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Los Angeles Photo Workshops

Join a Digital Photo Academy teacher for Los Angeles photo workshops, small group or private live sessions. You’ll learn all about your camera controls and how to create powerful images.

Click here for full calendar of live workshops 


This section is devoted to the Los Angeles area and the teachers who lead these workshops. Because they are professional photographers who have lived in Los Angeles for 10 years or longer, you benefit.

Also these pro shooters have teaching know-how and love teaching Los Angeles photo workshops. (Not all photographers do.) And they know the local retailers where you can get the better deals on photo equipment. Thus, they know where the best photo shots are. So, this allows us to provide you with a range of interesting places to shoot.

Also, classes are scheduled through the year, whether indoors or outdoors, winter, spring, summer of fall. And sometimes, one time of day to shoot is better than another, and our teachers keep us informed.

About our Los Angeles Photo Workshop Venues

Often, the teachers even have private access to various venues in the city where they live. Themes and locales for our Los Angeles photo workshops vary from street photography and buildings, to flowers and landscapes. Thus, you’ll photograph water scenes, sunsets, lush scenery and everything in between.

During one month, meet up in the natural light streaming in to a religious venue via lovely stained glass windows. Then, the following month, it might be a small, little-known park with very special landscapes.

Plus, shoot scenic Pacific beaches such as Venice Beach, Long Beach or other landscape or water settings.

Here’s a recent video of our pro instructor Scott Crawford’s photo workshops at Laguna Beach!

And enjoy sunset shoot and light painting at Ascot Hills. So, capture the essence of iconic Los Angeles street scenes in venues such as Hollywood Boulevard and Chinatown.

Also we offer a special discount to people who attend more than one workshop. So sign up for both classes!

Thus we arrange these classes to provide variety for the students in each local market. However, we could not do it without the skills and connections provided by the teachers in each of those markets.

So phone the national HQ of Digital Photo Academy at 1 877 372 2231. Also, each of the Digital Photo Academy markets includes a local office. Thus in Los Angeles, that office is at:

4741 Ellenwood Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90041-2950



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


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 for six months beyond the current month and updated on a monthly basis since 2006. (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.


Comments to “Los Angeles”

  1. I found my time with Ming to be engaging, informative, and helpful.

  2. The session with Scott was awesome! I really enjoyed the time and got some great photos! So far I have only had time to briefly look at them but hope to spend some time and do some editing. If we are back in the LA area I would certainly look to organize our itinerary to spend time with Scott!

    I like the idea of a photo book for our granddaughter!

    Thank you for facilitating the the experience!


    – Lyssandra

  4. 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.

    – Maria L

  5. Wonderful instructor and a great learning experience. I highly recommend the course.

    – Daniel N

  6. Such a fun course full of ideas and scenarios to try out. I learned so much from Scott about composition and technicals, like how to best use shutter priority or aperture priority, exposure compensation, etc. Really had such an amazing set of moments. If I could do a first-time class all over again, it would be this one.

    – Eric Wang

  7. Thanks for the opportunity to learn a little bit more about photography yesterday.

    It was very educational…Well, I took a few pictures with my camera and my phone.


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

  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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:

  18. 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.

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

  19. 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 .

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

  21. 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 🙂

  22. 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!

  23. 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

  24. “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.”


  25. “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.”


  26. “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.”


  27. “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”


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

    Gilbert Magno

  29. 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

  30. 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.


  31. 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

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


    -Kristin Johnson

  33. “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

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

    -Martin Petersen

  35. “Hi Richard,

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


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

    -Cynthia Nunez

  37. “Jennifer,

    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 ☺️

  38. “Jennifer,

    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. ”


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


  40. “Thanks Jeromy,

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


  41. “Thanks Mike,
    Was fun! ”


  42. “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,”


  43. “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, ”


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

    -Dallen Stanford

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


  46. “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

  47. “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.”


  48. “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

  49. “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

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

    – Armen K.

  51. “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

  52. “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.

  53. “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

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


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

    – David Langston

  56. “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

  57. “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

  58. “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

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

    – Andy Waldbaum

  60. “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


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