If taking photographs has always been a passion, there are multiple opportunities to turn that passion into a career or to explore deeper into the world of photography as a hobby. Today’s cameras vary from the very compact to mirrorless to DSLR digital, and can often be very technical. Signing up for a workshop or committing to a photography program is beneficial and offers enthusiasts the opportunity to learn from working professional photographers. Orange County offers excellent resources, well-known photographers and a community of artists that will inspire beautiful images.
Kevin Brian Toohey Photography
21520 Yorba Linda Blvd., Suite G 331
Yorba Linda, CA 92887
Kevin Brian Toohey Photography is a boutique photography studio under the helm of Kevin Toohey, a talented and successful photojournalist and photography teacher. A native of So Cal, Kevin found his love for photography with a 35mm SLR as a young teen. His studio offers various camera classes covering basics of photography to more advanced techniques such as outdoor portraiture. Students gain hands-on experience in small, intimate classes (three to seven students) or through private photo lessons with Kevin. In addition to offering workshops instructing on DSLR or mirrorless cameras, the studio also has an introductory Photo Walk Class (suggested for new photographers). The Photo Walk Class takes participants along with their digital cameras to a beautiful location. The point of the class is to get students comfortable with using their cameras.
Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Known as one of the best photography and digital imaging programs in the United States, the School of Photography at Orange Coast College (OCC) is a learning community for the prospective professional or for the hobbyist. Located in the Art Center Building of OCC, the photography department is blessed with five studio spaces, eight film processing labs, two black and white printing darkrooms, 50 enlargers and 30 state-of-the-art workstations in a digital lab with scanning and printing technology. Courses cover the fundamentals of photography, fashion photography, portraiture, fine art, advertising illustration, photo journalism and the business of photography.
14511 Franklin Ave., Suite 160
Tustin, CA 92780
Julie Diebolt Price, award-winning photographer and owner of JDP Photography, shares her passion, love of art and expertise with her students. Specializing in digital photography, JDP Photography offers a classroom environment giving students hands-on camera experience, semi-private workshops and one-on-one tutoring sessions. Participants are required to bring their own camera and/or laptop. Julie’s background gives students a comprehensive understanding of working the digital camera, the ability to explore the more complex ideas of digital photography and the encouragement to take photos from the ordinary to the extraordinary. More advanced classes include lighting technique, composition, dealing with technical challenges, field sessions and photographing events.
California Center for Digital Arts
310 W. 5th St., 2nd Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92701
California Center for Digital Arts (CCDA) is more than a place of learning. It is a community of artists and anyone who has ever come through CCDA as a student, professional or enthusiast understands what a collaborative community it is. While the Center offers many classes and workshops dedicated to the basics and technical aspects of digital photography, it also provides unique and interesting specialty experiences such as Boudoir Photography where topics include balancing intimacy with portraiture, flattering poses, lighting and creating unique images. Additionally, a Fine Art Photography program is offered on a Master of Fine Arts thesis level, fashion photography, photographic compositions, photography exhibit and seascape photography. Instructors at CCDA are working professionals, have teaching experience and Adobe Certified digital artists.
809 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832
Fullerton Cameras is a full-service camera shop that offers repairs, supplies, new and used camera products, format transferring, rentals, film processing and private photography lessons. Owned by Mike Rice (nature and sports photographer), Fullerton Cameras is a knowledgeable source for all sorts of photography needs. Rice and his team each have an extensive background in the field and are available to instruct on individual camera operation, composition, Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, editing RAW (higher quality digital) images, transferring images to the computer landscape Photography, sports photography and more. It’s $50 per hour, and Fullerton Cameras also welcomes group rates.