Classes:In the Field Shooting

2017, March 25:
Early Morning Cherry Blossoms Photo Shoot

When: 6:20 AM - 8:50 AM
Price: $74.00
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
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Join us in the early morning at the Tidal Basin during Cherry Blossom season. Beginning before sunrise, we'll capture Jefferson Memorial framed with cherry blossoms set against the royal blue sky of civil twilight. We’ll then photograph our way around the Tidal Basin, capturing the Jefferson and the Washington Monument from many vantage points all framed by the cherry blossoms.

At each point along the way, we'll cover exposure settings, composition considerations and tips for dynamic photos.

2017, March 26:
Early Morning Cherry Blossoms Photo Shoot

When: 6:20 AM - 8:50 AM
Price: $74.00
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Spaces left: 1

Join us in the early morning at the Tidal Basin during Cherry Blossom season. Beginning before sunrise, we'll capture Jefferson Memorial framed with cherry blossoms set against the royal blue sky of civil twilight. We’ll then photograph our way around the Tidal Basin, capturing the Jefferson and the Washington Monument from many vantage points all framed by the cherry blossoms.

At each point along the way, we'll cover exposure settings, composition considerations and tips for dynamic photos.

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2017, March 26:
Fieldwork - Photography Basics with Cherry Blossoms

When: 9:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Price: $69.00
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Spaces left: 4

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 at the Tidal Basin provides plenty of photo opportunities. We’ll find the beautiful Cherry Blossom trees, the Jefferson and the Washington Monument framed in Cherry Blossoms and so much more.  Join us and come away with stronger skills for setting exposure and capturing exciting images that you’re proud to show off.

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2017, April 2:
Birds of Prey Field Shoot

When: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Price: $104.00
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell and Marie Joabar
Spaces left: 4

Strong grasping feet equipped with sharp talons, a hooked upper beak, and excellent binocular vision are the features that qualify eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and even vultures as raptors, or birds of prey.  These beautiful creatures are amazing to watch let alone photograph.

Participants will have the opportunity to photograph these magnificent raptors including several owls, falcons and hawks.

Location: Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria

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2017, April 2:
Franciscan Monastery Photo Safari

When: 2:30 PM -5:00 PM
Price: $84.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 8

If you have not been to the Franciscan Monastery, you are in for a treat! A little bit of Europe right here in DC, it is one of the great hidden treasures for architectural photography, a 93- year old Byzantine-style church modeled after Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia.

Outdoors we'll enjoy many photo opportunities capturing the monastery, its arcades, the beautiful gardens and sculptures. Moving indoors, learn the techniques of interior photography without flash and the use of color-correcting filters.

​Fee includes donation to Monastery

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2017, April 8:
Springtime at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

When: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Price: $79.00
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Spaces left: 7

The gardens are coming to life with flower beds packed with tulips in a multitude of colors, along with other spring flowers. Photographing first thing in the morning we'll be able to capture garden scenes bathed in soft warm light, along with lakes, a fountain and a gazebo.

At Meadowlark you can always find fresh photographic material, from landscape details to flower close-ups. The plant life offers opportunities for fine detail photographs as well as dreamy artistic compositions. We will explore ways to combine shape, texture and color into creative compositions.

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2017, April 8:
Birds of Prey Field Shoot

When: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Price: $104.00
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell and Marie Joabar
Spaces left: 11

Strong grasping feet equipped with sharp talons, a hooked upper beak, and excellent binocular vision are the features that qualify eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and even vultures as raptors, or birds of prey.  These beautiful creatures are amazing to watch let alone photograph.

Participants will have the opportunity to photograph these magnificent raptors including several owls, falcons and hawks.

Location: Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria

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2017, April 9:
Historic Fells Point

When: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Price: $99.00
Instructor: Karen L. Messick
Spaces left: 9

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, April 9:
Fieldwork - Photography Basics - Late Afternoon On The Mall

When: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Price: $69.00
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Spaces left: 7

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 photograph in the area around the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial where we’ll find plenty of photo opportunities from architecture, statues, fountains, street scenes and more in the late afternoon light thru to the beautiful royal blue sky of civil twilight.

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2017, April 11:
DC Skyline and Full Moon Photo Safari

When: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Price: $79.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 10

Join Instructor E. David Luria and learn the techniques of night photography!  Capture post card quality images of the DC Skyline with the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Capitol, all neatly aligned in your viewfinder.  If Mother Nature cooperates and the sky is clear, we'll frame the Moon to line up with the Monuments.

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2017, April 22:
Spring Tulips at Sherwood Gardens

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

Join Karen L. Messick in Sherwood Gardens and capture amazing images of spring tulips, and flowering shrubs and trees!  Learn how to create artistic images using appropriate aperture, shutter speed, white balance, ISO, multiple exposure functions, and more!​

Location:  Baltimore

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2017, April 22:
Getting Started with Bird Photography at Buddy Attick Lake

When: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Price: $79.00
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Spaces left: 7

Learn the tips and secrets that bird photographers use to capture beautiful images of our feathered friends.

