About Us

Despite the recent trend towards low cost, high margin, impersonal, and strictly theory education (like seminars with hundreds of people, self directed on-line “courses”, and endless recycled-content books, and videos), we know that’s not a good way to learn photography.

Hands On

The CPLC will provide you with a practical hands-on experience, because photography is a very hands-on thing, and that’s the very best for you to learn it.

All of our photography classes are offered exclusively in-person so you will be able to interact personally with your instructor, experiment with your own camera and learn collaboratively with others in a friendly and open environment.

Higher Quality Courses

Just because someone is a renowned local photographer, it doesn’t mean they’re automatically going to be a good teacher.

Unlike most other continuing education providers where classes are written and taught by the same person, all of our photography classes are carefully developed and refined over time by a team of experts in photography, psychology, and education.

Because our classes are developed by a team working with an overall view, our classes have less overlap and fit into an overall curriculum, rather than simply covering a few niche topics someone has a personal interest in teaching.

The team works hard to make sure our photography classes clearly communicated the theory of the subjects so that you’ll understand, and to provide ample time and hands-on experience with plenty of instructor attention so that you’ll remember it all.

Friendly, Experienced Instructors

The CPLC hires experienced photographers to teach all of our courses, however we don’t hire just any photographers. We look for the ones with the best personalities for teaching.

Just because someone is a skilled or notable photographer doesn’t mean they’re going to be a good teacher.

Once we find an experienced photographer who is outgoing, friendly, patient, humble, and a good speaker with the heart of a teacher, we train them to teach our material, and to develop their teaching skills.

It’s not just enough to hand someone a course manual, tell them to read it, and then parade them in front of a class. It’s not fair to them, and it’s not fair to you. And you’d be surprised how often that sort of thing happens in continuing education.

Flexibility in Scheduling

Additionally, if you speak with us in advance we can generally be very flexible and allow you to take part of a course at one time, and then continue the course later. We know not everyone can book off the time required, and we want to work with you to make the classes fit. Although we can’t do it for all classes if you would like special scheduling, please contact us.