Photography Lessons, Classes & Workshops in Wilmington, Delaware
LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER, 2014
Private Lessons by Danny Schweers
My rates are $43/hour, the same whether I teach one person or many. In general, tutoring is here in Arden, Delaware, in the northern-most part of the state, just off I-95. Arrangements can be made to meet elsewhere, but I usually charge for my travel time. To learn more, call me at 302 475-0998 or click here for all my contact info.
Digital Photography Classes at the Delaware Art Museum
Two classes, by me (Danny Schweers) and by Kathy Buckalew, are taught evenings in the Fall, Winter, and Spring at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware. Kathy also teaches a Summer class. These classes are for people who enjoy taking pictures and want to learn on how to do it with a good camera using all the settings. Students should have a good digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera such as the Nikon D-3100, D-3200, D-5200, D-5300 or the Canon Rebel T3, T3i, T5i, etc. with a lens and an extra battery.
Danny Schweers's next introductory photography classes will be 6:00–8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, January 13 thru March 17, 2015. See the Delaware Art Museum website to learn more. Danny also offers private tutoring if you want to contact him.
Other Photography Classes near Wilmington, Delaware
- Academy of Lifelong Learning (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of Delaware) These free classes are for those over 50 years old.
- Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) continuing education classes in photography
- As of June, 2014, their summer continuing ed photo courses included Introduction to Black & White Photography,
Digital Photography I,
Portrait Photography, and a
Cyanotype Workshop. These evening summer classes cost $250.
- Delaware Technical and Community College (Del Tech) continuing education classes in photography. as of June, 2014, their continuing education classes included Introduction, Intermediate, and Advanced Photography, Nature Photography, The Art of Black and White, and Digital Editing. Most classes are in the evenings and cost $69 to $139.
- Delaware Photographic Society classes. This is an active volunteer organization with weekly meetings and occasional classes, guest speakers, and field trips. DPS is associated with PSA: the Photographic Society of America. As of June, 2014, Instruction Night is held the first Monday of the month at 7:30pm in the duPont Pavilion, Cokesbury Village, 726 Loveville Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707. Membership is $35/year.
- Kevin Fleming's "Wild Delaware" photo safaris in southern Delaware. As of June, 2014, this talented nature photographer was offering two hours of shooting followed by two hours of computer processing for $200.
- Horizon Workshops, Chesapeake City, Maryland. These workshops are offered by Steve Gottlieb, who is one of many instructors. Lots of variety here, including many on-location workshops.
- New Castle County's Art Studio Classes are offered by the Department of Community Services.
- University of Delaware. You don't have to become formally admitted to the University of Delaware in order to register for credit courses. You can register for University of Delaware undergraduate and graduate credit photography classes as a Continuing Education student simply by completing registration forms and paying the appropriate tuition.
- Wilmington University offers many classes in photography for its enrolled students.
- If you know of a photography course or workshop that should be listed here, please contact Danny Schweers.
Photo Classes in Philadelphia and New York
Danny Schweers (you are on his website) is a member of Philly Photo Arts, which offers photo classes and workshops in Philadelphia.
Kathy Buckalew, who teaches at the Delaware Art Museum, recommends workshops at the International Center for Photography in New York City.
Nearby Photography Galleries, Organizations
- Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE
- Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, 200 S. Madison, Wilmington, DE
- Delaware Photographic Society
- Gallery 339, at 339 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Meet-Up Photo Groups in Elkton, MD, and Delaware County, PA.
- Philadelphia Photo Arts, 1400 N. American Street #103
- Print Center, 1614 Latimer Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Wilmington Art Loop - "Art On The Town" offers many exhibitions on the first Friday of most months.
Photography Business Advice
A college senior about to graduate asked my advice about the business of photography. Here's what I said, and what six practicing photographers said.
- Gary Winogrand's Teaching Methods A long article by O.C. Garza. Eventually, he talks about Winogrand's methods.
- Richard Avedon
- Manuel Alvarez Bravo, 1930s of his wife, Frida Kahlo
- Henri Cartier Bresson, French documentary photographer, 1930s-1960s. His ability to create Zen-like perfect moments from ordinary life is still widely admired, including a retrospective exhibit in 2011 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. One of my favorites in his ability to see beauty in the mundane.
- Deborah Bird, paper scuptures frozen in ice, recommended by painter Linda Celestian.
- Harry Callahan, 1949
- Julia Margaret Cameron, 1864
- Professor Harold Edgerton, a scientific photographer, developed stop-action techniques for photographing high-speed objects while working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work was exhibited at the Delaware Art Museum in 2011.
- Robert Frank, 1950s documentary photographer. His book, The Americans, changed how photographers looked through their viewfinders and how Americans looked at themselves, if you believe NPR. Gary Winogrand followed in his tradition.
- Andy Goldsworthy. Is he a sculptor or a photographer? "Both" is the correct answer. Many of his creations, made of found natural objects, have short lives except for their images as photographs.
- Yousuf Karsh, 1941, of Winston Churchill
- Robert Glenn Ketchum, contemporary landscape photographer. I was first impressed with his book,Order From Chaos, in which he takes confusions of branches and weeds and sees in them some order.
- Annie Leibovitz, contemporary portrait photographer. Has started releasing books of her personal work. Known for her editorial photography, known for traveling with two semi-truck trailers, one full of costumes, and working with a staff of a dozen helpers including makeup artists, costume designers, and lighting specialists.
- Gordon Parks, 1941, of Langston Hughes
- PinholeResource.com - Marc, a student, recommends this resource for pinhole photography.
- Edward Steichen, 1928, of Greta Garbo
- Edward Weston, art photographer, and his sons, Brett Weston and Cole Weston, both landscape photographers.
- Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography at MOMA
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- Sheila, a student, recommends "Around The World with an iPhone."
- Untouched model to billboard perfection. Reginald Pike's Yael Staav takes us from model to billboard in under 60 seconds. The Photoshop changes at the end are shown so quickly, you'll need to pause the video to take in the facial reconstruction.
If you'd like to borrow one of these books, contact me.
- Photography by London, Stone & Upton. A complete classroom in a book, 406pp, illustrated with many photos of historical significance.
- Stoppee's Guide to Photography & Light by Brian & Janet Stoppee. Empasis on light and its capture. 502pp.
- The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman. Emphasis on being able to see good compositions. 192pp.
- The Photographer's Mind: Creative Thinking for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman. Emphasis on being able to think about what you see. 192pp.
- Developing Vision & Style: A Landscape Photography Masterclass by Cornish, Waite, and Ward. Three British photographers display their best work and talk about what goes into a good image. 158pp.
- Mastering Landscape Photography: The Luminous Landscape Essays by Alain Briot. Thoughful writing about landscape applies to all aspects of photography. 251pp.
- Creative Elements: Darkroom Techniques for Landscape Photography by Eddie Ephraums. This book about toning silver gelatin prints has much to say about the artist's vision. 165pp.
- Still Life in Photography by Paul Martineau. A picture book of still life photography. 112pp.
- Camera Work: The Complete Illustrations 1903-1917 by Alfred Stieglitz. 800pp.
- Time by Andy Goldsworthy
- The New York Times Magazine Photographs, edited by Kathy Ryan, 2011. Each photo includes comments from the photographer about the shot plus comments from the art director. An Aperture Book, with sections on portraits, documentary, photo-illustration, and style. 448pp.
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