The school began with the idea of a nationwide workshop series dedicated to promoting the culture of digital photography.The workshops would be taught by talented and accredited professional photographers who live in the cities where they teach. The classes would be small, and the students would be grouped according to skill level so that nobody would feel bored or intimidated.
Richard Rabinowitz and his company R2Rainmaker, which has been working with the world's most accomplished photographers for the last 25 years, started by finding talented professional photographers to teach in each city. A long and rigorous selection process led to signing up 48 accomplished shooters from 26 cities around the country. During intensive meetings and many friendly meals, we hashed out the curriculum for each skill level, developed detailed ideas for outdoor shoots involving students in the advanced workshops, and decided on the equipment required to enhance their skills at post-capture image manipulation. We knew that if we wanted to build long-term photo communities, the tips and techniques had to be helpful to people who owned all different cameras, no matter who manufactured them.
On April 23rd, 2007, our instructors from around the country traveled to DPA headquarters to launch the school. During a four hour photo-shoot designed to express our collective joy in digital photography, the instructors captured hundreds of beautiful images of flowers, ponds, waterfalls, and the inimitable inhabitants of the big apple, which comprise much of the photos on the the school homepage. Shortly thereafter, all the instructors return to their cities, and began running classes throughout the country.
All of the DPA instructors have brought their cameras back to their cities, to assist in teaching the DPA workshops hands on. You can bring any make or model of digital camera manufacturer to your workshop, as our instructors have knowledge and experience with all different kinds of cameras.
The instructor, Phil, was extremely patient and encouraging . He knew everything about the topic and taught at just the right pace to let us beginners grasp the topic and reach for just a little more information . Phil is a wonderful teacher and very personable . After I practice what Phil taught me about picture taking, I look forward to a follow-up class with him . - Elena
THE INSTRUCTOR WAS EXCELLENT- I NEED HIM TO TEACH MORE CLASSES. HE WAS KNOWLEDABLE , FUNNY , KEPT YOUR INTEREST IN WHAT HE WAS SAYING, HE GAVE OUT EXCELLENT HANDOUTS- THAT I WILL KEEP IN MY CAMERA BAG "FOR LIFE" I AM TAKING A FEW MORE CLASSES WITH COURSEHORSE- AND JUST "PRAY" THAT THEY ARE HALF AS GOOD. THANK YOU BILL BLANCHARD ALSO A "BIG" SHOUT-OUT TO NANCY & RICHARD FROM THE OFFICE MAKING SURE I HAD ALL THE CORRECT INFO ON THE TIME & LOCATION OF THE CLASS
I wish I could review this course but I couldn't attend because I was never provided with a location. I called/emailed both course horse and the provider several times and all my communications were ignored. I would never use either company again. I am extremely disappointed and want a full refund. I would strongly advise people to stay away.
Teacher (Adam) was excellent. Easy going, knowledgeable and articulate. Curriculum, definitely enough to help you get started, probably some more granular detail that might be fun. Facility - random location, a cafe in Sty Town, but worked out great given the class was very small.
Great class that I would highly recommend for anyone who is new to photography. I learned the basics of photography and how to use my camera. The instructor was very knowledgeable and took the time to make sure we understood the concepts and were able to use the different functions of our individual cameras.
The Point and Shoot 101 class was superb. I am not exaggerating when I say that the instructor, Steven (sp?), was one of the best teachers I ever had the pleasure of taking a class with. Very knowledgeable about the subject of photography, obviously very passionate about it, and has a way of explaining concepts where things really sink in. I'd take another class with him. Overall, a good experience, small class size helped too!
Brenda Jacomy-Kitch gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
Ashley Hernandez gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.