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

This section is devoted to our Philadelphia photo workshops. The DPA Instructors who lead these workshops are professional photographers who have lived in Philadelphia 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 or fall. Sometimes one time of day to shoot is better than another and our DPA instructors keep us informed.

About Our Philadelphia Photo Workshop Venues

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 Philadelphia, that office is at:

226 W Rittenhouse Sq Apt 706 Philadelphia, PA 19103-7604



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Comments to “Philadelphia”

  1. The DPA team has to coordinate the DPA workshops across the whole country; which I imagine entails a lot of names. Your national office team members and the folks who teach where they live do a wonderful job. That’s why I keep coming back!

  2. Everything was fantastic! Carl was a great instructor. We learned a lot about our specific camera as well as the different elements that make a good picture. After leaving, we spent the rest of the day looking at and taking pictures. We look forward to attending another class in the future.

    Thanks for everything!

  3. Thank you. Sessions were very helpful.

  4. Hi Carl, thank you so much for my very informative lesson yesterday! I am so pleased with how much I learned. I knew nothing about the camera or the controls before the lesson, and already feel like I have a much better understanding. I am so excited to get practicing and will definitely be looking to take the lightroom class in 2024, hopefully in January time.

  5. Hi Carl,

    Thank you for your time teaching me today. It was a pleasure to work with you. You explained things very well. It was very helpful to have an instructor to answer questions on the spot.

    I will apply the knowledge I learned today in my side gig. I’m still in the process of setting up my studio. I will definitely reach out to you when I’m ready for the next lesson.

    Thank you Richard for coordinating everything. I appreciate the clear communication from you.


  6. Carl’s instruction was wonderful ! I would like to sign up for the “lightRoom” software class. Can you email or text me the link to purchase /register please ? Ty

  7. I truly had a wonderful time. Carl was excellent.

  8. Thank you for a very fun and informative day. I can’t wait to see the pictures I took on a larger screen.

  9. Thank you EVERYBODY for responding to my inquiry re best tripods.

    I will be taking your recommendations with me when I get my refund check next year, which is my usual time to buy gear.

    What a great bunch of people you all are!

    Charles Davidson

  10. Carl. Thank you very much for the notes and these excellent examples. I look forward to your class on digital photo editing.

  11. Many thanks for last night. I learned exactly what I needed to learn. Sorry we had to rush off without a legitimate goodbye. Our guests for dinner had shown up. You know your stuff.

  12. […] Philadelphia, the Digital Photo Academy offers affordable classes (live and Online) on topics such as composition and camera control. Some […]

  13. Hi Richard,
    I just want to let you know that yesterday’s class with Carl and Mimi was perfect; just what I wanted. They are both excellent teachers, as well as talented photographers. They were so patient, willing to repeat information as much as I needed, but also able to challenge me to try new things. I’m excited to sign up for additional courses and thrilled that you’ve brought DPA to Philly. Thanks,

  14. Had fun with Armond.

    He is a gentleman and showed a lot of patience with the beginners.

  15. Thank you so much for a fabulous experience over the weekend! I learned so much and am excited to continue practicing. Brian purchased the Sony a6000 for me like we talked about, so I know it will be a bit easier to maneuver. Thanks again for everything!

  16. “The workshop was great. Armond was excellent. He was able to explain some of the concepts I was having trouble with, and it made the workshop much better. I’ll be attending others as soon as I can.”

    -John DeWilde

  17. “Hi Bill,
    It was great to meet you and thank you for the great class!! You are a great teacher.

    Thank you again,”


  18. “Hi Hinda,

    I just wanted to thank you for the time your spent with Juliana on Saturday. She really enjoyed the class and learned a lot. I will look into some additional classes for her. Can she request you?



