The Student Experience


At Newspace, our goal is to provide the very best in photographic education. With state-of-the-art facilities and instructors who are at the top of their fields nationally and internationally, Newspace is equipped to help you take your photography to the next level. Our diverse curriculum includes beginning to advanced classes on a wide variety of topics. Small class sizes give students more attention and hands-on time than traditional schools. From location lighting to digital image editing, alternative darkroom processes to portraiture, landscape, and business development classes, Newspace is Oregon’s premier photography education center.


Newspace is also an artist-run photography center. That means we’re passionate about photography! We’re also passionate about helping you become a better photographer. Let us know if you have questions about how we can help you reach your goals.

What participants are saying:

It may sound like an overstatement, but I mean it most ardently when I say that my classes at Newspace have completely changed my life. They have restored my original passion for the Arts. Through my classes at Newspace, I regained confidence in my artistic abilities. I also learned critical technical skills that I could not have otherwise acquired–such as studio lighting, HD-DSLR videography, Photoshop, and even learning how to (properly) use my DSLR camera–in such a supportive community, and at such an affordable price. – JJ Hastings

Leslie Gulch Field Trip

I value the community of photo-loving folks I meet at Newspace – such a mixture of people who produce such entirely different kinds of images. Being surrounded by so much variety dramatically helps in the learning process, and I appreciate the easy accessibility of the quality equipment you make available to learn and create with.  – Wendy Shoemaker


Critique with Arno Minkkinen

Newspace is a tremendous resource for photographers. I view it as a centerpiece for photography in Portland – in that it is a place to learn, discuss, explore and grow as a photographer. How I went as long as I did without knowing about it is baffling and upsetting. – Jonathan Eadie


Lighting Basics Class

I love Newspace!  I come here to take classes, workshops, get inspired, and to feel like I am a part of the photographic community in Portland. It has been a wonderful place to get to be a part of. Thank you so much! – Leigh Oviatt


Basic Photoshop

So, as I am sitting here writing this, my partner and my friend are telling me that I am a “photographer,” along with all the reasons why.  That is not a title I truly considered owning until now.  I thank my many experiences at Newspace for helping me to embrace this new creative part of my existence. – Wendy Shoemaker


Intermediate Lighting Class

I’ve taken classes at Newspace that have completely enhanced my work in ways I would not have fathomed. I took a methods class that gave me new perspectives and direction as to what my strengths were which has given me the confidence to keep doing photography and to focus on what moves me in photography. The darkroom class gave me control over making my prints look the way I see fit to get my message or mood across. It was empowering to be able to have control over the entire process from taking photo to mastering a print. – Alisyn Smith


Leslie Gulch Field Trip

The classes have really helped me get out of the “normal” way to photograph and really look into the artistic way.  My dream of starting a successful photography business is definitely more attainable now. The classes I have taken have not only helped me better my photography, computer and camera knowledge but also given me great contacts / friends.  I would recommend any friends or fellow photographers to take classes at Newspace. – Heather Fitch


Mary Ellen Mark Workshop Group Shot

I love Newspace.  It is an amazing resource for lovers of photography! I feel really lucky that it is here in Portland. I also love that it brings photographers together. I have met good friends working in the darkroom at Newspace and have had amazing experiences. – Kirsten Frances


Pet Photography Workshop

Newspace truly is an amazing institute.  It has everything for everyone. From beginners who really just want to understand there camera, parents who just want to take better, more memorable photos of their children, or people like myself who have a true passion for it and want to be able to share that passion with others making it into their profession. – Heather Fitch


Class Critique

I love Newspace and all the teachers and people involved at Newspace! Everyone is so supportive and I have met a great community there and would love to continue to take classes there! – Maya Raven Skye



Newspace Center for Photography does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, economic status or source of income, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected status.