San Diego

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

3077B Clairemont Dr Ste 236, San Diego, CA 92117



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


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  1. December 19, 2014

    “I thoroughly enjoyed the Composition in the Field class taught this weekend by Christian Michaels on Ccoronado Island. The Hotel Del Coronado is an icon in the area and my favorite shot was captured in the hotel lobby. I learned to adjust the ISO on my camera to capture shots in low light – plus Christian challenged us to look at our subjects from a unique perspective. I’m looking forward to the next class!”

    -Maile Geis

  2. stephanie fong
    December 19, 2014

    “Just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed Chis’s advanced class this past weekend and will definitely be recommending the courses to other students.”

    – Stephanie Fong

  3. Hula Ramos
    December 19, 2014


    I recently got into photography and decided to take a Digital Photography class at this school!

    When you walk in, you are in awe of the space! WOW! I would love to live here! It’s huge! There is a HUGE room where they have photo shoots which has a kitchen and loft. It seemed very “East Coast” vibey and got my creative juices flowing!

    Christian Michaels was our instructor and he was very knowledgeable about photography! I could have sat there for hours learning about photography! I can’t wait to take an advanced class here!”

    -Hula Ramos

  4. Heni Thoma
    December 19, 2014

    “I really enjoyed the time in his class. I will be back again For the 5 th ! Chris is so awsome! He is an A+ teacher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    -Heni Thoma

  5. Beth Vicker
    December 19, 2014

    “We got so much out of the course. Being fairly new to DSLR cameras and photography, I can’t think of what could have been included, that wasn’t. We have already begun to use the information we learned and are taking better photos! Thanks so much!”

    – Beth Vicker

  6. December 19, 2014

    “Chris, Here are 2 photos each from Sean and I. We had a great time in the class also and learned an incredible amount about the camera. We have been out a couple of times shooting since the class and are able to get much better results now since learning about the camera controls. We appreciate you having the class and being a great teacher! I have already recommended the class to others – hopefully they take it! Thanks again. We had a good time!”

    – Jessica & Jeffrey

  7. Mark Zucker
    December 19, 2014

    “Chris: Just wanted to extend a sincere thanks for your efforts in making the class a success. It was exactly what I had hoped for. You really opened my photographic eyes to the possibilities of what to shoot and some great techniques to do it. I also enjoyed your perspective on mental aspect of photography. I now realize that is why I have been attracted to it as a hobby. I hope I can email you from time to time for your opinions / advice.”

    – Mark Zucker

  8. December 19, 2014

    “I recently took your photo composition class in Balboa Park, which I enjoyed very much. Thank you! I hope to be back for another class soon.”

    – Bridget Palitz

  9. December 19, 2014

    “Thank you so much for the wonderful class on Saturday. I feel like I can confidently tinker with the camera now. Now I just need to tinker in a more meaningful way. The class was exactly what I was looking for and you taught it very well.”

    – Kahleb

  10. December 19, 2014

    “Thank you so so very much for the wonderful class! Leo and I actually had a great time learning altho it was a lot to take in in one day. 🙂 You’re a great teacher! and you know what? because of you, we actually had fun editing our pictures using Photoshop & NIK softwares and we spent hours doing it without getting frustrated. 🙂 especially ME!”

    – Miri Kim & Leo Linares

  11. December 19, 2014

    “I was in your Saturday afternoon class. You did a great job. I appreciate the effort you put into the class.”

    – Steve

  12. December 19, 2014

    “Thank you for helping me expand my photography knowledge yesterday via your wisdom (and I do mean wisdom)! It was really fun and I appreciate all the help and tips you gave me.”

    – Noah Levy

  13. Chris Keogh
    April 25, 2016

    “Just thought I would let you know that it was a great class and yes I did post some.”

