Julia Dean Photo Workshops
From shooting to critiques, there's a workshop for that. Right photo by John Birchak.

With everyone blogging, tweeting or emailing photos today, we're a bit chagrined to admit we still don't understand all the buttons on our fancy digital camera.

But now that we've discovered Julia Dean Photo Workshops, we've got the know-how to go from amateur to amazing.

Founded by a former Associated Press photo editor in 1999, Julia Dean Photo Workshops recently moved to a new 6,000-square-foot space in Hollywood. Here teachers--all working shooters--share their crack skills in the latest technology and creative techniques in small, hands-on workshops.

Of the 170 classes offered each year, the six-session fundamentals class ($445), which covers everything from f-stops to lenses, is the most popular. We like that many classes are one-day affairs, so learning food photography ($390), digital-camera basics ($215) or on-camera flash methods ($275) needn't turn into a long, drawn-out affair.

We're bookmarking the school's website for future classes--because in L.A., image is everything.

Julia Dean Photo Workshops, 755 Seward St., Hollywood; 323-464-0909 or juliadean.com

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