Digital Photo Academy

Art
Gramercy, New York, New York
(31 Reviews)

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.

Reviews of Digital Photo Academy

(31 Reviews)

4/16/2018
Isabella S.

Attended: Half Day Private Digital Photography (San Francisco)


We had a private session with Jerry which was very informative. Our session was at the De Young Museum which was a perfect location for experimentation. Jerry not only showed us new technical skills, but taught us a new way of looking at the world. Thanks Jerry!

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4/9/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Half Day Private Digital Photography (New York)


Very informative and helpful. The instructor, Steven, really helped me learn features of my camera that were beneficial to my needs.

3/6/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Half Day Private Digital Photography (San Francisco)


I was able to tailor the class to be exactly what I needed to learn. Jerry is great to work with.

3/4/2018
ronald l.

Attended: All Day Private Digital Photography (New York)


First off Richard Rabinowitz, the founder, made it his priority to find out what I was hoping to get out of the all-day session. He went to great lengths to make sure I was matched with the right photographer. I ended up traveling up to the academy in Newburgh (Richard picked me up from the Beacon train station), because I wanted studio lighting experience. This would avoid me having to pay to rent a studio separately. Steve Marrero was my photographer for the day and I must say that the way they planned the day for me felt more like an apprenticeship than just taking a class. Like learning a new language in the country that speaks it versus just being a classroom. I reacquainted with my camera at Richard’s use, where I was also able to setup studio lights and shoot portraits of two people that they had sit for me. The highlight of the day was when they drove me to a clothing boutique and had a model waiting to try on 3 outfits for me to photograph, with Steve’s guidance of course. It was a long but productive day and I walked away with what I needed to give my project a try on my own. I’ll be using these guys again to develop other aspects of my photography.

2/1/2018
Andrea C.

Attended: All Day Private Digital Photography (New York)


The class was fantastic, Steven was very articulate, knew his subject well, and I walked away having learnt a lot. Would highly recommend!!!

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1/30/2018
Brooke C.

Attended: Half Day Private Digital Photography (New York)


After giving up on my "big" camera for years because I couldn't figure it out, I took this class with Marla. After 3 hours with her I can now work my camera settings well enough so that now all I need is practice and time. So thrilled! It's a whole new world.

1/21/2018
Anonymous

Attended: All Day Private Digital Photography (Chicago)


Sai was super nice, patient and taught us a lot about our cameras and taking great pics.

1/8/2018
louis V.

Attended: All Day Private Digital Photography (New York)


My Instructor was Steve G. I had an amazing day. Steve assisted me in transforming my relationship with my camera in 6 hours. I hope he had a tenth as much fun as I did. I am forever grateful.

12/10/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Digital Photo Live In-the-Field [email protected] Union Station


Jeromy was knowledgable and chose a great location to shoot in! I learned a lot, it was great fun and I would highly recommend it!

10/23/2017
Anonymous

Attended: All Day Private Digital Photography (New York)


The class was excellent. The teaches was punctual, patient and professional. I feel I received the information promised in the course description.

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211 E 18th St #2R, New York, New York 10003
Digital Photo Academy
Gramercy, Manhattan
211 E 18th St #2R
Btwn 2nd and 3rd Avenues
New York, New York 10003

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All Day Private Digital Photography (New York)
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Thursday Apr 26th, 10am

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Thursday Apr 26th, 10am

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (New York)
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Saturday May 5th, 9:30am

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Saturday May 5th, 11am

Digital Photo Live In-the-Field Workshop @ Central Park
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Saturday Jun 9th, 11am