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Discover a wide range of photography classes in NYC that will help you master the art of capturing stunning images. From beginner workshops to advanced courses, learn essential techniques, unleash your creativity, and take your photography skills to the next level.

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Digital Photography I: An Introduction for Beginners

Art of Intuitive Photography @ 590 Madison Ave, New York, NY

Unlock the power of your camera with our beginner-friendly digital photography class. Learn essential techniques like ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, empowering you to capture stunning images in manual mode. Get hands-on experience and leave feeling confident to explore the world of photography beyond auto mode.

(593) Beginner 16 and older
$175
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+1750 pts
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Private Digital Photography (Six-Session Course)

Digital Photo Academy @ Location customized to student goals, New York, NY

Unlock the full potential of your camera or cellphone across six comprehensive sessions. From mastering manual controls to crafting compelling compositions, delve into the art of photography with expert guidance. Learn to capture your unique story and share it with loved ones through various digital platforms, under the supervision of a seasoned instructor.

(147) All levels 15 and older
$1,200
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Digital Photography I: Taking Control of Your Camera

PhotoUno Photography School @ 222 E 46th St, New York, NY

Learn how to take stunning photos with confidence in this beginner photography class. Discover the ins and outs of your camera, from aperture to white balance, and gain hands-on experience through fun indoor and outdoor exercises. With flexible scheduling and guaranteed satisfaction, you'll be on your way to mastering digital photography.

(324) Beginner 18 and older
$390

6 sessions

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All Day Private Digital Photography for 1-6 People (New York)

Digital Photo Academy @ Location customized to student goals, New York, NY

Master the art of digital photography with personalized instruction tailored to your specific needs and interests. Capture stunning images in various categories like landscape, portrait, and architecture, and learn post-capture techniques to enhance your photos. Schedule a private session with Digital Photo Academy and discover the endless possibilities of photography.

(147) All levels 15 and older
$675
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Half Day Private Digital Photography for 1-6 People (New York)

Digital Photo Academy @ Location customized to student goals, New York, NY

Discover the secrets of professional digital photography with personalized instruction tailored to your specific camera and interests. Unleash your creativity and capture stunning images as you explore landscapes, portraits, architecture, and more. Enhance your skills with expert guidance on post-capture techniques and image organization.

(147) All levels 15 and older
$375
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Photo Safari: Iconic New York (Part 1)

New York City Photo Safari @ Address announced after registration., New York, NY

Join us on a fast-paced Photo Safari through the iconic landmarks of New York City. Capture the breathtaking beauty of Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Empire State Building, and Central Park. Sharpen your photography skills, learn how to work with lines and angles, and experience the energy of the city like never before.

(149) All levels 18 and older
$125
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+1250 pts
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Photo Safari: Iconic New York (Part 2)

New York City Photo Safari @ Address announced after registration., New York, NY

Capture the essence of New York City through your lens on this fast-paced photo tour. Explore iconic landmarks like Times Square, the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, and the New York Public Library, while learning valuable photography techniques. Join us and take home stunning pictures of the city that never sleeps.

(149) All levels 18 and older
$125
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Photo Safari: World Trade Center

New York City Photo Safari @ Address announced after registration., New York, NY

Embark on an architectural photography adventure in Lower Manhattan, exploring the modern wonders of the new World Trade Center complex. Capture the essence of these iconic landmarks through expert guidance and hands-on practice. Experience the blend of history and innovation in this unique photo tour.

(149) All levels 18 and older
$125
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Photography Crash Course 1

PhotoUno Photography School @ 222 E 46th St, New York, NY

Master your camera basics in this action-packed crash course designed for busy schedules. From understanding ISO to mastering composition, learn to capture stunning images for any occasion. Gain confidence using your camera in various settings, from portraits to sports events, and unlock its full potential in just one session.

(324) Beginner 18 and older
$250
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Photo Safari: Central Park

New York City Photo Safari @ Address announced after registration., New York, NY

Embark on a captivating photographic journey through the enchanting landscapes and vibrant cityscapes of Central Park. Learn the art of scouting for the perfect shot and master the skill of visual editing in this hands-on workshop. Suitable for all levels, prepare to capture the iconic beauty of Central Park like never before.

(149) All levels 18 and older
$100
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iPhone Photography

PhotoUno Photography School @ 222 E 46th St, New York, NY

Unlock the full potential of your iPhone camera in this comprehensive photography class. Elevate your skills with expert guidance on focusing, low light photography, composition, and more. From portraits to urban landscapes, discover how to capture stunning, vibrant images that will leave everyone amazed.

