Welcome to Pittsburgh Photo Class! These are individual and small-group workshops for those that own a DSLR and want to learn how to use their camera in semi-auto and manual modes. These are hosted at Missy Timko’s Pittsburgh photography studio located in the Mt. Lebanon neighborhood of Pittsburgh or may take place on site for corporate trainings, special events, and group classes.
Private classes are scheduled in a series of 2-3 classes. Get in touch for details on the class series.
You may schedule a private class for yourself or a class for your own group–PPC does not coordinate your group’s scheduling. Get in touch for details!
Your instructor is Missy Timko, Pittsburgh portrait photographer at Powder Blue Photography. Missy has been a professional portrait photographer since 2010 and has been teaching photography and art for over 15 years at the high school and university level. Please see Missy’s credentials, including MSEd and Bachelor’s degrees in fine arts and art education, on LinkedIn.
What will I learn about?
Classes are individually tailored to the needs of the student or group. Typically we will go over the basics of how photography works, go into detail on your specific areas of interest, and practice together.
Photography 101 is a basic class for people who own a DSLR but need guidance in starting to shoot in manual exposure mode. Some of these classes will incorporate special topics such as photographing children and babies, architecture and real estate, or product and fashion photography. Photography 201 is a class for those who are a little bit comfortable with manual mode and want more depth and practice in the areas of shooting, editing (Lightroom), and output. Not sure which class is best for you? Ask Missy.
I am also available to cover special topics for businesses, such as lighting, social media imagery, and how to showcase your business with great photography.
Where are you located?
Can I host a class for my friends/moms club/party?
Pittsburgh Photo Class is a fun get-together for friends, parties, or trainings. You just need 2-15 friends that are enthusiastic about photography that would like to enroll. Contact Missy for details.
What does it cost?
The Photography 101 individual workshop series cost is $375 for the series of three classes. All workshops include a printed workbook for each person. Contact Missy for pricing details on classes for your group or corporate training.
Is there a prerequisite?
The only requirement is that you own a DSLR, and you will need to know how to change the three main settings: aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. All cameras have different menu structures for changing ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, so you should read this how-to section of your own manual before class. Most people want to learn about taking portraits, so we will spend some of the class talking about taking pictures of people and kids. However, we can also cover other types of photography (landscape, sports, etc.) depending on the needs of your group.
Please note: Pittsburgh Photo Class 101 and 201 workshops are not meant for those working as professional photographers or looking to start a business in photography, and topics pertaining to professional photography will not be covered. To express interest in mentoring pertaining to professional photography, including lighting, posing, and business, email Missy.