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Do I need a fancy camera?

Our How Do I Use My Camera? Part I class requires that you have a digital camera that allows you to manually set the aperture and shutter speed. You can see the list of cameras that fit this criteria here. If you have questions about whether or not your camera allows this or if you have questions about the camera requirements for our other classes, please contact us.

What order should I take the classes in?

The How Do I Use My Camera? Part I class is a perfect place to start if you’ve never taken a class with JP Teaches Photo. There are two classes, however, that are designed for students with no pre-existing knowledge: How Do I Use My Camera? Part I and the Nighttime class. We require that you take the How Do I Use My Camera? Part I class before taking the How Do I Use My Camera? Part II class. We require you take the Part I and Part II classes before you take the Lighting Walk class.

I haven’t taken your How Do I Use My Camera? Part I class but I do know at least something about how my camera works. Can I skip the Part I class?

No matter how much knowledge you have about your camera, we are confident you will get value out of the Part I class. We’ve had professional photographers take the Part I class and leave with a new perspective and a new understanding of how their cameras work. We’re so confident that you’ll leave with something of value, we offer a money-back guarantee if you take the Part I class and leave unsatisfied in any way.

How do I reschedule?

To avoid a reschedule fee, 24 hours prior to the class start time is required for cancellation and/or rescheduling. To reschedule, please contact us here. We’ll cancel you out of the class you’re scheduled for and then you can re-register yourself through our website.

Rescheduling Guidelines:

Less than 24 hours notification will result in a reschedule fee. We donate all of our reschedule fees to 100cameras.

Weather Guidelines for Outdoor Classes:

Our classes take place at the following locations. Please read more detailed information HERE.
How Do I Use My Camera? Part I:
134 W 29th St
How Do I Use My Camera? Part II:
134 W 29th St (if the temperature is below 50 degrees or there is inclement weather)
Central Park (if the temperature is about 50 degrees and there is little to no chance of rain or snow)
Lighting Walk:
Central Park
Nighttime Photography:
Central Park

Short of hurricane conditions, your teacher will be at the meeting location, ready to teach the class.

In the case of inclement weather, students will be eligible to reschedule if:

1. they show up to the class as scheduled.
2. the class is either canceled at the last minute or if it is compromised (eg. if there’s more than a half hour of rain during the class)

For classes where the weather is cold and/or rainy, you will enhance your enjoyment of the class by dressing warmly and by bringing protection for your equipment. If you don’t have a wet-proof camera bag, a trash bag will do in a pinch.

For weather below 60 degrees: Our experience is that students often underestimate how much they need to wear to stay comfortable. Though we’re moving around for a good part of the class, there are whole portions of the class where you’ll be sitting and listening to your teacher lecture. We recommend dressing for 10 degrees below what the weather report says. If the report predicts 45 degrees, dress for 35 degrees.

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