The school began with the idea of a nationwide workshop series dedicated to promoting the culture of digital photography.The workshops would be taught by talented and accredited professional photographers who live in the cities where they teach. The classes would be small, and the students would be grouped according to skill level so that nobody would feel bored or intimidated.

Richard Rabinowitz and his company R2Rainmaker, which has been working with the world's most accomplished photographers for the last 25 years, started by finding talented professional photographers to teach in each city. A long and rigorous selection process led to signing up 48 accomplished shooters from 26 cities around the country. During intensive meetings and many friendly meals, we hashed out the curriculum for each skill level, developed detailed ideas for outdoor shoots involving students in the advanced workshops, and decided on the equipment required to enhance their skills at post-capture image manipulation. We knew that if we wanted to build long-term photo communities, the tips and techniques had to be helpful to people who owned all different cameras, no matter who manufactured them.

On April 23rd, 2007, our instructors from around the country traveled to DPA headquarters to launch the school. During a four hour photo-shoot designed to express our collective joy in digital photography, the instructors captured hundreds of beautiful images of flowers, ponds, waterfalls, and the inimitable inhabitants of the big apple, which comprise much of the photos on the the school homepage. Shortly thereafter, all the instructors return to their cities, and began running classes throughout the country.

All of the DPA instructors have brought their cameras back to their cities, to assist in teaching the DPA workshops hands on. You can bring any make or model of digital camera manufacturer to your workshop, as our instructors have knowledge and experience with all different kinds of cameras.

Reviews of Digital Photo Academy

(84 Reviews)
Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ HANC

1/12/2020
Alan G.

Attended: Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ HANC


Jim Caldwell was very knowledgeable and willing to share his expert experience. He provided many basics for we beginners, but also practical tips that even experienced photographers would find useful. Great job and and I thoroughly enjoyed the class.

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (New York)

12/31/2019
Nancylyn H.

Attended: Master Your Digital Camera Controls (New York)


Steven was highly knowledgeable and personable. As a true beginner I appreciated his patience! I stayed for the Field class that followed the basics class and that was terrific as well.

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Ballard

11/2/2019
Eve M.

Attended: Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Ballard


This class was wonderful! Joe is so knowledgeable, personable, and patient. He got as excited as the students when we sighted potential for an interesting picture. The location provided a multitude of subjects from brightly colored flowers blooming in the sun to the old mechanisms of the drawbridge. A wonderful experience!

Half Day Private Digital Photography (Nashville)

10/30/2019
Mary Sue O.

Attended: Half Day Private Digital Photography (Nashville)


Nina was a wonderful teacher! She brought very useful printout reference sheets, taught me about my camera, taught me about Lightroom (which is invaluable and I would have never used it!), and advised me on lighting! I learned a lot in three hours! Thank you so much!

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Seattle)

10/27/2019
Eve M.

Attended: Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Seattle)


I was the only student in this class. Joe taught and showed me exactly what I wanted to know. He showed me different ways to understand it. Joe was patient, pleasant, and knowledgeable.

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Denver)

10/7/2019
Mary M.

Attended: Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Denver)


The instructor was succinct and offered everyday simple examples to illustrate many of the concepts. I left with a much greater understanding of my camera and the confidence to experiment and learn further on my own. Would recommend to anyone who wants to start stepping out of "Auto" mode on their camera.

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Los Angeles)

9/16/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Los Angeles)


Scott was amazing! and We learned more in one 1.5 session from Scott than any other I know that Richard means well, but he calls WAY too much. Thank you.

Half Day Private Digital Photography (Nashville)

9/1/2019
Joe F.

Attended: Half Day Private Digital Photography (Nashville)


Nina was awesome!

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Denver)

8/26/2019
Santana S.

Attended: Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Denver)


Good class for beginners on what all the functions of your camera are. Everyone brought in their own camera and the instructor picked out the most complex one and described what all the buttons/functions did. Gave great examples of photos he has taken to go with descriptions on how a photo changes with each of the settings.

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (San Diego)

8/25/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Master Your Digital Camera Controls (San Diego)


Not particularly knowledgeable on my LUMIX camera

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Upcoming Classes at Digital Photo Academy

All Day Private Digital Photography (DC)
All Day Private Digital Photography (DC)
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Wednesday Jan 22nd, 10am - 4pm

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (DC)
Master Your Digital Camera Controls (DC)
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Saturday Feb 1st, 10am - 11:30am

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field@US Botanic Garden
Digital Photography Live [email protected] Botanic Garden
Next start date:

Saturday Feb 1st, 11:30am - 2:30pm

Half Day Private Digital Photography (DC)
Half Day Private Digital Photography (DC)
Next start date:

Wednesday Jan 22nd, 10am - 1pm

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Natl Mall Ctrl
Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Natl Mall Ctrl
Next start date:

Saturday Mar 7th, 11am - 2pm

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Glen Echo Park
Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Glen Echo Park
Next start date:

Saturday Apr 4th, 11am - 2pm

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Natl Arboretum
Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Natl Arboretum
Next start date:

Saturday May 2nd, 11am - 2pm

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Peirce Mill
Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Peirce Mill
Next start date:

Saturday Jun 6th, 11am - 2pm

Teachers at Digital Photo Academy

6 DPA Instructors Adam Stoltman Armond Scavo Brian Diescher Charlie Turner Christine Nimitz Dan Jahn Dan Komoda Dawn Bowery Dimitrios Papanikos Donald Peters Donovan Marks Ellen Yeiser Elton Saulsberry Emma McDonald Frank Siteman Hans Gutknecht Jason Oh Jeffrey Fong Jennifer Olsen Jeromy Robert Jerry Downs Jill Enfield Jim Caldwell Jim Caldwell John Reuter Johnny Milano Josh Anon Kathy Tarantola Ken Ross Mark Osler Marla Mossman Martin Miller Michael Pecorino Michael Baker Patricia Bean Patrick Peter Thoeny Rick Gerrity Robert Stevens Ronald Leon Hale Sai Sivanesan Scott Crawford Sonia Sophia Mariano Stan Kaady Stan Kaady Stephen Digges Steve Dunwell Steven Greaves Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano Walt Calahan
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