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.


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

Register NOW

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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Gwendolyn Morton
Gwendolyn Morton
posted 3 weeks 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.

Anne Watros
Anne Watros
posted 1 year ago

I came across SmarterPics while searching for photography classes as my community education class was canceled. What a blessing that my community education was canceled! I called and spoke to Mark and after talking for a few minutes, sharing my goals and what I was looking for, I registered for the the Intro class and the weekly 3 part Basics Class.

In each class, I found Mark to be very knowledgeable and informative. I walked away after each class, excited to practice what I had learned, and happy to see my pictures improve (amazing how holding the camera correctly will help in that).

I appreciated Mark's smaller classes, the pace of the class and the willingness to come in a few minutes early or stay a few minutes late to answer any questions or in my case took a few moments to check a an issue I had with my camera or helping me with settings on my new camera.

I enjoyed the opportunities to practice what I was learning by going to Old Town and shooting. This type of hands on teaching is priceless and I will definitely be taking more classes.

Thank you Mark for your time and expertise, it is much appreciated by this student.

Mrs. Zerman
Mrs. Zerman
posted 6 months ago

After having my camera for over a decade, I am finally able to get out of idiot mode! All those knobs and dials and buttons are starting to make sense!

Robert Shipman
Robert Shipman
posted 8 months ago

Mark not only has many years of experience as a profesional photographer but more importantly he is a good teacher. No matter what level you are at with your photography you will become a better photographer after taking classes from Mark.

Bill Botteron
Bill Botteron
posted 1 year ago

Greatly enjoyed the small class and personal attention. I feel a lot more in control of what I am doing now and can get out of "Auto" mode.