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

Botanical Art at the Rawlings Conservatory

Botanical Art at the Rawlings Conservatory

Escape the winter chill and spend the moring in a tropical oasis at the Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland. Built in 1888, the Conservatory is celebrating its 125th birthday this year and offers a wide variety of plantings from throughout the world.

Join Emily Carter Mitchell in learning how to develop an artistic eye with flowers and greenery as your subject. Learn how to create compelling Botanical Art images with close-up photography and what equipment is used.  Gain a deeper understanding in your camera settings in varied lighting conditions and how subject framing and background selection influences your compositional choices. 

Topics include:

  • How to create strong Botanical Art images.
  • Equipment used for close-up photography.
  • Technical aspects including camera settings, the histogram, understanding light and composition.

Additional tools for botanical photography will be shared including reflectors, diffusers and backgrounds, extension tubes and Lensbaby for Canon users.

Recommended Equipment: Digital camera with a zoom lens of 16-300mm is ideal.  A tripod and shutter release cable are essential - if you don’t have a shutter release, the camera’s self-timer can be used. 

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Class Limit: 10

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: February 02 2019

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm




3100 Swann Drive Baltimore, MD 21217

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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.