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Overview of Our Hands-on Los Angeles Photography School

Master Class Guest Lecturer Peter Hurley at NYFA's photography school Photo by NYFA photography school grad Erika Platin Photo by NYFA photography school grad Bryan Kong Photo by NYFA photography school grad Amber Kirkwood

Photography School LA

Program tuition includes an HDSLR camera and exotic one-week trip

Review Of The LA Photography Program

In an era where photography is more accessible and ubiquitous than ever before, standing out in a market increasingly populated by hobbyists and amateurs is harder than ever. At the Academy’s photography school in Los Angeles, students are immersed in the practical study of photography, learning the essential technical skills while developing their aesthetic voices and putting together a business plan for life after the Academy.

One of the key aspects that separates the Academy from other top photography schools is the emphasis on learning by doing. Students do not only receive in-class instruction on the history and technical demands of the craft, but gain practical hands-on experience shooting in a variety of locations, studios, and genres, helping students to develop myriad skills that include mastering different lighting sources and shooting in a variety of styles. It is this project-based and challenging curriculum that places NYFA’s Los Angeles photography school amongst the best photography schools in the world.

Photography Courses LA

When enrolling in a photography course at the Academy’s Los Angeles Photography School, students can expect to take many of the following photography courses, depending on their particular photography program or workshop.

Photo Foundations Intermediate Lighting Introduction to Lighting
Advanced Lighting Concepts in Photography History & Aesthetics of Photography
Capture to Print Intermediate Imaging Applied Photography Practices
The Moving Images Portfolio Development Processes & Cultures of Photography
View Camera Photography as Fine Art Business Practices for Photographers
Alternative Process Advertising Photography Photojournalism/Documentary
Portraiture Web Imaging & Design

Photography Classes LA

Like other top photography schools, students interested in taking a photography program at the Academy are able to enroll at different dates throughout the year. A list of start dates can be viewed here.


Offered at the Academy’s Los Angeles and South Beach campuses, students interested in making a full-time commitment to photography can choose from one of the following photography degree programs.

Photography Workshops LA

For students who wish to study at our Photography School for a brief and intensive period, attending a photography workshop at the Academy is a perfect way to obtain a comprehensive introduction to the craft of photography.

Photography Programs LA

For students who wish to take a more in-depth approach to a photography program, our conservatory photography programs are a great way to explore in-depth the many facets of photography at the Academy’s photography school in Los Angeles.

Photography Faculty LA

One of the reasons that many consider the Academy to be the best photography school is the fact that the Academy’s photography faculty in Los Angeles is comprised of award-winning photographers who have worked across the spectrum of photographic genres and remain active as professional photographers. Some of our noteworthy instructors include the following.
NYFA photography school Los Angeles associate chair Kean O'Brien Kean O'Brien: Kean O'Brien is an educator, artist, and community organizer living and working in Los Angeles. He teaches Photography and Media, holding an MFA degree from the California Institute of Arts and a BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago. O’Brien has served on the College Art Association Media Panels, is published in ISSUES #1 and #2, the International Performance Almanac for 2013 and 2014, and Wild Gender in 2014. He has exhibited at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archive, Waterloo Arts in Cleveland, Barnsdall Art Center in Hollywood, REDCAT in Los Angeles; SRISA Gallery in Italy; and has been awarded curatorial grants from the City of West Hollywood Arts Council and the Ronald Feldman Gallery NYC and Cal Arts.

NYFA photography school LA faculty member Mark McKnight Mark McKnight: Mark McKnight is an artist based in Los Angeles whose work has been exhibited and throughout the United States and in Europe. In 2009 he traveled to Finland on a Fulbright Scholarship. He earned his BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007, and his MFA at University of California, Riverside in 2015. His work was recently included in The Surface of Color at The Pit, Glendale, California.

NYFA photography school LA faculty member Kirk Saylin Kirk Saylin: Kirk Saylin is an advertising and commercial photographer based in Long Beach, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of LaVerne in Communications with an emphasis in video production. Kirk has worked for global agencies, as well as small boutique agencies, but his favorite clients are the ones who invite him in to the creative process to visually illustrate the story that the brand needs to be told. He has photographed rock stars, cars, and pop culture models.

Photography Alumni

Over the years, alumni of our Photography School in LA have gone on to have their work published in national magazines and win numerous awards.

Career Opportunities

After completing the Academy’s Photography School in Los Angeles, students have a wide option of photographic careers they can pursue, often at the same time. By attending one of the best photography schools, some of the positions, magazines, contests, and companies students have worked with include the following.

Fine Art Photographer Commercial Photographer Photojournalist
Wedding Photographer Sports Photographer Nature Photographer
Fashion Photographer Aerial Photographer Photo Printing
Retoucher Event Photographer

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Contact Us

To learn more about the Academy’s Photography School in LA, please call our offices at +1 (818) 333-3558 or click on the following links to download more information and an application.

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*The photography expedition is planned and supervised by NYFA faculty and staff. Please note, participants pay for the costs of their transportation, accommodation, and food. The trip is scheduled during a school vacation or semester break. It is offered as an optional experience, students are not required to participate.
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