Photo Walks & Workshops


“We don’t tell you what pictures to take.  We just help you take better pictures.”

As every professional photographer knows, taking control of your camera’s basic settings is the doorway to real creativity.  Most people new to photography have a vague sense that it’s possible to control the camera’s settings, but are intimidated by the myth that to do so requires years of technical study.  And when you’re in love with photography all you really want to do is take pictures!

That’s where the Switch to Manual photo workshops come in.  Me and my partner Tom Martinez will give you a practical overview of the two manual settings you’ll want to master (shutter speed and aperture) and then you go out and shoot.  Instead of a bunch of technical jargon, wewill explain these settings in everyday language.  By the end of the day you’ll understand how these camera controls relate to each other. You’ll be in control of your camera and not the other way around. You’ll be adjusting both to get the image you want, no matter  the situation.

In addition to our workshops, we offer photo walks in some of the most photogenic locations in the New York City and Brooklyn area. Spend a morning at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens or in the trendy industrial Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook or walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. Spend an afternoon in Coney Island, Green-Wood Cemetery or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During these photo walks, our photographers will offer hands-on advice regarding how to get the most from your camera equipment. They will advise about composition, lighting, and lenses. With our guides and your camera, you’ll be ending the day with memorable images. Most walks last between 2-3 hours and are a great way to visit these great locations in the city, with camera in hand.

Our workshops and photo walks run year-round. Check out the schedule and sign up. Soon you’ll Switching to Manual in just one day!