7/29/17 UPDATE: I am very pleased to announce that Hawaii School of Photography will be at the very first Hawaii PhotoCon Tradeshow on OCTOBER 7 and 8, 2017 (http://photoconhawaii.com/) Don’t miss this incredible convention that runs from October 4th through the 8th! Stop by our booth with ANY photography questions and bring your work for a free critique (if you want!) or just come talk story!

I am also SO excited the we are FINALLY BACK! We are starting with a limited number of our most popular Introductory classes beginning in September, 2017. We will hold our 3-hour So, You Just Got a DSLR (or Other Digital Camera): Now What? on the following dates and times: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 OR NOVEMBER 4, 2017 FROM 12 NOON TO 3PM; SUNDAY OCTOBER 22, 2017 OR DECEMBER 10, 2017 FROM 1PM TO 4PM. These classes are held outdoors and are subject to weather related postponements.

We have scheduled two sessions of our in-depth 12-hour The Essential Digital Photography Workshop. This workshop is held over 4-consecutive MONDAYS from 6PM to 9PM IN OUR DOWNTOWN STUDIO (NO CLASSES ARE HELD AT THE ALA WAI ADDRESS) The first 4-week class will run on SEPTEMBER 11, 18, 25, and OCTOBER 2, 2017. The second 4-week class with run on OCTOBER 23, 30, and NOVEMBER 6, 13, 2017.

Our 4-hour Introduction to Lightroom and Photoshop Workshop will be held on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017 from 1PM to 5PM IN OUR DOWNTOWN STUDIO (NO CLASSES ARE HELD AT THE ALA WAI ADDRESS)

Finally (for now), I am going to attempt to run our FULL DAY (8-9 hours) Introduction to Studio Lighting (complete with a 3-hour live model shoot) on SATURDAY OCTOBER 15, 2017 from 9AM to 6PM IN OUR DOWNTOWN STUDIO (NO CLASSES ARE HELD AT THE ALA WAI ADDRESS). This class is an absolute MUST for anyone thinking about getting into indoor portraiture, fashion or any studio lighting.

7/18/17 UPDATE: I would like to express my deepest appreciation for all the support and concern expressed to Joan and me over the past few months. Summer classes from June through August were cancelled/postponed while I recover from back surgery. I had a fusion/decompression procedure at the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae in my lower back on May 30th. To be honest, the pre-surgical consultation was not encouraging: my back was a mess. One doctor described my spine as a “Jenga” game! The truth is that the fourth lumbar vertebrae (the bone, not the disc) had slipped considerably and the space that allows the nerves coming out of the spinal cord the room to breathe and work uninhibited was non-existent. The result was excruciating and debilitating pain. I could not walk from the class table to the door in the studio to greet students without pain. My surgeon stated frankly that he did not think he could move the bone back in place because it had moved too far and doubted he could squeeze a “spacer” between the compressed vertebrae to open the gap and relieve the pressure on the nerves. Well, he did both! I am 7 weeks post-surgery TODAY and he procedure was a huge success by all indications. The swelling has gone down, so I am in what I would call “Phase Two” of my recovery and there seriously has been NO serious pain at any point post-surgery. There has been an annoying level of soreness, especially as I begin a somewhat more vigorous return to “normal” activities. Normal activities mean driving longer distances and getting back on the bike (tricycle) for SHORT distances. I have also been testing my stamina for longer days/night classes by taking a Japanese language class two nights a week. “Phase Two” also means paying attention to how my body reacts to being “pushed.” I was hoping to re-open in mid-July, but unfortunately, neither my short bike rides nor my Japanese classes indicate that I am ready to resume classes this month. I think September is a realistic goal and I will begin to post a tentative/limited class schedule soon. Please keep checking back for updates and mahalo for your concern and patience. We WILL be back as soon as possible! In the meantime, check my blog for new posts.


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E Komo Mai (Welcome!)

Hau’oii Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year)! Did you receive a new camera for the holidays and don’t know where to begin? We can help! Our 3-hour DSLR (non-DSLRs are also covered) will get you started and our 12-hour Essential Introduction to Digital Photography workshop will give you, well, the essentials that you need to start understanding photography and creating the images that you want.

ALOHA and welcome to Stephen Dantzig’s Hawaii School of Photography! We are Hawaii’s only full service photography school that is open to the public and devoted to commercial photography. Hawaii School of Photography has a program/course for you whether you want to learn how to take better photographs with your point and shoot camera, further develop your understanding of more advanced camera mechanics, learn basic lighting techniques, or advance yourself as a professional photographer. We  provide opportunities for you to learn photography in studio or on location here in Paradise as well as offer books/ebooks. Our blog will have free lessons from time to time–see the link at the bottom of this page for our most recent blog posts or click the blog link above. Please see our IMAGES page for a slideshow portfolio of images created in our workshops!

PLEASE visit our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page before calling or e-mailing! Most of your questions are answered there!

We are back with a new online registration system! Register for your class here: http://hawaiischoolofphotography.com/registration/

2016 Best of Honolulu Award

We are once again very honored to receive this prestigious award…for the fourth year in a row! Mahalo to the Honolulu Award Program for the recognition and especially to our over 600 alumni for making this possible. Mahalo Nui Loa! Mahalo also to Corporate Vision Magazine for the prestigious award!

“Hi Steve,

Thank you for conducting your  “New DSLR” class.  I learned a lot! As a retired teacher, principal and faculty member at the UH College of Education, I could see how you apply many of the best practices for effective teaching.  Using analogies like windows, blinds, and doors  in a room, having your classic Canon camera to demonstrate f stops, allowing us to practice what we just learned in the garden park, all helped to make it easier to understand iso, f stops, shutter speed and white balance.–Fran”

Books, Covers, and Awards

Mahalo to all the YELP reviewers for your Five Star reviews. Your confidence in us is truly appreciated.

Mahalo for asking for our students to photograph your event. Hawaii School of Photography takes great pride in teaching our students the skills needed to create beautiful images for personal and/or commercial use. We also teach our students about running a successful photography business. Any of our students who are ready to shoot your jobs have their own businesses and fee structures. I will be happy to forward any inquiries on to them with the understanding that they will share their fees and policies for conducting a photography business. Hawaii School of Photography offers no guarantee or warranty and accepts no liability for the work requested from or completed by our current or former students. The faculty of Hawaii School of Photography are also available for commercial shoots.


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“Hi Stephen! Thank you again for the wonderful class today! I learned so much about my new camera and I cannot wait to practice the new skills! I look forward to signing up for more classes with you. Thank you. –Haneen” (So You Just Bought a New DSLR/SLR, Now What?)

“Hi Steve,

I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your class!  I have to admit I was a little skeptical about this class before attending.  My very nature is to always have low assumptions unfortunately (The opposite of my wife).  I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by your comprehensive knowledge about photography, and your ability to convey the fundamentals to us.  Your description of how the light is bent by the glass in the lens and how that interaction with the aperture affects the depth of field really made a lot of sense to me.  For me the most important thing was to understand how the light meter system worked on my camera.  I head no idea how to adjust both the aperture and shutter speed in manual mode on my camera until you explained holding down the plus/minus button while turning the dial (Nikon).  I will be shooting in manual mode a lot more often now!  

Again, thanks for the great class.  I might try to take one of the other classes you offer in the future!


Jess Williams