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April 22, 2018: Great Falls At Dawn

Time: 5:45AM - 8:45AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Roy Sewall
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $104
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell and Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

POSTPONED FROM 4/7 DUE TO WEATHER

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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April 28, 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!

This class is SOLD OUT. Please see the June 30 date.

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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May 5, 2018: Rock Creek Park Adventure

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $84
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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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May 5, 2018: Fair and Festival Photography at Flower Mart

Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

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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May 6, 2018: Exploring Street Photography

Time: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

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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May 12, 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: 5

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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May 12, 2018: Historic Waterford Field Shoot

Time: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
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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May 19, 2018: Horses in the Country

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

In the spirit of Preakness, let’s go out to the country and enjoy horses in a rustic barn setting. Maryland is one of the top states for the horse industry and brings in over $1 billion in revenue. Naming the Thoroughbred as the state horse, horses are an integral part of Maryland. Frolicking in the paddocks on a spring morning the horses and their gentle strength will bring character and personality to your images.

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May 20, 2018: Early Morning at The Diyanet Center Mosque

Time: 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 9

Join Instructor E. David Luria and capture the striking architectural beauty of the 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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May 20, 2018: Exploring Macro Photography

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

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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June 3, 2018: Historic Fells Point

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

​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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June 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: 1

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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June 9, 2018: Action and Sports Photography

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $74
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field ShootingSports Photography
Spaces left: 9

Action photography is capturing images of life at the peak of excitement.  Whether the action is youth sports or other activities in everyday life, similar photographic skills and techniques are required to capture the action.

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June 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: 7

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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June 10, 2018: Franciscan Monastery Photo Safari

Time: 2:30 PM -5:00 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
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.

Class fee includes a per person donation to Monastery.

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June 16, 2018: Exploring Wildlife and Nature Adventure

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

The Patuxent National Wildlife Center offers beautiful landscape scenes, intimate nature elements and wildlife that finds the refuge’s lakes and forests their summer home.  Join nature and wildlife photography instructor Emily Carter Mitchell and explore nature at its finest.

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June 23, 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: 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 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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June 24, 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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June 30, 2018: National Zoo Field Shoot

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
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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July 10, 2018: Marine Corps Silent Drill Team Photo Safari

Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee: $79
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 10

Don't miss the opportunity to photograph breathtaking performance by the  US Marine Corps Silent Drill Team as they perform at the base of the Lincoln Memorial and then toss their bayoneted rifles end over end at each other! We'll also photograph around the various memorials in the area including the Lincoln and Korean Memorials.

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July 14, 2018: Lotus Blossoms at Kenilworth Gardens

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

Enjoy the graceful beauty of the Lotus blossoms and water lilies in their full glory at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.  We will visit the gardens for the early morning light, capturing dew laden lotus and other aquatic flowers. 

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July 15, 2018: Sunflowers at McKee-Beshers Marsh

Time: 6:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

Sunny Sunflower faces greet you in the early morning at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area. With wide sweeping fields of sunflowers, the possibilities are endless for the flower, nature and wildlife photographer. 

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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: 10

​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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