Los Angeles

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Covid is a global issue and varies, city by city, even day by day, here across North America, but we want you to know that you can enroll in workshops, currently posted through the first few months of 2021 and updated into the year 2021 on a monthly basis. (Founded in 2006, this format of updating new group workshop locales, times and dates have always been handled in this same manner. Should you require a private workshop, our professional photographers who lead group sessions in the community where they live, can accommodate PRIVATE WORKSHOPS on any photo topic and meet up with you and your guests on any day of the week that suits your schedule and locale selected within our active communities.) We can conform to your priorities.

As any workshop you select approaches, please know that we will adhere to the Covid social distancing directives relevant to your local community at that time, as they apply to the coronavirus, allowing you to receive a total refund or the chance to reschedule with no penalty fee no matter how long you require to make your rescheduling decisions. Please contact us toll free, 1 877 372 2231 or email us at DPABooking@DigitalPhotoAcademy.com. Again, once we communicate, we can provide either a full refund or postpone your workshop with no deadline on selecting a new date.


Welcome to Los Angeles market for the international network of live and online photo classes, all under the banner of Digital Photo Academy.

This section is devoted to the Los Angeles community and the DPA Instructors who lead these workshops are professional photographers who have lived in Los Angeles for at least 10 years, usually longer.

These pro shooters also have teaching experience and they love teaching. (Not all photographers do.) They know the local retailers where you can get the better deals on photo equipment and more importantly, they know where the best photo ops are which allows us to provide you with a rotation of interesting places to shoot, throughout the year, whether indoors or outdoors, winter, spring, summer of fall. Sometimes one time of day to shoot is better than another and our DPA instructors keep us informed.

Often, the DPA Instructors even have private access to various locales in the city where they live. Themes vary from street photography and dynamic architecture, to flowers and landscapes, as well as waterscapes, sunsets, lush scenery and everything in between.

During one month, you might be invited to rendezvous in the luxurious natural light streaming in to a religious venue via spectacular stained glass windows and the following month, it might be a small relatively unknown park with very special landscapes. This is why we offer a special ALUMNI Discount to people who attend more than one workshop.

Nationally, we organize these workshops to provide variety for the participants in each local market, but we could not do it without the expertise and connections provided by the DPA instructors in each of those markets.

Phone the national headquarters of Digital Photo Academy at 1 877 372 2231 but know that each of the Digital Photo Academy markets includes a local office. In Los Angeles, that office is at:

4741 Ellenwood Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90041-2950

E-MAIL US AT DPAbooking@digitalphotoacademy.com OR CALL 1-877-372-2231 OR click here TO LEARN ABOUT OUR PRIVATE ALL DAY OR HALF DAY CLASS


And in case you’re interested, click here to check out some FREE SAMPLES of our ONLINE CLASSES.


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  1. December 15, 2014

    “I had such a wonderful time listening and learning from the “pros”.I learned a lot. While on vacation last month I really thought about what I learned and applied it while shooting. Personally I think my photos are much better than what they used to be.”

    – Lill Gaimari

  2. December 15, 2014

    “We had a fantastic experience and a fantastic time with our instructor Hans Gutknecht”

    – Andy Waldbaum

  3. December 15, 2014

    “I was in Hans’ class on Sunday at 3p at Hollywood & Highland. I had a blast! I learned so much and feel like I have a much better grasp at the functionality on my Canon T3i Rebel. I’m no longer afraid of the “manual” setting!

    Hans did a great job and I look forward to taking more classes at the Digital Academy and reaching out to Hans with any questions that I have as I use my Canon down the road.

    Thanks so much!”

    – Luz Elena

  4. December 15, 2014

    “I had a wonderful time at the Hollywood Blvd class in Los Angeles. My class was Sunday 3-6 pm with Hans Gutknecht. Hans is very personable and engaging. He makes everything fun while imparting lots of information. It was a real photo expedition with a real photojournalist. My camera and composition skills increase more than I expected in a 3 hour class. I learn to shoot in aperture priority, use exposure compensation, how to be patient and look for the light, etc. I have lots to digest and practice. Thanks DPA. You are a first class organization.”

