The Detroit area has a vast range of professional photographers who share their expertise by teaching photo lessons to students. Some are best suited for amateurs, while others are perfect for brushing up on rusty skills or learning new techniques. Below is our list of some of the best photo classes offered in the city.
Motor City Photography Workshops
1719 N. Main St.
Royal Oak, MI
(517) 444-1385

Gain access to professionals in the Detroit and metro areas by joining the Motor City Photography Workshop. The group is comprised of pro shooters, and features everything from group sessions on location to a paid coaching session with individualized instruction by the group’s founding member, Jesse Welter, owner of Parker Creative Studio. Shoot a wide range of subject matter or book one of a ton of fun excursions around the city. Be sure to check out the nighttime aerial tour of Detroit and the getaways to other states. The group is open to everyone- from those interested in photography to seasoned photographers looking to infuse new techniques into their approach. Shoot with your cell, DSLR or on film.

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Photo Sensei 
4264 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI
(313) 312-4192

Photographer Asia Hamilton offers a range of shooting sessions around the Detroit area. This pro has been teaching photography classes for over five years. She guides students through the basics of photography while exploring all the city has to offer. You’ll return from class not only with a newfound understanding of the craft, but also with some killer images. These classes are offered year round, with a focus on a technical and creative approach. Students will learn everything from how to create the best composition to how to use light effectively in a photograph. Photo Sensei also offers online classes to those who want to learn more about photography from the comfort of their homes.

Detroit Photography Training
23158 Oberliesen St.
Clinton Township, MI 48036
(586) 996-3686

Detroit Photography Training is the place for one-on-one lessons taught by a professional in the business. The courses featured include an introduction to studio or outdoor lighting, beginning or intermediate photo lessons, there’s even a course on flash photography. Sign up for the class that suits your needs and bring your digital or film camera to the session. There is also the opportunity to learn in a group setting, just sign up for one of the workshops offered by the studio. The sessions are taught in a way that beginners will easily understand and Tony Lafferty, the instructor, will have you shooting great images in no time.

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Jason Topp Photography
1915 W. Fort St.
Detroit, MI 48216
(248) 525-4916

Join instructor Jesse Topp as he teaches beginner photographers how to shoot great images around the city. The photographer has taught in schools around the Detroit area for almost 15 years, and has branched out to include this one-hour on-location class. The settings vary and include places such as the Detroit Institute of Arts and downtown Detroit. Equipment and all other materials are provided to students.

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