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Beginner Photography Classes: Camera Basics, Photo I, and Video

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In this section you'll find several class options: "The camera - A Beginners guide" And "Digital Photography I - Mastering the Fundamentals". Take the Camera course for a quick intro to the camera and exposure. Take Digital Photo I for a complete guide that includes more shooting time and topics.

Digital Photography I - Mastering the Fundamentals - $390

Get a solid grounding on the fundamentals of the world of photography. This beginner photography course covers well beyond the basics of your digital camera and exposure — it helps you create a solid foundation to start your photography journey. Classes will consist of different topics each week, including motion blur, composition and framing, focus control, built-in flash and the basics of digital post-processing. This is also an ideal course to learn the best tricks for night photography. Students will be given weekly assignments and photo critiques, as well as in-class photo shoots which will further strengthen the techniques learned during each class. Should the weather permits, some sessions will consist of shooting workshops around Union Square, NYC, where students will practice shooting in real life scenarios. Students will also develop a series of photographs of their own choice of topic throughout the course that will be showcased in a group photo exhibit (optional). View samples of our Digital Photography I students' work here.

Available versions:

  • 5 sessions: 3-hour classes, optional exhibit.
  • 4 sessions: 4-hour classes, optional exhibit.

All versions cover the same material.

Requirements: Any digital camera, with or without manual mode (DSLRs or Point and Shoots). For the first class, please try to bring your manual for reference.

Course Structure Suggestion: This course covers all of the basics and we therefore highly recommend that it is taken before any other course at PhotoManhattan (including Portraiture and Street Photography).

Notes: film cameras are accepted in this course. Please note that while most content of this course is applicable to both digital and film photography, there will be terms to learn that apply specifically to digital photography. Should the assigned instructor become suddenly unavailable, we’ll allocate a substitute.


Photography classes NYC - Midtown Manhattan traffic The Camera - A Beginners' guide - $290

Each settings on your camera provides a world of potential for bettering your photography, whether you use a DSLR, point and shoot, Mirrorless, or smartphone camera, learn the tons of tricks that you can do with the equipment that you already have, without complexity and staying in Auto mode. You don’t need a high tech camera to make amazing photos. Come grab a seat!

You’ll learn, the main camera settings and options, simple tricks to enhance your sharpness, focus, create motion blur shots, freeze motion, use the on-camera flash, take photos at night, and gain basic control over your exposure. We'll explore settings such as exposure compensation and various presets that can turn a regular image into a special one. Our knowledgeable instructors will guide you through all the main options that your camera has, and how and when to apply each of them based on the effect and scene that you are looking to portray. Additionally, this class will thoroughly introduce to all other digital photography related topics that you will need to know when planning to buy your next camera. These subjects include, megapixels, lenses, noise, white balance, ISO, SD cards and much more. Never miss that shot again!

Class structures are mixed with Photo Critiquing HW, Verbal Instruction and Hands-on Exercises. A mixture to cater to all learning types. Weather permitting, we’ll even go outside and take your newly learned skills to the neighboring streets of NY, including the popular Union Square Park. Additionally, you'll develop your own photo project and will have the option to showcase at the end of the course (optional). 
You will also have the option in showing off your photos in one of our monthly photo exhibits! (which you don’t want to miss)!


Available versions:

  • 5 sessions: 2-hour classes, optional exhibit.
  • 3 sessions: 3:15min classes, optional exhibit.
  • 2 sessions: 5-hour classes, optional exhibit.

Want to learn how to use your personal camera, while keeping it simple? Staying on Automatic Modes will be easier than ever after taking this workshop. Come grab a seat with your Mirrorless, Point and Shoot, or DSLR Camera, and even your phone!

Requirements: Any digital camera including Phone cameras and mirrorless with Automatic mode. For the first class, please try to bring your manual for reference. ** Students who completed “Digital Photography I” in the past, don't need to take this course.

Course Structure Suggestion: This course covers all of the basics and we therefore highly recommend that it is taken before any other course. (except for beginner courses teaching the Manual Mode of the camera).

Notes on film cameras: Please note that while most content of this course is applicable to digital cameras, you are welcome to attend as long as your film camera has an automatic shooting mode. Should the assigned instructor become suddenly unavailable, we’ll allocate a substitute.



DSLR Video I – Expand Your Camera Knowledge

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Make those pictures move. Expand your skills to take full advantage of today's digital camera's ever expanding HD video capabilities. This hands on video workshop will guide through the full settings of your camera to produce the best videos possible. These video classes are hands on workshops that will cover all you need to know to produce great videos using a traditional photography camera.

During each session students will be introduced to the fundamentals of video making from tripods to free hand, sound settings and microphones (provided by PhotoManhattan) to composition and motion, video settings and much more. Course will include weekly assignments, and in-class shooting and practice. This course is intended for photographers. Limited to 10 Students.

Available versions:

  • 5 sessions: 2-hour classes, optional exhibit.
  • 3 sessions: 3:15min classes, optional exhibit.
  • 2 sessions: 5-hour classes, optional exhibit.

Requirements: a video-enabled camera.

Level of Knowledge Assumed: basic still photography understanding and practice. Students are expected to feel comfortable browsing camera and exposure settings for still photography. The first half of our Photo I course can suffice depending on each student.

Note: should the assigned instructor become suddenly unavailable, we'll allocate a substitute instructor.


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Each course comes with 1 Free make up class - schedule your makeup class hassle-free anytime. And free 24-hour cancellation.

