Home > Learn > Camera Basics, Photo I, and Video

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

Photography classes NYC - Midtown Manhattan traffic

In this section you'll find several class options: "The camera - A Beginners guide" (that replaces "Digital Photography I - Mastering the Fundamentals", and "DSLR Video".

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)! View samples of our Digital Photography I students' work here.


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.

NOTES: ** 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.


Photography classes NYC - Midtown Manhattan traffic
DSLR Video I – Expand Your Camera Knowledge

Video classes NYC - Midtown Manhattan traffic

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.


Scroll down to see all the available schedules. ↓


All courses have 1 FREE make up class. And, <br>Free 24-hour cancellation. View more... All courses have 1 FREE make up class. And,
Free 24-hour cancellation. View more...

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

.
PhotoManhattan Photo class Reviews
PhotoManhattan Reviews

View our Yelp/ Groupon reviews of PhotoManhattan, our students' testimonials page and leave your own comments. Thanks!


(84)
Other options: Other options:

  • Build your own: Take any courses by way of private class and save! Starts at $70. Book a private class.

  • Get a Gift card to use towards any future course openings and save $50. Gift cards never expire! Buy a gift card now.

.
The Camera Beginners' guide: Nov 08-Nov 22, Fridays 2:15 PM-5:15 PM. The Camera Beginners' guide: Nov 08-Nov 22, Fridays 2:15 PM-5:15 PM.

Instructor: TBA


(The Camera Beginners' guide: 11/08-11/22. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
11/08 at PhotoManhattan)_

Full fee: $299.00
$85 off, Join on 2nd class with code: GP85 $299.00
open.
The Camera Beginners' guide: Nov 09-Nov 23, Saturdays 11:00 AM-2:15 PM. The Camera Beginners' guide: Nov 09-Nov 23, Saturdays 11:00 AM-2:15 PM.

Instructor: S.K.(View Bio)


(The Camera Beginners' guide: 11/09-11/23.
11/09 at PhotoManhattan)_

List Price: $299.00
Full fee: $299.00
open.
The Camera Beginners' guide: Nov 18-Dec 16, Mondays, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. The Camera Beginners' guide: Nov 18-Dec 16, Mondays, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM.

Instructor: G.J.(View Bio)


(The Camera Beginners' guide: 11/18-12/16.
11/18 at PhotoManhattan)_

Full fee: $299.00
open.
Video: Dec 04-Dec 18, Wednesdays 2:15 PM-5:30 PM.  Video: Dec 04-Dec 18, Wednesdays 2:15 PM-5:30 PM.

Instructor: TBA


(Video: 12/04-12/18.
12/04 at PhotoManhattan)_

Full fee: $355.00
open.
The Camera Beginners' guide: Dec 07-Jan 04, Saturdays 12:15 PM-2:15 PM. The Camera Beginners' guide: Dec 07-Jan 04, Saturdays 12:15 PM-2:15 PM.

Instructor: TBA


(The Camera Beginners' guide: 12/07-01/04.
12/07 at PhotoManhattan)_

Full fee: $299.00
open.
The Camera Beginners' guide: Dec 26 & Dec 27, Thursday & Friday 12:00 PM-5:00 PM. Intensive! The Camera Beginners' guide: Dec 26 & Dec 27, Thursday & Friday 12:00 PM-5:00 PM. Intensive!

Instructor: TBA


(The Camera Beginners' guide: 12/26-12/26. Intensive!
12/26 at PhotoManhattan)_

Full fee: $299.00
open.