    -Chris Keogh

  14. jackie Durward
    July 13, 2017

    “Hi Richard,
    I wanted to follow up with you and let you know how much I enjoyed my photo classes on Saturday with Patty. I had a lot to learn-I knew virtually nothing about my camera. Patty broke down the basics in understanding how my camera works- aperture, shutter speed, ISO. We then hit the streets of San Diego challenging me to use what I’d learned in a variety of settings. Patty was friendly, helpful, and encouraging.

    I’m off to Africa and look forward to using my newly acquired skills.
    Happy summer.”

    -Jackie Durward

    • Patricia Bean
      November 6, 2017

      Let’s see some of your favorite African images.

  15. Suzanne Brendis
    July 25, 2017

    “I thoroughly enjoyed working with Martin Miller. He was encouraging, well prepared and taught me a great deal about composition. I would definitely attend other workshops with him. Valuable insight!”


  16. Jennifer Thompson
    July 25, 2017

    “Martin Miller from Digital Photo Academy made this meet up really profitable. His overall comments and individual instruction were clear and concise and very encouraging.”


  17. Lola B.
    October 30, 2017

    “Hi all , great day out with everyone , these are a few pics of mine that I’d like to share .

    -Lola B

    • Patricia Bean
      November 6, 2017

      I am so glad you got this shot, it’s one you should be very proud of and use the example of what you know for your next travels.

  18. Parish Jefferson
    October 30, 2017

    “Prior to working with Patty, I was having trouble getting my camera to focus on the primary subject and eliminating the background noise. Patty was able to quickly help me make adjustments to own my camera and show me how to capture my subject as the primary focal point of the image. This picture is one of the first results of her teaching. I am looking forward to joining Patty again for another class in the field. Thank you, Patty!”


    • Patricia
      November 6, 2017

      Any editor would love this image. You included enough of the background to give “place” to the image. Her head turned just so really lends it’s self to what’s going on in the background. I would crop the left side of the image just to the black line, you have plenty of room to do that. Thank you for giving me credit toward your improvements.

  19. Emily P.
    October 30, 2017

    “Thanks Patty for all your help and guidance! ”


    • Patricia
      November 6, 2017

      Now you are “seeing” like an artist. Love it. Keep up the good work.

  20. Gisela Mayworm
    November 21, 2017

    “Thanks for your event. I enjoyed learning about composition besides socializing.
    Mr. Miller is very patient and professional. He has so much to teach us. I am an amateur learning in how to use my iPhone features with the camera and today, I gained experiences in learning more… please, let me know when you have another event, and I will pass down to my friends… it was great!”


  21. Mayra Silva
    July 23, 2018

    “Had a workshop class this weekend the basics and also compilation. Martin was my instructor and to be honest I️ don’t think I️ have the words to describe how nice and patient and knowledgeable he was. Both of the classes where incredible and such a great price. I️ look forward to taking more classes when Martin is teaching again!”


  22. Jason L
    August 26, 2019

    Great experience for setting your home town in a new view. I was able to see what a pro looks for when walking the streets or seeing the bay. I highly suggest for beginners to experienced photographers.

  23. Rose Wolkin
    December 2, 2019

    Martin is a wonderful instructor. Keep me on the list, love to attend many more. Not sure I can do any Dec. classes, but January on, I’m in.

  24. Alex Yapjoco
    December 31, 2019

    It was great! Here attached is my favorite pic.

    Thanks to Martin for teaching us so well.

  25. Alexi
    January 28, 2020

    I had an amazing time and took some phenomenal photos!! I’ll make sure he joins the facebook page to upload some of his snaps. Thank you so much for the amazing experience – I definitely won the birthday gift competition this year 😉 .



  26. Rita Blockman
    January 28, 2020

    The class with Martin was very helpful!

  27. Tony
    January 29, 2020

    I learned in a lot in just a few hours. Martin was a fantastic instructor who showed me how to get the most out of my camera, and helped me learn composition to be able to take memorable photos that can tell a story. Well worth it for anyone who wants to become a better photographer.

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