Digital Photo Academy

Learn How To Use Your Digital Camera

San Diego

San Diego

Welcome to the DPA workshops in San Diego!

The San Diego Photography Collective

The Digital Photo Academy instructors often lecture and demonstrate for the San Diego Photography Collectives. We suggest you become acquainted with these highly active groups with over 3,000+ photo enthusiasts combined, ranging from vastly experienced to just beginning. Learn about a variety of lectures, shoots, demonstrations, contests and other photo related opportunities, many of them free of charge.

Learn about a location near to you:

The San Diego Photography Collective
The San Diego Photography Collective (San Diego, CA) – Meetup

Northern San Diego Photography Collective
Northern San Diego Photography Collective (San Diego, CA) – Meetup




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


Master Your Camera Controls - $70
— led by pro photographer Patricia Bean
San DiegoDecember 15, 20189:30 am - 10:45 amMaster Your Camera ControlsRegister
Composition in the Field - $99
— led by pro photographer Patricia Bean
San DiegoDecember 15, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pmOcean BeachRegister
Master Your Camera Controls - $70
— led by pro photographer Martin Miller
San DiegoJanuary 5, 20199:30 am - 11:00 amMaster Your Camera Controls/Old Town Transit CenterRegister
Composition in the Field - $99
— led by pro photographer Martin Miller
San DiegoJanuary 5, 201911:00 am - 2:00 pmOld Town Transit Center Register
Master Your Camera Controls - $70
— led by pro photographer Martin Miller
San DiegoFebruary 23, 20191:30 pm - 3:00 pmMaster Your Camera Controls/Balboa Park Sunset ShootRegister
Composition in the Field - $99
— led by pro photographer Martin Miller
San DiegoFebruary 23, 20193:00 pm - 6:00 pmBalboa Park Sunset ShootRegister
Master Your Camera Controls - $70
— led by pro photographer Martin Miller
San DiegoMarch 23, 20199:30 am - 11:00 amMaster Your Camera Controls/Little ItalyRegister
Composition in the Field - $99
— led by pro photographer Martin Miller
San DiegoMarch 23, 201911:00 am - 2:00 pmLittle ItalyRegister

Comments to “San Diego”

  1. “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!”


  2. “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!”


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


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

  4. “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.

  5. “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.

  6. “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.”


  7. “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!”


  8. “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.

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

    -Chris Keogh

  10. “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

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

    – Steve

  12. “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

  13. “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

  14. “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

  15. “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

  16. “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

  17. “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

  18. “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

  20. “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

  21. “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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