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December 18, 2017: A Photo Safari at the National Gallery of Art

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Fee: $69
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
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One of the great blessings of living in the Washington DC area is the National Gallery of Art and the priceless treasures it often brings to the public, free of charge! And their latest gift to us is a spectacular exhibit of paintings by the famous 17th  century Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer. Entitled “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting.”, this new exhibit brings together almost 70 paintings made between 1655 to 1680 of the Dutch Golden Age. The exhibit opened on October 22, 2017, and it only runs until January 21, 2018. Best of all, photography is allowed!

Scheduled for a weekday to avoid large weekend crowds.

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December 19, 2017: Garden of Lights at the Mormon Temple Photo Safari

Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Fee: $79
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

​The Mormon Temple in Kensington, MD puts on a spectacular display of lights during the holiday season. These lights and the unique architecture of the Temple itself at night make for great photography.

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December 19, 2017: Meadowlark’s Winter Walk Of Lights

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee: $69
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

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Meadowlark Garden’s Winter Walk of Lights features 500,000 lights and colorful holiday displays and is a special treat to photograph.  Join instructor Corey Hilz for a special evening wandering among this vibrant and whimsical wonderland.

Our class begins with Corey discussing the strategies for night photography and how to best capture the displays and colorful lights. You will learn what camera settings to use to capture high quality images, with special attention on White Balance, ISO and Autofocus. Focusing in the dark can a challenge and Corey will share tips and techniques that will improve your focusing accuracy.

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December 21, 2017: Meadowlark’s Winter Walk Of Lights

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee: $69
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 1

Meadowlark Garden’s Winter Walk of Lights features 500,000 lights and colorful holiday displays and is a special treat to photograph.  Join instructor Corey Hilz for a special evening wandering among this vibrant and whimsical wonderland.

Our class begins with Corey discussing the strategies for night photography and how to best capture the displays and colorful lights. You will learn what camera settings to use to capture high quality images, with special attention on White Balance, ISO and Autofocus. Focusing in the dark can a challenge and Corey will share tips and techniques that will improve your focusing accuracy.

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December 23, 2017: Sports Photography - Hoyas Basketball vs Alabama A&T

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Fee: $325
Instructor: Mitchell Layton
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Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Join Pro Sports Photographer Mitchell Layton and enjoy shooting the Georgetown vs. Alabama A&T game. Here’s your chance to shoot college basketball courtside using arena strobe lighting.

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December 28, 2017: Ducks On The Mall In DC

Time: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Each winter, thousands of ducks call the Chesapeake Bay area their home. Surprisingly, one of their favorite places to spend the winter is on the Washington Mall in Constitution Gardens. Accustomed to many visitors at the pond, they are easily accessible for photography.

Join us in the city and enjoy these wild ducks with the Washington Monument overlooking. You’ll enjoy several different species of ducks and quickly improve your bird photography skills.

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January 6, 2018: DSLR Photography Basics

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Appropriate for DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras with manual exposure settings.

Todays digital cameras offer the photographer a wealth of tools that can lead to wonderful photographs and understanding the exposure settings allows you, not the camera, to craft the photo you envision. Take your camera off of Auto and take control!  Join Marie Joabar for an informative class covering exposure control, depth of field, lens choices, composition and more. 

This class is offered on other dates and locations. Follow the link here to see all of the DSLR Photography Basics and other General Classroom classes. 

Location: DC

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January 6, 2018: DSLR Photography Basics-Afternoon

Time: 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Greg Holden
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 5

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Appropriate for DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras with manual exposure settings.

Todays digital cameras offer the photographer a wealth of tools that can lead to wonderful photographs and understanding the exposure settings allows you, not the camera, to craft the photo you envision. Take your camera off of Auto and take control!  Join Greg Holden for an informative class covering exposure control, depth of field, lens choices, composition and more.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. Follow the link here to see all of the DSLR Photography Basics and other General Classroom classes. 

Location: DC

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January 13, 2018: The Lightroom Library In Depth

Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fee: $149
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 3

Lightroom is the industry standard for amateurs and professional photographers alike for organizing and editing our images. At the heart of this powerful image management program lies the Library Module where we import, organize, sort, rate and tag our images.

Spend a day with Marie Joabar learning the Library Module in-depth covering the various options for importing images into your catalog to exporting images and everything in between, allowing you to set up and understand a system that keeps your images organized and easy to find. 

If you prefer to learn the Lightroom Library and Develop Module all in one day, consider our Lightroom In A Day class offered monthly.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. Follow the link here to see all of the Editing and Post Processing classes. 

Location: DC

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January 13, 2018: The Small Studio

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $195
Instructor: Roy Sewall
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 1

Shooting in a studio provides a special opportunity to control light for portraits and full-body photography and is something that can easily be set up in the home.

Learn what's involved to make a small studio and how to equip it with the right gear. Spend the morning with Professional Photographer Roy Sewall exploring his small studio which has helped him create some truly unique photographs of people.

This class is offered on other dates. Follow the link here to see all of the Lighting and Flash classes.