  19. “I’m an old person who still loves film photography, but my daughter and her husband started to push me to do digital photography in the last few years. Last year they set me up for a session at Liberty State Park, which I enjoyed very much. So this year they followed up with another session at Seaside Heights. I took that class yesterday and enjoyed it also, and in particular I would like to comment on the great job your instructor did. Bill Blanchard was the instructor and was as patient as a saint in heading his students in the proper direction to take good pictures. I could make this a long letter about his patience and sincere caring about our getting something from the class, but I will just say thanks to his attitude I will be following up on additional instruction from your organization. ”

    -Charles Burok

  20. “Thanks again for the terrific class, Rick. I am thrilled with how much I learned and and was playing all day yesterday with my camera, trying new things and not using auto!! Yippee!! It was great meeting you.. thanks so so much”

    – Michelle Evans

  21. “I really enjoyed the class, it was the first time I’ve ever had any formal instruction in photography. I was a little apprehensive about the class because of this but you made it very comfortable. Thanks for the great experience.”

    – Gregory Finch

  22. “I enjoyed Saturday’s workshop very much. I learned a great deal about my camera and the art and craft of taking great photos. I feel more comfortable with my camera and look forward to putting what I learned to use. Thank you for sharing your time, expertise, and artistry with us.”

    – Bert Wolfe

  23. “Thanks again for everything in the class. I had a great time and learned a lot. It was a great refresher for some issues also. I cant wait to take the advanced class. I have included two shots from the class. Hope they help. Im sure Ill be seeing you again in the future.”

    – Donald Quinn

  24. “The workshop was wonderful. I really learned allot and was able to
    validate, with your help, that the photos, I already have been taking,
    are what you are looking for. But you pushed me further.
    You are a great teacher…I really enjoyed the interaction with the other participants.”

    – Sally Barron

  25. “I was so nervous about taking the course and making the best of what would be taught . When I met Phil, the instructor , he was so nice and calmed me down so I could concentrate and actually learn what he was teaching ! Phil taught at my level and speed . He knows everything about photography and only shared what I was ready to learn , giving extra tips here and there . I am going to be practicing what he taught and when I’m ready , I will return for the next class taught by Phil .

    Thank you Richard, for seeing me through to this point . You have been a great help . And you have a great school . Even though Lambertsville was a trip, it’s a quant town to visit and a great excuse to get out of town !”

    Thanx so much ,
    -Elena Ranieri 🙂

  26. “I really enjoyed the class this past Sunday with Phil Kramer. I learned so much about my camera.”

    – T. Drummond

  27. “Thanks Linda! It was a pleasure working with you as well.

    I am looking to engage and further my passion about photography, by assisting with wedding photography especially. Let me know if you hear of anyone offering such opportunities.”

    – Praj

  28. “Just wanted to say Thank u again for the informative day. It was interesting to share thoughts with you and the group that was gathered. I do hope as I go on to my second career That the facts that where learned last Sunday will be put to good use. Hope that I can met with you again in the future.”

    – Pat Guziewicz

  29. “It was a great day and Jack was a pleasure to work with. I learned the basics of my camera that I was looking for and the framing your photo portion of the class was enlightening… I find myself looking at the world differently since that class.

    Thank you for asking!!!”

    -Melody Evans

  30. “I really love the school and to have exposure to local well-known established photographers who are supportive to their craft and students — no matter what experience level — is a wonderful opportunity!

    I just wish I had more time to take all these classes.”

    – Kellie

  31. “Thank you so much for the class. I really appreciated it and it was really great meeting everyone. I threw a few of my favorites into a Flickr stream if anyone is interested. Thanks again. I hope everyone had a great time.”

    – Dave Bock

  32. “We had a great time at your Digital Photo Academy class in Philadelphia on Saturday and wanted to let you know that the pace, style of instruction and the location was perfect for us. We enjoyed the beginning discussion of composition and the references to different perspectives while we walked the streets and the Ben Franklin bridge. Thoroughly enjoyed the end of the class in the coffee shop showing you our photos.

    This was Colin’s first time talking a photo class and he really enjoyed it.

    Thanks again,”

    – Glen & Colin

  33. “Thanks for sharing beautiful pictures, I loved the one with the arch, gorgeous picture. I started to practice what we learned in class and even i have a lot ahead I was very please with the class, it was a pleasure meeting you and being part of your class. Hope to join any upcoming classes soon!”

