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Hudson Valley

Join a Digital Photo Academy teacher for Hudson Valley photo workshops, small group or private live sessions. You’ll learn all about your camera controls and how to create powerful images.

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For the last 9 years, Digital Photo Academy has been based in Manhattan, New York. Certainly the photo ops are unending in that locale, as they are in the 20+ other major U.S. cities where live classes are offered. The slide show above showcases the new Digital Photo Academy headquarters and hopefully you agree that these images reflect a scenic setting for the new DPA offices as well as year round photo ops in any direction one points their lens. (Note the round stone building up on a hill, seen in the slide show during winter and fall season. That is our new headquarters, formerly a gun powder mill that was built in 1828, and owned by the Dupont family who made their fortune on gun powder sold during the Civil War. Across the way is a 41 acre park, donated to the public by the Delano family, (Franklin Delano Roosevelt). It once was the setting for the aqueduct that powered the gun powder mill and the remnants of the stone housing remain, freckled amongst small waterfalls, chimneys and fireplaces, all great for landscape and portrait shoots). In fact, the DPA team is thrilled to offer Hudson Valley photo workshops. Spend anytime in the area and it becomes clear as to how the late 19th century artists of the Hudson River School became the first coherent movement of American Art. Check out WIkipedia reference at

By the way, as we get settled, expect to see monthly Comp in the Field classes below as well as multi-day workshops. We are excited and hope you are as well. In addition to the DPA property, there are dozens of charming shops, landscape settings, cliffs overlooking the Hudson, Old World architecture, galleries and more that the DPA team has arranged for private access to bring photo hobbyists who hope to add great images to their portfolios.

National Headquarters – 15 Powder Mill Road, Newburgh, NY 12550



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Comments to “Hudson Valley”

  1. The class and location were great.

  2. The DPA team has to coordinate the DPA workshops across the whole country; which I imagine entails a lot of names. Your national office team members and the folks who teach where they live do a wonderful job. That’s why I keep coming back!

  3. Thank you so much Lori! I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot from you. Here are two good bird pics I managed to get. Red is a Scarlet Tanager and blue is an Indigo Bunting

  4. Thank you, Kay. You were very informative and covered a lot of detail! And thank you for sharing the Power Point. It is very helpful. I am looking forward to getting outside and practicing the skills we worked on.

  5. It was a pleasure taking your class I learned a lot along with Syanne. Please send us the PowerPoint presentation.

  6. Hello Lynn,
    It was great to meet you!

    Thank you for today’s “classroom” instructions. Will be working of what I’ve learned today. Hopefully on our next meeting I will have new results.

    I looked at my calendar and unfortunately I have few out of town trips until Feb 8. I will reconnect with you then.

    Happy New Year!


  7. It was a beautiful day, and a very stimulating and enjoyable workshop in a great setting. Lynn is an excellent and generous teacher.

  8. It was a wonderful workshop! Lynn was a great teacher- patient enthusiastic and flexible. Very helpful critique of our images! Totally enjoyed the day- location and weather were perfect!

  9. The workshop went really well and Carla was great. There is so much to learn especially with all the controls on my camera. I was inspired to try to photograph the hummingbirds that come to the window feeder but they are too fast for me. I looked up the settings to try and get the meteor shower that’s supposed to happen this weekend. Wish me luck!

  10. I had an amazing experience Saturday. Lynn was great. It was more that I expected to learned.

    I will take a few weeks practicing and will reach back to scheduled a “Composition in the Field” class with Lynn in the near future.

  11. Good morning, Lynn I enjoyed our class and found it informative as well as creative. It was a great opportunity and privilege to be part of the workshop. Thank you, for attaching the Exposure Triangle and Quick Settings cheat sheets that way I have a digital copy.

  12. I learned a lot!

  13. Thank you EVERYBODY for responding to my inquiry re best tripods.

    I will be taking your recommendations with me when I get my refund check next year, which is my usual time to buy gear.

    What a great bunch of people you all are!

    Charles Davidson

  14. We had a great session and I am eager to get my pictures into Lightroom to see when I captured!

  15. I really appreciate all the information you have all given me. It’s very helpful. Thank you! It’s great to know that I’m able to receive information through DPA. Looks like I will be going for the Olympus with lens & tripod.

  16. I wanted to say thank you so much. Both you and Mary Ann, as I was told, were incredible and went above and beyond what they expected.

