Digital Photo Academy

Digital Photo Academy

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(110 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

(110 Reviews)
All Day Private Digital Photography (Denver)

6/8/2022
Lori B.

Attended: All Day Private Digital Photography (Denver)


I had a 6 hour class located at Red Rocks and Mark was awesome! He was very professional and knowledgeable. He explained everything in a way a new photography student could understand and he was so passionate about it! I learned so much and have been using my camera to practice almost everyday since.

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Millennium Park

5/14/2022
Randy N.

Attended: Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Millennium Park


The instructor was great and I appreciated the handouts with examples. That helped my understanding of the concepts.

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Millennium Park

5/10/2022
Anonymous

Attended: Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Millennium Park


I have to say I’m very disappointed in this class. I received this lesson as a gift since my friends have a running joke that I take the worst pictures. I thought this is my chance to learn some new skills and actually be able to start taking decent pictures. What I received cannot be called a photography lesson. We sat thru a half hour session of going thru a sheet that was not helpful at all then told to just walk around on our own and take pictures for an hour then meet back at 1. I thought once we met back we would go thru pictures and get some sort of tips on how to take better pics. This was not the case. Basically this was a waste of my time and money. I left very disappointed and would never recommend this class to anyone.

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Chicago)

5/8/2022
Jacqueline K.

Attended: Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Chicago)


Great class! I appreciate all the information I received.

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Chicago)

5/8/2022
Erin P.

Attended: Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Chicago)


Don was a great instructor and I learned a lot! He even adjusted the curriculum to my and the other students proficiency with photography! I would recommend him and this course to anyone!

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Venice Beach

4/10/2022
ERIC W.

Attended: Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Venice Beach


Such a fun course full of ideas and scenarios to try out. I learned so much from Scott about composition and technicals, like how to best use shutter priority or aperture priority, exposure compensation, etc. Really had such an amazing set of moments. If I could do a first-time class all over again, it would be this one.

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Denver)

1/9/2022
Meghan B.

Attended: Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Denver)


Awesome instructor!

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ LA Arboretum

10/16/2021
Daniel N.

Attended: Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ LA Arboretum


Wonderful instructor and a great learning experience. I highly recommend the course.

Half Day Private Digital Photography (Boston)

11/1/2020
Erica M.

Attended: Half Day Private Digital Photography (Boston)


I was looking for a phone photography course for my fiancé and myself who use Android and iPhone respectively. I couldn't find anything perfect but reached out to Digital Photo Academy and Richard was beyond helpful in finding me a photographer who could help us improve our basic photography skills. He reached out to his team of professionals in the Boston area and matched us with Brian Diescher who couldn't have been better to work with. Brian met us where we were interested in getting started and brought us to some amazing places we wouldn't have thought to photograph. He taught us to take much better photographs so our vacation pictures would be more interesting and a better quality. Brian also accommodated us when the weather on our chosen date was pouring rain and we met the following day. It was a great experience and we will definitely reach out again if we can get ourselves more into true photography. I've already recommended it to friends looking for a good activity or day date idea.

Half Day Private Digital Photography (New York)

8/7/2020
Anne S.

Attended: Half Day Private Digital Photography (New York)


I really enjoyed the class. The instructor, Stephen, was very helpful and gave me good feedback on my portfolio as well as answering practical questions in the field. Would 100% do it again.

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Upcoming Classes at Digital Photo Academy

Half Day Private Digital Photography (San Diego)
Half Day Private Digital Photography (San Diego)
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Thursday Jul 7th, 10am - 1pm Pacific Time

All Day Private Digital Photography (San Diego)
All Day Private Digital Photography (San Diego)
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Thursday Jul 7th, 10am - 4pm Pacific Time

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (San Diego)
Master Your Digital Camera Controls (San Diego)
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Saturday Jul 23rd, 3:30pm - 5:30pm Pacific Time

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ East Village
Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ East Village
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Saturday Jul 23rd, 5pm - 8pm Pacific Time

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Coronado Island
Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Coronado Island
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Saturday Aug 20th, 5pm - 8pm Pacific Time

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Ocean Beach
Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Ocean Beach
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Saturday Sep 17th, 11am - 2pm Pacific Time

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Waterfront SD
Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Waterfront SD
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Saturday Oct 22nd, 11am - 2pm Pacific Time

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Mission Beach
Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Mission Beach
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Saturday Nov 19th, 11am - 2pm Pacific Time

Teachers at Digital Photo Academy

6 DPA Instructors Adam Stoltman Alina Oswald Ann Rosen Armond Scavo Aryeh Schwartz Brian Diescher Charlie Turner Christine Nimitz D Brown Dan Jahn Dan Komoda Dawn Bowery Dimitrios Papanikos Donald Peters Donovan Marks Ellen Yeiser Elton Saulsberry Emma McDonald Frank Siteman Hans Gutknecht Jason Oh Jeffrey Fong Jennifer Olsen Jeromy Robert Jerry Downs Jill Enfield Jim Caldwell Jim Caldwell John Reuter Johnny Milano Josh Anon Kat Kiernan Kathy Tarantola Ken Ross Mark Osler Marla Mossman Martin Miller Marv Sloben Matt Lit Michael Pecorino Michael Baker Patricia Bean Patrick Peter Thoeny Rick Gerrity Robert Stevens Ronald Leon Hale Sai Sivanesan Scott Crawford Sonia Sophia Mariano Stan Kaady Stan Kaady Stephen Digges Steve Dunwell Steven Greaves Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano Victor Campano Walt Calahan Whitney Browne William Morton Zoe Strauss
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