Photography Classes in NYC
Photography is our passion here at BKC. Learn the basics of digital photography, or dive deeper into topics like portraiture, studio lighting, urban landscapes, digital post-production software like Lightroom, and even Analog film-based workshops. Check out what classes are coming up!
Our most popular course, Digital Photo I: The Basics will be covering all the nuts-to-bolts aspects of exposure, shutter speeds, aperture, ISO, depth of field, motion blur, as well as comparing different lenses and the basics of composition. Featuring weekly assignments, class critiques, and developing a final project for an end of class student exhibition.
In this class you'll learn to properly load a film reel and development tank, and we'll show you the multi-step film development process, including when to make changes to produce different results, and what to watch out for to avoid problems. We'll also show you how to properly wash, dry and store your processed negatives for archival purposes, so that they still look great many decades from now.
Moving past the basics, Digital Photo II: Intermediate is where things start to get interesting. This course picks up where Digital Photo I leaves off, and introduces color photography, white balance, lighting and on-camera flash, as well as composition review, color schemes and creative effects.
Over 8 weeks we'll cover basic film camera operation, darkroom skills, black & white film processing, test strips, contact sheets and negative enlargement. We'll delve deep into more advanced techniques like contrast filtration, dodging and burning, combination printing, print toning, hand-coloring, alternative printing and more. You'll complete printing assignments each week with included darkroom membership for the duration of the class ($400 value).
The Photo Cafe is a conversation series on what it takes to succeed in the photography industry. Over drinks, the Seeing Collective x BKC presents intimate discussions and shares ideas on various topics with experienced photo industry professionals.
This six-session, challenge-based course enhances your portrait skills through understanding and maximizing natural light, continuous (hot) lights, composition, lens effects, and working with human subjects. We'll delve deep into what it means to be creative in photographic portraiture, including how to overcome equipment limitations in the DIY studio, and develop basic post-production skills to complete the job.
This 8-hour intensive workshop will combine shooting, processing, developing and printing into one action-packed day. You'll get a refresher on shooting mechanics and using your light meter, then we'll each shoot a roll of film in the surrounding neighborhood. From there you’ll learn how to process the exposed film using a film reel and developing tank, and start making contact prints. Finally, we’ll be enlarging negatives onto traditional darkroom paper, so that you can take home beautiful 8x10 prints that you’ve made entirely on your own.
1 Day Workout: Engaging Light! challenges students to observe, perceive and manipulate light and shadow to help make unique photographs that inspire the imagination. By utilizing a 5-hour class structure, we'll be able to watch and photograph sunlight change throughout the day and discuss its effects on street scenes, architecture and portrait environments. You'll deepen your understanding of light and how it reacts to different situations--a critical training for capturing powerful imagery. Through gaining a better appreciation for how light can shape the image, we can push our creativity to greater depths.
In three hours, we’ll show you how to take a 35mm black-and-white film negative and print it using an enlarger and traditional chemistry. You’ll learn how to make test strips, contact prints, enlargement prints and how to properly develop, fix, wash and dry your print.
In just a few hours, we'll show you how to take awesome portraits of the people you love, including how to find the most flattering natural and available light, how different focal lengths will affect the dimensions of the human face, how to get comfortable photographing people and how to put your subjects at ease. Get a crash course in taking beautiful, revealing portraits, and capture the moments you'll want to remember.
This class will cover basic enlarger operation, contact printing of negatives, as well as color filtration to balance out color casts and achieve a great-looking print. Additionally we'll discuss proper darkroom etiquette and safety so that you'll be able to use the color darkroom with confidence. In a few short hours, you'll be well on your way to creating luminous photographic enlargements with that extra magic that only analog technology can provide.
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