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Isla Studio

Become a better photographer in just 1 evening.

Have you ever wondered why after spending hundreds of dollars on the latest cameras you still can't get photos you're really proud of? We're not talking about the party snapshots you post on Facebook, but stunning, well-exposed landscapes that can be considered fine art.

This 3-hour class is a crash course in digital photography taught in small groups of 20-25 students. You'll learn what all those knobs and dials on your DSLR do, the settings to use in any lighting condition, and what kind of camera to buy if you don't already have one. You'll understand concepts like exposure, aperture, depth of field, ISO and shutter speed, and probably never want to use the "automatic mode" again.

No prior experience or camera equipment is necessary to attend. Just a desire to improve your photography skills. Take this class for yourself or gift it to a friend who's got a photographic itch to scratch.

To enroll in a session or see the schedule, please select your city:

Advanced Photography Class

Isla Studio now offers an Advanced Photography Class for students who have already taken the 3-hour Beginners Course. Click on one of the links below to find out more.

Adobe Lightroom Class

Isla Studio offers a class on digital asset management using Adobe Lightroom. This is independent of our other classes, and does not have any prerequisites. Currently only offered at our San Francisco location.

Photo Walks

Isla Studio also offers photo walks for students who have already taken the 3-hour Beginners Course. Click on one of the links below to find out more.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who are you guys?

    We're a team of passionate photographers (Lindsay, Lindsey, William and Elizabeth) who have taught this class since Fall 2010. We have diverse professional experiences, which give you a unique perspective regardless of which one of us teaches the class (For example, Lindsay is mostly into food photography, William is into fashion and models). Browse the rest of this site to view some of our work or read our reviews on Yelp.

  2. What's the class schedule?

    This is a 3 hour class held most Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-1pm. It's also offered on some weeknights (typically Wednesdays) from 6pm-9pm. The dates are scheduled approximately 1 month in advance, and more dates are added every few weeks depending on our schedules.

  3. I bought a class through a deal on Groupon, LivingSocial, Yelp or other site. How and where do I sign up?

    Click your city (in the list above) to see the class schedule. Select the "Prepaid Deal" option, pick a date and time, and complete the registration online. You'll need your voucher number.

  4. What's the format of this class?

    It's a group class held in an indoor classroom setting in groups of around 20-25 students.

  5. I already have some photography experience from high school, or just from playing with my camera. Will this class be useful for me?

    Yes, it could be a good refresher for you to consolidate all the bits and pieces of knowledge you've picked up over the years. You'll also find plenty of inspiration (in the form of some beautiful photos) to get back into photography if you haven't done it in a while. You get to ask any burning questions to a professional photographer. And it's a great way to spend an afternoon in the company of other beginners and amateurs. However, if you already have a good handle on things like shutter speed, aperture, ISO and manual mode, this class is probably going to be too basic for you.

  6. What kind of camera do I need to attend this class?

    Bring whichever camera you currently own. No need to buy anything special or fancy for this class. We explain the differences between simple point & shoot cameras and DSLRs, so you'll be better informed about what kind of camera to buy, should you decide to upgrade your current one.

  7. What else should I bring to class?

    Anything you need to take notes on (pen, paper, iPad, laptop etc) and a snack or drink.

Have more questions? Please shoot us an email for a quick response.