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Joan Dantzig and I proudly announce the prelaunch of our new book “The Essential Photography Workbook: The Beginner’s Guide to Creating Impressive Digital Photos!” The book is due out early next year. Please send me an email if you would like to get on the pre-order list! Mahalo! Cover photos: Joan Dantzig, Steve Dantzig and Max Brunk. Cover Models: Ashlee Ann and Katrina.

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“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”

HSP Awards

Mahalo Honolulu Awards Program and  US Trade & Commerce Institute (USTCI)!

“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

“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?)

ALOHA and welcome to Stephen Dantzig’s Hawaii School of Photography! We are Hawaii’s only full service photography school that is 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 on-line courses and books/ebooks. You will also find Photoshop lessons, tutorials and courses here. Looking for FREE tips? No problem. Click here to visit our free lessons page! Links to our Newsletters are also on the free lessons page. See our class schedule below or follow the Classes drop down menu for a quick guide to beginner, intermediate and advanced workshops! Please check individual class pages for tuition information. Mahalo!

CONTACT INFORMATION: PLEASE note that email is the best way to contact us with questions about classes or how to register!

E-mail: steve@hawaiischoolofphotography.com
Phone: 808-282-2732

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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.


BOOK YOUR CLASSES HERE: http://www.hawaiischoolofphotography.com/book-online/

Schedule of classes for January to May 2015–find your class and book online using the tab above: 

NOTE: MODELS FOR CLASSES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON AVAILABILITY! A minimum of three students is required for all classes except where noted (some classes require more students).

One on One Workshops:

Our classes are by far the best value, but Hawaii School of Photography proudly announces the ultimate in one-on-one photographic education. Private classes are available in blocks of 3-hours for $450.00 per block plus tax. Model fees, if applicable, start at $100.00 per hour plus tax with a two hour minimum. By Appointment.


Novice/Beginner Workshops (Find the details for your specific beginner class by using the Classes>Novice and Beginner drop down menu at the top of the page):

1) Are you wondering how to work the new Digital SLR camera that you got for the holidays? We will host a three hour overview where you will learn how to find the key controls on your camera and what they do for you.

So, You Just Got a New DSLR Camera? Now What? Saturdays January 10, February 7, March 28, OR April 11, 2015 from 11AM to 2PM; Sundays January 18, February 22, March 8, OR April 26, 2015 from 2PM to 5PM are available at Queen Kapiolani Botanical Gardens in Waikiki (space is extremely limited).  OUTDOOR CLASSES ARE SUBJECT TO WEATHER POSTPONEMENTS!

2) Are you looking for a class that is a little more in depth? Our Introduction to Digital Photography Class is a 12-hour program spread over 4 weeks that will turn you from a “snap shooter” into an image creator!

The next Introduction to Digital Photography class will be held on Mondays March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 2015 from 6 to 9 PM in my downtown studio on Nuuanu Avenue.

3) Join us as we explore Hawaii’s amazing Koolau Mountain Range and visit Little Makapuu Beach for a beautiful photo excursion through Hidden Oahu!

Oahu Photo Tour NEXT DATE TBA from 9:00AM until approximately 2PM–meet at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens Visitors Center parking lot. Minimum 10 people required, so the tour does not run very often, however PRIVATE TOURS ARE AVAILABLE at a higher tuition!

4) NEW CLASS! Introduction to Flash Photography! Join Stan Cox II as he unravels the mysteries of using your flash on-camera and off!

The next Introduction to Flash Photography Workshop will be held on: EMAIL if you are interested—minimum of 4 students required.

5) Retouching and Post-production is a fact of life in the digital world. Our Introduction To Photoshop Image Enhancement (AKA Retouching) will show you some of our favorite techniques from color correction to removing blemishes or other distractors to working with Layer Masks and multiple “exposures” in the Camera Raw interface to combining images and other goodies!

Introduction to Photoshop Image Enhancement (Retouching) FOUR hour class! Next session: Saturday January 26, 2013 from 2PM to 6PM in my Downtown studio on Nuuanu Avenue.

