Frequently Asked Questions

Aloha! Please use the subject heading “Class Inquiry” if you need to email us. The amount of Spam and scam emails have become so intense that I am unable to scroll through the trash emails. Mahalo!

1) We are coming to Hawaii and we’re wondering if you had any students or interns looking to build a portfolio who could photograph our event?

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.

2) Is your school a college? Can I earn a degree?

Hawaii School of Photography has a program/course for you whether you want to learn how to take better photographs with your phone 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. However, we are a recreational school and not a recognized as a college or university. Students interested in a degree program are encouraged to look at the University of Hawaii or Hawaii Pacific University for degrees in the arts. I think Honolulu Community College also offers a photography program.

3) Can I use my GI Bill to pay for your school?

Unfortunately we are not recognized as a school that is affiliated with the military GI Bill. We do offer a 12% discount off the tuition part of any class for anyone in, or related to anyone in the military, active or retired. Mahalo for your service!

4) What beginner classes do you offer?

We have two options for you. Our 3-hour DSLR class will give you an overview of how to use your camera (main menu options, shooting modes, some creative applications, color). That class is $141.36 including tax.

We also have a much more detailed 12-hour class (4 consecutive Mondays from 6 to 9PM) that covers these things and a lot more. We go into manual photography and metering in detail as well as more on color, lenses, and composition guidelines. That class runs over four Mondays from 6 to 9 PM and is $387.43 including tax.

Some students take the 3-hour class and follow it up with the 12-hour class later.

5) How much are your classes?

Tuition for each workshop varies. Please see the individual class pages for more information.

6) How long are your classes?

Our classes are 3, 4, 8 or 12 hours depending on the workshop.

7) Do I need a camera to take you classes?

Yes. We are dedicated to teaching you how to use your own personal camera so you know how to use it in the future.

8) What kind of camera should I buy?

Unfortunately we cannot answer that question because it is a very personal issue. Every camera has a different “feel,” and one will “fit” when you try out the different brands and models within your budget. Nikon, Canon (I own and use both!) and Sony are all good brands as are others. They all do the same thing, but the controls are in different places and have different names sometimes. We cover all those differences in class. It really does depend on how the camera “feels” in your hands and how comfortable you are finding the various controls. Personally, I find the Canon layout easier, but I am a klutz, so that is specific to me. There is a difference between the entry level “cropped-frame” sensor cameras and the “full-frame” cameras, but there is also a significant difference in cost. I own and use both, so again, they both work fine. What is your budget? That is the starting point.