Switch to Manual

Photo Workshops & Walks

“We don’t tell you what pictures to take.  We just help you take better pictures.”

As every professional photographer knows, taking control of your camera’s basic settings is the doorway to real creativity.  Most people new to photography have a vague sense that it’s possible to control the camera’s settings, but are intimidated by the myth that to do so requires years of technical study.  And when you’re in love with photography all you really want to do is take pictures!

That’s where the Switch to Manual photo workshops come in.  Our two professional photographers will give you a practical overview of the two manual settings you’ll want to master (shutter speed and aperture) and then you go out and shoot.  Instead of a bunch of technical jargon, our instructors will explain these settings in everyday language.  By the end of the day you’ll understand how these camera controls relate to each other. You’ll be in control of your camera and not the other way around. You’ll be adjusting both to get the image you want, no matter  the situation.

In addition to our workshops, we offer photo walks in some of the most photogenic locations in the New York City and Brooklyn area. Spend a morning at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens or in the trendy industrial Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook or walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. Spend an afternoon in Coney Island, Green-Wood Cemetery or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During these photo walks, our photographers will offer hands-on advice regarding how to get the most from your camera equipment. They will advise about composition, lighting, and lenses. With our guides and your camera, you’ll be ending the day with memorable images. Most walks last between 2-3 hours and are a great way to visit these great locations in the city, with camera in hand.

Our workshops and photo walks run year-round. Check out the schedule and sign up. Soon you’ll Switching to Manual in just one day!


The Photographers


Antonio M. Rosario: is a professional photographer and digital imaging & workflow consultant. A prolifically active stock-photographer since the early 1990s, his commercial photography is marketed through Getty, Tetra Images, iStockPhoto and Alamy. If you’ve ever admired a calendar from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, there’s a good chance he did the photographs; he particularly enjoys having them as a client – just as he enjoys training industry professionals, advanced amateurs and traditional film photographers as they transition to the digital realm. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Antonio divides his time about equally between the Internet and the real world. To see what he’s up to,follow him on Twitter, seek him out on Vimeo, check him out on 500px, or visit his website.



IMG_8014Tom Martinez: came to photography in the digital age when he picked up a point and shoot and began taking three hundred pictures a day for a year.  Since then he’s moved on to a full-frame SLR which he’s used in Cuba, Honduras, Puerto Rico, New Orleans and the streets of New York City.  Over the years he’s published work in the Staten Island Advance, the Brooklyn Eagle, and magazines such as Tikkun and Still Speaking.