Welcome to Pittsburgh Photo Class! These are individual and small-group workshops for those that own a DSLR and want to learn how to use their camera in semi-auto and manual modes. These are hosted at Missy Timko’s Pittsburgh photography studio located in the West End neighborhood or may take place on location for special events.
What is the current class schedule?
Classes are scheduled for each individual or group but usually take place on Sunday and Wednesday mornings or weekdays in the evening. You may schedule a class for yourself or for your own group–PPC does not coordinate group scheduling. Contact to schedule your class.
Classes are limited to groups of four or more from September-December due to portrait busy season at Powder Blue Photography. Individual and group lessons are offered from January-August.
Your instructor is Missy Timko, Pittsburgh portrait photographer at Powder Blue Photography. Missy has been a professional portrait photographer since 2010 and has been teaching photography and art for over 15 years at the high school and university level. Please see Missy’s credentials, including MSEd and Bachelor’s degrees in fine arts and art education, on LinkedIn.
What will I learn about?
Photography 101 is a basic class for people who own a DSLR but need guidance in starting to shoot in manual exposure mode. Some of these classes will incorporate special topics such as photographing children and babies, architecture and real estate, or product and fashion photography. Photography 201 is a class for those who are a little bit comfortable with manual mode and want more depth and practice in the areas of shooting, editing (Lightroom), and output. Not sure which class is best for you? Ask Missy.
Where are you located?
Can I host a class for my friends/moms club/party?
Pittsburgh Photo Class is designed to be a get-together for friends, and private classes are available. You just need 2-15 friends that are enthusiastic about photography that would like to enroll. Contact Missy for details. The host will receive a free workshop seat & book with 4 or more signups, plus additional incentives for a larger group.
What does it cost?
The Photography 101 workshop cost is variable based on length of the class and number of attendees but ranges from $50-150 per person. All 101 workshops include a printed workbook for each person, snacks, & drinks. Contact Missy for pricing details for your class or group.
Is there a prerequisite?
The only requirement is that you own a DSLR, and you will need your camera manual for the 101 class. Lost yours? Download it from your camera’s manufacturer website. All cameras have different menu structures for changing ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, so you should read this how-to section of your own manual before class. Most people want to learn about taking portraits, so we will spend some of the class talking about taking pictures of people and kids. However, we can also cover other types of photography (landscape, sports, etc.) depending on the needs of your group.
Please note: Pittsburgh Photo Class 101 and 201 workshops are not meant for those working as professional photographers or looking to start a business in photography, and topics pertaining to professional photography will not be covered. To express interest in topics pertaining to professional photography, including lighting, posing, and business, email Missy.