Classes

2015, July 4: Fireworks Special!

2015, July 4:
Fireworks Special!

When: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Price: $79.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Sold out!

How would you like to have access to a vantage point that gives you a FANTASTIC view of the July 4th fireworks bursting in air, with the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington Memorial Bridge, the Potomac River AND the US Capitol, all in your viewfinder? You have come to the right place! We are delighted to offer for the first time in our history a unique opportunity to learn how to photograph one of the nation’s biggest fireworks displays: Washington DC’s  July 4th Fireworks display over the National Mall.

2015, July 10: Lilies and Lotus at Kenilworth Gardens

2015, July 10:
Lilies and Lotus at Kenilworth Gardens

When: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Price: $89.00
Instructor: Karen L. Messick
Spaces left: 3

​Location:  DC
Spend the morning photographing dew laden lotus blossoms, colorful water lilies and other aquatic flowers. Join Karen Messick for a photo shoot at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and capture stunning shots and learn how to use available light effectively in flower and nature photography. 

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2015, July 11: Summer Sunflowers Photo Adventure

2015, July 11:
Summer Sunflowers Photo Adventure

When: 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Price: $89.00
Instructor: Karen L. Messick
Sold out!

Location: Poolesville, MD

​Enjoy an early summer morning in the Sunflower fields of McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area.  We will capture the sunflowers in many different creative ways, such as macro, wide angle and more!

2015, July 12: Summer Sunflowers Photo Adventure JUST ADDED

2015, July 12:
Summer Sunflowers Photo Adventure JUST ADDED

When: 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Price: $89.00
Instructor: Karen L. Messick
Spaces left: 9

By popular demand, we just added another date.

​Enjoy an early summer morning in the Sunflower fields of McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area.  We will capture the sunflowers in many different creative ways, such as macro, wide angle and more!

Location: Poolesville, MD

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2015, July 14, 21, 28: Photography Basics - 3 Sessions

2015, July 14, 21, 28:
Photography Basics - 3 Sessions

When: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Price: $189.00
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Spaces left: 6

Location: Shirlington (Arlington, VA)

Take your camera off Auto and take control! This class is designed for those who want to better understand the most important camera settings and how to set exposure manually to capture dramatic and engaging photos.

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2015, July 18: SLR Photography - The Basics

2015, July 18:
SLR Photography - The Basics

When: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Price: $89.00
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Spaces left: 7

Digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) cameras offer the photographer a wealth of tools that can lead to wonderful photographs and understanding the exposure settings allows you, not the camera, to craft the photo you envision. Take your camera off of Auto and take control! Join Marie Joabar for an informative afternoon about all things SLR: exposure control, depth of field, lens choices, composition and more.

Location: Merrifield / Dunn Loring area

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2015, July 18: Library of Congress Photo Safari

2015, July 18:
Library of Congress Photo Safari

When: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Price: $74.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 7

​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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2015, July 19: Shooting Street Portraits

2015, July 19:
Shooting Street Portraits

When: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Price: $69.00
Instructor: Jim Darling
Spaces left: 7

Join us at the Eastern Market in DC and discover ways to gain more confidence when shooting street portraits. Learn tips and techniques on how to capture a person’s character and the local flavor.

We’ll cover how to approach strangers in a public place, the best locations for success, dealing with available light, compositions and more.  Move beyond your comfort zone and explore new opportunities for shooting portraits.

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2015, July 19: Fieldwork - Photography Basics - Around The White House

2015, July 19:
Fieldwork - Photography Basics - Around The White House

When: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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 around the White House provides plenty of photo opportunities. We'll find Monuments to frame with the White House as a backdrop, street photography scenes and protesters, landscape shots of the White House, historic brick homes lining Lafayette square and more.

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2015, July 21: Marine Corps Silent Drill Team Photo Safari!

2015, July 21:
Marine Corps Silent Drill Team Photo Safari!

When: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $74.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 5

Sunset at the US Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington brings a special treat on evenings during the summer: a breathtaking performance by the  US Marine Corps Silent Drill Team!

Don't miss the opportunity to photograph these Marines marching across the parade ground in front of the Memorial and then tossing their bayoneted rifles end over end at each other as we photograph them with our rapid shooting cameras. 

We'll also photograph the Memorial and the DC Skyline at twilight with the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the U.S.Capitol all lined up in our vewfinder. 
 

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2015, July 23: Getting Started in Event Photography

2015, July 23:
Getting Started in Event Photography

When: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Price: $84.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 6

Are you the person they turn to in the office when there is a birthday party, an awards ceremony, a visit by the Chairman of the Board. Why?  Because you are the ONLY person who knows how to operate the office camera!  So bring your camera (or the office camera), plus all your lenses and your flash unit and join us on a special safari that will train you to take more professional pictures of office events AND will help you turn those pictures into images that tell a STORY to make your PR Director happy.

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2015, July 25: Studio Lighting Essentials

2015, July 25:
Studio Lighting Essentials

When: 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Price: $189.00
Instructor: Matthew Rakola
Spaces left: 9

Location: DC

Learn to use Studio Lighting from the ground up.

