Photography 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 March 5th, and registration is open through February 26th.



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.


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.


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!)



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.

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