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Digital Photography I

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Start date: Mon, Apr 28: 12:30pm - 4:30pm (4 sessions)
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Mon, Apr 28: 12:30pm - 04:30pm
Wed, Apr 30: 12:30pm - 04:30pm
Mon, May 05: 12:30pm - 04:30pm
Wed, May 07: 12:30pm - 04:30pm
Location: Union Square
51 West 14th St #2R
(Btwn 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
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Class Information

  • Class Level: Beginner
  • Age Requirements: 18 and older
  • Average Class Size: 15

What you'll learn in this digital photography class:

This photography course covers the fundamentals of the camera and exposure both in automatic and manual mode as well as the basics of street photography, night photography and motion blur, framing and focus control, built in flash, and the basics of digital post processing.

Weather permits, students will go out on shooting field trips to practice shooting in real life scenarios.The 9-Session versions will include a photo showcase of students' best course work.

Camera settings will be reviewed in all modes: manual, presets, shutter & aperture priority. Course includes field trips & weekly shooting assignments. Class group exhibit is optional and can be arranged with your instructor.

Course comes in: 8-sessions, 5-sessions, 4-sessions. Limited to 15 students.

Any digital camera. Manual Mode is highly recommended. For the first day of class, please try to bring your manual for reference.

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Cancellation Policy

Course Registration
The registration deposit serves to reserve a space in a course. The balance is due on the first day of class. Or you can choose to pay the full fee at once.
In case of absence to the first class, we'll hand out the course material so that you can review the material and join on the second class. (provided course has been paid in full). Or you can request a make up class.
Make up classes: we offer one free make up class per student. Class will take place in any available ongoing course. (we cannot guarantee specific days and times).
Note: The syllabi that we hand out for free for your course has the material and list of assignments for each class. Should you be unable to attend both the original class and the make up class, please use your syllabi to review the material, and complete the assignments so that they can be reviewed next class.

Schedule Options
The options below are prepared specifically to provide a chance for students who can't commit to a full duration of a course:
"Pay Per Class" plan: This is a program through which you can pay per class. No presence no charge.
* Short versions of each course: We offer the 4 week or 5 week versions that are available once or twice weekly. They'll be listed under each course. 

Getting to know us
If you don't already know us and want to test a few classes, that's easy: we have scheduled open houses since 2003 for this specific purpose. Below are the options:
Free monthly seminars, These are real classes where you can see the teaching style and quality of the content of each session. 
* Exhibitions: they are available and open to the public 3-7 times per month (except in early January). This is a great way for you to view the quality of the work of current students and meet and speak directly with our students and instructors. 
* Sit-in on any class: If the options above are unavailable, you can sit in on any ongoing classes. We generally have introductory sessions going on every weeknight and on Saturdays. Just call us a few hours earlier so we can ensure there is a free seat before coming in. 

Assigned instructors
In cases when an instructor becomes suddenly available, courses will be assigned a different instructor than that stated online. 

In case of discontinuation by Student After Full Payment:
PhotoManhattan may, at it's sole discretion, offer to transfer up to 40% of the amount paid towards a new course if and when the reasons for discontinuation are considered an emergency or health related issue.
For this offer to be considered, student must submit such request no later than on the 2nd class of the original course.
Offers will be made on a case by case basis. Credit amount will be determined based on each individual circumstance. Credits are a courtesy only and are not guaranteed at any time.
The remaining balance of the course fee, thereafter, must be paid in full at the time of switch into the new courses.
NOTE: Credits, discounts, and special arrangements will be granted ONLY one time per individual. No discounts are available for Darkroom and Studio courses. 

To process a switch request please use our Switch form.

Course Cancellation by PhotoManhattan
Should a course need to be cancelled, PhotoManhattan will offer students a full refund of the amount paid OR a full credit towards a new course, within 4 weeks of the cancelled course start date. If the student chooses to use the credit towards a new course, PhotoManhattan's policy will then apply.

Deposits - General
While full fee payments are sometimes credited as explained above, deposits on any service, on the other hand, are non-refundable and non-creditable. This is because the purpose of the deposit is to secure seats, resources or instructors for particular times and days during which they'll will have become unavailable to other awaiting students. When you cancel your appointment, many times staff members still have to be compensated for that booking. Other times, the resources will have become unavailable to the public based on the minimum booking time frame of our system. While we'll refund bookings made in error when you notify us within 24 hours, we are unable to issue any other credits on deposits unless if the reason for the cancellation is of an emergency or health related nature. 

Limitations of Liability
By registering for any class, the student agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless PhotoManhattan from and against any action, suit, claim, damages, liability, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees), arising out of or related to the use, distribution, or other exploitation (including but not limited to the distortion or modification in any way), at any time by any party of any photographs, or any part thereof, or reproduction thereof of models, other students, instructors, or otherwise taken by the student on PhotoManhattan’s premises or in connection with the class or this website.

PhotoManhattan reserves the right of admission to it's facilities, events, and services, including but not limited to courses, rentals and exhibitions.

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Mon, Apr 28 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Wed, Apr 30 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Mon, May 05 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Wed, May 07 12:30pm - 4:30pm

Union Square, Manhattan
51 West 14th St
Btwn 5th & 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10011


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51 West 14th St
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New York, NY 10011

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Reviews of Classes at PhotoManhattan

4 out of 4

Attended: Seminar Composition & Framing

This class really helped me to see things differently. And Maria was so nice. A good listener and always wiling to help you. I'd take a second class from her in a minute!

Attended: Field Trip: Exposure Fundamentals

It was fine. I definitely learned some basics on adjusting various manual modes in order to get the right exposure level for several types of photographs, but I have a lot more to learn and a lot more practice to do!

Attended: Digital Photography I

Fantastic class, Maria the instructor was fantastic. Had recently purchased a new fancy camera and now I feel like I can take full advantage of it. Very excited to be taking pictures and will participate in student exhibition and take level II class

Attended: Field Trip: Exposure Fundamentals

Brief class, but very informative, good presentation, excellent assistance and feedback from the instructor, both in the classroom and during the outdoor photo shoot.

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