(324) All levels 18 and older
$130
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+1300 pts
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Walk About: Lower Central Park

Art of Intuitive Photography @ Central Park West & W 103rd St, New York, NY

Embark on an immersive photo walk through the iconic Lower Central Park, designed for photography enthusiasts of all levels. Capture the beauty of nature, historic landmarks, and vibrant city life as you explore some of the park's most picturesque locations. Enhance your photography skills while discovering the enchanting charm of this urban oasis.

(593) All levels 16 and older
$125
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Walk About: Riverside Park

Art of Intuitive Photography @ Exactly meeting spot TBD, New York, NY

Embark on a photographic journey through Riverside Park's serene landscapes and iconic landmarks. Discover hidden gems, refine your photography skills, and unleash your creativity against the backdrop of the Hudson River and lush gardens. Join us for an immersive exploration of Manhattan's picturesque green space.

(593) All levels 16 and older
$125
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Adobe Photoshop Bootcamp

Noble Desktop @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY & Virtually Online

Enhance your photos and create stunning graphics with this comprehensive Photoshop course. From removing unwanted elements to making precise selections, you'll master essential techniques to transform your images. Unleash your creativity and learn from industry experts.

(376) All levels 18 and older
$975

6 sessions

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Night Photography: Brooklyn Bridge at Night

New York City Photo Safari @ Address announced after registration., New York, NY

Capture the stunning beauty of the Brooklyn Bridge at night with this hands-on photography course. Learn how to master low light conditions, long exposure techniques, and the impact of white balance on your images. No flash is required. Suitable for all levels of photography experience.

(149) All levels 18 and older
$150
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+1500 pts
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Intro to Wet Plate with Sam Dole

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Experience the magic of creating unique images through the historic process of wet plate collodion. Learn the art of hand pouring chemicals onto metal plates to create stunning tintypes and ambrotypes. Unleash your creativity and immerse yourself in this hands-on workshop.

(8) Beginner 18 and older
$715

2 sessions

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+7150 pts
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Gum Printing with Non-Traditional Pigments

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Dive into the world of experimental gum printing, where traditional techniques meet unconventional pigments like mineral oxides and fluorescent colors. This hands-on workshop promises unique, interactive prints and the knowledge to continue exploring this 19th-century process at home. Perfect for all skill levels, you’ll leave with an array of distinctive prints and a newfound passion for darkroom creativity.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$735

2 sessions

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+7350 pts
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Advanced Camera Techniques: Sliders, Jib, and Gimbal Movement

DCTV @ 87 Lafayette St, New York, NY

Master the art of expressive camera motion and elevate your filmmaking with advanced techniques. Discover when and how to use stylized movements like pans, tilts, and tracks effectively. Gain hands-on experience with sliders, gimbals, and portable jibs to create the perfect visual mood for your scenes. Explore the impact of movement on mood and storytelling through professional-grade equipment and expert guidance.

(237) All levels 18 and older
$240

2 sessions

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+2400 pts
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Night Photography: Times Square at Night

New York City Photo Safari @ Address announced after registration., New York, NY

Improve your night photography skills as you explore the vibrant lights of Times Square in this hands-on course. Learn how to effectively use flash and long exposure techniques to capture stunning images in low light conditions. A tripod is a must and prior knowledge of f/stop, shutter speed, and ISO relationships is recommended.

(149) All levels 18 and older
$150
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+1500 pts
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8"x10" Wet Plate

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Explore the art of creating tintypes and ambrotypes on a larger scale, refining your collodion technique under expert guidance. Utilize our top-notch facilities and equipment for an unforgettable hands-on experience in the historic process of wet plate photography.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$740

2 sessions

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+7400 pts
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Reviews for Photography Classes in NYC

Photography Classes in NYC are rated 4.7 stars based on 1,834 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Digital Photography I: An Introduction for Beginners

    Anonymous review on 7/8/2024
    Had a great lesson with OC. Lots of take-aways!
  • Digital Photography I: Taking Control of Your Camera

    Anonymous review on 7/6/2024
    Loved this introduction to photography. Couldn’t have had a better teacher who was as knowledgeable and passionate!
  • Photography Crash Course 1

