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Smartphone Photography - Getting Started at the Air and Space Museum in DC

Smartphone Photography - Getting Started at the Air and Space Museum in DC

Learn to use the camera that’s always with you and go beyond taking a simple snapshot to creating a photograph that’s an artistic expression unique to your vision. Join Michael Koren at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in Washington DC and tap into your creative side through smartphone photography.

Using our phone cameras, we’ll explore the halls of the world’s best and largest museum of aviation and space artifacts. Highlights of the museum in the Nation’s Capital include the Wright Flyer, Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis and the Apollo 11 splashdown module. The museum is huge, covering more than 161,000 square feet of the National Mall (a little more than 3.5 acres). Inside are about 110 spacecraft and aircraft along with thousands of smaller objects, including a moon rock you can touch. The museum presents great photographic opportunities for architecture, still life, people and other shots that are perfect for phone photography.

We’ll start with the basics of learning to use a smartphone camera and review the settings for optimal image capture to pro tips and techniques of exposure, composition and focus that produce the best results.

The number of photography apps available seems endless and can be very confusing when trying to choose what to purchase.  Michael will cover some of the most exciting apps for image capture and processing used by mobile photographers worldwide so you can achieve your artistic vision. 

This class is designed for users of iOS and Android mobile devices.  The list of apps (Snapseed, Lightroom CC (for mobile) and others) will be included in your confirmation letter and should run no more than $5 

Topics include:

•              Proper techniques and settings for smartphone image capture
•              Tips and techniques for using phone’s native camera
•              Learn exciting capture and editing apps 
•              Hands-on capture and editing
•              Image critique and feedback

For more information about the Air and Space Museum, visit their website,

Participants will need to bring a fully charged smartphone. A charger is a good idea too as photos quickly drain the batteries.

Class limit: 10

Instructor: Michael Koren

Michael Koren

Michael Koren is a free-lance sports and event photographer in the Washington/Baltimore metro area specializing in youth sports game-time action and team portraits.  Prior to this Michael worked professionally shooting model portfolios, corporate portraits, product photography for catalogs, and client advertising campaigns.

Michael’s passion for photography is shared through his skill as a photography educator.  Michael teaches classes at Montgomery College on a variety of photographic topics from mobile photography to street photography. Additionally, he has served as President and Education Chair of the Silver Spring Camera Club in Maryland.  He has led numerous seminars and workshops for the Camera Club, Ritz Camera, Calumet and the former Washington School of Photography with topics ranging from beginner photography to hands-on advanced level workshops and classes.

Visit Michael’s website to learn more.

Michael teaches the following classes for Captial Photogaphy Center

Mobile Phone Photography

Street Photography

Action Photography

Date: March 18 2018

Time: 10:15 AM - 2:15 PM




600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560

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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.