Classes:In the Field Shooting

2017, August 20:
Morning on the Meadows

When: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Price: $84.00
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Spaces left: 2

Late summer brings warm days and cool nights creating misty meadows in the morning. Country gardens damp with dew among a historic farm offers beautiful nature compositions.

Join us at Howard County Conservancy and let’s walk the meadows and gardens to create compelling captures. This class is designed for anyone wanting to develop their artistic eye with a camera.

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2017, August 20:
Historic Fells Point

When: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Price: $99.00
Instructor: Karen L. Messick
Spaces left: 6

Jump start your creativity, resurface your enthusiasm and add diversity to your portfolio economically in a historic waterfront town. Explore new shooting techniques, create dramatic images and experience street photography tips.

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2017, August 20:
The National Shrine of Immaculate Conception Photo Safari

When: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Price: $84.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 1

​The National Shrine of Immaculate Conception, the largest Catholic basilica-style church in the United States, is a photographer’s delight with the soaring architecture, golden transepts and arches, little niches, altars and statuary that line the corridors of the Shrine as well as the stunning exterior and magnificently landscaped grounds.

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2017, August 26:
Butterflies at Brookside Gardens

When: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Price: $109.00
Instructor: Corey Hilz
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Price includes $30 ticket for the "before hours" pass.

Join us for a special morning of photographing butterflies at Brookside Gardens. We’ll have special access to the butterflies for two hours before the conservatory opens to the public. You’ll be able to use tripods and not have to work around crowds of people. We’ll begin outside with a discussion of techniques and settings for butterfly photography, as well as some close-up garden photography. When it’s our time with the butterflies we’ll be prepped and ready to go, maximizing our butterfly experience.

2017, August 26:
Twilight at National Airport Photo Safari

When: 5:45 PM - 8:15 PM
Price: $74.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 1

The huge picture windows, the Jeffersonian-style arching domes, and the built-in artwork of architect Cesar Pelli’s $300 million Terminal B/C at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport provide many opportunities for good exterior and interior architectural photography. And the BEST time of day to capture all of this is at twilight, that period of deep blue-sky lighting which takes place shortly after sunset.

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2017, September 8:
Monuments at Night Photo Safari

When: 7:15 PM - 9:45 PM
Price: $79.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 5

​Join Instructor E. David Luria, as we explore the best methods for photographing Washington, D.C.‘s monuments at night!  We will learn the best settings to use at night for achieving post card quality images of the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Women’s Memorial and more.

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2017, September 9:
National Zoo Field Shoot

When: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Price: $89.00
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Spaces left: 8

Whether you’re planning an African safari or just want to learn how to photograph animals at the zoo or in your backyard, this class will help you capture more compelling images.

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2017, September 9:
Waterfalls of The Patapsco

When: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Price: $79.00
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
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Maryland offers a variety of beautiful waterfalls that are just waiting to be discovered.  Join us for this “Adventure” hike through Cascade Falls in Patapsco Valley State Park and enjoy the meandering path along a babbling brook. Expand your creative nature photography by getting off the beaten track and find the hidden treasures on the trail.

2017, September 10:
Gunston Hall, An Architectural Photo Safari and Barbecue

When: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Price: $69.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 7

Join Instructor E. David Luria on this safari and learn about interior and exterior architectural techniques, lighting, white balance, use of f stops and shutter speeds, and use of external flash to balance indoor and outdoor light.  A trained history guide from Gunston Hall will accompany our safari, explaining each of the rooms and answering any questions about Mason’s turbulent role during  the adoption of the US Constitution and its subsequent Bill of Rights.

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2017, September 17:
Early Morning at The Diyanet Center Mosque

When: 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Price: $89.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 7

Join Instructor E. David Luria and capture the striking architectural beauty of the new Diyanet Center of America Mosque in Lanham, MD as it rises before you in the morning sun. For lovers of architectural photography in the DC area, this place is really “Mecca!” This safari will be a great opportunity to enrich your own architectural portfolio, while training you to photograph religious institutions in your travels to  other parts of the world

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2017, September 17:
Architectural Treasures of Sheradon - Kalorama

When: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Price: $69.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 7

This new safari- part of our architectural photography series -  begins with the magnificent Art Deco apartment buildings on Connecticut Avenue . We also photograph the stately Lothrop Mansion  and then wind our way through the back streets of Kalorama, past the French Ambassador's chateau-like residence, and past the very elegant homes and embassies that line the streets.