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January 14, 2018: Early Morning Light At Washington National Cathedral

Time: 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

The beautiful National Cathedral is a great place to hone your skills in architectural and church photography. And one of the best times to do it is in the early morning light especially in the winter months.  When the sun is low in the southern sky, its beams pour through the south-facing stained glass windows of the Nave, projecting a riot of colors from these windows onto the grey stone columns, walls, and floors of the cathedral.

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January 19, 2018: College Sports - Wrestling at American Univ. vs. Navy

Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee: $120
Instructor: Mitchell Layton
Category: Sports Photography
Spaces left: 3

Join Mitchell Layton and learn what it takes to be a Pro Sports Photographer shooting at the American University Wrestling match against Navy.

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January 20, 2018: Photoshop For Photographers

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $195
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 9

Join Corey Hilz for a day of hands on Photoshop training geared towards the new or limited experience Photoshop user. 

The class begins with an introduction to the Photoshop workspace and then explores techniques that only Photoshop offers, such as layers, masks, selections and creating composites.  Photoshop's most exciting techniques require the use of layers so ample time is spent explaining how they operate and why you would want to use them.

Location: FC

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January 20, 2018: Botanical Art at the Rawlings Conservatory

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Fee: $89
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

Escape the winter chill and spend the morning 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.

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January 21, 2018: DSLR Photography Basics

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 3

Appropriate for Mirrorless or DSLR cameras.

Digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) cameras offer the photographer a wealth of tools that can lead to wonderful photographs and understanding the exposure settings allows you, not the camera, to craft the photo you envision. Take your camera off of Auto and take control! Join Corey Hilz for an informative morning about all things SLR: exposure control, depth of field, lens choices, composition and more.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. Follow the link here to see all of the DSLR Photography Basics and other General Classroom classes.

Location: Falls Church

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January 21, 2018: Getting Started In Food Photography

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Fee: $159
Instructor: Renee Comet
Category: Learn from the Pro Lecture Series
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Join us at Renee Comet’s professional studio as she offers her tips and techniques for getting started in food photography. Renee will share her creative process in an image rich presentation and will discuss the technical details, equipment basics and creative aspects to consider to help you develop your own vision.

Bonnie Benwick of the Washington Post Food section will be joining Renee at the class as a special guest instructor.

This class now includes a hands-on shooting session. Participants break into small groups and practice photographing various food set-ups and lighting conditions. 

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January 21, 2018: Composition at The National Gallery of Art

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $74
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 9

Photography, like painting, is all about composition:  the symmetry, the balance, the leading lines, the framing, the perspective, the points of interest in the image that draw the viewer’s eye. So this safari is all about training you to see and capture good composition in your photographs. This will help you become a more astute critic of your own photos by studying and documenting works of the masters.

We also teach you how to shoot artwork in low-light situations without flash or tripod, getting the right exposure and white balance.

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January 27, 2018: External Flash Made Easy

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 2

Learn how to get the most out of your external flash unit. The class will help you understand the modes and functions of your flash, as well as how aperture, shutter speed and ISO affect your flash photos. From adjusting the power of the flash to choosing how to position the flash, this class will help you become more skilled when using your external flash unit. 

This class is appropriate for ALL BRANDS: Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Pentax, Sony, etc.

Location: DC

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January 27, 2018: Advanced External Flash Class

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 3

Take your flash skills to the next level by expanding your creative options in the studio and on location. Learn to use your external flash off-camera (wirelessly or wired) and how to use multiple flashes.

We will also cover working with light modifiers for greater control and shaping the lighting on your subject. This class is appropriate for all brands, Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc.

Location: DC

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January 28, 2018: Lightroom In A Day

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $149
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 3

Learn Lightroom in a day with instructor Corey Hilz. We'll look at the 2 most powerful modules, the Library and the Develop Modules. This class is designed to make Lightroom easy to understand and put you in control of all it has to offer. It will cover your workflow from beginning to end: from importing and organizing to adjusting, sharing and exporting your images.

If you prefer to learn at a slower pace consider the Lightroom Library In-Depth class and the Lightroom Develop Module In-Depth class offered every other month.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. Follow the link here to see all of the Editing and Post Processing classes.

Location: FC

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January 28, 2018: Fieldwork - Photography Basics at U.S. Botanical Gardens

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $69
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 1

This class is designed for those who have taken any of the Photography Basics classes and want the opportunity to work in the field to reinforce the material covered in the classroom. We’ve encouraged you to leave the Auto settings behind and to shoot in the Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or Manual modes so now it’s time for some hands-on.

Our location is the U.S. Botanical Gardens Conservatory which gives us plenty of photo opportunities to practice exposure settings and creative captures. Join us and come away with stronger skills for setting exposure and capturing exciting images that you’re proud to show off.

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January 28, 2018: Real Estate and Architectural Photography

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 6

Good pictures sell houses and condominiums via the web, or in brochures and publications. This class, designed for people wishing to photograph their own homes or real state agents shooting listed properties, is taught by professional architectural photographer, E. David Luria, and will take place in a private home, providing hands-on training in exterior and interior architectural photography.