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Digital Photography I (4 Sessions): Jan 19-Feb 09, Saturdays 10:45 AM-2:45 PM. Digital Photography I (4 Sessions): Jan 19-Feb 09, Saturdays 10:45 AM-2:45 PM.

Instructor: G.J.(View Bio)

Full fee: $390.00
Join 2nd class, get a syllabus for class 1. $300.00

Savings: $90.00
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DSLR Video (3 Sessions): Jan 28-Jan 31, Mon, Wed, Thu 2:15 PM-5:30 PM. Intensive! DSLR Video (3 Sessions): Jan 28-Jan 31, Mon, Wed, Thu 2:15 PM-5:30 PM. Intensive!

Instructor: C.N.(View Bio)


(DSLR Video (3 Sessions): 01/28-01/30. Intensive!
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Full fee: $355.00
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Digital Photography I (5 Sessions): Jan 29-Feb 12, Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00 PM-9:00 PM. Digital Photography I (5 Sessions): Jan 29-Feb 12, Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00 PM-9:00 PM.

Instructor: C.N.(View Bio)


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Digital Photography I (4 Sessions): Feb 05-Feb 12, Tue, Thu, Fri 1:30 PM-5:30 PM. Intensive! Digital Photography I (4 Sessions): Feb 05-Feb 12, Tue, Thu, Fri 1:30 PM-5:30 PM. Intensive!

Instructor: S.K.(View Bio)


(Digital Photography I (4 Sessions): 02/05-02/12. Intensive!
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The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Feb 20-Mar 20, Wednesdays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Feb 20-Mar 20, Wednesdays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM.

Instructor: C.N.(View Bio)


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Full fee: $290.00
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The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Mar 02-Mar 30, Saturdays 12:30 PM-2:30 PM The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Mar 02-Mar 30, Saturdays 12:30 PM-2:30 PM

Instructor: G.J.(View Bio)

Full fee: $290.00
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The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Mar 05-Apr 02, Tuesdays 3:30 PM-5:30 PM. The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Mar 05-Apr 02, Tuesdays 3:30 PM-5:30 PM.

Instructor: C.N.(View Bio)


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The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Mar 06-Apr 03, Wednesdays 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Mar 06-Apr 03, Wednesdays 10:00 AM-12:00 PM.

Instructor: S.K.(View Bio)


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The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Mar 25-Apr 22, Mondays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Mar 25-Apr 22, Mondays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM.

Instructor: G.J.(View Bio)


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The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Mar 28-Apr 25, Thursdays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Mar 28-Apr 25, Thursdays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM.

Instructor: C.N.(View Bio)


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Full fee: $290.00
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The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Apr 06-May 04, Saturdays 10:30 AM-12:30 PM. The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Apr 06-May 04, Saturdays 10:30 AM-12:30 PM.

Instructor: G.S.(View Bio)


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The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Apr 09-Apr 12, Mon, Tue, Fri, 2:00 PM-5:15 PM The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Apr 09-Apr 12, Mon, Tue, Fri, 2:00 PM-5:15 PM

Instructor: TBA(View Bio)

Full fee: $290.00
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The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Apr 24-May 22, Wednesdays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Apr 24-May 22, Wednesdays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM.

Instructor: C.N.(View Bio)


(The Camera – A beginners’ guide: 04/24-05/22.
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The Camera – A beginners’ guide: May 04-May 18, Saturdays 12:30 PM-3:45 PM. The Camera – A beginners’ guide: May 04-May 18, Saturdays 12:30 PM-3:45 PM.

Instructor: G.J.(View Bio)


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Full fee: $290.00
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The Camera – A beginners’ guide: May 21-Jun 18, Tuesdays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. The Camera – A beginners’ guide: May 21-Jun 18, Tuesdays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM.

Instructor: C.N.(View Bio)


(The Camera – A beginners’ guide: 05/21-06/18.
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Full fee: $290.00
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DSLR Video: May 21-Jun 18, Tuesdays 3:30 PM-5:30 PM. DSLR Video: May 21-Jun 18, Tuesdays 3:30 PM-5:30 PM.

Instructor: C.N.(View Bio)


(DSLR Video: 05/21-06/18.
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Full fee: $355.00
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The Camera – A beginners’ guide: May 24-May 25, Friday and Saturday 12:30 PM-5:30 PM. Intensive! The Camera – A beginners’ guide: May 24-May 25, Friday and Saturday 12:30 PM-5:30 PM. Intensive!

Instructor: S.K.(View Bio)


(The Camera – A beginners’ guide: 05/24-05/25. Intensive!
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Full fee: $290.00
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The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Jun 01-Jun 29, Saturdays 10:30 AM-12:30 PM. The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Jun 01-Jun 29, Saturdays 10:30 AM-12:30 PM.

Instructor: G.J.(View Bio)


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Full fee: $290.00
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The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Jun 04-Jul 02, Tuesdays 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Jun 04-Jul 02, Tuesdays 10:00 AM-12:00 PM.

Instructor: S.K.(View Bio)


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Full fee: $290.00
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The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Jun 15-Jun 29, Saturdays 12:45 PM-4:00 PM. The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Jun 15-Jun 29, Saturdays 12:45 PM-4:00 PM.

Instructor: G.C.(View Bio)


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Full fee: $290.00
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The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Jul 01-Jul 29, Mondays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Jul 01-Jul 29, Mondays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM.

Instructor: G.J.(View Bio)


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Full fee: $290.00
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The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Jul 17-Aug 14, Wednesdays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. The Camera – A beginners’ guide: Jul 17-Aug 14, Wednesdays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM.

Instructor: C.N.(View Bio)


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Full fee: $290.00
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