Introductory Photo Classes from

Judah S. Harris


3 Part Series, starting May 17



RSVP For These Classes Here







































I am pleased to announce the dates for our next series of introductory photography classes with Judah S. Harris, a NYC photographer and popular instructor. The classes this past summer were very successful and I know that many of you who wanted to attend have been waiting for the new schedule.

The new dates are as follows:


Tuesday, May 17, 2011           - Class I

Tuesday, May 24, 2011           - Class II, with outdoor component

Tuesday, June 2, 2011            - Class III


These classes are for all levels, from beginners to serious photography hobbyists.

If you are interested in this series, but these dates do not work for you, let us know on the RSVP form. We expect to have other versions of these classes in 2011.


Judah is also running a series of other photo classes, such as a photography walking tour in Manhattan. Please see below and visit the following link for all of the details.


RSVP Deadlines


Early Bird Deadline                        -  Wednesday, 5/11

Final Deadline for Series                - Sunday 5/15

Final Deadline for Classes I & II   - Sunday 5/22

Getting Serious about Photography - These can be taken separately from Class I



See below for all the details.


Class Overview


These classes are designed to help you understand both basic concepts of photography more clearly as well as more advanced concepts. In fact, during the past series this summer we had people from beginners to more advanced in the class and all of the participants enhanced their skills. Please see the descriptions below for all the details.

We are having a 3-class series in December and January. In these classes you will learn about the following topics: 


· Tips for buying a digital camera, with recommended models!

· How to best photograph your friends and family and outdoor scenic shots

· How to use settings like exposure and shutter speed

· Methods to improve your shots, with individual critiques and tips about your pictures

· Introduction to photo editing using various software and web services like Photoshop & Picasa


 Class Schedule & Class Outlines


 Class 1The Basics of Digital Photography (Introductory Class)


 Tuesday, May 17 - 7 to 9:30 PM


  Class 2 - Getting Serious about Photography (Part l of II)


Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 6:30 to 9:30 PM—Outdoor component


  Class 3 - Getting Serious about Photography (Part ll of II)


  Thursday, June 2—7:00 to 9:30 PM




 All classes will take place  on the Upper West Side, near 100th and Broadway. The location will be supplied to those coming to the class.


 All classes will also include a light pareve meal, with some dishes from my various cooking classes.


Classes are limited to a maximum of  20 people per session and will likely sell out, so act quickly. When we first held the introductory class, we filled up quite quickly so act fast!

You will need to have a camera for the class. If you don’t have one, borrow one to bring with you and plan on buying one based on suggestions made during the first lesson. You may also want to upgrade as you develop your photography skills.




 Here are more details about the photo series, class by class

 Class 1 - The Basics of Digital Photography (Introductory Class)

o    How to buy the right digital camera – what features are important, which are over rated, with recommended models in several categories

o   Understanding camera terminology and camera settings (e.g. Focal Length, Shutter Speed, ISO, white balance, etc)

o   Techniques for photographing people, events, and travel locations

o   Tips for better composition

o   Photo editing software overview

o   When to use a film camera

o   Practice exercises to improve your photographic skills

 Items to bring to Class 1

 Camera (please bring no more than one lens for the camera)

 Memory cards

 5-8 personal photographs in printed form only



Class 2 - Getting Serious about Photography (Part l of II)

o   Exposure

o   Composition

o   Lighting tips and how to use on-camera flash

o   How to choose your best photos

o   Intro to photo editing software, with some techniques and tricks!

o   Photo essay assignment and instructor review

 We may also have an indoor photo shoot

Items to bring to Class 2

Camera (and if you have a DSLR, one or two lenses for the camera)
Memory cards
6 personal photographs in printed form only


Class 3 - Getting Serious about Photography (Part ll of II)

o   Image file types – comparing JPEG & RAW

o   Lighting and advanced flash use

o   Depth of field – what is it, how to use it for better photos

o   How to create great portraits

o   Street photography and approaching ‘strangers’

o   Outdoor photography, such as nature and landscapes

o   When to break the  "rules," for better photos

o   Tips on how to best solve photographic “problems” (e.g. low light, lack of obvious subjects to photograph)

o   Developing a personal style

o   Raising the quality of amateur photography using peer critiques

o   Online class photo exhibit

Items to bring to Class 3

Camera (and if you have an SLR, one or two lenses for the SLR camera)
Memory cards
Photographs from Class 2 assignment



Per Class

$45 per class until May 11

$50 per class thereafter


Special Rate for all 3 classes:


$99 until May 4

$125 thereafter


You can take Class I on its own, and Classes I & II as a pair, vs the entire series if you prefer. They work best as a 3-part series, which will help to improve your photography skills across the board.