Intermediate Workshops (Find the details for your specific Intermediate class by using the Classes>Intermediate drop down menu at the top of the page):

6) We are extremely proud to announce the introduction of our Intermediate Level Photography: Introduction to Light–What it is and How it Works. Photography is the recording of light. This 4 hour program will introduce you to the fundamentals of light and what you need to know to be able to make it work for you–regardless of what you want to photograph.

Intermediate Photography: Introduction to Light Saturday January 24 OR February 24, 2015 from 11AM to 3PM; Sunday March 29 OR April 19, 2015 from 1PM to 5PM are available at Queen Kapiolani Botanical Gardens in Waikiki (space is extremely limited).  OUTDOOR CLASSES ARE SUBJECT TO WEATHER POSTPONEMENTS!

7) Introduction to Studio Lighting Learn the basic of light as it applies to studio lighting situations! Class features a live shoot with Ashlee Kozuma!

Introduction to Studio Lighting Next Workshop Saturday February 28, 2015 from 10AM to 6PM in my downtown studio.

8) Our very popular “Little Lights” class returns with Stan Cox II at the helm for those of you looking to produce professional quality images with speedlights or other small light sources.

Little Lights BIG Impact EMAIL if you are interested—minimum of 4 students required.

9) Join Stan Cox II while he shows you his tricks for successfully posing couples, families and groups. NOTE: This class requires a minimum of five participants.

Posing Couples, Families and Groups DATE TBA Location TBA NOTE–This class requires a minimum of 5 students. Please email me if you are interested and we will schedule the class when we have at least five participants.

Advanced Workshops (Find the details for your specific Advanced class by using the Classes>Advanced drop down menu at the top of the page):

10) Creating beautiful fashion images and portraits outdoors all day is a major challenge. Learn how to control natural light and build a lighting set-up that will guarantee great photographs every time—with and without strobes. 8-hour class features a three-hour supervised photo shoot with our beautiful model Rayna Kitaguchi.

Outdoor Lighting Next Workshop  Sunday May 17, 2015 from 10AM to 2 PM in my downtown studio and 3PM to 6PM on location. OUTDOOR CLASSES ARE SUBJECT TO WEATHER POSTPONEMENTS!

11) Studio Lighting offers a multitude of opportunities for photographers. Our Fashion and Beauty Lighting Workshop will break down some of the ways that light works as applied to these two popular genres. You will about using studio strobes and reflectors to create amazing images The class features a three-hour shoot with Tasha Johnson—one of Oahu’s top models!

Fashion and Beauty Lighting Next Workshop Saturday June 20, 2015 from 10AM to 6PM in my downtown studio.

12) Are you interested in glamour and boudoir photography? We have the perfect class for you! Our Glamour/Lingerie lighting class will teach you how to use different sized light sources to create the mood and visual interest to keep your viewer engaged in your image. We will also go over basic posing techniques that will flatter your model. The class features a three-hour shoot with our stunning model Naomye Leiza.

Glamour and Lingerie Lighting Next Workshop Saturday April 4, 2015 from 10AM to 6PM in my downtown studio.

Models (from top down): Sharon Sanchez, Angelika Marr, Kaitlyn, Tasha Johnson, Angelika Marr, Thalia Ng, Lyndsay Chambers, Anna Easteden, Kat, Stephanie Reibel, (Skip), Naomye Leiza, Tasha Woodfall, Marisa Kellett, Kat, Sanna, Nikki, Monica Ivey, Kat, Apryle.

Ask about Kama’aina/Military and Alumni Tuition Discounts on all classes except the Oahu Tours! Please note that tuition discounts are based on payment by cash or check. Discounts cannot be combined and are not valid with other offers. There will be a returned check of $40.00. 50% of the tuition for any class plus all model fees are required to reserve your spot in a class. Model fees are non-refundable. Tuition deposits are non-refundable within 72 hours of class.


Hawaii School of Photography now accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express!

NEW EBOOKS!!! Professional Makeovers for Photographers, Models and Make-up Artists; Photographing Swimwear: Lighting, Composition and Post-production AND On the Set and Behind the Scenes. Each only $10.00 plus tax. NOW Available in the bookstore!

Gift Certificates are now available in the bookstore!


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