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Photography School LA

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 in California 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 California and the world.

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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

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 one of the best photography schools in California 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, Co-Chair of Photography, NYFA Los Angeles: Kean O’Brien is a Los Angeles based artist and educator whose work has been exhibited internationally and whose writing has been published in several books and journals. Recent exhibitions include FTM Searching (Czong Institute of Contemporary Art, South Korea, 2019) and UnFunction (Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, 2018). His work has been written about in Pedagogy, Image Practices, and Contested Corporealities by Sarah Brophy, Janice Hladki and published by Routledge in 2016, and Disrupting Bodies, Disrupting Narratives in the Journal of The New Media Caucus in 2015, and several more. Recent writing publications include, Boyle Heights and The Fight Against Gentrification As State Violence (The American Quarterly Journal, published by John Hopkins Press, 2019), Tracing Trauma (On The Bus, published by BazBam Press, 2018), Intersectional Practices (Issues #2. Vol. 2., edited by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener), and Nicole Killian (published by Print Matter.) In 2018 he attended Marble House Project Artist Residency funded by the National Endowment For The Arts. O’Brien has lectured all over the country, including Emory College (2015), California State University, Long Beach (2015), California College for The Arts (2016), University of Illinois, Chicago (2017), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2017), and upcoming lectures include University of California, Santa Cruz, American University in Beirut, Lebanon, and the National Women Studies Association Conference.

NYFA photography school Los Angeles faculty member Naomi White Naomi White, Co-Chair of Photography, NYFA Los Angeles: Naomi White is a feminist, visual artist, and educator, working in Los Angeles. She is the winner of PDN’s Objects of Desire award and has exhibited throughout North America and Europe, including with Tobey Fine Arts, Christopher Henry Gallery and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York; GE World Headquarters in Connecticut; Saatchi Art Gallery and bG gallery in Santa Monica; and the NAA Festival Novas Artes Associadas in Barcelos, Portugal, Art Basel, Miami, and Photo LA. Her work has been published in PDN, The Brooklyn Rail, Uncertain States in the UK, and On Art & Aesthetics. White holds an MFA in Photography and Related Media from SVA in New York, and a BA in English Literature from San Francisco State. White investigates themes of consumerism and identity construction in our camera-bound world, focusing on the transformative power of photography to affect desire and change.

NYFA photography school Los Angeles faculty member Amanda Rowan Amanda Rowan, Full Time Faculty: Amanda Rowan graduated Cum Laude from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU with a degree in Photography and Filmmaking. She has worked in NYC and LA as a portrait photographer shooting for corporate clients, international artists and pop celebrities. In 2014, Rowan published, Born Backstage, a photography book that documents the creative children of folk and rock legends of the 1960’s and 1970’s.

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. After attending one of the best photography schools in California, some of the positions, magazines, contests, and companies NYFA's students have worked on or 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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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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