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"Excellent class. Learned an incredible amount about my camera, reinforced by ample shooting time. Kathy is wonderful teacher. She broke through my intimidation of all the menus and dials on my camera by demonstrating how simple the concepts really are. Her use of metaphors was a big help. My comprehension of how to use my camera is not only 100% more than it was before, but I am able to use what I learned in this class to actually understand the 'Directions for Use' guide. I signed up for Field Guide II when I got home from this class."

- Amy R. (via CourseHorse)


I went in not knowing anything, I came out knowing how to navigate around my camera and excited about what I can do with my new knowledge. I highly recommend this class.

"I took the Field Guide I: The Camera with Alan - it was excellent. He is a very good teacher who is patient and really explains camera basics in an accessible manner. I went in not knowing anything, I came out knowing how to navigate around my camera and excited about what I can do with my new knowledge. I highly recommend this class."

- Emma C. (★ via Yelp)

 

I was lucky enough to be invited by CourseHorse to take their “Field Guide I: The Camera” course with Kathleen Rugh of Brooklyn Central. As someone who has never used an SLR camera and has always relied on the built-in settings of a point-and-shoot, I can honestly say I now have a much better understanding of the tool and confidently take shots in the camera’s Manual Mode... Along with seeing the above information and more in a first-hand, interactive manner, you’ll get to put these ideas into practice throughout the day by actually going outside and taking photos. The class is six hours, allowing for much ground to be covered, as well as practical application by the students. The instructor will show you how to work with the settings and find them on your specific camera, and will work with you to help you get the shots you want. Constant analogies and examples, as well as a slideshow of how professional photographers work with aperture, shutter speed, planes of field and depths of field make the material easier to comprehend.

Jessie On A Journey

They truly care about helping you to raise the volume of your own inner voice.

"This photography school is as good as it gets, folks.  You would be hard pressed to find a superior spot to be schooled in the fundamentals that you will need to know, at this price.  I have taken workshops at several other local outfits, and the quality of the education here is *unmistakably* better.   Excellent location in the heart of DUMBO near Brooklyn Bridge Park, knowledgeable and charismatic instructors who are well regarded professionals in the field, very cool studio space that classes are taught in, easy to use web registration, fun newsletter/events, and extremely accommodating customer service when you need a little extra help.  I learned how to get so much more out of my camera gear after taking a class here, that I immediately signed up for more.  The teachers all spend an incredible amount of time trying to specifically address each students individual learning objectives.  They truly care about helping you to raise the volume of your own inner voice.  The courses range from those better suited to the beginner to those that even a seasoned and experienced user would find worthwhile.  The curricula are practical, but still include plenty of material to inspire.  I also learned a lot from the diverse students taking classes with me in the intimate seminar setting. But what I like most about this group is that they cover what they need to, but also find time to emphasize the aspects that remind us of why we are choosing to make the art in the first place.

Tip: Check out their promotional $5 Friday classes!"

- Anup J ( via Yelp)

 

"The tutor was very knowledgeable about photography and was extremely friendly,creating a very open and relaxing environment for learning."

- Paul D. (via CourseHorse)

 

Looking forward to going back and taking some additional classes now that I have the basics covered!

"Fun and incredibly informative class. Instructor is very good at explaining the basics about photography for beginners. Looking forward to going back and taking some additional classes now that I have the basics covered!"

- Kelly E. (via CourseHorse)

 

"The DIY Printmaking workshop here is awesome! I've taken a number of similar hands-on classes across the city, and this was really one of the best I've had. Caitlin was a flexible and fun instructor, and the workshop was *well-designed*: in three hours it gave us a lot of knowledge, a lot of hands-on time, and some cool samples to take home with us. I loved the space (it's kind of hard to find, know that you should enter on the basement level), I liked the small class size, and Caitlin was great about answering all our questions. I've taken other workshops where I have left feeling like I will never actually try the skill again, but I had the opposite feeling after the printmaking class--I'm full of ideas of how to use my new mad skills.

Definitely going to come back for some photography classes here, too!"

- Lindsay F. (★ via Yelp)

 

“The DSLR Crash Course was incredibly informative. What i appreciated most is that Charles had us practice with our cameras right after he taught us a certain aspect of the camera. I'm a tech-dope and was impressed that I walked away knowing I was well informed and equipped to take much better (and technically intentional) photos with my DSLR. I also had some specific shooting questions and Charles was very helpful answering them.”

- Marie Yi (via Skillshare)

The location of BKC is perfect to go outside and shoot really great NYC shots. Definitely will take another class.

"I took the Field Guide I which was a really great intro class to shooting with DSLRs. We were a group of 5 participants which was awesome to being able to ask a lot of questions. The explanations were made extremely intuitive and there was always a link between "that's what it is from a technical perspective and that's how you translate that in the story you want to tell with you photo". Also the location of BKC is perfect to go outside and shoot really great NYC shots. Definitely will take another class."