Learn the fundamentals of lighting techniques and equipment and how to apply that to creating engaging studio portraits. 

This class is designed specifically for those who understand the basics of manual exposure but want to learn to light and photograph people in a controlled, studio environment, and will establish the building blocks on which students can build a studio photography portfolio. Many of these same principles can be applied to environmental portraits as well.

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2015, July 25: Creative Captures with Lensbaby

2015, July 25:
Creative Captures with Lensbaby

When: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $84.00
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Spaces left: 7

Learn how to use the creative Lensbaby lenses and accessories to expand your portfolio!  We'll have Lensbabys for Nikon and Canon and a few other brands so join us and find out how to use the selective focus effect in your images. We’ll explore both the technical and artistic aspects of shooting with a Lensbaby.

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2015, July 26: iPhone Photography - Getting Started at the National Gallery of Art

2015, July 26:
iPhone Photography - Getting Started at the National Gallery of Art

When: 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Price: $89.00
Instructor: Karen L. Messick
Spaces left: 7

​Join Karen Messick at the National Museum of Art for an afternoon of  “iPhoneography!”  We’ll learn how to use various iPhone apps throughout the Museum to capture sculptures, people, architecture and more.

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2015, July 26: Lighting Your Subject With Off Camera Flash

2015, July 26:
Lighting Your Subject With Off Camera Flash

When: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Price: $99.00
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Spaces left: 8

Learn how to get the most out of your external flash unit. The class will help you understand the modes and functions of your flash, as well as how aperture, shutter speed and ISO affect your flash photos. From adjusting the power of the flash to choosing how to position the flash, this class will help you become more skilled when using your external flash unit.

Location: DC

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2015, July 30: Color Management and Color Printing

2015, July 30:
Color Management and Color Printing

When: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Price: $89.00
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Spaces left: 8

When editing and enhancing your photographs it is important that the colors you see on the screen are as accurate as possible. This lecture will introduce you to color profiles (what they are, which ones to use) and how to effectively calibrate your monitor/laptop. 

Color management is also critical is when printing. Have you ever made a print and it looked nothing like what’s on your screen? Let’s fix that! We’ll go through the printing workflow in Lightroom and you’ll learn the key steps to ensure better looking prints.

Location: DC

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2015, July 31: DC Skyline and Full Moon Photo Safari

2015, July 31:
DC Skyline and Full Moon Photo Safari

When: 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Price: $79.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 12

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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2015, August 1: Lightroom - Summer Session

2015, August 1:
Lightroom - Summer Session

When: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Price: $139.00
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Spaces left: 5

Location: DC

Learn Lightroom in a day in our Summer Session with instructor Corey Hilz. We'll look at the 2 most powerful modules, the Library and the Develop Modules.

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2015, August 1: Fourteenth Street at Night Photo Safari

2015, August 1:
Fourteenth Street at Night Photo Safari

When: 7:45 PM 10:00 PM
Price: $79.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 10

Location: DC

Fourteenth Street NW, the go-to place for the new Millenial Generation in Washington, is a GREAT site for nighttime photography.

If you want to capture exciting night time scenes, colorful neon lights and people enjoying the nightlife, THIS is where you go!

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2015, August 2: SLR Photography - The Basics

2015, August 2:
SLR Photography - The Basics

When: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Price: $89.00
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Spaces left: 14

Digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) cameras offer the photographer a wealth of tools that can lead to wonderful photographs and understanding the exposure settings allows you, not the camera, to craft the photo you envision. Take your camera off of Auto and take control!  Join Marie Joabar for an informative afternoon about all things SLR: exposure control, depth of field, lens choices, composition and more.

Location: DC

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2015, August 2: Fieldwork - Photography Basics at the Sculpture Garden

2015, August 2:
Fieldwork - Photography Basics at the Sculpture Garden

When: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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 at the National Gallery of Art Sculputer Garden provides plenty of photo opportunities. We’ll find interesting sculptures, landscape scenes, street scenes, people enjoying the huge water fountain, and more.

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2015, June 27: Historic Fells Point

2015, June 27:
Historic Fells Point

When: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Price: $89.00
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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2015, August 22: Butterflies at Brookside Gardens

2015, August 22:
Butterflies at Brookside Gardens

When: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Price: $99.00
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Spaces left: 1

Price includdes $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.

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2015, August 23: Butterflies at Brookside Gardens

2015, August 23:
Butterflies at Brookside Gardens

When: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Price: $99.00
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Spaces left: 6

Price includdes $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.

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2015, August 23: National Airport Photo Safari

2015, August 23:
National Airport Photo Safari

When: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Price: $69.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 9

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.

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2015, August 29: Architectural Treasures of Pennsylvania Avenue at Night

2015, August 29:
Architectural Treasures of Pennsylvania Avenue at Night

When: 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM
Price: $79.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 10

The Avenue of the Presidents linking the Capitol with the White House offers excellent opportunities to practice architectural photography, especially at night!

We'll photograph twilight shots of the magnificent Willard Hotel, the Wilson Building City Hall, the US Treasury Building, the Ronald Reagan International Trade Building, and the Old Post Office, ending inside the illuminated plaza of the Ronald Reagan Building and the long view of the US Capitol at the end of the avenue. 