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January 29, 2018: Take Your Photography To The Next Level

Time: 7:30 PM -9:30 PM
Fee: $74
Instructor: Roy Sewall
Category: Learn from the Pro Lecture Series
Spaces left: 8

People always tell you your photos are great but in your mind, you know they could be better.  Perhaps you are entering competitions but not winning, or not winning as often as you’d like. You’re close but you need some guidance and direction on what to do to get your photography to the next level.  Join Roy Sewall for an insightful presentation on how to do just that.

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February 3, 2018: B&O Railroad Museum Field Shoot

Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Fee: $89
Instructor: Greg Holden
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 9

​Expand your portfolio while creating artistic images of Historic Trains in the Baltimore Round House Train Museum, outside on the train depot and in the restoration building. Get out of program mode and begin to meter manually. Learn how to make creative exposures with selective focus and aperture selection. Understand how to meter light and capture the best exposure possible.

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February 8, 2018: Getting Started in Event Photography

Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: Learn from the Pro Lecture Series
Spaces left: 8

Are you the person they turn to in the office when there is a birthday party, an awards ceremony, a visit by the Chairman of the Board. Why?  Because you are the ONLY person who knows how to operate the office camera!  So bring your camera (or the office camera), plus all your lenses and your flash unit and join us on a special safari that will train you to take more professional pictures of office events AND will help you turn those pictures into images that tell a STORY to make your PR Director happy.

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February 10, 2018: The Lightroom Develop Module In Depth

Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fee: $149
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 2

Designed exclusively for photographers, the Adobe Lightroom Develop Module offers incredible tools for editing our digital images. Join Marie Joabar as she provides in-depth explanations of these tools and shows you various ways to edit your photos whether you shoot Raw or JPEG.

If you prefer to learn the Lightroom Library and Develop Module all in one day, consider our Lightroom In A Day class offered monthly.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. Follow the link here to see all of the Editing and Post Processing classes. 

Location: DC

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February 11, 2018: DSLR Photography Basics

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 16

Appropriate for DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras with manual exposure settings.

Todays digital cameras offer the photographer a wealth of tools that can lead to wonderful photographs and understanding the exposure settings allows you, not the camera, to craft the photo you envision. Take your camera off of Auto and take control!  Join Marie Joabar for an informative class covering exposure control, depth of field, lens choices, composition and more. 

This class is offered on other dates and locations. Follow the link here to see all of the DSLR Photography Basics and other General Classroom classes. 

Location: Falls Church

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February 11, 2018: Twilight at National Airport Photo Safari

Time: 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Fee: $74
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 11

The huge picture windows, the Jeffersonian-style arching domes, and the built-in artwork of architect Cesar Pelli’s $300 million Terminal B/C at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport provide many opportunities for good exterior and interior architectural photography. And the BEST time of day to capture all of this is at twilight, that period of deep blue-sky lighting which takes place shortly after sunset.

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February 17, 2018: The Digital Art Room

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 8

Capturing an image with your camera is just the beginning of creating a digital work of art. This class will bring out the artist within you and help you tap into your creative side.

Go beyond Lightroom and learn a variety of post processing techniques that can bring your digital images to life. From painterly effect techniques, to working with textures to filters and slow shutter speeds, you’ll learn to see what’s before you and envision a more creative rendition before you even snap the shutter. 

Location: Falls Church

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February 22, 2018: Photography As A Second Career

Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: Learn from the Pro Lecture Series
Spaces left: 9

With careful planning while you keep your day job, you CAN turn your hobby and your love of photography into a lucrative profession. Many people facing retirement, reduced pensions or job layoffs have successfully become full-time or part-time photographers, earning significant income with their photo skills.

We'll explore ways to make a successful transition looking at such options as shooting for stock, events, weddings, portraits, sports,  food, pets and more.

Location: DC

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February 24, 2018: Exploring Macro Photography

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

Small subjects or little pieces of a larger subject are fascinating to explore with your camera. This class will teach you about the technical and creative aspects of successful close-ups. Find out how to work with different natural lighting conditions, as well what equipment is most useful. The skills you will learn can be applied to any subject of macro photography, at home or in the field.

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February 25, 2018: Lightroom In A Day

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $149
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 7

Learn Lightroom in a day with instructor Corey Hilz. We'll look at the 2 most powerful modules, the Library and the Develop Modules. This class is designed to make Lightroom easy to understand and put you in control of all it has to offer. It will cover your workflow from beginning to end: from importing and organizing to adjusting, sharing and exporting your images.

If you prefer to learn at a slower pace consider the Lightroom Library In-Depth class and the Lightroom Develop Module In-Depth class offered every other month.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. Follow the link here to see all of the Editing and Post Processing classes.

Location: Falls Church

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March 11, 2018: DSLR Photography Basics

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 12

Appropriate for DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras with manual exposure settings.

Todays digital cameras offer the photographer a wealth of tools that can lead to wonderful photographs and understanding the exposure settings allows you, not the camera, to craft the photo you envision. Take your camera off of Auto and take control!  Join Marie Joabar for an informative class covering exposure control, depth of field, lens choices, composition and more.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. See all the DLSR classes at the General Classroom tab. 

Location: DC

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