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

Sports Photography - Hoyas Basketball vs Marquette

Sports Photography - Hoyas Basketball vs Marquette

Join Pro Sports Photographer Mitchell Layton and enjoy shooting the nationally ranked Hoyas basketball team take on Marquette at the Capital One Center. We'll be courtside shooting right along side the pros… up close and personal!

Learn what it’s like to shoot the game the way Sports Illustrated does; with strobes up high in the catwalks triggered by the cameras below to capture amazing color and action.

Before the game, Mitchell will take participants up to the catwalk and show how to set up the strobes and how to work them top to bottom. Each participant will then have the opportunity to shoot a portion of the game with the strobes.

Mitchell lays the groundwork for shooting basketball. He’ll help you set your camera to the most effective settings and will offer his advice on the following:

  • Exposure settings 
  • White Balance & Lighting
  • What makes a great shot  
  • Looking at the moment
  • Using strobes for basketball
  • Understanding and using arena strobe lighting

Price of the class covers entry to the game but does not cover parking or food.

Recommended Equipment:

  • A monopod is recommended if you are using a long lens of 300mm or more. Do not bring a tripod.
  • A telephoto lens with focal range of 80 to 200mm, a 300mm lens can work but the action is pretty close for this range.
  • Wide angle lenses in the range of 18 to 50mm will be useful for full court shots.
  • Consider renting lenses, we recommend F8 Rentals
  • Bring plenty of memory cards and an extra battery.
  • Camera needs to have a PC connector (to trigger the lights).

Note - Game time is at 7:00pm but we start at the class at 5:00am.

Class Limit: 2

What People Are Saying About Mitchell

"The class with Mitchell was fantastic! He is an excellent teacher and just a very nice guy! He made the extra effort to teach us how to get the best shots and what to look for during the game. I could not ask for more. It was money well spent to say the least."

“I had such a great time – I’m not sure what more Mitchell could have done to make it better.  I had high expectations and you exceeded them!”

“I had an absolute blast and learned so much!  Having someone of Mitchell's stature take the time to teach and talk with us is just phenomenal.  I am so excited to continue practicing the techniques and skills he taught and can not wait to learn more… The class size was just right too!  Great one on one opportunities!”

"The perfect training course for those interested in understanding how difficult, yet rewarding sports photography can be."

Instructor: Mitchell Layton

Mitchell Layton

​Long standing relationships with the Washington Nationals, George Washington University, American University, Georgetown University and the Verizon Center have established Mitchell as the area's leading sports photographer.  

In addition to his work with local sports teams, Mitchell has had the opportunity to cover three Olympic games, as well as every major sporting event in the United States including, but not limited to Super Bowls, Stanley Cup Finals, NCAA Championships and World Series.  His work appears regularly on sports web sites that include Sports,, and, as well as in many print publications that are read worldwide. His photographs have appeared in Sports Illustrated, ESPN: The Magazine, USA Today, Time, Newsweek and National Geographic.

In recent years, his work has been a part of an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery that documented the changing neighborhood around the then, newly built, Verizon Center.   Having been part of the Washington D.C. and Baltimore sports world for over 35 years, Mitchell has distinguished himself as a well established and well respected photographer known for his creativity, reliability and long term dedication to service. More of his work can be viewed on his website, His photos are represented by Getty Images and can also be viewed on their website.

Date: February 28 2018

Time: 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM




Capital One Center, 601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Cancellation Policy:

  • A refund or a credit towards another class (less a $20 processing fee) can be given if cancellation notice is given more than 5 business days from the scheduled class.
  • If there is no cancellation notice, or it is given 5 business days or less, no refund or credit will be given.
  • Requests to reschedule a class will incur a $20 processing fee provided notice is given more than 5 business days prior to the class. If request to reschedule is given less than business 5 days prior to the class, no refund or credit will be given.
  • If Capital Photography Center cancels or postpones a class due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future class.