    Reviewed by Kathryn M. on 6/16/2024
    Pat was an excellent instructor. She answered every question thoroughly and patiently, even the ones that were random and a little off-topic. She explained everything very very clearly. She kept reassuring us that we would get it, and eventually we did. Although the crash course is a whole lot of information, and my head was spinning, I feel like I know have some essentials that I can practice on and at least start to use this fancy camera that I have…
  • Photo Safari: Iconic New York (Part 1)

    Reviewed by Catherine T. on 5/24/2024
    A really relaxed class with like minded people . The photographer was professional and excellent at sharing key technical points. Got lots of tips to photography high buildings such as using glass as an imagary. At the end of the 3 hour class we were all asked to reflect on our learning. I would recommend this class.
  • Digital Photography I: An Introduction for Beginners

    Anonymous review on 5/23/2024
    Mindy was just as awesome as all of the other reviewers stated. I finally learned how to use a camera that I’ve had for six years. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to get started on their digital photography journey.
  • Digital Photography I: An Introduction for Beginners

    Reviewed by Blake M. on 3/29/2024
    It was a great experience. I was lucky enough to have a small group showing so we have a lot more individual time to ask questions and play with our cameras. 100% recommend for beginners who are just learning to use a camera.
  • Digital Photography I: An Introduction for Beginners

    Anonymous review on 3/19/2024
    Instructor was great, I walked away feeling like I really knew how to get started with my camera
  • Digital Photography I: Taking Control of Your Camera

    Reviewed by Allie S. on 2/11/2024
    I loved this class! The instructor, Leticia, was knowledgeable, patient and enthusiastic! As a beginner, I felt like this class was the perfect pace for learning. I’ll be signing up for photo 2!
  • Digital Photography I: An Introduction for Beginners

    Reviewed by Marcia A. on 1/15/2024
    The class was very good. Mindy taught in a very simple way so we could perfectly understand the basics of manual photo shooting. We are now in manhattan practicing and having really great results.
  • Digital Photography I: An Introduction for Beginners

    Anonymous review on 1/8/2024
    I took the beginner class with Mindy, and I cannot recommend it more highly! Mindy was a patient and informative teacher, and helped me understand the basics of what goes into a good photo. Recommend this course to anyone interested in photography who is feeling overwhelmed with their first camera.

Discover the Best Photography Classes in NYC

Photos can capture a moment and let it live forever. Images can also be used to increase the sales of your product or even be sold to someone else after effectively telling a story. If you find yourself interested in photography, learning that there are numerous avenues to start in the industry is vital. From photographing stills, action shots, portraits, or florals, taking a picture is more than just taking a snapshot; it is a skill. However, this should be manageable because there are ways to learn photography if interested. 

Why You Should Learn Photography in NYC

NYC is a city that never sleeps, which can be handy for an experienced or aspiring photographer. If you are interested in still shots, portraits, floral shots, and even the occasional celebrity sighting, New York covers all these things and more. In addition to gaining access to a real-life place for inspiration, New York also has a significant number of people, which means you will likely run into other photographers. Networking or making connections is easier when you have more people to choose from. Learning photography in New York will allow you to meet people from all over the world with the same interests as you. Finally, New York is the city of dreams and opportunity. If you are thinking about stepping into photography as a full-time job or a side hustle, the culture of NYC encourages this drive and determination.

In-Person Photography Classes & Schools in NYC

Suppose you are looking to start learning photography. In that case, in-person photography classes are a great option, especially because some classes provide equipment making it easier for newcomers to the skill to test out a camera before investing in one. New York has options when it comes to schools that teach photography. For example, PhotoUno Photography School in Midtown East, New York, offers courses for all levels of photographers. Located on 46th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, this school provides a host of classes to keep anyone engaged in the art of photography. The owner, Patrcia Brumicky, wants her school to give the hobbyist photographer the best experience. Therefore, she ensures small sizes, meaning at most nine students per class, so each student can get the necessary attention to be successful.

At PhotoUno, you can find a course like Digital Photography I: Taking Control of Your Camera, a beginner-level course designed to be fun, practical, and flexible. For $390, this class will teach you how to control your camera in Manual Mode. This course is designed to help students understand concepts such as aperture, focus control, rule of thirds, exposure, and basic use of built-in flash. For this course, you need either a DSLR camera, a Mirrorless camera, or a Compact camera. You can expect to meet six times for two hours, giving you a total of 12 hours of learning about your digital camera. 

