Capital Photography Center | Photography Classes in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia

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September 22, 2018: Birds of Prey and Wildlife Critters Field Shoot

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $104

Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Join us and enjoy the opportunity to photograph raptors, amphibians and wildlife animals that might include a turtle, a snake, an owl, a hawk, a skunk, a bat and possibly an artic fox. Although these are all wild creatures, they are not able to be returned to nature, instead they are cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.

These beautiful creatures are amazing to watch let alone photograph. We'll be in a wooded setting and will have the opportunity to photograph each of them. The raptors will be tethered on a natural perch while the other critters will be held by the handler or on a leash on the ground.

Location: Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria

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September 24, 2018: Moonrise over the Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum

Time: 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

Join us for this exclusive and exciting opportunity to photograph the full moon rising over the Capitol Columns. 

We’ll start the class by capturing the Capital Columns bathed in the warm afternoon light. Then when the moon rises, we'll photograph it famed through the columns and then above them. 

A per person donation to the National Arboretum is included in the price of the class.

Limit 8-12

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September 29, 2018: Fieldwork - Photography Basics in Old Town Alexandria

Time: 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Fee: $69
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
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 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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September 29, 2018: National Zoo Field Shoot

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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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September 29, 2018: Photographic Storytelling – Featuring a 1920s Lawn Party

Time: 2:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Aaron Clamage
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Capturing that perfect moment can give great satisfaction to any photographer.  But, to tell a complete story with a series of images requires you to think more broadly, to assemble the pieces and paint the scene. 

To tell a story, you need to see the story.  How do you find the drama, the excitement, the humor?  Who are the main characters?  Join us at Dardanella’s "The Great Gatsby Lawn Party" and we’ll explore how to find your point of view, how to chose which elements to cover, and how to photograph them. 

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September 29, 2018: “Twi-Night” at National Harbor and Alexandria by Water Taxi

Time: 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
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The “blue hour" is that lovely period of civil twilight about 20 minutes after sunset when the sky is deep blue and the city lights show up! And so that that is the time we have chosen for our newest adventure in "twi-night" photography which takes us by water taxi from Alexandria, Virginia to National Harbor in Maryland and back with plenty of great photo ops along the way.

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September 30, 2018: Waterfalls of The Patapsco Adventure

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

POSTPONED from September 9 due to rain

Maryland offers a variety of beautiful waterfalls that are just waiting to be discovered.  Join us for this “Adventure” hike through 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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October 6, 2018: Fair and Festival Photography at the Waterford Fair

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

Join us and learn the techniques of photographing street fairs and festivals. Wearing an Official Event Photographer badge, participants will roam the grounds of the Waterford Fair capturing photos of the people enjoying various events.

Class fee includes $20 entrance fee. 

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October 7, 2018: Autumn in Harpers Ferry

Time: 7:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

Autumn in historical Harper's Ferry is beautiful and multiple photographic opportunities are abound. Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian Trail where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet, this quaint town offers a variety of subjects to capture. In this class we will enhance our technical skills while developing the creative eye for strong and compelling compositions. This class will offer intensive compositional concepts and coaching to help develop your artistic view of the world around you.

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October 7, 2018: Fieldwork - Photography Basics at Union Station

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $69
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 1

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 is Washington Union Station which 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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October 14, 2018: Exploring Macro Photography

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

Small subjects or little pieces of a larger subject are fascinating to explore with your camera. This class will teach you about the technical and creative aspects of successful close-ups. Find out how to work with different natural lighting conditions, as well what equipment is most useful. The skills you will learn can be applied to any subject of macro photography, at home or in the field.

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October 14, 2018: Exploring Street Photography

Time: 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

Rescheduled from 9/30

This hands-on class will explore the unique aspects of the street photography genre and help you create compelling photographs that go beyond the ordinary snapshot.  Join Michael Koren for an afternoon learning pro level tips and techniques, privacy issues associated with street photography, as well as a hands-on session followed by an image review and feedback. 

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October 27, 2018: Horses in the Country

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 1

On a crisp autumn day let’s enjoy the country life and horses in a rustic barn setting. We will be visiting a small country horse facility with a classic red barn and horses filled with personality.

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October 27, 2018: Fieldwork - Photo Basics at OAKtoberfest at the National Arboretum

Time: 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Fee: $69
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
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.

Our location is the OAKtoberfest Event at the National Arboretum. This event features family fun activities such as a kids costume parade, pumpkin painting, tree climbing, races, and more, and gives us plenty of photo opportunities to practice exposure settings and creative captures. If you’ve struggled capturing your kids at play, shooting candids or getting fun shots when you’re out and about, this class will help. Join us and come away with stronger skills for setting exposure and capturing your family’s playful moments.  

Class limit: 8

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October 28, 2018: Great Falls At Dawn

Time: 6:00AM - 9:00AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Roy Sewall
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 6

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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November 3, 2018: Rock Creek Park Adventure

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

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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November 4, 2018: Historic Fells Point

Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Greg Holden
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 9

​Join Greg Holden as we photograph through the streets of Fells Point.  We’ll explore the historic waterfront area photographing interesting people, historic buildings, boats, abstracts in the water and other opportunities that we find in the early morning light.

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November 10, 2018: Antiques and Treasures in Lucketts Virginia

Time: 7:30 AM - 10:30AM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

The antiques stores in Lucketts offer unique collections of décor, furniture, and knickknacks, making them a goldmine for photographers. We will be shooting outdoors 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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November 11, 2018: Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam

Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

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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November 11, 2018: Exploring Macro Photography

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

Small subjects or little pieces of a larger subject are fascinating to explore with your camera. This class will teach you about the technical and creative aspects of successful close-ups. Find out how to work with different natural lighting conditions, as well what equipment is most useful. The skills you will learn can be applied to any subject of macro photography, at home or in the field.

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November 14, 2018: Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam

Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

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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