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We Found The Best Photography Classes in NYC at Brooklyn Central

We Found The Best Photography Classes in NYC at Brooklyn Central

A photo is worth a thousand words, right? Well, sort of. Some photos are barely worth a Facebook like, if even that. Let’s rephrase that, a good photo with a focus on the subject, balanced lighting, and thoughtful composition is worth a thousand words. While it may be hard to believe with the albums upon albums of zoomed-in pursed-lip faces on Facebook, there are still plenty of people looking to learn more about photography. If you want to move away from being “snap happy” and learn how to become a seasoned photographer producing quality images, it’s time for a little commitment.

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    Field Guide: The Camera -- vendor closed AC 5/19/2016
    Field Guide: The Camera -- vendor closed AC 5/19/2016

    Brooklyn Central

    New York City hosts hundreds of photography workshops, tours, and photo safaris, but it’s hard to know which classes suit your photography level and goals. And sifting through Google is sure to end up in one heck of a headache. What about online tutorials? Well, having received a Canon DSLR for my birthday years ago, I tried those "tutorials" and a few forums, along with experimenting with the settings on my own. The photos only marginally improved. Remember that commitment I mentioned? It was time to take a photography class. After trying a couple around the city, I finally landed on this gem of a beginner's class at Brooklyn Central.

    Brooklyn Central’s Field Guide: The Camera breaks the fundamentals down about using a DSLR camera and then puts it all back together in a thoughtful, comprehensive manner for the beginner, hobbyist, or amateur photographer. Bringing the class outside, we were given assignments to test what we had learned about the settings on our cameras. For someone who learns by trying something, failing at it, and then trying again, this hands-on approach is really effective. Our instructor, Kathy, was patient and made sure to thoroughly answer everyone’s questions. She had a good feel for our different skill levels and adjusted her instructions and explanations appropriately. It is hard to find such individual attention--trust me!

    It was also great that, while we were all struggling to learn the technicalities, Kathy was still able to help us produce photos that spoke to each student's individual aesthetic and creative expression. Personally, I like simple compositions with a fair amount of open space, but it’s hard finding the right balance of subject and open space. Kathy helped me understand how much lighting and angling can really change the photo. Her explanations of the settings I need to use for what I wanted was very clear.

    After about five hours of learning and taking/reviewing photos outside, our small group was visibly much more comfortable with our DSLR cameras. I was amazed at how, in just one class, I got to know my camera better than I have been able to in the past few years of owning and experimenting with it. In addition, since taking this class I've gone to their crash course on portrait photography and am now excited to try their Field Guide V: The Flash.

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