    Myself and Tiffany’s husband Ken were waiting for them at the Lake house for dinner and as we were waiting, we saw two people outside walking down to the lake snapping pictures. Walking through knee high snow, kneeling to get better angles, like they were doing a photoshoot!!!

    They loved it!!! And again, thank you and we will be telling anyone that asks how great you guys are.

    They have been posting pics on Facebook and getting lots of positive feedback and you guys are getting most of the credit.

    I do however have one thing I have an issue with. I was told there was coffee and cookies???? Why was I not told about this in advance, perhaps I would have taken the class as well!!!….lol

    I was told that your wife is an amazing photographer, so congrats to you on that and to her.

    Reviews online will follow, I promise. Just need to get to them.

    Again, thank you so much for making her birthday present (3 months later) a memorable one.

    Hope to speak again soon.


  17. Thanks for another great class. Rachel gave me some tips on waterfalls which worked out great for me. I always learn something new. It was a little crowded at times but we all took turns so it worked out well. Thanks again.

  18. Your headquarters is an artisan treasure trove; so many beautiful historic items and antiques (including the cats). It is no surprise to me as you and your wife are kind and generous people and truly artistic. All the best to everyone and hope to meet again in a future DPA event.

  19. What a fabulous day I had. The company, instruction and location was devine. What an awesome group. I can’t wait for future classes. I will most definitely spread the word and post some of my pictures I took today. Thank you again. I had a most excellent day.

  20. Outstanding workshop! Mark the instructor, was great. He gave a preliminary talk prior to going out on the photo shoot, demonstrating some techniques. At the mansion he reviewed photos as they were being set up and offered advise. Looking forward to the next workshop.

  21. The Digital Photo Academy was an excellent choice to learn more about the operations of my camera and how to consider composition. The teacher was very flexible with questions and encouraged me to try different subjects for my photography. I came away from the class refreshed and looking forward to more shots for myself and family. Give it a try!!!!! You will love it

  22. My GF gave me a gift certificate for the class on 12/25/2017 for the sole purpose of learning my new Canon camera for our South African safari trips. After forgetting numerous times to schedule the workshop, 2 cancellations due to bad weather, one stormy rain and the other, incredible heat, I was able to attend this weekend. I had no idea what I was about to learn and experience. Richard greeted me with literally open arms and we headed over to the group. Mark, our instructor, had a brief but thorough slide presentation for us familiarizing us with some of the different types of camera shooting we can expect on our adventure. Out on our field trip Mark taught me a few key settings for getting great shots. I had no idea what to expect and as surprised as I was with my lesson, I had the time of my life. Richard, Mark and the Digital Photo Academy were professional, outgoing and very personable to talk to. I am now and forever a camera head! Thanks guys! Im so glad we dont have to buy film anymore. Cant wait for the next workshop.

  23. I took Mark’s class a year or so ago when we went to Gomez Mill & Cold Springs and really enjoyed it.



  25. The day lived up to my expectations. Richard was very professional and put a lot of effort into finding a tutor that matched what I was looking for. It was refreshing to still see the someone adding the personal touch to ensure the customer is happy. My tutor, Steve was great and was loads of fun to hang out with. Really cool dude. Not only did he find a stunningly gorgeous model to work with (who I would love to work with again, btw), but he happily shared from his best advice in any area that I asked about. I learnt a lot from him and identified more than a few areas that I need to work on. Rating my experience with 5 stars was easy. In fact the next time I visit New York, I will definitely be calling on Richard again.

  26. Thank you to Richard and Justin! I feel more confident now that I understand how my camera works and how to take a great quality picture. I had so much fun learning with a scenic hike and Justin’s knowledge and talent. I’m feeling more inspire than ever! I look forward to future classes.

  27. Here’s my favorite from the day. Thanks again for the enjoyable experience.


  28. Had a blast last night and survived with only two bites.


  29. “I learned a lot in a very short period of time and met some incredible people. Justin was a great instructor and Richard was an excellent host.”


  30. “Thank you to Richard and Justin! I feel more confident now that I understand how my camera works and how to take a great quality picture. I had so much fun learning with a scenic hike and Justin’s knowledge and talent. I’m feeling more inspire than ever! I look forward to future classes.”


  31. “Amazing time and experience. They also showed me a few pro tips that really help. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to up their game at photography, and spend some time at some proven great sites to shoot!”


  32. “I had a great time in class; both Mark and Richard were very nice and I learned a lot from them. I knew almost nothing going into the class, and left with some amazing photos, and the ability to continue improving. I had a lot of questions answered. Mark and Richard are both amazing artists / photographers, and you’ll be amazed at what they’ve captured in the past and their advice for you in the future.”