    -Brenda Jacomy-Kitch

  34. “Richard, I took the Photo Workshop in Central Park this past Sunday and I want you to know that your instructor, Mr. Bill Blanchard was terrific! I enjoy his teaching approach, got past my fear of handling my camera, and learned how to get more terrific shots all with his encouragement and instructions. I certainly would take a follow-up class with Bill. ”

    -Pereta Rodriguez

  35. “Hi Bill,

    Attending the class was a really good experience. I got a chance to
    explore photography from a new perspective. Thank you very much for guiding
    us and taking personal interest in our work.”

    -Manasa Gangula

  36. “Just wanted to thank you for a great class. I sent you a link to my Flickr album from selected photos from Sunday. Hope you like them. I learned quite a bit that day!”


  37. “Happy Father’s Day! I’m not sure if you received my photos through Shutterfly yesterday. I’m planning to post a few on DPA’s Facebook page after you review them and after I edit the ones I think are ok. Or should I post the unedited photos. Let me know. Thanks again for sharing those valuable tips during our session and giving me constructive feedback on my photos.”

    -Cathy Smith

  38. “I went to Liberty State Park with Bill Blanchard. Lots of fun! Always cloudy every time I go!

    Here’s some photos – quick editing job. Will send another email with more.”

    -Lindsey Warne

  39. “Thank you for this class! It was amazing and I learned a lot! I just wanted to thank you for it and Bill is an awesome teacher!! ”

    -Natalie C.

  40. “Thanks for your time and effort at the class this past Saturday. Although a lot of what you had to say was, refresher, I did learn about “Leading Lines” from you. I have never heard the concept expressly stated, although it may have been and I just missed. Makes sense though. Your portrait example out there in the yard can be very helpful to me as I tend to the side of what I shoot is what I get in portraiture. Well, it’s not so much portraiture as it is family snapshots. At any rate, thanks so much. I hope we cross paths again. I hope we all cross paths again.

    So here are a few of the shots from Saturday. Please feel fre to critique, all of you. I can only get better if I know what I did not accomplish with my images”

    -Frank Sylvis.

  41. “I really enjoyed today’s class and am attaching some of my shots, some of which I have edited with the Aviary app for iPad. Although I was not able to practice most of the features you discussed, I really enjoyed learning about leading lines and framing and playing with the ISO and White balance!

    I will definitely take more classes in the future and will likely purchase a better camera!! Do you have any suggestions for beginner models I should look into?”

    – Valeria

  42. “Thank you for a very enjoyable and productive class. You helped us understand concepts that would had taken us months to figure out on our own and shared tips we might have never known. Your pictures are wonderful.

    Hope to see you in another class in the near future.”

    – Agnes and Fredy Irizarry

  43. “It was a great session with a lot of information that I know we’ll be able to leverage in the future. I thought the hands-on advice and training you had provided while we were doing our shots was extremely valuable for me. Thank you for a wonderful session.”

    – Maria Rozario

  44. “Thanks again for the great class yesterday. Here are a few of my favorites from yesterday. One is the upward perspective shot of the tree. A second is one of the bike baskets, from the perspective of sitting in a seat. And the third was a final result of slow shutter speed on tail lights as we ended last night.”

    – Mona

  45. “Thank you Bill! I enjoyed the class and you covered what I need to know, and then some. Starting to practice. Once I get the basics down I will be ready to learn more.”


  46. “Thanks, Bill, for the quite enjoyable class. Sorry I had to run off at the very end – but I did enjoy the walk and trying to figure out how to view things in a different way.

    I love the dramatic black and white treatment of the statue on your picture!

    I am sending you over a few of my favorites. I’m still learning post production and want to learn how to manipulate lightroom a lot better than I do – that’s more of a factor of time than anything else.

    I look forward to attending your class in Hoboken next month.”

    – Mona

  47. “Thank you for a great class. It was really nice to meet you and to get some great tips and ideas from you. I definitely enjoyed the day.

    Thanks again and hopefully I will see you at another class.”

    – Allison

  48. “Thank you Bill for a great afternoon in spite of the weather. It was very informative and a good day. I appreciate your help.”

    – Art

  49. “Hey Bill! Thanks for a great class on Saturday. It was great! I’m so glad that I still have 2 more groupons left to use!”

    – Jess

  50. “Class was good and Bill really knows his stuff.”

    – Vera

  51. “This was my first time shooting manual… I learned few things… and it was fun… I understand better now why my husband takes 5min just to take 1 picture.”

