The school began with the idea of a nationwide workshop series dedicated to promoting the culture of digital photography.The workshops would be taught by talented and accredited professional photographers who live in the cities where they teach. The classes would be small, and the students would be grouped according to skill level so that nobody would feel bored or intimidated.

Richard Rabinowitz and his company R2Rainmaker, which has been working with the world's most accomplished photographers for the last 25 years, started by finding talented professional photographers to teach in each city. A long and rigorous selection process led to signing up 48 accomplished shooters from 26 cities around the country. During intensive meetings and many friendly meals, we hashed out the curriculum for each skill level, developed detailed ideas for outdoor shoots involving students in the advanced workshops, and decided on the equipment required to enhance their skills at post-capture image manipulation. We knew that if we wanted to build long-term photo communities, the tips and techniques had to be helpful to people who owned all different cameras, no matter who manufactured them.

On April 23rd, 2007, our instructors from around the country traveled to DPA headquarters to launch the school. During a four hour photo-shoot designed to express our collective joy in digital photography, the instructors captured hundreds of beautiful images of flowers, ponds, waterfalls, and the inimitable inhabitants of the big apple, which comprise much of the photos on the the school homepage. Shortly thereafter, all the instructors return to their cities, and began running classes throughout the country.

All of the DPA instructors have brought their cameras back to their cities, to assist in teaching the DPA workshops hands on. You can bring any make or model of digital camera manufacturer to your workshop, as our instructors have knowledge and experience with all different kinds of cameras.

Reviews of Digital Photo Academy

(69 Reviews)
Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Los Angeles)

9/16/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Los Angeles)


Scott was amazing! and We learned more in one 1.5 session from Scott than any other I know that Richard means well, but he calls WAY too much. Thank you.

Half Day Private Digital Photography (Nashville)

9/1/2019
Joe F.

Attended: Half Day Private Digital Photography (Nashville)


Nina was awesome!

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Denver)

8/26/2019
Santana S.

Attended: Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Denver)


Good class for beginners on what all the functions of your camera are. Everyone brought in their own camera and the instructor picked out the most complex one and described what all the buttons/functions did. Gave great examples of photos he has taken to go with descriptions on how a photo changes with each of the settings.

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (San Diego)

8/25/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Master Your Digital Camera Controls (San Diego)


Not particularly knowledgeable on my LUMIX camera

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Chicago)

8/4/2019
Sheila L.

Attended: Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Chicago)


Very good course to learn the basics on how to work your camera. Would do again

All Day Private Digital Photography (New York)

7/9/2019
Zaid

Attended: All Day Private Digital Photography (New York)


I highly recommend taking this workshop if you're interested in learning photography. I took 2 workshops one on Monday and the other on Wednesday. Richard did a great job pairing me up with Steven and accomodating my specific requirements from the workshop. Steven is very knowledgable and taught me a lot about my camera and photography in general. We met at the NY Public Library on Day 1 and shot a bit at Bryant Park. On Day 2, we went shooting in Chinatown and Brooklyn Bridge. I had a great time and also enjoined our conversations about our travels and experiences.

Half Day Private Digital Photography (New York)

5/28/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Half Day Private Digital Photography (New York)


I wish the class had been more student-centered. I had taken several lecture-based classes on shutter speed and aperture prior to arranging the private session and basically wanted someone to help me on practice these modes (so I could take them from there). I thought I had communicated that well but the majority of the time was spent on redundant lecture instead of practice. Though I did receive a lot of new information, I hadn’t gotten out of it what I had hoped I would. A bit of ageism came into play through numerous comments and that bothered me. I’m a female in my mid 30s, so this undermining attitude from a teacher is quite irritating. Aside from everything, I liked Steve as a person and might try it again the next time I have money to blow on a class. I honestly feel that I would have gotten more out of a group course, though.

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Los Angeles)

5/14/2019
Patricia S.

Attended: Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Los Angeles)


Jeromy is a wonderful teacher. My skills are limited and he has a kind and considerate way of explaining things in an easy and simple way without judgement. I will definitely take another class :) P.

All Day Private Digital Photography (New York)

5/10/2019
WINSTON H.

Attended: All Day Private Digital Photography (New York)


The day lived up to my expectations. Richard was very professional and put a lot of effort into finding a tutor that matched what I was looking for. It was refreshing to still see the someone adding the personal touch to ensure the customer is happy. My tutor, Steve was great and was loads of fun to hang out with. Really cool dude. Not only did he find a stunningly gorgeous model to work with (who I would love to work with again, btw), but he happily shared from his best advice in any area that I asked about. I learnt a lot from him and identified more than a few areas that I need to work on. Rating my experience with 5 stars was easy. In fact the next time I visit New York, I will definitely be calling on Richard again.

Half Day Private Digital Photography (New York)

3/20/2019
Matt K.

Attended: Half Day Private Digital Photography (New York)


Steven was a fantastic teacher - he adapted the class to my level and needs, he has a great way of breaking down complex technical info to be easy to understand and remember, and he was fun to shoot and explore with. Highly recommend!

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Half Day Private Digital Photography (DC)
Half Day Private Digital Photography (DC)
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Friday Sep 27th, 10am - 1pm

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (DC)
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Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @Great Falls Park
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Saturday Oct 5th, 11am - 2pm

All Day Private Digital Photography (DC)
All Day Private Digital Photography (DC)
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Friday Sep 27th, 10am - 4pm

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field@US Botanic Garden
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Saturday Nov 2nd, 11am - 2pm

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Natl Cathedral
Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Natl Cathedral
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Saturday Dec 7th, 11:30am - 2:30pm

Teachers at Digital Photo Academy

6 DPA Instructors Adam Stoltman Armond Scavo Charlie Turner Christine Nimitz Dan Jahn Dan Komoda Dawn Bowery Dimitrios Papanikos Donald Peters Donovan Marks Ellen Yeiser Elton Saulsberry Emma McDonald Frank Siteman Hans Gutknecht Jason Oh Jeffrey Fong Jennifer Olsen Jeromy Robert Jerry Downs Jill Enfield Jim Caldwell Jim Caldwell John Reuter Johnny Milano Josh Anon Kathy Tarantola Ken Ross Mark Osler Marla Mossman Martin Miller Michael Pecorino Michael Baker Patricia Bean Patrick Peter Thoeny Rick Gerrity Robert Stevens Ronald Leon Hale Sai Sivanesan Scott Crawford Sonia Sophia Mariano Stan Kaady Stan Kaady Stephen Digges Steve Dunwell Steven Greaves Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano Walt Calahan
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