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

(61 Reviews)
Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Los Angeles)

5/14/2019
Patricia S.

Attended: Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Los Angeles)


Jeromy is a wonderful teacher. My skills are limited and he has a kind and considerate way of explaining things in an easy and simple way without judgement. I will definitely take another class :) P.

All Day Private Digital Photography (New York)

5/10/2019
WINSTON H.

Attended: All Day Private Digital Photography (New York)


The day lived up to my expectations. Richard was very professional and put a lot of effort into finding a tutor that matched what I was looking for. It was refreshing to still see the someone adding the personal touch to ensure the customer is happy. My tutor, Steve was great and was loads of fun to hang out with. Really cool dude. Not only did he find a stunningly gorgeous model to work with (who I would love to work with again, btw), but he happily shared from his best advice in any area that I asked about. I learnt a lot from him and identified more than a few areas that I need to work on. Rating my experience with 5 stars was easy. In fact the next time I visit New York, I will definitely be calling on Richard again.

Half Day Private Digital Photography (New York)

3/20/2019
Matt K.

Attended: Half Day Private Digital Photography (New York)


Steven was a fantastic teacher - he adapted the class to my level and needs, he has a great way of breaking down complex technical info to be easy to understand and remember, and he was fun to shoot and explore with. Highly recommend!

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (DC)

2/9/2019
Shantris F.

Attended: Master Your Digital Camera Controls (DC)


Bob was knowledgeable and fun. He explained concepts very simply. The class was perfect for beginners, I’m looking forward to taking another.

All Day Private Digital Photography (Chicago)

2/4/2019
Felicia T.

Attended: All Day Private Digital Photography (Chicago)


I thoroughly enjoyed my private session learning how to use my Canon 5D. We met outside of Millenium Park and went over the basic concepts of photography. I learned a lot in that one session and he even had printed out copies of all the stuff we learned. I definitely got what I was looking for but wish I had more time with him. I am already applying what I learned to my workplace. Would recommend to anyone looking to take better photos!

Digital Photo Live In-the-Field Workshop @ Lincoln Park

1/6/2019
Steve B.

Attended: Digital Photo Live In-the-Field Workshop @ Lincoln Park


Ron was very knowledgeable and was able to inform the students about what they were trying to accomplish at the beginning level (the whole class were beginners). I learned some new things and reinforced some topics that I was unsure of, which made me a better photographer

Half Day Private Digital Photography (Los Angeles)

12/17/2018
Rob L.

Attended: Half Day Private Digital Photography (Los Angeles)


Jeromy is an excellent photographer and teacher. The one-on-one setup of the course makes it easy to ask specific questions and get detailed answers that you can learn and practice hands-on— everything from camera settings to shooting techniques and more. I would recommend this course to photographers of varying backgrounds and skill levels.

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (New York)

11/18/2018
Linde I.

Attended: Master Your Digital Camera Controls (New York)


Fortunate to have some one to answer my questions, and keep pace with my note taking! I understand all the things my camera manual confused me with!

All Day Private Digital Photography (New York)

8/31/2018
Delfina I.

Attended: All Day Private Digital Photography (New York)


A very complete day learning photography to my measure ! Alyssa Meadows was wonderful to me

Half Day Private Digital Photography (New York)

7/22/2018
Siddarth P.

Attended: Half Day Private Digital Photography (New York)


Steven was great! A lot of information and very easy going.

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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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Saturday May 25th, 10am - 4pm

Half Day Private Digital Photography (DC)
Half Day Private Digital Photography (DC)
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Saturday May 25th, 10am - 1pm

Master Your Digital Camera Controls (DC)
Master Your Digital Camera Controls (DC)
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Saturday Jun 1st, 9:30am - 11am

Digital Photo Live In-the-Field Workshop @ USBG
Digital Photo Live In-the-Field Workshop @ USBG
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Saturday Jul 6th, 11:30am - 2:30pm

Digital Photo Live In-the-Field Workshop @ Georgetown
Digital Photo Live In-the-Field Workshop @ Georgetown
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Saturday Aug 3rd, 11am - 2pm

Digital Photo Live In-the-Field Workshop@Glen Echo Park
Digital Photo Live In-the-Field [email protected] Echo Park
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Saturday Sep 7th, 9:30am - 11am

Digital Photo Live In-the-Field Workshop@Great Falls
Digital Photo Live In-the-Field [email protected] Falls
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Saturday Oct 5th, 11am - 2pm

Teachers at Digital Photo Academy

6 DPA Instructors Adam Stoltman Armond Scavo 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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