The world of photography is becoming more and more intriguing as dozens of electronic devices with photographic capabilities hit the consumer market. With smartphones and handheld cameras built to be thinner than a wallet, it’s easier than ever for people to take pictures of any and everything you want. With this awesome technology comes a lot of new unchartered territory; the different functions and capabilities, how to zoom and use flash or how to take a picture of the high tide at the beach. This “Best Of” list offers the best places in South Florida to enroll in a photography classes and take photos like a pro, even if it’s only a hobby. With a variety of classes and subjects, and curriculums built for every experience level, you’re sure to find a class that will teach exactly what you seek to learn.


1541 Brickell Ave., #906
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 608-6746

The owner and founder of Crea8fotos, Maurgerite Beaty, has spent more than 20 years perfecting her craft as a photographer, and eagerly shares her expertise with people looking to take quality pictures. Whether you’re an amateur looking to take better pictures on vacation, an eager hobbyist or you’re looking to launch a career in this field, the private classes offered are designed to fit your needs, your experience level and your equipment. Some of the classes offered cover the mechanics of lighting and flash, the different functions of a camera and how to photograph outdoor environments. You can even learn about the business side of photography and learn how to take better photos for a marketing campaign for your business, or to add visual effectiveness to a blog or website that you manage.

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School of Continuing Education and Professional Development

Miami-Dade College
11011 S.W. 104th St.
Miami, FL 33176
(305) 237-1651

The beauty of the Continuing Education Program at Miami-Dade College is that you don’t have to provide proof of previous education, there’s no homework or grades issued. The focus is teaching subjects and skills for professional development and personal enrichment. The photography classes offered at Miami-Dade College’s CE Program cover a wide variety of subjects, including photography for beginners covering film and digital photography, zoo photography, travel photography, architecture photography and more. Several campuses across the county offer classes. Most classes are weekday evenings, making it convenient for people who work during the day. Weekend classes are also available. Most of these classes don’t have prerequisites, so experience level isn’t an issue when making your selection.

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Continuing Education Program

Broward College
111 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 201-7350

If you’re looking for learn about the basics of photography or special-feature aspects like photographing nature, travel photography or doing personalized glamour shots, any of the photography classes offered through the Broward College Continuing Education Program will be fitting. As part of the program’s Creative Arts Center, students can learn about different aspects of photography, whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro. Many of the classes are offered online for added convenience. These are non-credit courses, so all you have to do is select the class or classes your want and register.


Palm Beach Photographic Centre

415 Clematis St.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 253-2600

Located in the heart of Palm Beach County, this non-profit organization aims to enrich lives through visual art and education; this same dedication goes into the photography classes and workshops offered. The list of classes is diverse, covering everything from photography 101 to taking pictures of wildlife. Additional courses also teach in the areas of lightroom fundamentals and how to effectively use Photoshop. Not only is the list of course offerings diverse, but the number of classes is plentiful. Classes are offered year round and the length of the classes is typically one to three days.

Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

Nova Southeastern University
1 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 525-5500

From the basics of snapping a picture to the challenges of capturing still photos of gorgeous landscapes, the photography classes offered at the MOAFL’s Art Center will educate, challenge and inspire eager pupils. Aside from the basic photography 101 course, interested students can enroll in specialized photography classes including how to take sharp photos with an iPhone and the world of photography and social media. It offers several five-week sessions with class times in the mid-afternoon or evening to accommodate working adults interested in enrolling.

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