- Nora M.  ( via Yelp)

BKC is a haven for art, craft and photography lovers, and they offer tons of fantastic classes.

"BKC is a haven for art, craft and photography lovers, and they offer tons of fantastic classes.  The space we worked in was so fresh and inspiring.  Our BKC instructors, Caitlin and Caroline, were so knowledgeable, friendly, and hands on.

My favorite method of printing was the xerox transfers.  We actually had to mix ink and linseed oil, roll out the ink, and I felt so legit!  Caitlin and Caroline walked us through the process so well that I actually felt like I had been doing this for years.

At the end of the night, we were given an info-packed syllabus to take home that has supply lists and step-by-step instructions for each method of printing - I cannot wait to purchase these supplies and make some more prints at home.  I'll be sure to share the process with you all!"

A Daily Something

 

I was very impressed with the organization of the course. The teacher explained the basics of photography - via camera obscura and daguerrotypes - and then easily segued into DSLR. We covered a lot of ground - shutter priority, aperture priority, white balance,, etc - but he presented the material in a clear consistent manner. The class was chock full of info and the entire three hours was devoted to teaching, asking questions, and using the camera. The teacher exhibited a deep knowledge of all types of cameras. I only wish he had given us a one page take away with some of the info he covered on the white board. It would have been great reference material . The facilities were terrific - edgy, professionial, interesting art on the walls. 5 stars"

Christina M. (via CourseHorse)

 

As a beginner I was impressed with how good my photos came out.

"This BKC class was #awesome! The knoweldge of the instructors was nothing short of wow! These young men really know what they're doing. There were so many different cameras in the room yet they were able to assist everyone and stay on par. The walk outside in DUMBO to shoot in daylight was fun. As a beginner I was impressed with how good my photos came out. As a result of taking this class the quality of the photos I take as well as knowledge of my camera & photography in general have increased! Looking forward to the next session! I'm definitely eyeing their "iPhoneography" class! ;-)

- Earth F. ( via Yelp)

 

“Caroline and Caitlyn (our fearless leaders) totally knew their stuff and guided us through a few hours of making our very own prints.  It was awesome to have all of the materials at our disposal, and even better to have fun people in the class during the process.”

Lovely Indeed

 

"Just took a couse this past weekend and it was excellent! In all honestly, i wasn't sure what to expect, but i do know it was a lot more then i had hoped for. Now looking to do the 8 week course :)"

- Marina P (via Facebook)

You can tell that these guys are really engaged with the students and want to see us succeed. True professionals.

“I just finished the Digital Photography I 8-week class.  I can't say enough good things about it.  I had recently gotten a digital SLR as a gift and had no experience using it whatsoever, except on fully automatic.  Charles, the instructor, taught us all the basics of the manual functions in really simple terms.  We got off to a good start, and we were able to take some really good photos from the very beginning.  Then, we learned a new skill each week that we were able to perfect using the homework assignments as a guide. Once we had mastered one skill, we moved on again until we were finally taking great black & white photos.  The entire class ended with a small student show right in the gallery.  Charles is a great, experienced and patient teacher. He was always available during the week to answer questions about the assignments by email.  Photography can be complicated and he never skipped a beat if someone in the class was having trouble.  Justin, the founder of the school, was also always around and helped coordinate the final show.  You can tell that these guys are really engaged with the students and want to see us succeed.  True professionals.  I've already started the next 8-week session of Digital Photography II and can't wait to start learning color and flash photography.”

- Katie C. ( via Yelp)

 

"Loved it! The 5 Dollar Friday class was very informative - definitely helped to take better pictures from now on."

Anja H. (via CourseHorse)

 

"AMAZING! I took Field Guide I: The Camera (a 6hr workshop beginner or refresher course on how cameras work and what variables you can tweek to make your photo come out the way you want) in early October 2012. I bought the class as a birthday present for my girlfriend who is into photography, and I attended with her (my interest in photography is more as a spectator). Despite our different experiences and interests, we both really enjoyed the class. It was incredibly informative and fun. The class works by having specific class time followed up by practice outside. The instructor, Kathy, was super friendly, energetic and patient with our basic questions, and tagged along with all of us during our time outside. Just a great experience all around - and so informative!"

Mark F ( via Yelp)

 

Excellent class, highly recommended!

"Excellent class, highly recommended! The instructor Justin was knowledgeable and patient. I walked away from the class with a solid understanding on what to work on in order to take better photos, thank you!"

- Nelson A. (via CourseHorse)

 

"I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot. The instructor was knowledgeable and pleasant. The class materials were ample. Overall, a great experience!"

