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Union Square, New York, New York
(185 Reviews)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Updates

All classes as of now are available online. Please view details below. 
  • Virtual Classroom is now open!: These are completely interactive classes joined remotely. They are almost the same as in person classes, with questions and answers, homework assignments and interaction. You'll also find Single day classes, Free seminars, And remote One on One sessions. View more.
  • Virtual Photo Exhibits and meet-ups: We've put together Photo Discussion meet-ups, as a way to provide an artistic outlet during the social distancing period. These are group photo discussion to share your work, or photography feedback with the group.
  • Remote Photo Jobs - Open call: We are aware that a result of this has been cancelled jobs. We feel that we can all contribute to lessen this burden when we work together. To this end, we are putting an open call to all photographers that would like to join us to create online photography content. View more/ apply. Please share with anyone interested.
We'll continue to add more classes and events throughout this week, some free and others at below price in an effort to provide an artistic outlet during these times.

Customer support
While we work around the clock for updates and innovations, our phone customer service support will be more limited than usual. However, our email support will be available for longer hours, typically until 10:30pm. We appreciate your patience while we transition. 

To any in person visitors
Please note that rooms are fully sanitized prior to classes. We ask that you wipe your hands we sanitizer posted at the door, and use the bleach wipes provided to sanitize any objects that you come in touch with.


About PhotoManhattan

Established in 2003 in NYC, with thousands of happy students and a solid presence in NYC, PhotoManhattan Photography School provides excellent photography instruction to all levels, from hobbyist to semi professionals all year round. Our facility offers fully equipped photo studio rentals and plenty of photographic equipment made available to students during classes. PhotoManhattan's instructors are working professionals, yet they are also trained instructors with years of practice leading a class room and great expertise in making difficult photography concepts seem easy and fun.

For beginners, instruction focus on providing students with a solid ground on the fundamentals of photography while accommodating to students' various interests, whether it's shooting with a DSLR, a point and shoot, in manual or in automatic mode, we've master our beginner programs to suit all. To those more advanced, we have challenging photography courses such as Studio Lighting and Portraiture that will make even experienced amateurs stop and think about exactly what they are trying to do when they hit the shutter..

In addition, we host group events, exhibitions and lead group workshops in Union Square and in different neighborhoods of New York City. A wide range of people have taken classes here, and participated in group events, from professionals, to those seeking to become professionals, to those who are looking for a means of moving beyond the 8-6 routine that otherwise traps so many of us. We invite anyone interested in either taking classes, renting space, or becoming involved in PhotoManhattan's group activities, to contact us by phone, by email, or by passing by the studio. Now go out there and shoot.



What are some of your most popular classes that you offer on CourseHorse?
Some of our most popular classes offered on Coursehorse are our Digital Photo I, Photoshop courses and Studio & Lighting course.

How long have you been in business? Can you tell us a bit about your history?
PhotoManhattan has been in business since 2003, with thousands of happy students and a solid presence in NYC. We offer an affordable means of entry and advance into the world of art and in person and online photography classes.

What is your average class size?
Our average class size is nine students.

What is your typical student like? What are their goals?
Our students are typically young adults, either looking to advance their career in photography or looking to learn a new skill for personal enjoyment.

Can you recommend activities to do in the neighborhood before or after class?
We are situated in what's known as the photo district in Chelsea, so we recommend visiting all the amazing photo galleries around the area. We are also located two blocks from the world-famous Union Square. Union Square Park can be the perfect location to talk a walk and get some air or great shots before or after class.

Do you offer certificates of completion? 
Yes, we offer them for courses - (not for single day classes). 

Each course comes with 1 Free make up class - schedule your makeup class hassle-free anytime. And free 24-hour cancellation (from the time of payment)

Reviews of PhotoManhattan

(185 Reviews)
Seminar: Digital Camera

Kathleen P.

Attended: Seminar: Digital Camera

I was disappointed. The instructor was on his cell phone and when he shared his screen we had to view the information in a tiny cell phone window. There was a lack of information shared as well. Too bad because I bet the leader had a lot more info he could share. It was with 15 minutes left that he started talking about ISO and shutter settings. Sorry but I feel it’s best to share this with you for growth.


Lisa M.

Attended: iPhoneography

The class was great and I learned a lot more about my iPhone camera. Thank you. Lisa



Attended: iPhoneography

The instructor made sure everyone was following along. I’ve already put into practice some of what I learned.

Seminar Composition & Framing


Attended: Seminar Composition & Framing

Repetitive, clearly reused slides from other classes, spent most of the class one variations of a single framing technique

Seminar: iPhoneography | In person or online

Margarita Z.

Attended: Seminar: iPhoneography | In person or online

Very informative, motivational , learned a lot .,good presentational skills Definitely will recommend to friends and family Margarita Zeyger

Seminar: iPhoneography | In person or online

Cindy C.

Attended: Seminar: iPhoneography | In person or online

Very informative and useful information. Nice teacher (should have introduced himself..... didn’t tell us his name! Would like to have my colleague take some private classes if you offer them on Photography for Instagram on the I phone. Thanks! Cindy Chaplin

Seminar: Digital Camera


Attended: Seminar: Digital Camera

I thought the instructor, Gabe, was very knowledgeble about various cameras, but most importantly, was able to explain settings and features on my camera to achieve creative capabilities that I was having trouble with. Unfortunately I probably will miss the second (8/19, 6-9p) of three classes but am hoping to make it up in one of the other sessions(8/27, 2-5p ?).

Seminar: Digital Camera


Attended: Seminar: Digital Camera

Gabe was great and very patient with all the questions thrown at him.

Travel Photography - Street & Landscape

Neri B.

Attended: Travel Photography - Street & Landscape

Great class Learned a lot

Food Styling Photography


Attended: Food Styling Photography

I wish the class would have dived deeper into specific camera settings on your phone but overall the content was great.

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51 W 14th St Ste 3R , New York, New York 10011
Union Square, Manhattan
51 W 14th St Ste 3R
Btwn 5th & 6th Avenues
New York, New York 10011

14th Street stop for all trains.

Upcoming Classes at PhotoManhattan

Adobe Lightroom I
Adobe Lightroom I
Next start date:

Saturday Feb 11th, 12pm - 1:45pm Eastern Time