    – Tony Mataras

  5. December 15, 2014

    “First off thank you so much for your time to teach. Teaching especially in the arts is a career that I feel most people under value, but you are amazing at what you do and people should recognize all the work that you do.”

    – Ashley Staudenmeir

  6. David Langston
    December 15, 2014

    “Thanks for the class today. I took a lot of photos!”

    – David Langston

  7. December 15, 2014

    “Hans, I will sign up for another class at a different location. It was a great class!”


  8. December 15, 2014

    “That was a great class! Sorry it took me so long to get the photos uploaded.

    It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot, so thanks for a great class.”


    – Alina Kelly

  9. December 15, 2014

    “I enjoyed my experience. Jimmy brought the group back together every 20-30 min and reviewed everyone’s photos and gave advice. I will look into more classes with Jimmy. He was informative and down to earth.”

    -Elisa M.

  10. December 15, 2014

    “Thanks for such a great class! I enjoyed myself down to the last picture of the day (which happened to be the best picture of the day)!

    It was also a great pleasure to meet Rich & Maria!

    Thanks for a great day!”

    – Shanna

  11. December 15, 2014

    “Thank you for offering this class, I learned alot today working with Michael Baker, he is an outstanding teacher.”

    – Armen K.

  12. December 15, 2014

    “I joined Ron Talley this weekend to shoot in Hollywood. It was a beautiful day, a friendly group, and Ron was a terrific instructor. I will share my positive experience with other photographer friends to sign up for a class. I will also check out your offerings in L.A. And other cities I may travel to this year.

    Love the resource you shared. Concise, well presented and all points Ron covered that I need to remember.”

    – Student Vicki Kane

  13. December 15, 2014

    “I have to say that my experience was no less than 5 star! I appreciated how you created the situation for me, based on the limited attendance factor. Ron was amazing! His experience and passion for photography was just off the charts! I simply wanted to learn my new point and shoot camera, and it was so much more, and the Hollywood Blvd. trip was very fun, along with meeting a few new people!”

    – Student Laura

  14. December 15, 2014

    “I just wanted to tell you I had a great time yesterday in the Composition in the field class.
    I have a lot to learn about photography, but the instructor Ron Talley really made the class enjoyable.
    I told several of my friends about the class today.

    Here are some of my shots from yesterday and my practicing today.

    Thanks again for your help.”


  15. December 15, 2014

    “Ron was informative and knowledgable about photography. He was able to understand and answer all questions. I liked his tips about taking pictures of people. The new meeting place away from Graumann’s was a good idea, but with the group on the sidewalk and people continually walking thru the group it was a bit distracting. This is a good course for beginning photographers.”

    -Erle Collins

  16. December 15, 2014

    “Loved the class..!!
    Mr Talley has wonderful passion for photography!
    Thank you !!


  17. December 15, 2014

    “I had a great time – and learnt a tremendous amount from Ron! Thank you so much.”

    -Dallen Stanford

  18. Marcus
    January 27, 2016

    “You’re an amazing instructor. If you decide to have photography classes or meet and greets in the future, I’d love to come. I’ll send you a link to some of the photos I was able to capture.
    Thanks, ”


  19. Setsuko
    January 27, 2016

    “It was very nice to meet you. Thank you very much for a very informative class. I enjoyed it very much.
    If you haven’t deleted the picture you took of me at the beginning of the class, can I please have a copy? I especially liked the one with the light coming from behind (with halo around my hair). I may use it for my FB profile pic.

    Thanks very much again.
    Best regards,”


  20. Lori
    February 4, 2016

    “Thanks Mike,
    Was fun! ”


  21. Tracie
    June 15, 2016

    “Thanks Jeromy,

    I enjoyed your class and meeting everyone. It was fun.”


