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.
It was a great session with Don. Really helpful to do some time inside on the camera basics before h adding out to the field. Thanks guys for a great session!
Great Day! Steve was very helpful in helping us get a grasp on the fundamentals of taking control of our cameras! He was very patient and encouraging! a lovely day with a huge learning curve:)
This class was great. Jennifer, the instructor, was very informative.
I just went to my first composition in the field, and it was so much more than what I expected. I have had my camera for over a year, and always asking my son to help me. My friend saw DPA composition in the field and thought I would enjoy this and got this course as a gift for me. Taku my instructor, has patience of a saint. He was so amazing at showing us how to learn to take great pictures, and to look at things differently (outside the box), and different positions in taking pictures. I still need work, however after the course I just kept looking at different ways to take pictures on my way home, and going to the site looking to find another class I can attend. If you are interested in photography, I highly recommend DPA Composition in the Field, well worth it.
Jeff was a patient and thorough instructor; he took us through the camera basics, showed examples, and talked through the options of how we could get the best images. Then, he walked us through 4 different field locations and helped us get photograph them. I found the course to be very useful, informative and enjoyable. Thanks!
Awesome experience - from the hospitality at our host site, to the skill of our ibstructor!
Jill was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about photography and was able to answer all my questions. Even though I knew the basics on composition, I still learned a lot and even was introduced to functions on my camera I had no idea existed. This class is great for those who have never held a DSLR to those who have been shooting for a while, but want to expand their skills. Thank you Jill!
The instructors are top-notch!
Wow, Ken, I’m very grateful for the good feedback you sent me on my photos. I never expected you to take the time to tweak them or comment on each one. Thanks so much for the time you invested in our class and for these very helpful suggestions with examples! This is awesome. I’m not confident using brushes in LR, but I will definitely work to that end, now that I have seen the improvements that you applied with brushes. I’ll be researching more about how to apply these effects and then work at practicing in LR. AGAIN, many thanks!” -Cindy Spicer
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