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Good photography skills can be very difficult to master. Get secrets from the professionals with some great classes from local photographers. De-code the mystery of all those settings on your advanced SLR camera or learn how to master your simple point-and-shoot. Some of these instructors even offer classes on taking expert cell phone photography. So no matter what equipment you have, you can take a class (or three) that will help you master your camera and take truly fantastic photographs. Take a look at these great photography classes in Denver.

Denver School of Photography
834 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 780-9709

The Denver School of Photography is a great spot to launch your photo education. Founder Jeffrey Rupp shares his love of photography through several different types of classes. Kick start your education with two different classes on digital photography. Learn how to use that SLR camera and just what all those different settings will really do. The four-week classes are a great intro course to the basics of photography with your digital SLR camera. Or master the photography software programs with a class on Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Elements. By the time you finish all these classes, you are sure to be an expert with a camera.

Digital Photo Academy
445 S. Saulsbury St.
Lakewood, CO 80226
(877) 372-2231

At the Digital Photo Academy, it doesn’t matter if you are working with a DSLR or a simple point-and-shoot camera. Instructors Allen Birnbach, Ellen Yeiser, Lincoln Phillips and Russ Burden offer several classes in a gallery/workshop setting that you are sure to enjoy. Beginners will learn the basics while advanced students can take advantage of field work and secrets from the professional photographers. You can also take classes on Photoshop, Lightroom or even family-photographer class demonstrations. Bring your camera, your laptop, your lenses and your tripods and get ready to learn.

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Colorado Free University
7653 E. 1st Place
Denver, CO 80230
(303) 399-0093

If you are looking for a wide variety of classes that are offered at convenient times, then the classes at Colorado Free University are for you. With everything from Basic Digital Photography to Adobe Photoshop Elements, and even a class on Cell Phone Photography, you will be amazed at all the great classes you can take. The schedule changes every term, so you can keep going back again and again for new classes and new techniques to brush up your growing skills. Grab your equipment and head over to Colorado Free University to learn a lot of great new skills.

Butterfly Pavilion
6252 W. 104th Ave.
Westminster, CO 80020
(303) 469-5441

Could there be a better place than Butterfly Pavilion place to brush up your photography skills and learn some new tricks of the trade? There are a couple of different classes offered at the Butterfly Pavilion. Get your chance to capture all the brilliantly colored butterflies and other tropical plants and wildlife. Try the Tripod Open Photography Sessions, where you’ll get a quiet hour of tripod time before the doors open to the public. Or check out the classes taught by photography Bob Krugmire as he helps you learn how to use your camera or your camera phone.

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Big Sun Photography
Golden, CO 80401
(970) 306-7721

If you prefer the intimacy and one-on-one attention of private lessons, then check out Big Sun Photography. Since 2009, Big Sun has offered private photography lessons to one person or small groups. Try some classes on such topics as Beginner Photography, Nighttime Photography, Flower Photography, Macro Photography and so much more. Or pick a four-pack of different classes and learn a lot of great new skills. You can also get training on Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements and Portrait Retouching. Plus, instructor Gene Tewksbury will even come to your home.

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