In order to complete your reservation, you must make a $20 deposit per person, postmarked or sent to Paypal by the RSVP deadlines above.


You will pay the balance of the monies at the event itself, via cash or check. RSVP deposits are refundable until May 11. Thereafter, you will need to find someone to take your place if you can’t make it to a specific class.




You may pay in one of two ways, via check or via Paypal.


Via Check:

Please send the payment/deposit, made out to “David Brotsky” and mail it to the address above (where the classes take place):

In order to get the discounted rate for a given deadline, you need to have your deposit payment postmarked by the deadlines above. A $20 deposit is required per person RSVPing.


 Via Paypal

Go to the RSVP Form here, click the paypal button there, and you will be able to pay the RSVP via paypal, and then fill out the questionnaire.

$20 deposit required per person RSVP’ing.

In order to get the discounted rate for a given deadline, you need to have your deposit payment postmarked by the deadlines above. A $20 deposit is required per person RSVPing.


Additional Classes from Judah Harris

Anyone with a serious interest in photography should also check out other courses that Judah is offering here in NYC over the next few months. Find out about these events here:



Walk Manhattan Photo Tours


Join Judah S. Harris on one of his upcoming Walk Manhattan Photo Tours - an exploration of NYC with photo instruction along the way!

His newest addition, Walk Manhattan 3, is all about Central Park and  offers a few hours of visual escape traversing this 843-acre oasis in the heart of Manhattan:

Walk Manhattan 1 focuses on Lower Manhattan and covers a number of neighborhoods, starting at the lower tip of Manhattan and heading to the South Street Seaport, Chinatown, and then the Lower East Side:

Other Walk Manhattan tours are in development. Tours take place in May, June, and July with new dates in the fall.

Tour fee $45
Bring a friend $35

Choose a tour and time that works for you and check out the other photo classes, including The Magical Holga.


Photo Project Workshop

Judah is also going to offer a separate, more individualized workshop. If you are interested in this option, let us know on the RSVP form and we will contact you about the dates for this workshop, which will be coordinated directly with those coming to the workshop.


Photo Project Class       $295

Jump-start a personal photo project with valuable peer and mentor critique. Participants meet three times as a group for 1.5 hour sessions and once individually with Judah S. Harris for a one hour consultation about a personal photography project.

Personal projects provide a focused, concentrated, and meaningful way to immerse oneself in the photographic medium while exploring a specific subject of interest. They can take weeks or even years and often evolve in unexpected ways.

A number of publishing and presentation options will be discussed as part of this seminar, which is limited to 7 participants.

About the Instructor - Judah S. Harris:


When The New York Times published a half page of photographs from Judah S. Harris' photo essay of a Brooklyn matzah bakery last March (on the Sunday before Pesach), more than 2500 of the newspaper's readers clicked-through to view the complete series at his website.

One of the most recognized photographers in the Jewish community, Judah has attracted significant attention with multiple appearances on the pages of The New York Times, The Forward, Mishpacha Magazine, and many Jewish publications in the New York area, as well as on the covers of more than 40 novels to date. He has been profiled in leading visual arts magazines and was a recent guest on WOR News Talk Radio.

Distinct composition and a strong sense of narrative are two essential qualities in Judah's work, which has been exhibited in gallery and museum settings, as well as on the walls of retail establishments such as Bloomingdale's, which owns 19 large prints of his conceptual B&W and color photography.

Judah has been invited to speak about visual literacy at Jewish day schools and has taught at Fashion Institute of Technology. He offers group as well as private instruction in many areas of photography and consults in visual and social marketing for small business, retail shops, boutique hotels and local restaurants, and nonprofit organizations.

Judah teaches group workshops and also offers private instruction. These classes offered in conjunction with Dave Treks give students a chance to study with him on a personal level for significantly less than usual rates.





Link to RSVP form