    – Judite

  52. “I wanted to let you know that my wife, Ariela, and I very much enjoyed your workshop this past Saturday. Thank you for an enjoyable, informative afternoon.”

    – Ned

  53. “Thank you very much, Bill; really appreciated your low-key, practical, and de-mystifying approach.”

    – Bob B.

  54. “Thanks again for a great class on Sunday. I enjoyed it and found it very helpful. I put a few of my pictures together so feel free to take a look. I surprised myself by even getting a reasonable ‘blur’ photo so I added a couple of these in.”

    – Graham

  55. “Thank you for leading the class on Saturday. I enjoyed it despite the frigid temps.

    Thank you for forwarding your pictures and the commentary.

    New things learned!”

    – John Mintz

  56. “I enjoyed the Composition class on Sunday 1/27 and fund it very useful. Bill Blanchard was a very good instructor.”


  57. “The training was a really good one, got to know more about the basics of photography.”

    – Gobinath

  58. “Great day! I actually turned the camera to “M” and shot for several hours!”

    – Julie

  59. “The workshop was terrific. Bill, thanks for a great workshop. You did a great job!”

    – Dennis McCarthy

  60. “Thanks Bill. It was a great class and I look forward to taking composition in the field at a later date.”

    – Sharon

  61. “Thanks for a great workshop, Bill. We gleaned a lot of information and are more readily able to refer to our manuals and know what they are talking about!”

    – Carey and Graham

  62. “Thanks again. I really did enjoy the class and learned a great deal.”

    – Michael Nader

  63. “Thank you again for an amazing class. Thanks to you I picked up my hobby again. I’ve been taking pictures like every day and reading all kinds of books. Truly grateful.”

    – Leticia Medina

  64. “I enjoyed you workshop greatly, and appreciate all your tour and helpful tips. I have attached a number of photos that I took during the workshop. If you have any comments or suggestions please let me know.”

    – Charles

  65. “Thank you SO much for your time and expertise during our Photoshop class on Saturday! I really appreciated your fantastic suggestions, and I learned some incredible new tricks that will be very useful as I revise my curriculum.

    I’ll be in touch!”

    – Eliot

  66. “Thank you for a fantastic workshop in Princeton yesterday! I learned a lot and had a huge amount of fun. It was a good group of people and certainly a photogenic setting. The tips on leading lines were great, as were the tips on framing. I have started to go back over the pictures I took and was reminded that I got a couple of images that were, in effect, double-framed. I had a window behind a window, which wound up looking pretty cool.

    I may post a couple to the DPA website.

    I’m looking forward to taking more of these workshops and learning still more. Oh, and I already ordered a set of the close-up filters and can’t wait to play with them. Good stuff.

    Hope to see you at a future workshop!”

    – Sean Blinn

  67. “Thanks so much for a educational and memorable experience. It’s definitely one for the books. In the midst of all the excitement, I actually learned a lot about digital SLR photography as well so thank you for that. I posted a few of my photos on the Digital Photo Academy website (better late than never, right?), so feel free to take a look when you get a chance. Thanks again for a great class.”

    – Kim

  68. “It was a nice class yesterday and we took lots of good pictures.”

    – Lin-Hung

  69. “It was great meeting you this past Saturday, great class!”

    – Peter Kostik

  70. “It was a pleasure to take your class. Someday, I wish to be as knowledgeable as you. I’m looking forward to another class that would require out in the field shooting. I’ll put my comments in the student thread and will absoulutely check your website work out as well.

    Thanks for a great class.”

    – Kristine M.

  71. “Your class at Liberty Park yesterday was very enjoyable. I learned a lot from your explanation of main concepts regarding composition and camera setting. I was wondering if you could share some of the picture cards that you brought along and any other materials you may have that you think could help improve my understanding. They hit the spot for me! Thanks again!”

    – Cristina Coltro

  72. “Bill, thank you so much for your guidance and a great day of shooting. I really appreciate your generosity in staying after the scheduled end time. i got some of my best shots after 5pm. I would welcome your critique and look forward to seeing you on Sunday in Hoboken.”