  22. Anna
    August 5, 2016

    “Hello we had a great class with Jeromy. He is very patient and clear in his instructions. Just a pleasant man.”


  23. Brian Becker
    December 12, 2016


    Thank you so much for your personalized attention and patience with my developing photography skills. That was a great class and I walked away with a much better sense of my camera and the functions. It was wonderful to walk around and spend time with you. Clearly, you are an exceptionally gifted instructor and photographer. Please count me in on your next class. ”


  24. Toya Bailey
    December 12, 2016


    Thanks for being such a great coach. I feel really confident with my camera now. Thanks to you.
    We all appreciate your patience and knowledge.

    Thanks and enjoy your holiday,”

    -Toya ☺️

  25. Cynthia Nunez
    December 22, 2016

    “Thank you for everything today. I learned a lot 🙂 ”

    -Cynthia Nunez

  26. Lori Berman
    February 10, 2017

    “Hi Richard,

    Adam did enjoy the class very much. Jennifer was great and he learned a lot! Thanks so much.”


  27. Martin Petersen
    February 15, 2017

    “Thanks again, Jennifer. It was a fun and very informative day!”

    -Martin Petersen

  28. Emilie Woodhead
    September 19, 2017

    “I had a really great time with Jennifer at the class last weekend. She is a great instructor, and I got a lot more comfortable using my camera on manual.

    Best regards,”

    -Emilie Woodhead

  29. Kristin Johnson
    September 21, 2017

    “Jennifer was so helpful! I hope to take from her again soon! I had a great time.


    -Kristin Johnson

  30. gail.h@sbcglobal.net
    May 7, 2018

    I really enjoyed the photo workshop at Venice Beach today. Jennifer is awesome! I learned a few new tricks using my camera in manual mode (rather than the easy auto mode). I enclose a few photos from our session. I’m pleased with them.

    Thanks again,
    Gail Hamilton

  31. Ellen Kornblum
    May 7, 2018

    Hey Jennifer,

    Thank you for a great class. I look forward to the next one with you.

    I did a lot of post to deal with the stark black/white contrast. My goal was to capture both his cool and his expertise.


  32. Lysa Takacs
    May 7, 2018

    Jennifer was a great teacher yesterday during our Camera Controls and Chinatown Composition in the field class in Chinatown. Jennifer was very knowledgeable and patient with all of us students. I hope that you will be putting on a night time class in Downtown LA or Hollywood. That is a class I would totally sign up for.

    Lysa Takacs

  33. Gilbert Magno
    May 7, 2018

    Jennifer was very informative and patient! Had a great time!

    Gilbert Magno

  34. Lisa
    July 9, 2018

    “Jennifer was a great teacher. She has the patience of a saint. I took both Master your Camera Control class as well as the Composition in the Field class. And it was a blast. I’m looking forward to taking more classes”


  35. Leslie
    October 3, 2018

    “Dear Jennifer: Thanks for a fun and inspiring class, for sharing your experience and insights with us. I so appreciated your help and support getting around too. I look forward to taking more classes with you. Thanks again.”


  36. Janet
    October 3, 2018

    “Jennifer thank you so much for the awesome class again. You did a great job and I’ve learned a lot from you. Also thanks for your advice on how to find the intention of the shot.”


  37. Rob. L
    January 25, 2019

    “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.”


  38. Rochelle Baum
    February 13, 2019

    Hi Richard, Thanks so much for the follow up. Today’s class was more than I could have ever expected. I went in barely even knowing how to turn on my digital camera and while I am still no expert, I left with more knowledge & skill than I ever anticipated. Jen did an amazing job from the very beginning with the “Master Your Camera Controls” workshop. I’m so happy I decided to book this last minute. I gained a wealth of knowledge with hands on experience & was well prepared for the in the field session immediately following. I walked away with even more curiosity for photography and images I am pretty happy with 😊 I am attaching a few to this email. Thank you both again! Jen – you were phenomenal. THANK YOU 😊

    -Rochelle Baum

  39. Anonymous
    May 2, 2019

    Jeromy was knowledgable and chose a great location to shoot in! I learned a lot, it was great fun and I would highly recommend it!

