Photography Courses

The University of Georgia can help you develop your gift for creativity.

Are you a photography novice, hobbyist or professional? Tap the full potential of your digital camera. UGA offers an extensive catalog of courses to expand your photography expertise and enjoyment.

Athens – classroom and field locations

A professional sports photographer shows you how to look for — and capture — the action shot of a lifetime.

You’ll learn about lighting, composition, lenses, portraiture basics, creative uses of shutter and aperture, and more.

Learn how HDR software enables you to combine a number of images into a new image giving a full-tonal range. The new image is closer to what the human eye saw when the images were photographed. 

Multiply your enjoyment of digital photography with Lightroom! You'll turn good photos into great photos – and you'll turn yourself into a superb photo librarian. 

Are you tapping the full power of Adobe's Lightroom? This course builds up your expertise to the next level! You'll learn nifty ways to use Lightroom's sophisticated features for editing photos and managing photo libraries.

Learn and practice the techniques master photographers use to make great portraits. No studio or lighting equipment needed.

See and operate light sources used in today's digital photography. Learn the latest in on- and off-camera lighting/flash, outdoor/natural lighting, and studio lighting. Evaluate scenes and select the proper technique to use during a photo shoot with a model. 

Master the skills necessary to capture perfect night images of cityscapes, street scenes, people, moon and stars, and lightning. 

Explore composition strategies, exposure and lighting techniques, shutter speed, macro and telephoto photography, and more.

Learn the essential steps in starting a photography business such as basic equipment needed, developing a business plan and goals, and obtaining a license.

Think beyond the individual photograph. Learn how to design appealing photo layouts that tell a story in photo books, brochures, flyers, blogs, websites, and more. 

Begins with the basics but then goes into an in-depth look at Photoshop/Photoshop Elements. Some of the many topics include image formatting and cropping, restoring and hand-coloring old photographs, and adjusting for correct exposure and color. 

Take your knowledge of Adobe Photoshop to the next level! In this class, you'll learn about Photoshop's filters, tools, plug-ins, layering styles, and other features. Then, you'll apply what your new skills to retouching actual files and creating a photo book. 

Show off your best photographs! Learn to size, mat and frame your work for effective display. 

Learn creative and practical aspects of capturing an event to that will live on through your photographs. You'll participate in photo sessions at two wedding venues with live models. 

Online, Instructor-Led Courses

Put the wonders of digital photography to use! This course gives you a broad overview of the basics for personal and commercial applications. 

Would you like to become a skilled people photographer? Here’s your start! Learn about portraits, group shots, action photography, and much more. Discover how to set moods, and create themes, and fill your photographs with imagery. 

Learn to apply your digital camera's controls and features to the many aspects of outdoor photography. In no time, you’ll have the skills to take beautiful photos of landscapes, flowers, trees, animals, and water.  

Bring out the best in your photos with image editing. You'll learn how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 to do everything from quick fixes to detailed image enhancements. 

Master the advanced features of Photoshop Elements 11. Packed with hands-on activities and step-by-step instructions, this course will make you an accomplished user in just a few weeks. 

Here's a portfolio of tips and tricks for taking excellent photos in all types of situations, including portraiture, landscape, macro and still life. 

This course is packed with tips for anyone who wants to capture memories from their travels, and for those seeking guidance on the business aspects of travel photography. 

Also see:
Photoshop and Graphic Design courses on the Graphic & Multimedia Design page