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2017, September 17:
Fieldwork - Photography Basics - Around The U.S. Capitol

When: 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Price: $69.00
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Spaces left: 8

This class is designed for those who have taken any of the Photography Basics classes and want the opportunity to work in the field to reinforce the material covered in the classroom. We’ve encouraged you to leave the Auto settings behind and to shoot in the Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or Manual modes so now it’s time for some hands-on.

We’ll review the exposure settings and then photograph around the Capitol Building and at Bartholdi Park and fountain, and practice using various settings to achieve the look you want in the image.

Location: US Capitol and Bartholdi Park area

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2017, September 23:
Scenic Annapolis Harbor

When: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Price: $99.00
Instructor: Karen L. Messick
Spaces left: 10

​Spend the morning in historic Annapolis with Karen Messick and photograph all that it has to offer. There are countless opportunities for illustrious street shots, magnificent boats, abstract reflections in the harbor, nautical captures of ropes, flags and ships details and more in Annapolis, Maryland’s Capitol. 

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2017, September 24:
Piscataway, A Creative Walk In Colonial Times

When: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Price: $84.00
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Spaces left: 8

The Piscataway National Park is nestled across from Mount Vernon on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. Home to the National Colonial Farm, Piscataway Park offers a historical countryside stroll along the Potomac River. The farm is home to heritage breeds of livestock as well as a wide variety of wildlife. Join us and continue to improve on both your technical skills as well as developing an eye for creating strong compositions with a variety of subjects.

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2017, September 24:
Street Fair Photography at DC State Fair

When: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Price: $84.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
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Join Instructor E. David Luria  and learn the techniques of photographing street fairs and festivals. Wearing an Official Event Photographer badge, participants will roam the fair capturing photos of the people enjoying various events from the Pet Parade, Sloppy Joe eating contest, Hula Hoop contest and so much more! 

2017, September 30:
Special Story-Telling Photography Safari for Seniors at the Newseum!

When: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Price: $89.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 7

Through a specially discounted arrangement with this monument to journalism and freedom of the press, we'll take you inside to some of the most interesting exhibits that help you learn how to tell stories with your pictures.

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2017, October 1:
Countryside Wineries Photo Shoot

When: 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $99.00
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Spaces left: 1

Join us for an afternoon of exploring vineyards in the Purcellville area in Virginia. Enjoy the picturesque location of these vineyards and explore photo opportunities from landscapes big and small, to delicate details of the grapes and their leaves.

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2017, October 7:
Real Estate and Architectural Photography

When: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $89.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 8

Good pictures sell houses and condominiums via the web, or in brochures and publications. This class, designed for people wishing to photograph their own homes or real state agents shooting listed properties, is taught by professional architectural photographer, E. David Luria, and will take place in a private home, providing hands-on training in exterior and interior architectural photography.

Location: Centerville

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2017, October 15:
Faces, Not Places, Photo Safari

When: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Price: $74.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 8

This Photo Safari will give you very useful tips on how (and how not) to take posed and unposed photos of the people you know and how to capture candid moments of people you do NOT know in a variety of settings.

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2017, October 21:
Georgetown At Night

When: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Price: $74.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 10

If you think Georgetown is pretty in the daytime, wait until you see it through your camera’s viewfinder at night! On this safari you will learn the techniques of nighttime photography without flash, using a tripod and long exposures and adjusting the white balance settings on your digital camera.

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2017, October 22:
Historic Waterford Field Shoot

When: 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $99.00
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Spaces left: 10

Spend the afternoon in the historic village of Waterford, Virginia, a National Historic Landmark. This quaint town in Loudoun County is located along Catoctin Creek and offers many photo opportunities, from historic homes and buildings, to beautifullly landscaped gardens and even an old church and a mill.

