2016 has passed its halfway mark and to some of us, that’s when we look back on this year’s New Year’s resolutions. If one of them was related to photography, and you haven’t accomplished anything yet, Resource Magazine is here to help.

For those New Yorkers who wanted to up their image making game, there are a lot of relatively cheap opportunities available, and you won’t even have to go that far. You could go and look for them yourself on CourseHorse, but a decent search can easily demand take hours of your precious time.

Therefore, Resource Magazine has plowed through a hundreds of photography classes of $100 or less, and picked out 11 you should consider, if you want to make something of that New Year photography resolution.

New York Icons

Central Park By Night

Shooting Central Park is one thing, but shooting it at night is a whole different thing. This nightly Central Park Photo Safari will give you the opportunity to photograph some of the most filmed locations in Central Park and the skyline, after dark. That means: sparkling lights galore, and it’ll cost you just $100 for two hours on a Saturday night.

Central Park By Day

If you can’t get enough of Central Park, and you still want to give it a go during daytime, you might as well pick a very specific location, like 79th Street and Central Park West, directly across the street from the entrance to the Museum of Natural History. This is where you can learn a thing or two about Composition in the Field for only $99, with a three hour focus on architectural photography at Belvedere Castle and macro photography by Shakespeare’s Garden.

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“We’ll be aiming our lenses at a variety of colorful flora and fauna”
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New York’s Buildings

Want more New York City icons than just Central Park in your portfolio? Then, the three hour Saturday afternoon part 1 of the Iconic New York classes could be something for you. Other than Central Park, you’ll also learn how to get the best out of photographing Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall and the Empire State Building. You pay exactly $100 for what their “very fast paced safari.”

Hidden Gems

Going Under

“In New York City, underground art is a literal phenomenon.” That’s what the Huffington Post once wrote. So why not go and learn how to take pictures of it? Finding astonishing museum-quality artworks in the Subway’s complex labyrinth of corridors and tracks and capture the energy and soul of the people who inhabit the underground street, will only cost you $99 and takes up only three hours of your precious Sunday time.

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“The underground street”
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Going Up

Another relatively unknown photographic gem, is New York City’s newest and most talked about attraction: the High Line Elevated Park. 2,5 hours of the best urban photography for just $100: here you go!

Going To China

New York City is a melting pot of ethnicity. In Chinatown, unsurprisingly, you’ll find a majority of Chinese people. And their community provides plenty of fascinating photography opportunities. Standard photographic skills – depth of field, selective focus, portrait photography – are being Chinesely refined in this $99 Saturday morning workshop.

Bye, Bye, Manhattan

Brooklyn

Done with Manhattan? How about Dumbo, Brooklyn, and its fascinating Brooklyn Bridge? “This area offers a great combination of old and new architecture, street photography, nature, our two most famous bridges and the view of the Manhattan skyline,” the instructor of this $75 Intuitive Photography Walk explains.

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“Giving instructions”
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Coney Island

Another Intuitive Photography Walk-About could also bring you to Coney Island, Brooklyn on a Sunday. Learn how to “see things differently” at this peninsular residential neighborhood, beach, and entertainment destination for just $75.

Get Technical

The Basics

But before doing all this, you should maybe consider learning some technical aspects first. Like attending this 2 hour Digital Camera Seminar for $75.  Knowledgeable instructors will guide you through all the main options your camera has, and how and when to apply each of them, based on the effect and scene you are looking for. Additionally, this class will thoroughly introduce to all other digital photography related topics that you will need to know when making your next camera purchase.

The Smart Phone

If you don’t have a camera, but only a smart phone, that doesn’t need to be a problem. Take this Smart Phone Photography class, for example. Because even on a smart phone, you can learn a thing or two about composition and exposure, and you only pay $47 dollars for an hour and a half on a Saturday morning.

“Chillin’ in the sun”
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The Light

One of the most important aspects of photography, is learning how to deal with light – and what to do when it’s bad. A $97 Lightning Walk could bring you up to speed on everything you need to know to be comfortable with lighting for any kind of photography that interests you.