The photography studio offers classes in digital, traditional and alternative processes.  Learn how to take better photographs, and enjoy capturing images.


Pre-registration is required three days before the start of class or workshop.
You are not registered unless paid in full.

Need help registering?
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We will be following the social distancing COVID protocol.  All students and clay open studio participants will need to sign a COVID waiver, get a temperature check upon entrance to the building, and wear masks.

FALL 2020 

Current Members: Now that the arts center is a City department we will no longer be offering memberships or membership discounts. While your membership is still current we would like to offer you the opportunity to apply your membership fee to a class or clay open studio. Please call to register.

If you are a Clemson resident your discount will be applied before you pay.

Woodland / Landscape Photography Workshops with Philip Culberston

Required materials: Students must bring their own camera, preferably DSLR or "point and shoot" with the ability to control exposure and focus manually.  Tripod (doesn't need to be expensive but should be sturdy)

Optional materials: If you have any of the following, please bring them (but they are not required) cable release, polarizing filter the camera lens, ND filters 3-6-10 stop and graduated ND filters.

Workshop 1 - Overview & Lighting 

• Taking snapshots versus making photographs.
• Woodland and Landscape subjects and where to find them.
• What makes good lighting and how to use it effectively.
• Understanding exposure and contrast.
• How to critique an image.

Photo Workshop#1 10/19 from 6:30-8:30pm

Workshop 2 -  Camera Controls/Techniques

• Raw vs. JPEG and why.
• The dials; what they mean and how to use them.
• Picking the right priority mode based on goals.
• Bracketing shots, HDR, Panorama
• Using cable release and timers.
• Overview of filters and what they do.

Photo Workshop #2 10/26 from 6:30-8:30pm

Workshop 3 - Composition

• What is composition and why you need to know
• How to envision the image
• Finding your subject or focal point
• Tools (not rules) for strengthening your image

Photo Workshop #3 11/16 from 6:30-8:30pm

Workshop 4 -
Getting the Shot, File Managing, Image Backup

• Tripods or handheld?
• Handy Apps to have in the field
• Use of filters
• Focusing methods, checking focus, focus stacking
• Deciding how to organize images
• Deciding about Lightroom or storing your photos
• All about backing up your files
• Posting to Facebook, Instagram, Vero
• “Hot-Wash” the shoot afterwards

Photo Workshop #4 11/23 from 6:30-8:30pm

Workshop 5 -
Post Processing in Lightroom or Camera Raw

• How to import your images.
• Culling and sorting
• Use of profiles and presets
• Developing Panel, Basics and Targeted Adjustments
• Exporting files for Social Media or Printing

Photo Workshop #5 12/15 from 6:30-8:30pm

Residents $15

Non-Residents $30

Covid-19 Considerations:

  • Register for each workshop separately for added flexibility.  Sign up for 1 or all 4!
  • Classes will be limited to 3-5 registrants.
  • Masks are required while inside The Arts Center. 
  • Students will sit 6 feet apart in the cafeteria, and avoid sharing materials during class.
  • Tables and chairs will be cleaned and sanitized between classes.