JP Teaches Photo offers photography classes in NYC for the 99% of camera owners on the planet who don’t know how to use their cameras. If you live in or are visiting New York City, we offer in-person photography classes.
About Our NYC Photography Classes
Our photography classes in New York City are designed for beginners and hobbyists. In fact, photographers of all levels have enjoyed our Beginner class. Even professional photographers who have taken our Beginner class have learned a new way of thinking about their cameras and, as a result, have been able to take their photography to the next level.
Our curriculum is completely unique. You’ll learn an intuitive way of using your camera that will not require memorization. In fact, we believe that memorization gets in the way for most people when they’re learning how their cameras work. In our photography classes, you’ll learn by doing rather than by memorizing.
Let’s face it: Cameras are complicated. In that split second of time when you press the shutter button to take a picture, so many things happen all at once: aperture; shutter speed; ISO; white balance; focusing. They’re all inter-related. Learning what each one means, in isolation, is complicated enough. Trying to grasp how they all work together in that fraction of second is, for most people, overwhelming. Our NYC classes break it down so that you’ll learn how your camera works in bite-sized chunks.
Why Choose Our Photography Class in NYC?
Our Beginner class will help you spend less time staring at your camera and more time being present to the world around you. You’ll be much more able to anticipate those magical moments that happen around you and capture them. If you like taking pictures of people, your mind will be freed up to actually engage with your subject. The art of photography is not in those camera buttons and dials; the art of photography is in the composition, the colors, the facial expression, and the moments in time.
Students of our classes are people who value thorough and accurate explanations of how things work without those explanations being overly and unnecessarily complex. Though you won’t need to memorize anything in our classes, we don’t shy away from teaching difficult photography concepts. We want to make it easy for our students but our students are massively smart and serious about learning. A typical student of ours is just simply frustrated with how little approachable photography education is available and wants answers to the basic questions.
Whether you’re new to photography, new to your camera or someone who is looking to newly explore photography while in NYC, you’ll find our classes will jumpstart your creativity and will leave you inspired and empowered to create magic with your images. There is beauty in the world waiting to be captured. Let’s get to it.
What are some of your most popular classes that you offer on CourseHorse?
How Do I Use My Camera? Part 1 and 2, and Nighttime Photography are the most popular classes.
How long have you been in business? Can you share a bit more about your history?
We've been in business for seven years. JP Teaches Photo was founded as a solution for all the photography enthusiasts who just don't understand how their complicated cameras work.
What is your average class size?
Our average class size is between 12–35 students on average.
What is your typical student like? What are their goals?
Our students are typically hobbyist photographers, beginners who love taking photos of their kids, travel, candid moments, city life, and more.
Can you recommend activities to do in the neighborhood before or after class?
Take lots of photos. Go to different places with different lighting, colors, and compositions. Take photos utilizing the skills you just learned. The High Line, Chelsea Piers and Bryant Park are great local places to do that here in NYC.
The classes are the perfect jumpstart to using your camera. I feel I have more control with the pictures I take and how they came out.
This course is perfect if you just purchased a camera and are stumped on how to use it. You'll learn basics and the science behind the camera that helps you make informed decisions when shooting. The instructor, Lydia, really knew her stuff and made the class interactive and fun.
Would have liked the class to cover more than lighting, but learned a lot.
Excellent instruction and simplified material- highly recommend it!
This was a great class for beginners. When taking this course be mindful that this course is designed to answer all of your beginner questions. A lot of people come with pre existing knowledge and that can be distracting or confusing to the majority of the class who is not as technically savvy. The class is very well structured and meant to guide, so trust the teacher (JP), he’s really well mannered and super helpful.
The class gave me everything I needed to feel comfortable using my camera. Lydia is a great teacher!
First of all Lydia is amazing and I think that should speak for itself❤
Really excellent class! I love the student centered approach that the teachers have in instructing their courses. I’ve taken classes with other people but I’d recommend JP Teaches Photo over all the others.
It had a good combo of talking and actually taking photos
I learned so much on the first day I went. I am go back to the second class. The teacher was very informative answered every question that I ask and didn't feel rushed. Plus she made it fun as well. I would recommend this school to anyone who knows nothing about camaras.
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