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!
To capture and document this city is to become part of New York’s rich narrative to be preserved and remembered for generations. This live shooting workshop is a window into this inspired way of looking at the city, and is available to students of all experience levels.
Wanna learn how to take better smartphone pics? We'll give you a rundown of the critical features of your sophisticated camera phone, as well as how to tweak composition and shooting options to get well-lit, beautiful photographs. Your phone is a powerful camera computer and one of the most useful, accessible and available pieces of photographic equipment ever made. Maximize it!
Can’t make the regular Meetups or Crits? Join us via the magic of the internet. For this first Virtual Hangouts we'll be using Google Hangouts to create a space where members and the Community can discuss work, talk about ideas and generally, well, hang out video-chat style.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
Second Sunday Critiques is a monthly get-together and feedback forum for artists and creatives. There's no limitation on genre, and all critique is rooted in sincere appreciation for the artist and the work being created. Each Crit is 2 hours, and the up to 8 participants per evening will submit their works-in-progress for group feedback (priority is given according to earliest registration time).
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.
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