2017, January 22: B&O Railroad Museum

“​The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum possesses the oldest, most historic and most comprehensive American railroad collections in the world. Dating from the beginning of American railroading, the collection contains locomotives and rolling stock, historic buildings, and small objects that document the impact of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) on the growth and development of early railroading and cover almost every aspect of an industry that left a permanent mark on the folklore and culture of America.” (From the B&O Museum website).

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 maintenance restoration building.

Get out of program mode and begin to meter manually.  We’ll work on creative compositions and exposures.

  • Learn how to make creative exposures with selective focus and aperture selection.
  • Understand how to meter light and capture the best exposure possible.
  • Capture details of the hand crafted Iron Horses with your macro lens.
  • Capture the magnificent ceiling of the Round House with a wide angle lens.
  • Explore light as it falls through the grand windows casting dramatic shadows on the round house floor.
  • Focus on the amazing colors and patterns of oxidization on the trains in the yard.
  • and if you have time, take a ride on a train after the shoot!

Bring a tripod, your camera manual, and a full range of lenses. It is also advisable to bring extra batteries and memory, and wear comfortable shoes. 

The admission into the museum is NOT included in the class fee. The current rate is Adults - $18  Seniors (60+) - $16.  Parking is free. For more information visit the museum website at: http://www.borail.org/Hours.aspx

What People Are Saying:

“I appreciate Karen’s ability to tailor the information for the specific class audience and to work easily with multiple experience levels.  She’s also just ‘good people.’ Five stars!”

"Loved the workshop!  Karen is a great teacher - knowledgeable, clear, organized, personable, helpful."

Instructor: Karen L. Messick

As the past president of the Baltimore Camera Club and an award-winning photographer, Karen has been capturing images for the last 20 years. Her creative sense of design, color, composition and placement of subject elements is striking. The patterns in her nature close-ups are refreshing and energizing.

Karen leads photo workshops throughout the United States and also lectures on composition, design and photographic principles in the greater Washington D.C. and Baltimore area. She has written instructional articles and had portfolio pieces published in Nature Photographer Magazine and is currently a field contributor for Nature Photographer Magazine.

She is exceptional with her skills with the iPhone and has given lectures and taught classes on iPhone Imaging for many organizations throughout the area. Her iPhone images have been published in iPhoneLife Magazine and are for sale by Aurora Stock Photography.

Her work can be seen on display in various galleries in Seattle, Baltimore, and on the Eastern Shore. Visit Karen’s website and enjoy her blog at www.KarenLMessickPhotography.com.

Karen teaches the following classes Capital Photography Center:

  • HDR Photography
  • iPhone Photography
  • Historic Fells Point
  • Scenic Annapolis Harbor
  • Macro at Baltimore Conservatory
  • And many more