Designed for the amateur photographer, this class will get you well on your way on photographing birds (and wildlife) at its best. We’ll discuss the techniques and equipment used to obtain exciting images of the birds all around us.

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2017, April 29:
C&O Canal and Pennyfield Lockhouse Field Shoot

When: 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $99.00
Instructor: Roy Sewall
Spaces left: 5

Through a continued agreement with the C&O Canal Trust, we have been given an exclusive opportunity to enter and photograph historic Pennyfield Lockhouse on the C&O Canal which is in the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Join instructor Roy Sewall, one of the leading photographers of the Potomac River and C&O Canal, as we explore the many interior photographic opportunities with furnishings evocative of the mid-1830s to early 1840s period; from wood and earthen floors, stone walls, wood beam ceilings, to the period furniture on both the main and second floors.  We'll also explore the area surrounding the Lockhouse from the C&O Canal, the lock, rock walls, rocky cliffs and more.

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2017, April 30:
Faces, Not Places, Photo Safari

When: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Price: $74.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 6

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, May 5, Georgetown At Night Photo Safari

When: 7:45 PM - 10:00 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, May 6:
Fair and Festival Photography at Flower Mart

When: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Price: $74.00
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Spaces left: 8

Join us and learn the techniques of photographing street fairs and festivals. Wearing an Official Event Photographer badge, participants will roam the All Hallows Guild Flower Mart at the National Cathedral capturing photos of the people enjoying various events.

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2017, May 7:
Washington National Cathedral Photo Safari

When: 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Price: $99.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 10

Join E. David Luria and explore the many photo gems this magnificent Cathedral offers. Capture long shots down the nave and the beautiful stained glass windows lining the cathedral. From there we’ll go into the Lower Crypt, with its many different altars and places of worship, then to the 7th floor Observatory Level with its great views of DC. We'll also go into the adjoining Bishops Garden, from which we can get lovely shots of the cathedral structure in the morning light.

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2017, May 13:
Rock Creek Park Adventure

When: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Price: $79.00
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Spaces left: 7

Join us for an “Adventure” hike in beautifully wild yet local Rock Creek Park.  Expand your creative nature photography by getting off the beaten track and find the hidden treasures on the trail.

Along the rapids area of Rock Creek Park, the road is closed on the weekends, bringing peace and quiet along the water. With a meandering trail along the river this adventure allows us to slow down and create compelling compositions of bridges, granite boulders and flowing waters.

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2017, May 13:
Historic Waterford Field Shoot

When: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Price: $104.00
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Spaces left: 8

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, May 19:
Monuments at Night Photo Safari

When: 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Price: $79.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 8

​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, May 20:
Fieldwork - Photography Basics in Old Town Alexandria

When: 7:00 AM - 9:30 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 spring flowers. 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, May 20:
Horses in the Country

When: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Price: $79.00
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Spaces left: 8

Let’s go out to the country and enjoy horses in a rustic barn setting. We will visit a large and long established horse barn with a variety of horses, ranging from big to small. Frolicking in the paddocks on a spring morning the horses and their gentle strength will bring character and personality to your images. The facility offers several rustic barn scenes, perfect for capturing farm life in the country.

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2017, May 21:
Composition at The National Gallery of Art

When: 2:15 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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2017, June 3:
National Zoo Field Shoot

When: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Price: $89.00
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Spaces left: 10

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, June 3:
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, June 4:
Fieldwork - Photography Basics At Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

When: 3:15 PM - 5:45 PM
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.

Our location at the beautiful gardens of Dumbarton Oaks gives us plenty of photo opportunities to practice exposure settings and creative captures. Join us and come away with stronger skills for setting exposure and capturing exciting images that you’re proud to show off.

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2017, June 11:
St Matthews Cathedral Photo Safari

When: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Price: $89.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 9

Beautiful St Matthews Cathedral offers incredible picture-taking opportunities. With special permission from the Cathedral Staff, we are pleased to offer an exclusive photo Safari that takes you inside this spectacular Cathedral, teaching you how to photograph church interiors without flash and how to photograph its stained glass windows.

Fee includes $10 donation to the Cathedral.

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2017, June 24:
Flower and Garden Photography at the National Cathedral

When: 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Price: $79.00
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Spaces left: 10

Hidden behind the beautiful Washington National Cathedral is the Bishop’s Garden, a 59 acre area with stunning gardens, grounds and the peaceful Olmstead Woods.

Lovingly cared for by the All Hallows Guild, the summer garden is full with greenery and colorful blossoms, beautiful stonework, statuary and hidden nooks. With the National Cathedral as a backdrop, the Bishop's Garden offers the perfect place for garden and flower photography.  Join us and photograph lovely garden scenes from landscape scenes and intimate settings to getting close and focusing on the details and beauty of the garden plantings.

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2017, June 25:
Antiques and Treasures in Lucketts Virginia

When: 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Price: $79.00
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Spaces left: 4

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, June 25:
Real Estate and Architectural Photography

When: 2:30 PM - 5:30 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, July 9:
Waterfalls of The Patapsco

When: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Price: $79.00
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Spaces left: 10

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.

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2017, July 23:
Composition at The National Gallery of Art

When: 2:15 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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