It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Hawai’i School of Photography is closing—at least for the foreseeable future. I opened Stephen Dantzig Photography on January 1, 1993 as “Pirate Photography.” The name was a joke based on the fact that I had to wear a patch over my right eye to focus the medium format camera I was shooting at the time. Eventually I dropped the “Pirate” and chose my own name for the business. I moved to Los Angeles in January 1994 to pursue my dreams. Life took its strange twists and turns and I began writing for major photography websites, magazines, and eventually my own books. I started to teach classes on photography during those years as well. Fast forward many years and Hawai’i School of Photography was officially born on June 1, 2000. It has been a great ride with over 800 students through our doors and many 1,000’s more via our books and articles. Several of our student’s have gone on to careers that have outshined the teachers (and we love that!). It is, however, with great sadness, that I announce the end of an era. Our last class will be the 4-day Essential Digital Photography Workshop that begins on March 28, 2020. Thank you to all of our supporters, students and friends over the years. It was a dream come true for a long time. Mahalo and Aloha oe.
Steve and Joan
E Komo Mai (Welcome!)
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.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A 24 HOUR CANCELLATION POLICY. NO REFUNDS FOR CANCELLATIONS WITH LESS THAN 24 HOUR NOTICE. TUITION IS NON-REFUNDABLE ONCE CLASSES BEGIN. MISSED CLASSES IN MULTI-DAY COURSES MAY BE MADE UP IN FUTURE SESSIONS.
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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?)
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!