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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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All Day Private Digital Photography (New York)

Digital Photo Academy @ Cross Streets TBA, 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.

Friday Dec 15th, 10am–4pm Eastern Time


Travel Photography Seminar

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

Traveling is a fun experience, but taking pictures while traveling can be frustrating.  In our Travel Photography Seminar we will teach you how to create exciting images of the places you visit whether, near or far from home. During this two-hour photography seminar will learn what equipment they will need, how to trouble shoot on location, and get personal experience from a travel photographer. Get ready for that next vacation with our Travel...

Wednesday Jan 10th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

Portrait Photography

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

Join us in this hands-on intermediate level course to learn the basics of the compelling portrait. Explore the principles of posing, composition and lighting patterns that increase the visual impact of a portrait. There are many things that go behind a portrait, such as the relationship between the photographer and the subject. Learn how this relationship can shape the meaning of a portrait. This class also looks at the work of other photographers...

Monday Jan 22nd, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

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Digital Photography II

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

Take your photography skills to the next level as you explore advanced techniques and composition principles in this engaging course at PhotoUno Photography School. Enhance your understanding of your camera, learn about custom white balance and lighting patterns, and discover how to create meaningful and visually compelling photographs. Join us and unlock your creative potential in the world of digital photography.

Tuesday Jan 9th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Creative Food Photography

Princeton Photo Workshop @ Exact Location TBD, Ringoes, NJ

Successful food images challenge us to use light and composition in some unexpected ways. For this class, each student will bring food items or prepared dishes they would like to take pictures of, and everyone will have the opportunity to style and photograph different items and dishes. In this fun class, we'll discover how a food photographer sets up the scene to make mouth-watering food images. We’ll experiment with different lenses, lighting...

Saturday Feb 10th, 10am–2pm Eastern Time

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.

Saturday Jan 6th, 11am–1pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Composition & Creative Photography I

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

Master the art of composition and unleash your creativity through the lens in this immersive 3-week course. Learn how to approach a scene, explore different techniques, and discover composition guidelines used by famous photographers. Practice your skills and receive immediate feedback to elevate your photography game to new heights.

Thursday Feb 8th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Intro to Large Format Photography

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

This large format class covers the use of the view camera on the most practical level, as well as the aesthetic plane. The view camera can transform how a person, object, or landscape looks by using a range of camera movements, controlling where the focus lies, and correcting or exaggerating the perspective to give the photographer complete discretion over the final image. This course guides students through the basics of large format photography...

Wednesday Mar 6th, 11am–2pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

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.

Saturday Dec 16th, 5:30–7:30pm Eastern Time

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Half Day Private Digital Photography (New York)

Digital Photo Academy @ Cross Streets TBA, 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.

Friday Dec 15th, 10am–1pm Eastern Time

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Chrystie Deal

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Chrystie

Digital Photo Academy @ SE Corner of Chrystie & Rivington, New York, NY

Capture the vibrant energy of New York City's stylish SoHo district with a hands-on digital photography workshop that explores captivating environmental portraiture and architectural photography. Join experienced instructors at the Chrystie and Rivington intersection for an immersive journey through this world-class destination, perfecting your skills in bringing out the essence of your subjects and capturing fleeting moments with panning techniques. Unleash your creativity and walk away with a foundation for improving your photography anywhere you go.

Saturday Dec 16th, 11am–2pm Eastern Time


Digital Photography I: An Introduction for Beginners

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

Does your camera confuse you? This 3 hour class will cover ISO, aperture, shutter speed and more. You'll never want to photograph in auto mode again! You need to have a camera that has the manual mode setting. If you would like to rent a camera from us, we charge $30 for the session.​ Hands on exercises will be given.

Friday Dec 15th, 10am–1pm Eastern Time

Holiday Flash Photography

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

PhotoUno has created a class to help you get rid of some of your holiday stress while using your portable flash.  You will learn how to work with different lighting scenarios and see how you can make stunning images while using your portable flash. We will also learn how to get creative with your flash using different objects and add another layer to your photographs.  This 2-hour workshop will cover some of the most...

Monday Dec 11th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Eldridge St Deal

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Eldridge St

Digital Photo Academy @ 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY

Explore the captivating streets and stunning architecture of Eldridge St through the lens of your camera. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, from Chinese locals playing Mahjong to skateboarding hipsters, and learn composition strategies to capture portfolio-worthy images. This immersive photography workshop is perfect for enthusiasts looking to hone their skills in a unique location.

Saturday Feb 17th, 11am–2pm Eastern Time

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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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