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

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August 18, 2018: Morning On The Meadows

Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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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August 18, 2018: Library of Congress Photo Safari

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $74
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

​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 beautiful exterior and then move indoors and capture the 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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August 19, 2018: Exploring Street Photography

Time: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

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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August 26, 2018: Moonset and Sunrise Over Capitol Columns At National Arboretum

Time: 5:00AM - 7:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Join us in the wee hours of the morning for this special access opportunity to photograph the moonset and sunrise over the Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum.

We’ll start the class by capturing the Capital Columns with the moon setting behind them, then we’ll turn around and photograph the sun as it rises through the columns.

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

Limit 8-12

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August 26, 2018: St Matthews Cathedral Photo Safari

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $99

Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

Beautiful St Matthew's 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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September 9, 2018: Waterfalls of The Patapsco Adventure

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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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September 14, 2018: Georgetown At Night

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee: $79
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

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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September 15, 2018: Getting Started in Bird Photography at the Maryland Zoo Baltimore

Time: 9:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Fee: $84
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

Join us at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and learn how to photograph birds in the wild. Learn the concepts of digital photography, field skills and equipment needed capture our feathered friends.  Designed for the beginning/novice photographer, this course will get you well on your way in photographing nature and wildlife at its best.

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September 16, 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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September 16, 2018: Faces, Not Places, Photo Safari

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $74
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

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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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: 9

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 23, 2018: Real Estate and Architectural Photography

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 10

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.

We'll hold this class in a lovely 4 bedroom, 5 bath townhouse, built in 1888, with a patio terrace just a few feet away from Logan Circle in what has become a very 'toney' neighborhood of DC. It has been beautifully decorated by a professional interior decorator and was recently featured on a Logan Circle House Tour.

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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: 8

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: 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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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: 3

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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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: 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 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: 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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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: 9

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 28, 2018: Great Falls At Dawn

Time: 6:00AM - 9:00AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Roy Sewall
Category: In the Field Shooting
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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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: 10

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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