    – Peter Turai

  73. “Wanted to send a big thanks for your insights and help this Sunday. That was my first time taking any sort of photo class, so it was great to do it with a fun group, and learn some great and useful tips. Again, thanks. Looking forward to taking more classes.”

    – Anthony Galasso

  74. “Lauren and I both really enjoyed the time we spent with you. We learned some really good things and thought you were really enjoyable to be with. Thank you for an enjoyable and educational 3 hours. I will be in touch. Again, thanks for a really good time.”

    – Dave Rosenthal

  75. “I really enjoyed the class this past Sunday in New Hope. I appreciated the reminders that photography requires practice at getting better.

    I posted the pictures I felt were good on my picasa page. If you have the time I appreciate any feedback you have.”

    – Ryan Kehoe

  76. “Thanks a lot for the class. I really enjoyed it and nw I’m very inspired to read my manual. It was a great group and a really nice day.”

    – Lynn

  77. “Thank you for the class on Sunday. It was a fun class. I love the pictures you took.”

    – Maureen Butler

  78. “Thank you so much for teaching us today – I had a blast! I enjoy meeting photographers with Different points of view- you shared with me many good pointers. My husband thought that my pictures looked better! I can’t wait to process them. Thanks”

    – Zehra Travis

  79. “Sunday past was Father’s Day and what better way to start it than with a DPA class!! I attended the Photo Session in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square with Armond Scarvo. Being taught by Armond was a real treat as he’s a highly accomplished photographer and a fantastic instructor. His knowledge of Philadelphia and the Rittenhouse Square was only surpassed by his knowledge of photography. Simply amazing!! I really liked Armond’s instruction style as he first made sure students were comfortable with the basics of their camera, and then following a brief discussion on composition, he turned everyone loose. I think a few students were uncomfortable with going out so quickly but that was the beauty of it. The process really challenged students to shoot things in a way that resonates with them, not the way their instructor or someone else does; and actually after 30 minutes everyone was clicking away. Throughout the day Armond gave students pointers on everything from lenses to HDR to framing techniques. I particularly appreciated his ability to address and challenge students at their respective level. One of the takeaways that he gave me was to move my eye around the edge of the viewfinder, to make sure that the composition only includes subject matter that aids in the story being conveyed. I’ve heard this before but Armond really brought it to light for me and I’ve been doing it consistently since. I also enjoyed this group of students. Although we were at various levels, there was a nice bonding that took place and I would suspect that some of us will get together again to shoot other parts of the city. At least I hope so… hint, hint guys!! Oh, Armond mentioned trying to get a DPA session for another part of the Philly area. If he succeeds, sign me up!! Thanks Armond!! ”

    -Gregory Clarke

  80. “I really enjoyed your class – thanks for all your feedback. I’ve edited and complied my favorites, incorporating some of your suggestions. I couldn’t decide between these 12, so I hope you don’t mind a couple extra. I’ve noticed you see things that I can’t quite put my finger on, so just choose your favorite 5-10 to comment on. I look forward to your feedback and suggestions! I put them up on a Flickr set, but let me know if you have trouble or would like the files. ”


  81. “Thanks for hooking me up! I really enjoyed the class, and learned new things. Plus, several hours in, I remembered that years ago I had seen and admired Armond’s work!”

    – Elaine Axelrod

  82. “I really enjoyed your class yesterday. I learned a lot about my camera and how to capture different scenes using the sunlight.

    I look foreward to taking anotherf class with you in the future. I have attached my 3 pictures to this email.”

    – Bill Taylor

  83. “I really enjoyed your class – thanks for all your feedback. I saw you run a few more classes on your site – hopefully I can join you again sometime.”

    – Randy

  84. “Thank you very much. I had a good time, and learned so much from you today. I feel more comfortable with my camera, and know that I still have more to learn.”

    – Randy Weikel

  85. “I attended a class at Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia today with Armond Scavo.

    It was a great experience; he mainly dealt with HDR techniques using bracketing shots, but he occasionally taught other aspects as well if we had questions or he thought there were things that could improve our shots. I edited all my photos from today and I must say I’m very satisfied. Thank you and Armond again for this great experience, and I hope to attend other classes of DPA again in the future.”

    -Solbi Choi


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