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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 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 the Miami 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 Miami community and the DPA Instructors who lead these workshops are professional photographers who have lived in Miami 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 Miami, that office is at:

1595 NE 135th St Apt 429 North Miami, FL 33161-4466



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

    “It was a pleasure meeting you and working with you. I look forward to staying in contact and will send photos as you suggested.

    You did an excellent job. Would not change anything.”

    – Lilia

  2. December 15, 2014

    “I really enjoyed your class on Sunday.”

    – Jo

  3. Yvonne Debesa
    December 15, 2014

    “The class was great. I truly enjoy small groups. The venue was very different than what I had expected from the class. It was a wonderful opportunity to explore a new place, excellent coordination. Michael was excellent and provided guidance, suggestions, and many ideas that helps the students to think (or take pictures) totally out of the box.”

    -Yvonne Debesa

  4. Christina Voswinckel
    December 15, 2014

    “This was my first advanced class and I loved it. Michael Thoennes is a great intructor and the field shooting was awesome. I would definetely be interested in participating in future advanced classes.”

    – Christina Voswinckel

  5. Matt Winer
    December 15, 2014

    “I just completed the advanced DPA class with Michael Thoennes. This is my second class and this one was certainly as rewarding as the previous if not more. I loved the field shooting better this time around. Michael is a great instructor and has really helped me develop my style with these two classes. I’m VERY interested in taking more advanced classes.. The topic I would love to see are Studio Lighting (portrait/model).”

    – Matt Winer

  6. Matthew Trask
    December 15, 2014

    “Matt Trask recently joined Michael Thoennes and other Advanced students in Miami for a great sunrise shoot.”

    – Matthew Trask

  7. Blake Roberts
    December 15, 2014

    “After taking both your intermediate and advanced classes, not only have I learned a great deal about photography, technique, and process, but your classes have sparked my interest and made me want to learn more. While on safari in Africa, I was able to utilize what I learned from you and my photographs turned out better than I could have ever imagined. I am even more passionate about digital photography than I was before and I have recommended your classes to many people!

    Attached are a few of my shots from Saturday morning. You are a great teacher and I’d love to take more classes with you!”

    – Blake Roberts

  8. cthome
    January 26, 2015

    “The class was great! Bernardo was a wonderful teacher; very knowledgable about cameras, composition and the art of photography as well. He patiently explained the camera, and then worked with me to master all the functions and different buttons as we walked around. I stayed for the Composition in the Field portion of the class and found the experience to be very valuable. Getting the chance to compose my own pictures and then show them to Bernardo for feedback was a good way to get feedback on how to improve aspects of each shot- be it composition, changing the exposure or even using the flash in some cases.

    I’m more than satisfied with my day spent learning more about photography, it has definitely encouraged me to get out there and shoot more! Once I get the chance to put my photos on the computer I’ll send some your way to show you what we accomplished!

    Best Regards,”

    -Chris Thome

  9. Cristina Ramirez
    May 18, 2015

    “Yes, Richard. I did enjoy the class. Thank you for the positive feedback. It was blazing hot that day. I took the composition handout and gave it to our journalism teacher because I thought it would be an excellent primer for our first-year students”

    -Cristina Ramirez

  10. Jessenia Bovell
    June 8, 2015

    “What a pleasure it was today with Mr. Gatz! Totally made up for the first experience. He is very knowledgable and experienced. Highly satisfied.


    -Jessenia Bovell

  11. Madeline Shapiro
    July 18, 2017

    “I ended up going over an hour for the private lesson with Kelsa. She was amazing!
    It was a great learning experience and it enjoyed it very much.
    Kelsa also followed up with an email with additional great tips. She went above and beyond in her job!
    Thank you also for your great service.”


  12. Cheryl Mulet
    October 18, 2017

    “It was great. Kelsa is knowledgeable and patient and I learned a lot. ”


  13. AJ Dunlap
    October 26, 2017


    My session with Michelle today was amazing. She is fantastic and I felt comfortable asking her anything and she gave me a lot of basic tips that I could use to really enhance my product photography. I LOVED HER! Many praises from all of here at B’LIVINN. Michelle and I plan to keep in touch but I wanted to thank you for your help as well.”


  14. Alan Wiener
    November 21, 2017

    Thanks for a wonderful day at Vizcaya.
    You asked to see some of my images, so, here they are

    -Alan Wiener

  15. Fred Taubman
    November 21, 2017

    “I bought this for my son, who has a fair amount of experience already. He LOVED it! He told me that the instructor, Michelle, was great and taught him some new techniques and theories about shooting pictures. He tried it out and showed me the pictures, and they were amazing. He also loved the location: Vizcaya, but definitely wants to go again. I highly recommend for anyone interested in photography and trying new things.”

    -Fred Taubman

  16. Katherine
    July 9, 2018

    “I bought this as a gift for my stepdad and he had a wonderful time, learned a lot, and enjoyed being in a new environment. He took some great photos!”


  17. Anne
    July 9, 2018

    “Bought this for my teenage daughter. We also signed her up for the class on mastering your camera, which was timely as she just received a new Canon 80D for her birthday and the class was a better ‘how-to’ lesson than reading the instruction booklet alone. The composition in the field class was a good experience, and she’s learned techniques and she can immediately apply, giving her more confidence as a photographer.”


  18. Omar
    July 9, 2018

    “Excellent experience. Excellent instructor.”


  19. Sarkis Anac
    August 1, 2018

    “I enjoyed the workshop, although I do photography for many years always you learn or refresh something. Kelsa is very knowledgeable and clear, and is a well mannered and is a pleasure to be with her. Thank you”

    -Sarkis Anac

  20. Kim
    January 11, 2019

    “Thank you for an informative, fun, and non intimidating atmosphere! I look forward to taking the pointers from class and applying them in the field, especially moving away from automatic!”


  21. Vincent
    January 11, 2019

    “Taking a class with a local photographer is a great way to go home with great images!”


  22. Steve
    January 11, 2019

    “The instructors bring so much creativity and enthusiasm to these workshops. Great locations, lots of talent!”


  23. Norene
    January 17, 2019

    “Thank you Kelsa for the fun class and thank you for the additional resources. It was great meeting the other participants as well. Happy shooting”


  24. Noreen Conroy
    January 25, 2019

    “Thank you for the awesome class today. We had a great time and felt more comfortable with our cameras after. Thanks again!!”


  25. Kristel Kouly
    June 10, 2019

    Had a really great time at this class! I immediately learned a few tricks to composing my shots better. This class has immediately opened up my eyes to my surroundings and how to look for better locations. It can only go up from here!

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