If Digital Photography I piqued your interest, you would be interested in the Digital Photography II course offered. This course takes the skills you learned in the first section to the next level in just six sessions. Students learn how to create mood in their photographs and improve composition. Students learn advanced techniques like custom white balance, lighting patterns, and bulb mode. The course also teaches different composition techniques, like properly using lines, curves, and color theory. Like other courses at PhotoUno Photography School, the class size is small to provide individualized, hands-on training. Students will also discuss finding exciting points of view in their photos while engaging with other students. Each session is two hours, and the course is $430. 

PhotoUno Photography School also offers an iPhone Photography class if you are still getting ready or have no desire to move on to professional cameras. The iPhone class is $130 and gives 2-hours of learning how to take amazing photos with your phone. Students are required to have an iPhone 6 or higher for this course. By the end of class, you will know how to take photographs in low light, use focus, and create compelling pictures.

The Art of Intuitive Photography is another great photography school option for in-person classes. Located in Greenwich Village and the Upper West Side, this school focuses on enhancing your intuition as a photographer. Students can expect to get feedback that will help them grow as a photographer while learning how to see photos differently. They provide an array of classes for all ages. For example, Art of Intuitive Photography offers a Digital Photography II: Master Manual Mode at Night course. For just $125, you get to spend 2 hours reviewing the basics of manual mode and practice with NYC at night as your muse. To succeed in this class, you must have a basic knowledge of manual mode settings, and no tripods or flash are allowed.

There is also PhotoManhattan, which is located in Union Square in downtown Manhattan. They offer undeniably great and distinctive courses, including The Basics - Street course. While the title doesn’t give it all away, this 2.5-hour session will teach students tips and tricks on how to shoot quick and efficient street scenes right in the city. Students will take a tour while learning how to shoot the best possible lighting, framing, perspective, and exposure with a camera of their choice. You are required to bring a camera, but it can be any kind, even your phone. Select a camera that you know how to use because time is limited, and the course is for you to learn how to make your street shots the best and doesn’t focus on how to use your camera.

Another unique and exciting class offered at PhotoManhattan is Beginner Course - Travel. For $375, you can spend 2.5 hours learning how to amplify your travel photos. After taking this course, you will confidently possess the skills to capture landscape, cityscape, and street photography the next time you travel. Students will spend class time outdoors unless the weather does not permit while they learn techniques to prepare them to shoot spectacular outdoor photos on their next adventure. You can expect to leave class with feedback on the images you created that day. Come into the course knowing how to operate your camera in auto or manual mode.

Virtual Photography Classes & Schools

While in-person classes in the elements can be refreshing and motivating, online photography classes also have their benefits. You can attend an online course from anywhere and work in the comfort of your own home or studio. Additionally, virtual classes eliminate the need to commute in a large city like NYC, saving you time and money. While there are benefits, there could be challenges too. Online classes can feel isolating, especially if you started photography to make new friends. Also, if you are taking a virtual class versus an in-person one, you are limited to only the supplies and equipment you already own.

Nevertheless, online classes are still a great way to start your photography hobby. 92nd Street Y is an NYC-based school that offers a PHONE-ography 101 course. The virtual course will teach students how to use their phones to improve their photos drastically. From the basics of better composition to apps for editing, this course has you covered what you need to be a better phone camera operator. The course is split into two 2.5-hour sessions and only costs $115. If you want to stick with beginner’s classes, you can also take a Portrait Beginners’ Guide course online. In three sessions, you will learn the dos and don’ts of portraiture. With lessons covering posting, shooting angles, directing, and backgrounds, this course covers it all. You are required to bring your camera, but even a phone camera works. The course takes place over Zoom and has a live instructor who can answer questions and provide you with feedback.

Private Group Photography Classes in NYC

Perhaps you have a group of friends interested in photography, or you’re looking to book your next unique and exciting team-building event; CourseHorse offers notable options for private group photography classes in NYC. There is something for every interest that can be delivered to you and your team online. From painting workshops to cooking courses, CourseHorse has you covered. Even if they don’t have the class you wanted readily available at that time, CourseHorse can arrange it for your group. For example, let’s say you want to book a private iPhone photography class for a group of friends but aren’t finding it on the website. You can contact CourseHorse through their contact form on the site. Tell their free event planning team how many people you expect, the dates, and what you want in a virtual activity. Someone will contact you within two business hours with their available options. Once you find your perfect course match, CourseHorse makes it easy to change group size, and there are no booking fees! The guessing is taken out of the planning process, and someone is there to answer questions and provide support until the day of your successful event.

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