and framing are offered, as well as many more. In addition, several field trips are offered to area parks where participants practice and hone their image capturing skills. If you seek a place where the art of photography is fostered, Silvermine is the place.

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Manchester Community College (Credit, Edward Main)

Connecticut Community Colleges
Various locations

One approach to learning more about photography is to take a course at one of Connecticut’s Community Colleges (CC). Several schools, including Manchester CC, Norwalk CC and Tunxis CC offer classes throughout the year, but the summer months bring a larger number of added courses. The classes range from basics like composition, filtering, non-flash photos and building a portfolio to specific skills based on the subject of your photography such as nature, people, travel and even food (this should help all those people who insist on putting pictures of what they eat on Twitter or Instagram).

Carla Ten Eyck Photography
24 Lorraine St.
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 906-1993

If you prefer a one-on-one mentoring style of photography learning, Carla Ten Eyck in Hartford is an accomplished AP photographer who may suit your tastes. Her photos have been featured in many publications including The Hartford Courant, Connecticut Bride, The Associated Press in New York City and many more. With a background in wedding photography, she is a natural with people and believes that you should follow your passions. The mentoring appraoch allows her to help students with photography skills at an individual level. From goal setting your own photography business to camera techniques to publishing your photos, Carla’s sessions can range from one month to one year and more. Carla is a motivational, energetic teacher who makes learning photography fun. She also hosts a monthly meeting called Connecticut Pictage Users Group (PUG), which is open to the public. She is always helping people and sharing her stories with an always active blog and even ongoing “photography tips and tricks” for inquiring minds.

Edward Main is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.