  33. We attended a Composition in the Field photography workshop offered by Digital Photo Academy. We selected a Hudson Valley workshop, which started in Newburgh, with an overview of specific camera features and techniques we would be applying in the field. Mark, our instructor, is very knowledgeable and patient, and guided us through the various camera settings we would be using. He also showed us examples of stunning low-light images he has captured, which is what we were setting up for. This gave us some great visuals to frame in our minds as we readied ourselves. The day of our workshop we experienced the first snowfall of the season, which provided a surreal backdrop to the instructional segment, as well as for the drive into the field. We had special access to the renowned Brotherhood Winery in nearby Washingtonville, NY. As we set up our tripods in the historic cellars of the winery, we eagerly began applying what we learned. We moved strategically through the catacombs — and encountered breathtaking views thru our lenses — which were captured with our newly learned skills. While the scenes looked really good on our small camera screens, the real treat was when we downloaded the images on our computer back at home. Wow. Just wow! After a day with Mark we took our photography skills to another level. Thank you Mark and Richard for putting this incredible experience together! We look forward to coming back at different times of the year, so we can continue to further our experiences and skills!!!


  34. Thanks so much for the workshop. Had a great time and will be taking another class soon. Was a great experience. Here is one of my favorite shots from the other night.

  35. “Hey everyone – we’re back home safely in NJ. What a great day we had! It started with the first beautiful snowfall of the season as we learned about the techniques we would be applying today. Then we had a delightful lunch together…followed by one of the coolest venues we could have ever asked for!!! We just scanned thru our pictures and are so happy with some of these shots…in just one day we picked up on great low-light shooting techniques…and we sort of look like we know what we are doing!!!

    Thanks guys for a truly amazing day. Amanda – so glad you were also there to share in this experience with us. We loved seeing the creative angles you were going for – you probably ended up with some great shots…

    I took one of Nina’s shots of Mark in the tunnel and threw a black and white filter on it after cropping it…we think you look great in this one Mark… since you like nicknames we have one for you – Model Mark!!!!

    Enjoy the rest of the wintery weekend everyone.

    Peace, Love and Hugs!”

    -Troy and Nina

  36. “This was a great way to spend a Saturday. Richard and Justin made the group feel very welcome. We learned some good information during the “inside” portion of the class, and we had an opportunity to meet and greet our fellow classmates – it was great meeting such a diverse and talented group of people. We then began the “outside” portion of the class, first walking across the street to a park with waterfalls and old structures, then we traveled to another historic site with a charming mill house, finishing in Beacon, taking pictures of the sunset over Newburgh/Hudson River. All this was done with Justin providing good advice and painless critique – while he is an extremely talented professional photographer, he was friendly and down to earth with us all. This is a great experience (I intend to return), and money very well spent. ”


  37. “Taking the types of pictures I dreamed of, with the inspiration of the 6 hour Hudson river class!”


  38. “Hi Richard,

    Thank you to you and Justin for a fun day of shooting.

    Here are a few of my shots.”

    -Nick Jaramillo

  39. “Dear Richard

    Thanks, it was a wonderful experience and the class was awesome.
    Justin was an awesome instructor and patiently answered all the queries.
    I definitely have gained better knowledge about manual controls and feel more confident.
    Hopefully to get some more advanced instructions in future.

    All in all it was a splendid day and you were a wonderful host for the group and a brilliant / passionate instructor like Justin.

    Best regards”


  40. “Jill was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about photography and was able to answer all my questions. Even though I knew the basics on composition, I still learned a lot and even was introduced to functions on my camera I had no idea existed. This class is great for those who have never held a DSLR to those who have been shooting for a while, but want to expand their skills.
    Thank you Jill! ”


  41. “Justin thank you for a great class. It was fun and educational for me. I learned some things that I did not know about before. I’ve done so much reading about photography but never putting into practice what I’ve read. The class broke certain things down for me so that I understood how to get the results that I wanted.

    I love how the images came out. Especially the last one with the sparklers.

    Justin, thanks for the heads up On the intervalometer deal. I got a chance the scoop one up before the sale ended. Also thank you for the link to buying used equipment. Very useful info indeed. I’m looking for a good tripod on sale so if you come across one that’s a great deal please Let me know.

    Thanks again. It was very nice meeting everyone.

