API ( ASB photography institute ) offers classes to suit many levels of experience, from the absolute beginner to accomplished photographers who are seeking new learning avenues.
Our instructors are second-to-none and all are working professionals in photography and/or in arts education.
As a bonus, API students and Members receive 5% off all Darkroom products, like film, paper and chemistry and are eligible for larger discounts on Calumet branded products at Calumet Photographic.
Beginning and Basic Classes
For the beginner, there are Fundamentals of Digital Photography and Fundamentals of Film Photography. Both provide you with an introduction to the basic operation of a 35mm single lens reflex (SLR) camera. You'll learn the principles and the subtleties of exposure and the elements of good composition.
If this is your first visit to API and you've already taken a class similar to Fundamentals of Photography, you may want to consider Fundamentals of Studio Portrait Lighting. This class teaches students to take complete control of lighting to create traditional, practical lighting scenarios in a studio environment.
If you're thinking about taking up digital photography, sign up for our one-day Digital Boot Camp, which runs monthly. Digital Boot Camp introduces students to the basic operation of a digital camera (DSLR) or a camera with an interchangeable lens. It's not even necessary for you to own a digital SLR camera yet — we'll provide you with one for the workshop.
Intermediate Digital Photography and Intermediate Film Photography are open to graduates of Fundamentals of Photography. Intermediate Digital Photography is a highly technical, detailed class that delves into the specifics of how a digital camera works and how to obtain precise exposure and color rendition when printing. Intermediate Film Photography further explores the subtleties of correct exposure and introduces paper grades and filters.
If you are looking for ways to expand your knowledge and creativity, we have topics covering the history of Twentieth Century Photography, Street Photography, Multi-Exposure Photography, Photojournalism, Pinhole Photography and Capturing Beauty with Your Camera. We also offer specialty classes within the genre of Lighting: Tabletop/Product Photography, Flash Photography, and Studio Portrait Lighting.
Free Basic Camera Workshops
If you have a new SLR camera and would like to learn how to use it, or you need a refresher, come to a FREE Basic Camera Operation. Scheduled periodically throughout the year, the workshops are open to all. For those with a digital point-and-shoot camera, consider our free Capturing Beauty with your Camera workshop. This workshop introduces you to certain shooting techniques taught in our five-week Capturing Beauty class.
Please pre-register so we have enough people to run your class. We reserve the right to cancel any class due to insufficient attendance. Registration may be made online, over the phone, or in person at API during office hours. Fees must be paid in full and in advance.
Refunds are not available, except when a class is canceled, in which case we offer a credit for another session or class. We do not provide refunds for students who wish to withdraw from a class. We are a non-profit organization and we depend on your support.