Certificate Programs Photography

Photography Certificate

Focus on Photography Certificate Program

The Focus on Photography certificate program (FPC) enables photographers of all levels to experience the wonders of the natural world, develop and sharpen their powers of observation, and to master their technical skills. This program is a unique opportunity to discover and enhance your creativity, learn from outstanding photography professionals, and enjoy the Garden as your studio.

Who should participate? This program is designed to engage photographers of all skill levels. Whether you are just beginning your photographic journey or interested in developing your artistic voice, there is a place for you! Just take your first course and you are on your way. No prior experience is needed. Sign up for a Photography Certificate class today.

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Program Design

The Focus on Photography program has three tracks of concentration:

Focus on Photography Certificate Program – Fine Art Photography

Fine Art

Creativity skills are developed with an emphasis on design and ways of seeing a subject to evoke a feeling or message with images. This track develops each student’s portfolio and use of their camera as an artistic tool.

Focus on Photography Certificate Program –  Nature and Landscape

Nature and Landscape

Through classroom study and field work, students will learn to use the camera as a tool for documenting flora, fauna, and other environmental subjects, while gaining an appreciation of nature.

Focus on Photography Certificate Program – Master


The Master track is designed for advanced students who have completed either the Fine Art or Nature and Landscape track.


Program Requirements

The program requirements include four required introductory courses, four required courses, four fundamental courses, and 40 hours of elective courses. You may select any combination of elective courses to tailor the program to your personal learning objectives and interests. Photography elective courses are designated as such in the course description. All requirements for the certificate must be completed within five years of the start date of your first core course. To earn a certificate, a passing grade is required for each course.


Ready to get started? Begin your journey with Beginning Digital Photography and you’ll be on your way!

Photography Classes at the Garden

Lightroom 1: Workflow and Image Editing

5 Thursdays:
June 20 – July 25
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
(no class July 4)

Photography black and white of Japanese Island winter

Black and White Photography

5 Saturdays:  
June 22 – July 27  
(no class July 6) 
8 – 11 a.m. 

Photography Certificate

Composition in Landscape Photography

5 Mondays:
June 24 – July 22
9 a.m. – noon

History of Photography Abstracts: Online

6 Tuesdays:
June 25 – July 30
1 – 3:30 p.m.

Photographing Roses

Saturday, June 29
8 – 11 a.m. 

Close-up Photography: Telephoto Lens

3 Wednesdays:
July 10 – 24 
9 a.m. – noon

Digital photography

Intermediate Digital Photography

4 Saturdays:
July 13 – August 3
9 a.m. – noon

Education: Photography, Fine Art Water

The Fine Art Water Portfolio: Online

6 Fridays:
July 19 – August 23
9:30 a.m. – noon

Photography Classes at the Garden

Lightroom 2 Realize Your Vision: Online

6 Sundays:
July 21 – August 25
1 – 3:30 p.m. 

Photography Classes at the Garden

Wide-Angle Photography

3 Wednesdays:
July 31 – August 14
9 a.m. – noon

Fine Art Poetic Landscape Photography

6 Fridays:
August 2 – September 6
9:30 a.m. – noon

Botanical Art: Waterlilies Workshop

Photographing Waterlilies

Sunday, August 11
8 – 11 a.m. 

Japanese Garden

Photoshop 1

6 Mondays:  
September 9 – October 21 
(no class October 14)  
1 – 3:30 p.m.

Education: Photography, Hidden Gem

Exploring Hidden Gems with Cameras

4 Saturdays:
September 21 – October 19
9 a.m. – noon


Nature & Landscape Portfolio B

6 Sundays: 
October 27 – December 8
9 am – noon
(no class December 1)