    Best regards,”


  42. “First of all I’d like to say thank you to Mark and Richard for teaching and hosting on Saturday. It was a wonderful experience getting to meet everyone, and sharing your collective knowledge and passion for photography. I finally got to go through my photos and have some to share with you all.”


  43. “Thanks Richard and Mark for an excellent class. It was great meeting everyone and am looking forward to future classes.”


  44. “Hi Richard,

    Thanks so much for fitting me in the workshop it was a lot of fun. Here is my favorite photo of the day. This is a long exposure I took after it was dark. I think either 15 or 8 second shutter speed, adjusted in Lightroom.”


  45. “Thank you so much for going to all the trouble to do this, Sam and Richard! I thoroughly enjoyed viewing these photos! What a great time.

    All the best,”


  46. “Thanks Richard. I thoroughly enjoyed the nice company, the fall colors, and learning something about the camera and photography. And thanks to Sammy for his patience with a complete novice!! Your place was a wonderful starting and ending point, as well.

    I look forward to watching the videos.

    Best regards,”


  47. “Thanks Richard, Jill and Mark for yesterday – was quite an experience
    Have a great weekend,

    – Aditi

  48. “Mark,

    Thank you again! It was awesome!! Thank you to Richard and Jill for putting this together.


    -Sheldon Katz

  49. “Thanks all for a fun photo evening. The photos I’ve seen so far are awesome.
    I’ll post some of mine later tonight or tomorrow.
    Special thanks to Richard, Jill and especially to Mark for taking us where none of us have gone before. ”


  50. “Thanks Mark, Jill and Richard for the lovely evening ! It was very nice to meet all of you – a very fun experience.

    Attaching a couple pics that I took .. one with the trees as well ?

    See you all soon !”


  51. “Gerald is a treasure. Richard, thank you for your hospitality. Looking forward to future events!”


  52. “Thanks Richard. Ill put them some photos up tomorrow or Monday. Thank you so much for coordinating this event and for your generosity. Gerald was fantastic.”


  53. “I just tagged you in my album from last week in Hudson Valley. I just had a great time. Thank you so much.”


  54. “Hey guys,

    Chris here, just want to say that I had a great time this past Sunday with you and the rest of the group. This is my first time taking any formal instruction on photography and even though it wasn’t a technical “how to” course, I came away with a lot of good information. For example, I never realized that blue sky days were not optimal for taking landscape photographs and that the clouds help to diffuse the light for much better results. I also find myself looking at the Histogram for just about every shot whereas before I had no idea what that thing even was. I still have a lot to learn but we all have to start somewhere and I’m glad that I started with you guys. Thanks again.

    Thanks again and looking forward to working with you guys again in the future. ”

    -Chris Carrasco

  55. “Thanks again for the class. I have attached four photos from Sunday. Thank you for these informative attachments.”


  56. “I found this workshop to be inspiring. I learned quite a bit about using my camera in different situations, the effective use of a polarizing filter ( I just ordered one) and the importance of a tripod in capturing detail and making use of focal points. Thank you a terrific field day. ”


  57. “Yes, thank you, Greg!!

    I’m looking forward to going through this information to keep it fresh.

    You’re a very enjoyable person to work with.
    Cheers! You’ve inspiring me to learn more about photography and the use of a my camera.”


  58. “Good Morning Greetings, Richard,

    Thank you for yesterday’s experience. We learned a lot from Greg!! ”

    -Dawn-Marie Bacon

  59. “Dear Richard,

    love your resident groundhog. I had a wonderful time at the workshop today. Only sorry I hadn’t planned to be there through the evening. Hopefully another time. Thank you to you and Jill for graciously accepting Wookie into your animal menagerie….however I will probably leave him at home next time….easier to concentrate on photography. I hope you all got some great photos during sunset. Thanks again and best wishes to Jill for a safe and fun trip.



  60. “Dear Richard – Thank you for the great program with Greg Miller yesterday. It was fun and I hope to participate in a DPA event again soon. For now, I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.”

    – Thi

  61. ” Thanks again for a great day at home about 6:30 pm to a few drops of rain.”

    – Carole

  62. “First, thanks to you and Jill for your hospitality. I really appreciate it.
    Peter’s a great guy…really attentive and helpful. Thanks also for having him pick me up and drive me back to Beacon.

