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

Horses in the Country

Horses in the Country

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.

Heading out to Maryland’s sweeping farmland, we will spend time at Days End Farm. Since 1989, Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) has gone from a small non-profit sheltering a few horses to a full-scale, well-respected national rescue and rehabilitation facility sheltering 110 to 150 horses annually.

Grazing in their paddocks on a spring morning the horses and their gentle strength will bring character and personality to your images. The facility offers several barn scenes, perfect for capturing farm life in the country.

Photographing any pet or large animal is challenging as they are in constant motion. We’ll learn what camera settings to use to freeze their movement and then to selectively show motion. We will then get up close and personal with the horses to create compelling images of these magnificent beasts.

Entering in the barn area we’ll work with mixed lighting conditions that will help us learn how to manage low light situations with our cameras.

Topics included:

•   Camera settings for pet and animal photography
•   How to work with a variety of light sources and understanding metering
•   Apply the selection of apertures and ISO settings to maximize composition and exposure
•   Developing an eye for creative compositions from broad views to small details in the scene

While any camera is appropriate for this class, a DSLR camera with a variety of lenses will be beneficial. It is recommended to bring your camera manual, extra battery and memory card. 

Fee includes $10 donation to the Rescue efforts.

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: May 19 2018

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM




Days End Farm, 1372 Woodbine Rd, Woodbine, MD 21797

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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.