Photography Classes Near Pittsburgh


Improve your photography skills with private lessons tailored perfectly to you. Learn what you want to know, when you have time to learn, in a location that's convenient for you. From complete beginners to working professionals private photography lessons can help you grow as a photographer.


Join a group class with other photographers and aspiring photographers. Improve your skills, grow as a photographer, and learn to take better photos. Group photo classes are available throughout the year covering a variety of subjects. Find a complete list of classes below.

Don Orkoskey of WDO PhotograhyYou're searching for photography classes near Pittsburgh taught by a knowledgeable working professional and experienced teacher who understands how to make complex concepts easy to master.

I'm professional photographer Don Orkoskey. Since 2007 I've taught photography classes in and near Pittsburgh to people just like you. If you love photography and want to quickly improve your skills sign up for one of my classes today. No matter how frustrated you are with your camera or how upset you are that the photos you try to take just don't seem to come out like you want I can help.

Wherever you are in your photography journey from absolute beginner to serious hobbyist and even fellow professionals looking to pick up new skills, I promise that I will help you quickly learn exactly what you're looking for. My goal is to make the complicated easy to understand. I will teach you the fundamentals of photography from the technical aspects to the artist. Together we'll have fun, we'll take a lot of photos. When we're finished you'll feel more confident. You will create the types of photos you've always wanted to create with joy, love, and skills that I promise we'll build together.

Register For Photography Classes Near Pittsburgh

Register for one of my photography classes near Pittsburgh here. If the class is being presented by one of my community partner's you'll need to register on their websites. For example, if the class is at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden you'll need to sign up on their website.

If you don't see a class listed that you're interested in please contact me and let me know. Or sign up for my mailing list to find out when I'll be teaching it next. Check out all the virtual and local Pittsburgh photography classes I'm teaching:

Current Classes

Dec 18
Free Nature Photography Walk
Frick Environmental Center - 2005 Beechwood Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

If there are no current classes listed please contact me so I can update you as classes are schedule. Be sure to join my mailing list for class listings and loads of great free instructional content.

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More Info On Current Photo Classes

Here is more in depth information on all of the current photography classes near Pittsburgh and online which I'm teaching. You can also read about these classes on my blog or sign up for my newsletter to be the first to hear about new classes. Contact me if you have any questions.

More Info on Past Photo Classes

Below is a list of all of past photo classes which I've taught in Pittsburgh and virtually. Many of these will be taught again soon. If you are interested in taking any of the classes listed below please contact me to let me know and I can keep you informed when the classes is offered again.

Why You Should Take My Group Photography Classes

From the benefits of learning to create amazing photos to finding a community of people with similar skill levels there are many reasons you should take a group photography class. Keep reading to find out if a group photography class is right for you.

What You Will Learn

I cover a variety of photography subjects in my classes from beginner/introductory photography to more specialized and advanced classes. In my classes you can learn everything from landscape, wildlife, and macro photography to lighting and photo editing.

Photography Classes For Everyone

I offer photography classes for everyone. All ages, all skill levels, and regardless of the type of equipment you have. From phones to DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras, absolute beginners to working pros - my classes are for everyone.

Group Class Locations

I offer a variety of group photography classes near Pittsburgh through a number of partners including the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, Phipps Conservatory, and others. I've spoken at garden clubs, schools, and worked in museums. I also offer virtual classes to photography students around the world.

Host A Group Class

If there isn't a group class listed which you're interested in contact me. I'm more than willing to work on finding new community partners to host a group photography class that works for you. Why not host a class with me. Contact me to discuss the benefits of hosting one of my photography classes for you and your group.

Benefits of Private Photography Lessons

My private classes are 90 minutes  to 2 hours each. No matter where you are in your photography journey I can help you master the skills you want in order to create the types of photos you want to make. Even if you've never picked up a camera before I can take you from absolute beginner to confident photographer in just a few weeks.

What You'll Learn

Here is some of what you'll learn in my introductory photography class:

  • Technical Aspects of Photography
    • Exposure
    • Focus
    • Color & Contrast
  • Artistic/Aesthetic Aspects of Photography
    • Design Principles
    • Artistic Composition
    • Visual Storytelling

Here is some of what I teach in a few of my advanced photography classes:

  • Wildlife Photography
    • Lens and Equipment Selection
    • Location Scouting
    • Wilderness Safety
  • Landscape Photography
    • Landscape Composition
    • Bracketing & Compositing
    • Weather & Location Prep
  • Macro Photography
    • Finding Subjects
    • Choosing Macro Equipment
    • Macro Lighting
    • Focus Stacking
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Alternative Photography Classes

Here are some alternative photography classes near Pittsburgh you might want to check out. While I would love to teach more photography classes near Pittsburgh my other work as a photographer often prevents me from doing so. That doesn't mean you should have to wait to learn photography if you're ready right now.

Why I Provide This Information

I get a lot of calls, text, and emails asking when I'm going to host my next beginner's photography class, teen photography class, or another macro class. I really love that you want to learn photography. That means if I'm not available I don't want that to stop you.

These other photography classes near Pittsburgh may be exactly what you're looking for.

Nature photographers in Frick Park

If a teacher or their classes are on my list it means I respect them as photographers and as teachers. I believe they're doing great stuff and that it's worth sharing. If they're not on my list that doesn't mean they don't do good work. It probably means I just don't know about them (yet).

