2017, May 6: Fair and Festival Photography at Flower Mart

When you travel, the best pictures you bring home are often candid shots of people enjoying themselves, laughing, eating, playing games, having fun!

But getting those shots is not always easy.  How do you get in low and tight and close, without violating people's personal space?  What kind of camera and lens do you need to do that kind of photography?

Help is on the way, at the All Hallows Guild Flower Mart held at the National Cathedral. This annual event brings together people from all over the Metro DC area. All Hallows Guild is giving us special permission and access this year, allowing each of our participants to have an "Official Event Photographer" badge that will allow us to roam around the event and take pictures of people enjoying themselves, from browsing the flower and crafts stalls to the colorful food vendors to the kiddie rides and more.

Our class begins with an orientation on outdoor event photography tips, camera settings and camera use. Instructor Marie Joabar will then guide participants through the events of the fair working with each person to get the best shots.

Any camera will do, but for best results we suggest a DSLR or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses and a multi-purpose zoom lens such as 18-200 or 16-300 for quick lens work.  Super wides like a 10-20 or an 11-16 are also very useful in this type of work. Also recommended (but not required) is an auxiliary flash unit mounted on the camera's hot shoe. We'll will show you how to use it to get the best effect. 

Limit: 8

Instructor: Marie Joabar

Drawing on more than 12 years experience as the Corporate Trainer and Education Programs Manager for one of the Washington DC area’s leading camera retailers, Marie Joabar founded Capital Photography Center in January 2012.

With a talented staff of instructors and a wide variety of classes, its mission is to help those with a love of photography grow their passion and reach their goals - be it to capture better snapshots or become a professional photographer.

As an instructor herself, Marie finds just the right way to take complicated concepts and technology, and break the information down into easy-to-understand nuggets to share with others. Whether teaching photography basics or helping one better understand their camera, she works to take away one’s intimidation or sense of overwhelming that often accompanies learning new things so they can begin enjoying the craft and develop their skills.

Marie is also very active in the Shenandoah Valley where she teaches photography classes for Shenandoah County and writes the Shared Exposures photography column for “The Mountain Courier.” Her photos can be found in various print and online publications for the Shenandoah County Department of Tourism and have been published in various local magazines and newspapers.

She is a member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) and VECCA (Valley Educational Center for the Creative Arts).

Marie teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

  • SLR Photography - The Basics
  • Fieldwork - Photography Basics
  • Understanding your Nikon D7000s
  • The Lightroom Library Module - In Depth
  • The Lightroom Develop Module - In Depth
  • And more