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2015, September 11: Georgetown At Night Photo Safari

2015, September 11:
Georgetown At Night Photo Safari

When: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Price: $79.00
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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2015, September 12: Scenic Annapolis Harbor

2015, September 12:
Scenic Annapolis Harbor

When: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Price: $89.00
Instructor: Karen L. Messick
Spaces left: 9

​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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2015, September 13: St Matthews Cathedral Photo Safari

2015, September 13:
St Matthews Cathedral Photo Safari

When: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Price: $89.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 10

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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2015, September 15: Photography As A Second Career

2015, September 15:
Photography As A Second Career

When: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Price: $84.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 15

With careful planning while you keep your day job, you CAN turn your hobby and your love of photography into a lucrative profession. Many people facing retirement, reduced pensions or job layoffs have successfully become full-time or part-time photographers, earning significant income with their photo skills.

We'll explore ways to make a successful transition looking at such options as shooting for stock, events, weddings, portraits, sports,  food, pets and more.

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2015, September 19: Moms With Cameras

2015, September 19:
Moms With Cameras

When: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Price: $99.00
Instructor: Donna Vance
Spaces left: 15

Join us and learn how to capture all of your special memories from a Mom who understands just how priceless your moments can be.

This class is for anyone interested in learning more about their camera and photography to make those snapshots of their children really shine. It is perfect for beginners, but is also suited to hobbyists or enthusiasts who want to learn more, or want to conquer the things they struggle with when photographing their children.

Location: Falls Church (Dunn Loring area)

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2015, September 20: iPhone Photography, Getting Started - At the National Portrait Gallery

2015, September 20:
iPhone Photography, Getting Started - At the National Portrait Gallery

When: 11:45 AM - 3:45 PM
Price: $89.00
Instructor: Karen L. Messick
Spaces left: 10

Join Karen Messick at National Portrait Gallery for an afternoon of  “iPhoneography!”  Learn how to use various iPhone apps to capture abstract sculptures, colorful paintings and wall hangings, as well as the architecture of the building and the impressive Kogod courtyard.

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2015, October 9: Tidal Basin at Night

2015, October 9:
Tidal Basin at Night

When: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Price: $79.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 12

Practice your nighttime photography skills  at the Tidal Basin, capturing the illuminated Jefferson Memorial , the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial , the downtown DC skyline the Washington Monument at twilight reflected in the Tidal Basin,  and the  lighting  on the inlays of the Civilian Conservation Corps display at the FDR Memorial, and the powerful statue of FDR himself.

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2015, October 11: Architectural Treasures of Kalorama Heights

2015, October 11:
Architectural Treasures of Kalorama Heights

When: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Price: $69.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 10

Want to see (and photograph) how the One Percent live?  Then join us on this walking photo workshop through one of the most exclusive and beautiful residential neighborhoods of the nation's capital: Kalorama Heights!  This safari, part of our architectural photography series, begins with the magnificent Art Deco buildings on Connecticut Avenue and winds through the back streets where we'll find and photograph the very elegant homes and embassies that line the streets.

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2015, October 17: Fall Color in Susquehanna State Park

2015, October 17:
Fall Color in Susquehanna State Park

When: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Price: $89.00
Instructor: Karen L. Messick
Spaces left: 10

Join Karen Messick and explore Susquehanna State Park through your lens. Designed for all skill levels, the emphasis will be on creating beautiful landscape, water and macro images in natural light.

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2015, October 18: The Joy of Food Photography

2015, October 18:
The Joy of Food Photography

When: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Price: $109.00
Instructor: Renee Comet
Spaces left: 14

Join us at Renee Comet’s studio as she offers her insight into food photography. Renee will share her creative process in an image rich presentation and will demonstrate building a food shot from the very beginning using available light as well as using a basic studio light set up.

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2015, October 25: Sunrise on the Potomac River Photo Safari

2015, October 25:
Sunrise on the Potomac River Photo Safari

When: 6:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Price: $69.00
Instructor: E. David Luria
Spaces left: 11

​Join instructor E. David Luria, as the sun comes up behind the Capitol and our Potomac River shoreline comes alive with activity.  We will photograph the Washington Harbour and Rock Creek Parkway during one of the best times to see Washington DC - at sunrise.

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2015, November 1: National Arboretum Field Shoot

2015, November 1:
National Arboretum Field Shoot

When: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Price: $89.00
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Spaces left: 8

Join us at the National Arboretum and learn tips for photographing lush garden landscapes and beautiful close-up details. From the Capitol Columns to the Asian Gardens, Aquatic Gardens and more, we'll photograph scenes large and small, learning how to use light, perspective and pattern to capture dynamic images.

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2015, November 22: Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam

2015, November 22:
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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Class Cancellation Policy: Full credit towards another class will be given if cancellation notice is given more than 5 business days from the scheduled class. If there is no cancellation notice, or if it is given 5 business days or less prior to the class, no credit or refund will be given. Changes to reschedule a class will incur the full charge if notice is given less than 5 business days prior to the class.

Questions can be directed to Marie Joabar info@capitalphotographycenter.com.