Our September 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 September 4th, and registration opens Monday, August 7th at 12 PM EST.

Dig deeper and explore your creativity with Sharon Covert as your guide, pushing past experimentation and building your self-portraiture and portraiture techniques through the use of available natural light – all without compositing or using advanced Photoshop techniques. Whether this is your first time experimenting with self-portraiture or you’ve been looking to take your self-portraits to the next level, Expressive Self Portraiture is designed to help you release your personal stories from deep within.

Perfect if you’re… ready to move past the basic selfie, whether you’re creating personal private work or hoping to branch out into the world of fine art photography and exhibitions.


Composition is to images what grammar is to words. Without it, your stories can be incoherent, aimless, and confusing, but when you master composition, you take a plot and turn it into a story – sometimes even into poetry. From weddings to families to street photography, Composition Clinic for Documentarians  with Zalmy Berkowitz will help you refine your composition and sharpen your technical skills to produce the best documentary work you’ve ever created.

Perfect if you’re… familiar with your camera, and want to sharpen your composition – naturally. (This is not a class on posing.)


While most of our classes assign weekly lessons and homework, Boot Camp offers the chance for daily feedback and short assignments each day. Kellie Hatcher and Molly Flanagan will engage and motivate you with daily challenges and weekly live Q&As covering technical categories like exploring light, utilizing creative composition, waiting for gesture, and evoking emotion. These assignments will give you a framework that will challenge you to think outside the box and motivate you to document your everyday life.

Perfect if you’re… looking for some motivation to pick up your camera each day and re-energize your shooting, and want the flexibility of shorter daily assignments.



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.



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.



Go beyond merely taking a pretty picture. Visual Storytelling will equip you with the tools to step away from typical photographer-driven pictures and learn to let life speak for itself. Whether taking pictures around your home, documenting a vacation or event, photographing families or covering weddings, Molly Flanagan will teach you to capture a complete story through your own personal style using all of your senses.

Perfect if you’re… interested in training your eyes to better see the story before you and learning the techniques to best convey that message.


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.

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