Beyond the Photograph classes and workshops are for photographers who want to “up their game.” If you are you ready to unlock the potential of your camera,Beyond the Photograph has instruction tailored to help you master the techniques and seize the language of photography.

Tulip © Craig Wallace Dale

Beyond the Photograph is dedicated to helping students make better,more dynamic and meaningful pictures.  Our teaching approach encourages students to look beyond the pretty pictures and dig deeper,towards more meaningful photographs while,at the same time,understanding everything that is available on their digital camera.

We cover f-stops,shutter speeds,lenses,light and editing of pixels along the way,but our approach emphasizes the language of the image,the potential of composition,the storytelling ability of light and the cultural metaphors that we all share.  We believe that every picture tells a story and that by understanding the language of camera and light,the student can unlock potential and self-esteem through the viewfinder.

Beyond the Photograph instructors have spent their lives involved in the love of images,are passionate working professionals,and desire nothing more than to help others become storytellers with their cameras. Teaching classes and workshops is a continuation of our instructor’s journey of language and meaning in their own work,their side-by-side involvement with students is both as mentor and fellow explorer.

Come join in.

What makes our workshops different?:

Approach: Our core belief at Beyond the Photograph is that photography is the perfect language for telling meaningful stories about the people,places and events of our lives. Our goal is to help participants harness this power through thorough technical understanding of their cameras and a deeper awareness of our collective memories and the symbols of our culture. We view photography as a circular process;from visualization to final print each step should be understood for its creative potential.


Chandi Chowk Market,Delhi © Craig Wallace Dale

Location: Beyond the Photograph classes and workshops are held in our studio in the Monroe Center for the Arts in Hoboken,New Jersey,just across the Hudson River from Midtown Manhattan. Free parking is available and mass transit options are plentiful from all over the metropolitan area.

Instructor: Craig Dale,BA,MFA Has been a corporate and magazine photographer for twenty years. Craig also teaches in the MFA program at the Academy of Art University and creates custom curriculum for Photography equipment manufacturers.

“Storytelling is an excellent way of caring for the soul. It helps us see the themes that circle our lives,the deep themes that tell the myths we live.”~ Thomas Moore