    On the way to Letchworth Village on Saturday morning, Anthony made a detour to show me the Greek Orthodox Church headquarters across from West Point. As I’m sure you know, it was amazingly picturesque. We had a nice group of simpatico people for the workshop, and the weather cooperated beautifully. Lethworth Village was powerfully haunting, disturbing and fascinating. I also enjoyed the cameraderie (misspelling intentional, LOL!) immensely. I’m thankful to you for suggesting that I participate, and also to Rick for adding a place for me in the group. He and Anthony were really helpful in suggesting places to shoot. The image bellow is titled “Lost Memory #3″.

    Warm regards,”

  63. “The class was great! I learned a lot of good tips from Greg and tried some techniques I have not
    taken the time to try before.



  64. “I just wanted to tell you that today’s session was everything I was expecting and more.”


  65. “Hi Richard and Jill,

    It was actually very easy to export raw files as jpegs on lightroom when you know what to do (which I barely do!)

    Here is a sample of the images from Sunday, all untouched, and if you ever run into the couple we met in town who were thrilled to be photographed, please feel free to pass along their photos. They were so happy!

    Comments appreciated- (don’t worry, I have thick skin!)

    Best regards,”


  66. “Had a great time, thanks for the hospitality, entirely worthwhile.”

    -Spencer Layman

  67. “Dear Richard and Jill,

    Thank you both for your hospitality. I thoroughly enjoyed my day of photography. Equally enjoyable was touring your lovely home, seeing some lovely water and nature locations, and experiencing Newburgh up close (so much potential there.) As soon as I have a minute (actually many minutes!) to figure out converting my raw files to jpegs to send, I will pass along some of my images.

    Thank you both again. I’m sure you’ll see me at another workshop!”


  68. “Thank you so much for the wonderful Sunday. Richard, thank you for picking me up and dropping me at the station. ”


  69. “Thank you so much for the wonderful workshop and great hospitality. You have a absolutely gorgeous home. ”

    -Marcy Chan

  70. “I had an awesome day with Greg and learned so much. I look forward to the next workshop!

    Than you for an amazing and informative day!”

    -Sharon Grandstaff

  71. “I truly enjoyed the workshop. Greg was a great instructor, informative, genial and helpful. It was good that the group was limited to 10. I was a bit disappointed with my output. It must have been the camera 😉 I’ve attached a few of my more interesting shots.

    Looking forward to another workshop.”

    All best,


  72. “Jealous of your beautiful home! The workshop was great – as enjoyable as it was informative. Nice people, wonderful photo ops and pizza – perfect! I’m enclosing a few of my shots from the day. Many thanks Richard and to Greg as well, a most inspirational instructor. ”


  73. Thank you, Richard and Jill, for your hospitality and the great workshop.
    Also many thanks to Gerald Berliner for great presentations throughout the day.
    Not to mention Gerald’s one-on-one with attendees in the field.
    The shooting locations provided a variety of scenes.
    I found opportunity to use my Nikon 14-24, 24-70 and Micro Nikkor 60mm lenses. Also, ND filters came in handy for those long exposures.

    I highly recommend workshops at the Digital Photo Academy.
    I plan on attending more workshops in the future.

    Again many thanks to all!

  74. “I wanted to thank you and Jill for hosting such a wonderful day. I felt like I learned so much and met some great people! Many thanks to Gerald and Paul for their very clear and concise notes and help. I want to say again that I learned so much!

    Many thanks, ”

    -Maryann Peterson

  75. “Thank you so much for everything you did for us. The class is great, the instructor is wonderful!
    You can send us as many email as you want, we like them.”


  76. “Thank you so much for the workshop and your hospitality with Jill.
    Rina and I had not only informative time but enjoyable day.
    Hope to bring my other daughter to next month’s workshop.

    Great job Gerald and Paul.

    I am sure everyone is going to upload pretty photo from nice camera
    but I took this photo with inexpensive with camera with plastic lens called Holga.”


  77. “The photo workshop was wonderful, And I thank you and Jill for your wonderful hospitality, the bagels and the pizza. Every aspect of the Of the workshop was great: the presentation by Gerald was thorough , and I enjoyed the field trip.
    Thanks for the great workshop , and I look forward to doing it again. ”


  78. “for masterminding such a great workshop, opening your lovely home, and even making me coffee to take me through the afternoon of waterfall and sunset.

    I couldn’t imagine a better teacher than Gerald. In short, he taught me how to use my camera. Although I missed the morning lesson and probably made him repeat countless points, he was clear and patient in his guidance and enthusiastically reviewed my pictures.

    I totally enjoyed myself today and hope you guys got something out of it too other than a messy dining room table!

    Best wishes to you both.”



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