Colorado Springs Photography Classes by Mary Lynne Ashley

I have been a professional portrait photographer since 2001, and offer a variety of photography classes for both amateur and professional photographers. Visit the registration page for the specific class to reserve a spot in a group class.

Classes Currently on the Schedule 

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  • Learn How to Use Your Digital SLR Camera
  • Personalized Private Photography Lessons

Learn How to Use Your Digital SLR Camera, $99

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This class is offered on multiple dates. Beginners welcome! No experience or prior knowledge necessary, but you do need to bring a digital SLR camera to this class.

This is a three-hour group class for those interested in understanding how to get better results with their digital SLR camera. You probably paid a lot of money for that camera, and a little training will help you get so much more out of it!  Let’s get your camera off of “auto” mode so you can take creative control of your photos. Beginners are encouraged to attend. No experience or prior knowledge is necessary, but you do need to bring a digital SLR camera to this class. Read class reviews from previous attendees, or see what others are saying on Facebook.

This is a very hands-on class, where I’ll help demystify all those controls on your camera. Content will include:

  • Focusing
  • Getting correct exposure through both manual and automatic methods by understanding ISO, shutter speed and aperture
  • White balance
  • Lens selection

With each discussion we’ll change settings on our cameras and get practice applying each concept. I usually cover this same information in my personalized two-hour one-on-one classes, but this class is great for those who prefer a group environment, or who would like a little extra time to absorb and experiment with each concept before moving onto the next one.

Learn How to Use Your Digital SLR Camera, Part 2, $99

Next date TBD. Let’s spend a morning reinforcing and expanding upon the exposure and focusing knowledge you gained in the introductory DSLR class. While there will be some lecture, the class will consist of mostly hands-on exercises. You’ll gain more experience shooting in manual mode and working to get sharp, in-focus images through the various focusing methods. My aim with this class is to force you to get that camera back out of the bag and to make yourself think about how to put together all the pieces you’ve learned so you can leave with even more confidence in your ability to use your camera.

Studio Portrait Lighting, $99

Next date TBD. Come let us take some of the mystery out of studio lighting!

  • Difference between “hot lights” and strobes
  • How to fire studio lights
  • Working with softboxes and umbrellas
  • Different types of lights and their purposes, including main light, fill light, kicker lights, background light hair light and reflectors.
  • Basic lighting patterns for portraiture
  • Get correct exposures with studio lights
  • Recommendations for lighting products
  • Feel free to bring your own studio lighting kit if you have one and have questions about making it work for you.

The class size will be very small, and the class will take place at our studio at 11 N. Meade Avenue, Colorado Springs, 80909, across the street from Memorial Park.

Personalized One-on-One Training Classes, Two-hours: $125

Flexible dates, ongoing
A hands-on class is a great way to become comfortable with your digital SLR. I’ve taught beginners with absolutely no photography knowledge, as well as those who already have a fairly good grasp of their camera. We can also work on Photoshop or photography business-related topics if that’s what you need. I charge $125 for a two-hour class. You may add a friend or spouse for an additional $25. To schedule a private lesson you can contact me at or call my cell at 719-205-7236.  Learn more about my one-on-one classes.

Mary Lynne Ashley is a Certified Professional Photographer serving Colorado Springs families since 2001. She has received numerous awards for her photography, has been published in multiple publications, and is recognized as a Master Photographer by the Professional Photographers of America. She specializes in photographing babies, children and the families that come along with them, and especially loves newborn photography.


5 Responses to Colorado Springs Photography Classes by Mary Lynne Ashley

  1. Bev says:

    I’m interested in learned to photograph flowers – mainly roses – would this class be helpful? Outside vs inside, moving vs non-moving…..

    • Hi Bev, I guess it depends in part on your current photography knowledge. If you don’t have much background, then yes, I think this would definitely help, as it would you give a foundation from which to work. But I don’t focus on flower photography specifically.

  2. lisa says:

    Hi Mary Lynne,

    I wanted to sign up for the Photographing Children on location, but not seeing where I can register.


  3. lisa aggarwal says:

    Thanks so much!

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