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!
Want to get a jump-start in photography? This workshop is definitely for you. In five hours we'll help you forge a friendship with your digital camera, exploring its vital features and demystifying the buttons and dials that trip common users up. From controlling exposure to getting a handle on autofocus, we'll unpack these tech-heavy tools in a simple and straightforward manner. Camera Warm-Up! challenges students to learn their camera's essential functions by shooting in live situations, working responsively and intuitively. We want you to take control of the camera, and not the other way around!
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.
This Crash Course is a super practical 3-hour workshop that focuses entirely on getting acquainted with all your digital camera's features and functions. It's a smart, one-shot introduction to digital photography, and a good place to get answers to all your camera-related questions. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary.
800 yards from Manhattan. A world apart. Governors Island is a 172-acre strip of land employed by the Continental Army to defend the harbor against the British in 1776, and has had various uses military uses since. Today the National Park Service is Governors Island's primary caretaker along the northern shore, and its historic homes and battlements make it a sight to behold. As different to lower Manhattan as a place can be, this Island is chock full of visual surprises and a perfect exploration opportunity for street, landscape, architecture and history-buff photographers.
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.
Lightroom has quickly become an indispensable tool for editing, adjusting and processing images. From basic file management to sophisticated manipulation of images learn all the powerful and time-saving tools you can use in this comprehensive 6-week class.
Beginning with simple concepts like leading lines, 1-point perspective, frame-within-a-frame, and then breaking down the ideas that made classic works of art famous, we'll get you looking deeper at the underlying forms and structure of effective images. Then we'll take our experiments outside where you'll respond to challenges designed to spark new ideas. Employing techniques discussed, and forging new ones of your own, you'll be able to try unexpected approaches to visual puzzles presented by the real world.
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.
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.
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.
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