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Fundamentals of Good Photography

Designed for beginning to intermediate photographers, this course will help you get the most out of your digital camera. We'll go well beyond the automatic settings to let you take control of your camera and all its features to create the photographs you've always wanted. All classes provide practical advice in easy-to-understand language, as well as the tools you can use to become a more confident photographer.

Class Topics

  • Camera familiarization
  • Photo composition
  • Exposure using shutter speeds, f-stops and ISO
  • Lenses and tripods
  • Flash photography
  • Close-ups and macro
  • Portraiture
  • Night photography
  • Sports and action photography
  • And so much more!

Hands-on Class Exercises

Many topics covered include a hands-on exercise in class. Macro, portraiture, exposure and other important concepts will be taught via interactive setups in our classroom. While remote attendance is available, we absolutely recommend joining in-person for these valuable lessons!

Field Trip

An offsite field trip is planned as part of the course, providing the opportunity to shoot with the instructors and get help in real-time as you shoot! Field trip destinations are in the Cleveland area.

Student Image Review

At the end of the course, we'll invite you to share two of your own images for an instructor-led review. This is the best way to gain feedback in a positive, constructive way!


See what past students have to say about the Fundamentals of Good Photography course. View Testimonials


This course is designed for cameras with adjustable f-stops and shutter speeds, such as DSLRs or mirrorless cameras. This course is not intended for smartphone photography.

Class Attendance

Classes are offered both in-person and virtually. Our clubroom is located in Broadview Heights, Ohio. If you live locally, we strongly recommend attending in person and bringing your camera for our hands-on exercises. For those who prefer to attend remotely, livestream information will also be provided. Additionally, each class is recorded and can be viewed on your own schedule.

As a student of the Cleveland Photographic Society's School of Photography, you will become a Student for Life in the Fundamentals of Good Photography course. Click here for more information on becoming a returning student.


Due to the nature of digital media, refunds cannot be offered once the course materials are provided shortly ahead of the class start date.

Course Schedule

Spring 2023

6 weeks
Apr 8 - May 13
10:00am - 4:00pm

Summer 2023

Virtual Only
Jun 1 - Aug 15

Fall 2023

12 weeks
Aug 30 - Nov 15
7:30pm - 10:00pm

Enroll Now

The new student fee for this course is $190.

Course fees must be paid in full by the first class. Partial payments cannot be accepted. Registration in the Fundamentals and Editing classes includes a 4 month membership in the Cleveland Photographic Society. Registration in the Lightroom class includes a 2 month membership. Cleveland Photographic Society is a not for profit corporation and the purpose of these classes is to increase the understanding, interest and enjoyment of photography.

All photo courses are held at the Society's ADA-friendly full-time clubroom: 9543 Broadview Rd, Broadview Heights, Ohio 44147. For further information please contact us at:

June 2
Zoom Presentation - Lisa Cuchara - Creativity is Contagious - Clubhouse will be open
June 3
6:30 AM
Mansfield Reformatory Field Trip - Registration Closed
June 4
10:00 AM
In Club Workshop with Lisa and Tom Cuchara, Creativity is Contagious
June 7
7:30 PM
Photoshop Editing - Student Image Review
June 9
Photographing places of Worship zoom event clubhouse will be open

The mission of the Cleveland Photographic Society is to promote and advance the understanding, passion and joy of photography by providing opportunities for education, skill development, picture-taking, competition, critique and fellowship.

CPS is a founding member of the
Photographic Society of America

Photographic Society of America


All images and content ©2023 Cleveland Photographic Society.