Want to learn your digital camera without spending a lot of money? Or are you a professional photographer who needs to brush up on a few skills? There are some great resources for little or no money in the city, in places that might surprise you. Here are the best websites and classes for the beginner, intermediate and professional.
Adorama Learning Center
42 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
The Adorama Learning Center is hosted and funded by Adorama Camera in New York City. Adorama Camera doesn’t offer in-store classes, but has a wealth of information for beginning and intermediate photographers online. “Adorama TV” offers a variety of online tutorials, including what equipment to buy (all from Adorama, of course), tips and techniques from professional photographers and videographers and digital photography 101.
420 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
B&H doesn’t offer any workshops or seminars of its own, but does have a comprehensive listing of national workshops and seminars in the Tri-state area on its website. B&H also hosts industry guests and and professionals at its in-house events space. Check their website for a full schedule.
The Educational Alliance
197 E. Broadway
New York, NY 10002
The Educational Alliance is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 to help Jewish immigration assimilate to the U.S. The organization offers a rotation of six-week photography seminars focusing on a variety of subjects, so this may be the place for you if you’re looking to broaden your photography skill set. Check their website for updates and class availability.
51 West 14th St #2R
New York, NY 10011
PhotoManhattan offers courses and private tutoring, as well as equipment rental and exhibition space. A one-month basic photography course runs around $350. Students can also explore other class options, like portrait photography, food photography, wedding photography and skill-oriented training sessions. Free seminars are also offered by instructors-in-training.
International Center of Photography
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Located in midtown Manhattan, the ICP School is one of the world’s most extensive and best-equipped schools of photography. ICP serves more than 5,000 students each year, offering around 400 courses in a curriculum that ranges from darkroom classes to certificate and master’s degree programs. Classes tend to target aspiring professionals rather than beginning photographers with a professional, college-like atmosphere — and tuition rates to match.