Through special access, we'll also have the unique opportunity to step back in time and photograph in the Second Street School, a one-room school house complete with late 1800's period props.

Fee includes a donation to the Historic Waterford Foundation.

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2017, October 28:
Fieldwork - Photography Basics in Old Town Alexandria

When: 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Price: $69.00
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Spaces left: 6

This class is designed for those who have taken any of the Photography Basics classes and want the opportunity to work in the field to reinforce the material covered in the classroom. We’ve encouraged you to leave the Auto settings behind and to shoot in the Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or Manual modes so now it’s time for some hands-on.

Our location in Old Town Alexandria gives us plenty of photo opportunities to practice exposure settings and creative captures. We begin down by the waterfront capturing the details in the harbor area, we’d then photograph quaint shops and historic homes decorated with an autumn flair. We end at the Farmers Market in front of City Hall where we’ll find street scenes, colorful produce, flowers stalls and more.

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2017, October 29:
Great Falls At Dawn

When: 6:00AM - 9:00AM
Price: $99.00
Instructor: Roy Sewall
Spaces left: 9

Great Falls of the Potomac River is truly the greatest natural wonder of the DC area and there is no better time to photograph it than at dawn.

Join Professional Photographer and C&O Canal & Potomac River expert Roy Sewall, and learn how to shoot in low light, capture flowing water, exploit the rising sun, compose waterscapes and more.

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2017, November 4:
Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam

When: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Price: $99.00
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Spaces left: 9

During the wintering months between November and January, a large number of bald eagles are known to gather on the Susquehanna River at Conowingo Dam. There are many wonderful spots along the dam to view and photograph the eagles

Suitable for photographers of all levels, this class will offer plenty of opportunity to work on capturing birds in flight, creating a story with your images, setting proper exposure for changing conditions, and learning about bird behavior.

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2017, November 8:
Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam

When: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Price: $99.00
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Spaces left: 10

During the wintering months between November and January, a large number of bald eagles are known to gather on the Susquehanna River at Conowingo Dam. There are many wonderful spots along the dam to view and photograph the eagles

Suitable for photographers of all levels, this class will offer plenty of opportunity to work on capturing birds in flight, creating a story with your images, setting proper exposure for changing conditions, and learning about bird behavior.

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2017, November 11:
Antiques and Treasures in Lucketts Virginia

When: 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Price: $79.00
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Spaces left: 10

The antiques stores in Lucketts offer unique collections of décor, furniture, and knickknacks, making them a goldmine for photographers. We will be shooting at two stores that offer distinctly different types of photographic opportunities. From quirky and creative to unusual and hip, you will find that the antiques have their own personality. If you like textures, patterns, and subjects with character, you'll have a great time at Lucketts.

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2017, November 18:
Library of Congress Photo Safari

When: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Price: $74.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 12

​Join instructor E. David Luria, at one of the most beautiful buildings in the nation’s capital, ​the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.  We’ll photograph its ornate interiors and grand staircases as the afternoon sun falls on the exterior and spills into the Great Hall interior. 

At each point on the safari, tips on low-light and mixed-light photography, taking pictures of the vaulting ceilings in the Great Hall, and how to use wide-angle lenses to maintain straight verticals will be discussed as well as techniques of composition, exposure and lighting.

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2017, November 19:
Twilight at National Airport Photo Safari

When: 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $74.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 10

The huge picture windows, the Jeffersonian-style arching domes, and the built-in artwork of architect Cesar Pelli’s $300 million Terminal B/C at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport provide many opportunities for good exterior and interior architectural photography. And the BEST time of day to capture all of this is at twilight, that period of deep blue-sky lighting which takes place shortly after sunset.

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2017, December 3:
Composition at The National Gallery of Art

When: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Price: $74.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 10

Photography, like painting, is all about composition:  the symmetry, the balance, the leading lines, the framing, the perspective, the points of interest in the image that draw the viewer’s eye. So this safari is all about training you to see and capture good composition in your photographs. This will help you become a more astute critic of your own photos by studying and documenting works of the masters.

We also teach you how to shoot artwork in low-light situations without flash or tripod, getting the right exposure and white balance.

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