Join us for in person educational photography workshops at Levy Park! These community-driven workshops focus on photography as a means for creative expression and acquiring basic photography skills. Learn and practice various aspects of photography such as composition and lighting. No prior experience is required, and all levels of proficiency and camera types are welcome. The workshop is open to teens (16 years and older) and adults. Please see below for more information regarding upcoming workshops for the 2021 – 2022 season.
No registration required. Walk-ins are welcome!
July 3, 2021: Understanding & Controlling Light
Understand the importance of light and its qualities in relation to photography. Learn how to control light with various accessories, such as fill-in flash, filters and reflectors, and learn how different lighting can convey different moods.
July 17, 2021: Introduction to Landscape
Explore the surrounding natural and manmade environment of Levy Park and how the space may be expressed through various landscape compositions and perspectives.
August 7, 2021: Cyanotypes
Learn how light is essential to photography while exploring the historical uses of cyanotypes, a camera-less form of photography also known as sun prints or blueprints. Bring leaves and other plant clippings with you in order to make striking blue and white botanical prints in the sun.
August 21, 2021: Understanding Color
Let’s consider the following questions: What is the relationship between light, exposure, and color? How does color affect composition? How does color convey certain moods? For this workshop, bring a colorful object to photograph in Levy Park, and learn how to creatively include this object in composed images.
September 4, 2021: Portraiture & Lighting
Learn how to harness natural light and explore different aperture settings to create beautifully lit and composed portraits. Bring a reflector if you have one, but not required.
September 18, 2021: Symbolic Self-Portrait
Learn how to create meaningful and symbolic images that express who you are. Bring one or more personal objects from home to photograph.
October 2, 2021: Getting to Know Your Camera (Repeat Session)
Bring your camera and manual to learn the basics about how a camera functions and what it can do.
October 16, 2021: Composition & Focusing Basics (Repeat Session)
Learn how to create a well-balanced and focused photograph using simple compositional guidelines, such as Rule of Thirds, leading lines, framing, and perspective.
November 6, 2021: Macrophotography
Explore small details of Levy Park while learning how to take close up photographs. During this session, we will explore aperture and differential focus in creating images. Bring a macro lens if you have one, but not required.
November 20, 2021: Motion & Panning
Let’s get moving! Learn how to capture motion through different techniques such as adjusting shutter speed and panning. Bring a tripod if you have one, but not required.
December 4, 2021: Intentional Mistake
Let’s break the rules! Learn how to intentionally disregard established photographic guidelines to create images of purpose and interest.
December 18, 2021: Creating a Series
Learn how to create and organize multiple photographs which collectively tell a story about one subject or theme.
January 1 – No workshop/New Year’s Day Holiday
January 15, 2022: Black & White
Learn how to spot subjects and scenes with the most potential for black and white imagery while identifying visual elements such as tone, texture, shape, and contrast.
February 5, 2022: Abstraction
Let’s break away from representational imagery and create abstract photographs by playing with framing, perspective, and more. Bring a macro lens or telephoto lens if you have one, but not required.
February 19, 2022: Critique
Learn how to analyze and evaluate your own photographs and those of your peers in preparation for the 2022 Views from Levy Park exhibition. Bring a selection of your work for review, either prints or digital files.
March 5, 2022: Multiple Exposure and Digital Layering
Learn how to create layered, superimposed images by experimenting with long shutter speed or using multiple exposure smartphone apps.
March 19, 2022: Writing an Artist Statement and Biography
Learn how to write a short statement about yourself and your work as an artist in preparation for the 2022 Views from Levy Park exhibition.
April 2, 2022: Mixed Media
Learn about various mixed media approaches to photography, including image transfer, drawing and painting into photographs, and collage.
April 16, 2022: Exhibition
Celebrate the culmination of a year of hard work and creativity! View a selection of your photographic work created during the 2021-2022 Levy Park Photography Workshop series in the 2022 Views from Levy Park exhibition. Friends and family are welcome!
In person at Levy Park, 3801 Eastside St., Houston, TX 77098 (Meet under the Pavilion)
10am – 12pm, 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month
Face masks and social distancing are highly encouraged for all workshop participants. If you are feeling ill or have recently been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please refrain from attending the workshop to protect the safety of our staff and other workshop attendees.
Please contact Community Education Manager, Natalie Rodgers by e-mail below.
For cancellations, please check back on this page or the Levy Park website.