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

Exploring Wildlife and Nature Adventure

Exploring Wildlife and Nature Adventure

Join nature and wildlife photography instructor Emily Carter Mitchell at the National Wildlife Visitors Center at Patuxent Research Refuge Center – South Tract and explore nature at its finest.

The National Wildlife Center offers beautiful landscape scenes, intimate nature elements and wildlife that finds the refuge’s lakes and forests their summer home. Beginning at the visitor’s center we’ll learn how to construct strong landscape scenes, and how to visually design natural elements.

We will then begin our adventure and be in search for wildlife while developing our eye for discovering the hidden surprises within the landscape. Come out and enjoy nature and continue to improve on both your technical skills as well as developing an eye for creating strong compositions with a variety of subjects. While any camera is suitable for this photography adventure, a DSLR with a focal range of 24 – 300mm will offer a variety of captures.

Class limit: 9

What People Are Saying About Emily

“Thoroughly enjoyed the class, Emily is a wonderful instructor and I learned a lot! I really appreciate her taking the time working with me on lighting and composition even though I had a smaller compact camera. I'll look forward to taking other classes she teaches!"

"Emily was terrific.  She gave explicit details re: camera settings, light, composition, and point of view.  She was very patient and gave individual attention.  I appreciated the opportunity to learn from her."

"Emily provided great instruction ahead of time, with tips and ideas. She was wonderful at making sure that everyone got the attention they needed and got real time feedback and help. Emily is awesome!"

Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell

Emily Carter Mitchell

Emily Carter Mitchell is an outdoor photography enthusiast well known for her bird, nature and wildlife photography. With over 20 years in the travel and hospitality industry, the sense of adventure and discovering lesser known destinations continue to inspire Emily’s photographic endeavors.

As a gifted photographer and avid birder in the DELMARVA area, time and patience has given her the insight in understanding the behaviors and characteristics of the avian world. Capturing a moment that expresses personality and a sense of humanity within the natural world brings one closer to nature.

Emily is a published photojournalist and her work can be seen in the Bay Weekly, on numerous book covers and smart device apps. Her blog, Hoof Beats and Foot Prints blog is internationally recognized and showcases her beautiful images and insights on nature.

Emily teaches the birding, wildlife and the Adventures On The Trails classes for Capital Photography Center.

Date: June 16 2018

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM




National Wildlife Visitors Center at Patuxent Research Center South Tract
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD 20708

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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.