classes for all ages and skill levels

The Southeast Museum of Photography offers workshops that are designed for adults of all ages and skill levels.      Get started with a new set of skills or develop your knowledge further with tips and techniques from professionals.   Due to limited space, pre-registration and payment is required at least 24 hours in advance. To register for a workshop, please contact Christina Katsolis by phone at (386) 506-4569 or by email at

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PRImitive florida: exploring the natural landscape

SATURDAY, october 26, 2019 - 10:30AM - 5:30PM

Cypress Trees, Santa Fe River © Benjamin Dimmitt

Cypress Trees, Santa Fe River © Benjamin Dimmitt

A longstanding, symbiotic relationship exists between photography and the natural environment: the camera is a tool used to document the beauty of the natural word, and in turn, that imagery is used as evidence that these sensitive, ecological areas must be preserved and protected. Therefore, landscape photography is both an art form and a platform, giving its practitioners a chance to elevate their craft while becoming stewards, raising awareness about such issues as coastal erosion, deforestation, drought, rising temperatures and tides. The museum’s current exhibition, This is Climate Change, explores climate change not as a primary element of the composition, but as a now inescapable feature of landscape photography.

Photographer Benjamin Dimmitt offers his audience An Unflinching Look at the result of rising sea levels on the palm hammocks and the hardwood forests of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Reserve. As a photographer and ardent environmentalist, he turns his lens on the salt-damaged sawgrass savannas and spring creeks of his native Florida. “My intention in bearing witness to this loss has been to portray the ruined landscape with respect, nuance and beauty.”

In another portfolio, Primitive Florida, he explores the “lush and fecund places where land merges with water” because he considers it to be the essential Florida. “I am most attracted to scenes of animated and layered growth that exhibit the urge for survival and the persistence of life.” Would you like a chance to explore your own backyard and capture unique imagery that celebrates the tenacity of Florida’s flora? Then join Benjamin for a informative and interactive workshop near Lake Ashby on a private ranch in Osteen, in southwest Volusia County, FL. This workshop is designed to help students make compelling images–with the goal of producing a cohesive body of prints– by exploring personal vision, various approaches in the field, including observation and framing techniques. Participants will receive personalized instruction, learning to adapt and develop their artistic aesthetic.

instructor: benjamin dimmitt


Note: Requires travel. This workshop meets at an offsite location and requires the use of appropriate footwear and mosquito repellant.


Benjamin Dimmitt graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL and also studied at the International Center of Photography in NYC, NY, Santa Fe Photographic Workshop in Santa Fe, NM, Santa Reparata Graphic Arts Centre in Florence, Italy and City and Guild Arts School in London, England.

He moved to New York City after college and held an adjunct professor position at the International Center of Photography from 2001-2013. He now lives and works in Asheville, NC and teaches workshops in the Southeast.

Benjamin’s photographs have been exhibited at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, School of International Center of Photography, NYC, NY, American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC, NY, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA and Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL .

All images in gallery above © Benjamin Dimmitt

image editing for beginners (Level I)

SATURDAY, october 19, 2019 - 9:30AM - 4:30PM


Photoshop isn't just for professionals anymore. This beginner-friendly class will introduce students to a program that has redefined the digital image process, and has made creative control of the "digital darkroom" accessible to amateurs and enthusiasts alike. Participants will gradually become proficient at using the various tools and will learn basic editing techniques including–but not limited to–basic image management, working with layers, resizing images, cropping, color correcting and saving for various outputs.

If you would like to learn a new set of skills and take satisfaction in knowing how to get the most out of your photographic image–from subtle manipulation to dramatic enhancements–then this is the course for you.

Cost: $65 Register by Wednesday, October 16th and receive $15 off!

Instructor: Seth Parr

the artistic touch: hand-coloring b&W photographs (Level I)

SATURDAY, november 9, 2019 - 9:30AM - 4:30PM


Hand-coloring is as old as photography itself. In the 19th century, color tinting was applied to early black-and-white prints to make them more closely resemble reality; it was the advent of color films in the 1950s that took photographic hand-coloring techniques into the realm of interpretive artistic expression, which is where it lives today. Applied color has become a way for photographers to communicate their feelings, not just simply a means of creating another color image.

Workshop participants will be introduced to the materials and techniques of hand-coloring while experimenting with a sample print provided by the instructor. Although Harriet Blum has worked with traditional silver-based prints, she is updating her method for digital prints–to make the process more accessible and affordable.

*There will be opportunities to print and work on your own images to fully explore the hand-coloring process.

Instructor: harriet blum

Cost: $85 Register by Friday, October 25th and receive $15 off!


Interested in learning more?

*This workshop is prefaced by a free lecture, open to the public, on Thursday October 17th, from 5:00-6:30, as part of our Art Speaks: Voices from the Community series.

About the instructor:

Award-winning artist Harriet Blum is known for shooting black-and-white infrared photographs, which she prints herself, each image a uniquely original artifact. Her hand-tinting process, for which she utilizes a variety of transparent oils, gives each image a romantic overtone–a dreamy and ethereal quality which has become a hallmark of her style. Since 2003, she has concentrated exclusively on fine art photography. Her main subjects are trees and landscapes.

Seven Sisters.jpg

Seven Sisters © Harriet Blum