  40. Patricia S
    May 28, 2019

    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 🙂

  41. Erika Schlick
    July 16, 2019

    Thank you again Scott for an awesome class! We definitely learned a lot and I will definitely be getting a lighter weight tripod!

  42. Robin Warner
    August 8, 2019

    Awesome, thank you so much! This is a huge help.

    Might want to do one more session before I go. I’ll be in touch. I don’t leave for another month. Thanks so much for all your help and guidance. Love some of my photos. I can’t believe the luck we had with the last minute sunset and the bike riders. Super fun. I learned a lot.

    Love your idea about a photoshop help session. I bet you can teach me so much with that too. Maybe we can shoot one ore time before my trip and do photoshop after. Just a thought.

    Thanks again for everything. Have a great day .

    August 11, 2019

    Just wanted to tell you what a fun class that was yesterday, Scott is a great instructor! I’m enthusiastic again about honing my skills further and look forward to taking more classes.

      August 11, 2019

      I’d take any of his classes again, he’s so energetic!

  44. George Collazo
    August 13, 2019

    Thanks for the follow up email – I enjoyed the session and picked up some items to help with my photography. I will definitely check out the other upcoming sessions.
    Here is my contribution:

  45. David Martinez
    August 13, 2019

    Hey Scott,

    Here is what I came up with, the 1st one is HDR merge (5pics) then used camera raw to make adjs. The 2nd one made adjs through LR. The other thing that I learned was how dirty my lenses are and need to get them clean.

    I will be looking to see if I can make the L.A Skyline.

  46. Sorya Ly
    September 17, 2019

    He took us to hidden gem in the neighborhood of LA where we can see buildings in DTLA and Dodgers stadium. I find it to be very insightful especially for my first photography class. Definitely considering his other workshops in the future

  47. Jani
    October 4, 2019

    Thank you again Scott. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot of new things. This was my first time in Chinatown. So the photography introduction was very nice.

  48. Natalia Jackson
    December 24, 2019

    I enjoyed my time spent with Ming. Thanks for connecting us and for the link to the FB group:-)

  49. Hazel Santos
    February 12, 2020

    It was the best class! I had the best time and picked up numerous photography tips and tricks! I’m still in Cloud 9 three days after taking Scott’s class. I’ve taken a couple of DPA classes before and I’ve enjoyed all of them, but I got most out of Scott’s class. Scott was so attentive and truly has the passion to teach. I did not hesitate asking questions. I would love to take more classes with him—and yes, I will even get up at the crack of dawn to take his classes. I loved the unexpected hike to the spot to get the perfect shot! I can’t wait to go back.

  50. Tim Smith
    February 12, 2020

    Super fun time on Saturday. Really appreciate the location and scouting info. Scott was very warm and friendly and provided us lots of tips and ideas. He encouraged me to take some shots I wouldn’t have taken because I didn’t think they’d be that great. Turns out, the shots developed in to a pleasant surprise. Be enclosed a few shots. Hope you enjoy!

  51. Justin D
    February 13, 2020

    Had an awesome time! Too bad I had to leave early the sky really developed into a pretty out real red, moody, cloudy, beauty! I still managed to take a few bangers!

  52. Maria Lorenzana
    March 16, 2020

    Scott is a great instructor. He was very clear and explained everything really well. I am so glad I took his class. So much so I stayed for the next class, on composition. Had a great time and learned so much. I am looking forward to taking more classes at the Digital Photography Academy

  53. Patricia Serban
    March 16, 2020

    Had so much fun! Will book again soon!! Scott was great. Learned so much!

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