Our May Class Lineup – A Quick Guide

Overwhelmed by the choices? Our class guide will help you find the perfect course for you! Our interactive online photography classes all take place in our private forum with a real-live teacher and a group of fellow students walking through four weeks of learning with you. If you’re new to DEFINE, you can learn more about how it works here.

All listed classes begin May 1st, and registration opens Monday, April 3rd at 12 PM EST.


Shooting in Manual is the perfect starting place for photography lovers that want to step away from “auto” mode. Learn with Courtney Zimmerman the different elements your camera uses to record pictures and how you can harness those elements to make the images you have in mind, rather than the images your camera’s computer has in mind.

Perfect if you’re… a newer photographer feeling limited by auto mode and ready to take control of your image making, but not sure how to tackle all the manual settings.



Take the mystery out of metering and stop winging it with your exposure. Make your work stronger by studying how to view and understand light in a room, refining your eye for composition, and learning practical techniques to create strong images. Light + Life with Kellie Hatcher covers all the aspects of light and how to capture it most beautifully without interrupting the moments unfolding around the camera.

Perfect if you’re… a hobbyist or aspiring professional who’s comfortable shooting manually but wants to refine your composition and exposures.


Discover meaningful vignettes and create powerful, alive stories without the need of a living, breathing subject. In Real Life Still Life with Molly Flanagan, you will recognize the importance of the commonplace and learn how to document still life scenes without posing or manipulating.

Perfect if you’re… a lifestyle photographer looking for added depth and new perspectives to bring your scenes to life. This class is perfect for Visual Storytelling alumni (but it’s not a required prerequisite!)


If you feel like your business is running you, you’re working with clients that don’t fit your style, or your family sessions never turn out the way you’d envisioned, you’re not alone. Maybe you began with hopes, dreams, and goals but have never felt that you are in the driver’s seat and are longing for someone to show you how to take control of the steering wheel of your business. Posy Quarterman will do just that! In Driving Your Business you’ll work through client email communication, setting expectations, successful family photo sessions, manageable workflow, forming lasting relationships, and bringing in referrals.

Perfect if you’re… a family lifestyle photographer ready to take control of your business and confidently guide your clients.


Our writing course Your Spirit in Words + Imagery with photographer and songwriter Amy Messenger was created just for photographers. Learn to connect deeply to your imagery and speak from a place inside your spirit that invites your readers and clients to a more meaningful engagement with your work – your website, blog, or social media posts.

Perfect if you’re… looking to sharpen your writing skills in your professional or personal life or just want to expand your creativity.


Street photography is often an invitation to participate in the story of others from your own perspective. Dive in to a challenging introduction to street photography in Street Life with Mike Dees and explore theory and technique as you learn how to confidently shoot on the street and interact with strangers.

Perfect if you’re… looking for a beginner- to intermediate-level class with an editorial focus. Most of the class will not revolve around technical camera considerations, but more of the artistic and practical side of the craft. You should be comfortable operating your camera (whether mobile, point-and-shoot, or DSLR).


Whether you’re about to shoot your first wedding or your two-hundred-and-first, Wedding Photography: X-ray with Jeremy and Ashley Parsons will help you you take the concept of wedding photography down to the skeleton, sharing how to tell this story in a way that’s potent, true, and non-formulaic. If you’ve never shot a wedding before, this class will give you the tools to start out on the right foot. If you’ve been shooting weddings for years, this class will help you refocus and start fresh in embracing principles of seeing and shooting what really matters most.

Perfect if you’re… a wedding photographer or aspiring wedding photographer who’s curious, burnt out, confused, afraid of wedding photography, stuck in a rut, discouraged about your clientele, or caught in the comparison trap.



Don’t get carried away by the trends and voices of everyone else on social media. Kristin Rogers will teach you from her personal experience managing her incredibly popular Instagram account to identify your own style and mindset and use Instagram to reach your audience while staying true to yourself in your content, priorities, and values. Instagram With Heart is not about popularity, but about cultivating organic growth by staying aligned to your vision.

Perfect if you’re… trying to foster genuine connections on Instagram and develop a healthy online presence.



Explore how to shoot specifically for black and white photographs, experiment with different processing techniques, and celebrate what happens when you create right smack dab in the middle of the intersection of historical tradition and modern visualization. Foundations of Black + White with Michelle Gardella will deepen your understanding of black and white photography and open your eyes to new ways of seeing the world.

Perfect if you’re… interested in stretching your creative muscles and gaining new perspectives, whether you typically shoot B&W or not. You should be comfortable using your camera and be familiar with Lightroom and Photoshop.

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