"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..."
"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..."
"BKC is fantastic! For the first time (even though I've tried before) I feel like I know enough of the fundamentals to be able to take good photos or at least to know why the ones I'm taking aren't good. Charles and Justin are awesome, super helpful, and clearly very passionate about teaching. I just regret not finding this place sooner. What's even more awesome is that I don't need to stop at the basics class as they offer tons of other classes they offer. Thank you BKC!"
"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!
“Caroline and Caitlin (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.”
After a lovely break we are up and running and ready for all this year has to offer! This is going to be your year to create or finally finish your dream project and BKC is here to lend a helping hand. If you haven't already, take a peep at our fresh new schedule for the winter. We have added new dates AND 5 Dolla-Dolla Fridays are in your life again starting February 1st! Check out the dates below and get ready for TGIF 5 Dollar Friday style!
Five Dollar Fridays is back for a new series of community seminars! Come learn some new skills and try out our program for just five bucks! Each session is 90 minutes and runs from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm each Friday.
In this 90 minute seminar, you’ll learn through a comprehensive slideshow what it is that made the great photographers so great, and how to apply those same methods to your own photographs. Learn the basics of two-dimensional design and composition using techniques like the frame-within-a-frame and the rule of thirds, as well as creative ideas for using color and lines to shape your vision. Cameras are not required.
Come on out for our 5 Dollar Friday: Composition workshop this week from 6:30 - 8:00 pm and test the waters for only 5 bucks! Our instructor Charles Lavoie will take you through a comprehensive slideshow what it is that made the great photographers so great, and how to apply those same methods to your own photographs. Learn the basics of two-dimensional design and composition using techniques like the frame-within-a-frame and the rule of thirds, as well as creative ideas for using color and lines to shape your vision.
The Lowdown on Lenses. Get the skinny on focal lengths, zooms vs primes, and controlling depth of field with this informative seminar on camera lenses. We'll introduce you to the wonderful and sometimes confusing world of glass, including what's up with that crop factor, how to achieve that cinematic background blur (bokeh), and which lenses provide the most bang for the buck. 7/6
Capturing Motion. It's a fast-moving world out there. Despite the somewhat archaic name "still camera", your DSLR is pretty good at capturing that feeling of motion, bringing vibrancy and energy to your otherwise static shots. We'll talk about creatively using blur via slow-shutter, tracking, panning and zooming, as well as how to control camera shake and using multiple exposures to bring your still images to life. 7/13
Color. This 90-min seminar will delve a little into color theory. Naturally, we'll be discussing hue, saturation, the color wheel, and the pairing of complimentary colors, among other things. But we'll also show you examples of how classic and contemporary artists creatively used color to define space, establish a mood, and build a narrative in their images. You'll learn more than just about color, but how your camera sees it, and also what's up with white balance (we know it's confusing). 7/20
Dealing With Low Light Situations. One thing we get asked a lot is how to take a picture indoors or at night that isn't totally blurry, strangely-colored, or blown out by the flash. Low-light situations are some of the most challenging in photography; we can't rely on the sun to smooth over our mistakes. We'll cover your options indoors and in low light, including slow shutter, flash techniques, tripods, and controlling camera shake. Embrace the challenge! 7/27
Check out our complete selection of 5 DOLLAR FRIDAYS here!