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San Diego

San Diego

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

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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 our San Diego photo workshops. 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.

About Our San Diego 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 San Diego, that office is at:

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



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Comments to “San Diego”

  1. Martín
    Thanks for a great class. The class was fun and I learned alot.
    I will keep practicing what you taught us
    Thanks again

  2. Martin

    I appreciate the guidance you provided in class. It has taken my passion for photography in a new direction. More importantly, I’m having a great time doing it.

  3. 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!

  4. Thank you so much for the class, it was really great. Martin was patient when I couldn’t figure it out. I am still trying to transfer the pictures in my camera to computer. Martin encouraged me to submit some of my photos to San Diego County Fair the photo contest.
    I may possibly do it. I’m looking at my schedule for your next class when I’m avaliable. I am following you Instagram page now.

    Thanks again.


  5. Hi Martin,

    Thanks again for another outstanding photographic outing! It’s a pleasure working with you as I always learn so much. As I said during our class (and Dorothy agreed!) to work with someone like yourself is a fantastic privilege. Not only are you a master photographer, but a master teacher as well. Also, thanks for your kind words regarding my path in exploring Black & White Photography. I look forward to taking another Composition in the Field class with you soon.

    All the Very Best!

    John Hamilton

  6. I really enjoyed the workshop. Since my previous photography teacher retired in August of 2023, I’ve been looking for a photography workshop or class that is interesting, challenging and fun, and this workshop met my expectations; in fact it exceeded those expectations. I’m looking forward to taking some of the other Composition in the Field workshops as I really like what is taught and the locations that we can explore. By the way, even though it rained for almost the entire time of our workshop, Martin found work around’s to keep us engaged and focused on finding interesting images (I’ve attached a couple of them).

  7. The sessions went very well. Martin was wonderful to work with: very patient, very knowledgeable and an overall nice guy.

  8. I enjoyed the workshop. It was what I was looking for. Martin was excellent.

  9. Sanija was very excited when I picked her up from Martin’s Workshop

  10. I purchased the Digital Photography Live-In-The-Field at the L.A. Arboretum course for my father for his birthday. He loved it! Mom had just bought him a high-end mirrorless camera, which was above his skill level since he had really only used a point-and-shoot in the past. So, to get him comfortable with his new camera in the field, I thought this course would be a good fit. Dad really enjoyed it and captured some beautiful nature shots and has since created some treasured family photo memories for us since taking this course. The instructor was very approachable, took his time with the students, and facilitated a fun and educational experience. This experience makes for a terrific gift. My parents are in their ’70s, so I am finding that they value experiences over material items at this age.

  11. Thank you so much for the magnificent class on Saturday!

  12. 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.

  13. The class with Martin was very helpful!

  14. 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 😉 .



  15. It was great! Here attached is my favorite pic.

    Thanks to Martin for teaching us so well.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. “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!”


  19. “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!”


  20. “Thanks Patty for all your help and guidance! ”


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

  21. “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!”


    • 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.

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

    -Lola B

    • 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.

  23. “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.”


  24. “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!”


  25. “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

    • Let’s see some of your favorite African images.

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

    -Chris Keogh

  27. “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

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

    – Steve

  29. “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

  30. “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

  31. “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

  32. “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

  33. “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

  34. “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

  35. “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


    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

  37. “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

  38. “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


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