Sometimes, with the wide variety of campuses and courses available, it can be difficult to find the best photography classes in NYC. JP Teaches Photo is one of the many teaching centers available that can provide new students with the tools that they need to begin a career in photography.
To begin, the very first entry class will center on a three-hour introduction to the basic features that most modern cameras come equipped with. The classes will be centered around learning the information through regular use of the camera, with less emphasis placed on memorization and note taking. All of the sessions will take place in Central Park and will be arranged on a day when the weather is most beneficial. JP designs these classes with new users in mind, and will cover basic topics such as exposure, explaining why sunset photos are sometimes difficult to achieve, aperture settings, which can help set the focus of the photo, and shutter speed, which can help photographers arrange pictures in a deliberately motion blurred way.
Follow up courses are available after the first one has been completed. These focus on furthering the student’s knowledge of camera function by exploring its various other features. These lessons will focus on how to use ISO so as to better take photographs in lower light settings, utilizing the flash feature in such a way that images can look more naturally lit without overexposing the backgrounds or subjects, and working with the white balance so as to take better focused portrait shots.
Working with Lighting
An advanced course can be taken by students who are interested in learning how to further their understanding of how the camera can work with existing lighting conditions. The course will also help students understand how artificial light can be applied in other conditions as well. Students will learn how to distinguish between different values in hardness, color of light, and intensity of it.
Nighttime Exposure Class
For students who are interested in furthering their understanding of light exposure and conditions, JP offers a nighttime exposure class. This class centers around focusing on the shutter speed of the camera to encourage students to explore long exposure photography. As the name implies, this class will be set at nighttime, and students will be instructed on how to use their cameras so as to capture light sources that the human eye can only barely perceive. Students will be encouraged to have flashlights, as the last portion of the class will be centered on using the flashlights to create long exposure images.
For students who would like to learn more about their cameras in the comfort of their own home, online classes can be chosen, where instructors will set up a private Skype session. In these sessions, different types of cameras are discussed and their features are explored at the student’s pace. The different types of cameras that are covered so far are the Nikon D7000, D5100, D90, D3100, and the D3000.
If any of these classes sound like something you would be interesting in pursuing, I recommend taking a look at JP Teaches Photo, one of the top photography courses listed on Yelp.
Written by Zachary Netter,photography junkie, residing in NYC