Catherine (via CourseHorse)

 

"The combination of the instructor and space provided for a highly effective learning experience at an absolute deal financially. To provide such an opportunity, in today's economy, is beyond admirable. I will absolutely attend a course in the future and with enthusiasm spread the word!"

Seamus C. (via CourseHorse)

"This class was excellent - I've had my dslr for 2 weeks and taking this class taught me all I needed to know to get going in Manual mode. The instructor was wonderful- she clearly explained all concepts and answered all questions. She was happy to show you how to find what you were looking for on your camera. The only thing that would have made this class better would have been if it was warmer out so we could have done more test shooting outdoors."

Tara S. (via CourseHorse)

 

"I just took the "The Hand-made Book" class with Caitlin Wheeler - It was awesome!  Caitlin is a well versed, informative, fun and sweet instructor.  We received thorough direction accompanied by a detailed instruction manual.  Within the class we made 3 different books that we were able to take away with us.  I'M SO GLAD I WENT!  These books are perfect for gift giving and even better for someone who's constantly jotting things down - like myself.  The love the idea of being able to make my own notebooks!!  I can't wait to go back to learn how to make more!!"

- Shauna M. ( via Yelp)

 

It feels more like a gateway into a creative community which is often lost on larger, more structured programs

"The classroom is situated at the end of a maze of studios slightly below ground (thus the Rabbithole moniker) and feels a little like a dream. The class isn’t just an invitation to discuss work for those two sessions, it feels more like a gateway into a creative community which is often lost on larger, more structured programs. Rugh had a very focused and encouraging presence and was really skilled at eliciting well-thought-out responses by students. For my project, I felt like she helped me see it as an actual piece rather than a weird smorgasbord of snapshots. And that’s what these courses can do–allow you to hone in on a project, find your vision, create work that relates to photography in a larger context and find some peers along the way who can push and shape future work."

Brooklyn Based


"Charles (instructor) was very informative and taught us the basics of DSLR in a simple, yet entertaining, manner. I would highly suggest this course if you have no photography experience but want to learn how your camera works as well as learning how to take pictures away from the auto setting. I would definitely take another course from this instructor and this studio."

Kevin (via CourseHorse)


Small classes, excellent instructors, reasonable prices, cool vibe.

BKC is awesome.  Small classes, excellent instructors, reasonable prices, cool vibe.  I have taken both the full-length classes, as well as seminars on flash and portrait photography.  I can see Justin manages the school extremely well  -- there is a consistent teaching style that starts with theory and ends with plenty of practice. Each class, I feel a door is opened, and I go home excited to test what I've learned.  My only complaint would be adding more classes, as you could take most of BKC's classes in about a year.

- Adam B. ( via Yelp)

 

 

“Awesome knowledgable teachers. Really know the technical aspects down to the T. ”

- Darnell W. (via Skillshare)

 

"... i, for one, knew i wanted to take an art class and was able to sort by borough, date, and subject matter to find a class that worked for me. i was delighted to find one called the hand-made book: an introduction. the class was held at brooklyn central and visual artist and bookbinder, caitlin wheeler, taught a tableful of us three different styles of binding. we each walked away with a little bundle of newly bound books.... i'm excited about using my new binding skills to make little paper pressies for friends, and if i'm feeling especially ambitious, i might even endeavor to bind a wedding album. caitlin was an excellent teacher: organized, cheerful, and kind, not to mention super talented. she brought some of her work along for inspiration, and wowza."

Reading My Tea Leaves

 

Covers all the basics you’ve been dying to ask!

The perfect course to get off auto and on to manual. Covers all the basics you've been dying to ask! Great instructor, straight forward examples and explanations and funny too! Highly recommend!

- Maxine S. (via CourseHorse)


"Just took the One Day "The Camera" Field Guide at Brooklyn Creative and it was fantastic! Thorough but intuitive explanations of all the manual settings on my dSLR and how they all fit together, along with enough practical shooting exercises to solidify everything. I will have an entirely new relationship with my camera now and great new ways to see and think about composition thanks to this. Thank You Kathy and Brooklyn Creative -- that was everything I was hoping for in a one day workshop and then some!"

- Anthony C. (via Facebook)


A highly effective learning experience at an absolute deal financially.

"The combination of the instructor and space provided for a highly effective learning experience at an absolute deal financially. To provide such an opportunity, in today's economy, is beyond admirable. I will absolutely attend a course in the future and with enthusiasm spread the word!"

Seamus C. (via CourseHorse)

 

"I took the "run and gun" flash class with Charles today, and it was amazing. I think I learned more in three hours here than in a semester-long college photography course -- and for a tiny fraction of the cost. He shared pragmatic tips, took questions patiently and provided opportunities for hands-on practice."

Laura S. ( via Yelp)