I appriciate seeing more people learning how to take better photos for all sorts of reasons. Because of that I've put together this list of classes in and around Pittsburgh. I've also included some which are available virtually (or were at the time I shared them) which you might want to check out as well.

If you sign up for a class on my list please let me know as I'd love to hear about your experiences! If you took a class and really enjoyed it contact me to let me know and I'll add it to the list for other students.

Other Classes and Teachers Near Pittsburgh

Community College Of Allegheny County - CCAC offers a variety of photography classes including non-credit classes if you're just looking to learn the basics of photography and are already enrolled at CCAC you might be able to get financial aid to take one or more of these classes.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts - PCA in Shadyside offers a lot of great art classes from sculpture and painting to photography. They don't always offer photo classes which is a shame given that they absorbed Pittsburgh Filmmakers but when they do they're really well done classes.

Missy Timko - If you've got a DSLR and want to know how to use it check out Missy's classes. Missy is located in Mt. Lebanon so her classes could be perfect for you in you're in the South Hills. Missy's classes are fun and informative and perfect if you've got a DSLR and are not sure what to do with it.

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild - MCG is a really wonderful place and they offer free photography classes for Pittsburgh Public Schools high school students. If you're on the Northside and looking for intro photography classes check out Manchester Craftsmen's Guild.

Premier Imaging The folks at Premier are a great bunch of people and they offer a variety of classes including how to get your camera off of auto, some film photography classes, and are looking to start a kids photography class. Plus they've got a lovely store full of all sorts of fun photography products.

Pittsburgh Nature Photography Walks

Nature Photography Walk Students

Students on a Nature Photography Walk in Frick Park point at a bird they're trying to photograph

Every month I lead the Pittsburgh Nature Photography Class walk in Frick Park or another city park. Check the class list above for dates.

We start at 9:30 am near the fountain by the Frick Environmental Center. These walks are always FREE. They're a great opportunity to learn about photography, nature or otherwise to just get some time socializing after all of social isolation we've had over the last few years. Everyone is welcome to join these walks regardless of skill level, age, or camera equipment. I adjust these walks to the mobility levels of attendees.

I fully believe that photography is for everyone and that nature photography is a wonderful place to learn and a great teacher as well. These walks are not a formal class but I do answer any questions you have and am always willing to help you by pointing out subjects, composition tips, and technical tips.

My Pittsburgh Nature Photography Class/Walk is the only free photography-centered nature walk in the Pittsburgh area. It's a great chance to increase your skills as a photographer, learn more about nature photography, and find out more about all the nature photo opportunities we have near Pittsburgh.  Join me every month on this walk and experience Pittsburgh's amazing changes of seasons in new and exciting ways while improving your nature photography skills.

Nature Photography Is For Everyone

Here is why I know nature photography is for everyone:

  • Nature will never criticize your pictures so you can relax and experiment
  • Nature is patient, while some animals move quickly there are lots of nature scenes that you can take your time photographing
  • Nature is beautiful and you will appriciate it even more if you stop to look more closely at it
  • Nature is a great teacher, light and shadow, color combinations, depth and shapes - nature can teach us so much about how to make better photos
  • Nature forces you to learn how to improve your work by showing you amazing things that you'll want to capture but are not sure how to
  • Nature is abundant, it's all around us, and we can find nature in the tiniest of places from mud puddles and cracks in the pavement to massive national parks
  • Nature is full of stories just waiting to be told and it's easier to tell those stories before opening up and telling our own

For those and a host of other reasons I am certain that nature is the most wonderful place to start to learn photography and that nature photography is for everyone!

Street Photography

Are you interested in learning street photography? I can host a meet-up in downtown Pittsburgh for some fun street photography. At past street photography walks I've meet participants at the fountain at Point State Park and we've walked all throughout downtown Pittsburgh doing street photography. Downtown Pittsburgh is a great place for street photography. We've got incredible buildings and artwork that provide the perfect backdrop for street portraits. Downtown Pittsburgh is also full of a diverse group of people from a wide range of backgrounds and there are always friendly people who are more than willing to have their photos taken. If you're interested in a street photography walk through downtown Pittsburgh contact me and let's set up a date and time.

Virtual Photography Classes

My Wedding PhotoI prefer in person classes but when that's not possible virtual classes are great in so many other ways. We can't all be together all the time. This is a lesson that was driven home for all of us in 2020 and again with all the starts and stops we've had during the pandemic. Getting to meet and have some sense of normalcy with tools like Zoom has made things a bit more bearable especially in the early and very scary days.

Virtual Class Listings

Check out the list above and the shop page for a listing of all of my classes including virtual classes. If you don't see the class you want please contact me and let's talk about what you want to learn. I am always willing to share some information and might be willing to schedule a class on the topic you're looking to learn either as a private lesson or class if I think we can get enough students registered.

Previous Class Topics

Previous class topics have included the following:

  • Introduction to Photography
  • Phone Photography
  • Photoshop & Lightroom - Post Processing Your Photos
  • Macro Photography
  • Large Format Photography
  • Studio Lighting
  • Compact Flash Lighting
  • Posing Models
  • Camera Buying Workshop
  • Street Photography
  • Photography Storytelling

Fine Art Photography

Do you want to learn how to create fine art photography or how to use photography in your art, to capture your art, or to enhance your art practices. I'm available for fine art photography consultation, or to teach you how to incorporate your photography into your fine art practices.

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