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Lansing Michigan’s Only Full Time Digital Photography School

Welcome to SmarterPics where we offer classes in digital photography in Lansing, Michigan. We include DSLR, Point and Shoot, compact and even cell phone cameras.

Do you want to learn how to create great photos intentionally? Get the shots you WANTED rather than the shot you GOT?

Small Classes

Small Classes and more fun? Are you beyond being a “picture taker?”

We offer a broad range of classes for all levels of digital photographers.

  • The classes are short, usually two hours.
  • Classes are small, usually 5-10 students.
  • There is lots of times for hands-on learning and questions.
  • Any kind of camera equipment regardless of style or brand is welcome
  • Broad range of topics ranging from brand new camera owners, to more experienced hobbyist and budding professionals.
  • We are located in Old Town and spend a good part of classes learning how to take great photos by actually taking them!

Please take one minute and watch the Intro Video at the page bottom. Click  HERE to see the upcoming Class Calendar to browse the wide range of classes we are offering over the next 90 days for all levels of photographers.

We do not SELL equipment, we don’t want you to make a long term commitment to weeks of classes, we just want to give you the knowledge you need to Create a Great Photo,  not just “Take a Picture.”

Thanks for stopping by. We hope to see you in class soon! Be sure to tell your friends you found us.

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Watch our 1 Minute video below to better understand what classes look like…

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Find a class that meets your interest on our calendar. At the bottom of the class description is the sign up form.

Payment is due at the start of class.

Class Calendar
SmarterPics Photography School
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Josette Belvedere
Josette Belvedere
posted 1 week ago

Mark Chamberlin, the driving force behind Smarter Pics, is committed to technique. He is always trying new approaches and can clearly articulate how he achieves them. His breadth of subject matter is also impressive -- ranging from landscapes to people to animals to inanimate objects in "still life" arrangements. Not happy with merely taking fantastic pictures, he wants to share his love of photography with his students at Smarter Pics.

koona78
koona78
posted 1 month ago

I have taken quite a few classes that Mark teaches. He has always been very informative with a high attention to making sure the subject matter is understood!!! It's one thing to understanding photography but quite another to teach it! Mark definitely knows how to teach photography!!

Gwendolyn Morton
Gwendolyn Morton
posted 1 month ago

I've known Mark for several years now and I spent an hour in a private class with him where he taught me tricks in Lightroom I I didn't know existed. My photography when from pretty good to awesome. If you want to take your photography seriously and get a deeper understanding how your equipment works, any time spent with Mark is going to shorten your learning curve. Mark has been in photography world over 30 years and generously shares his knowledge.

PaHoua Schroeder
PaHoua Schroeder
posted 2 weeks ago

I have taken 3 classes with Mark (SmarterPics) and am now finally submitting a review. I wanted to learn more about my DSLR and capturing stories with my camera, not just pictures. I wanted someone willing to teach me beyond what "YouTube" can do. Mark is phenomenal. He is honest, very personable and has a true desire to teach photography to others. In addition to the classes, he shares his wealth of knowledge and resources willingly. He uses simple exercises, demonstrations, and he breaks topics down for easier understanding. He practices what he teaches and won't lead you astray. You are this far already searching for photography classes, book a SmarterPics class...you'll be glad you did.

Lauren Magee
Lauren Magee
posted 2 weeks ago

I loved this class and had a great time learning the settings on my camera and the beginnings of what photography is all about. I was able to use everything I had learned as soon as I left the class and I’m doing even better everyday.