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April 22, 2018: Great Falls At Dawn

Time: 5:45AM - 8:45AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Roy Sewall
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Great Falls of the Potomac River is truly the greatest natural wonder of the DC area and there is no better time to photograph it than at dawn.

Join Professional Photographer and C&O Canal & Potomac River expert Roy Sewall, and learn how to shoot in low light, capture flowing water, exploit the rising sun, compose waterscapes and more.

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April 22, 2018: Birds of Prey and Wildlife Critters Field Shoot

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $104
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell and Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

POSTPONED FROM 4/7 DUE TO WEATHER

Join us and enjoy the opportunity to photograph raptors, amphibians and wildlife animals that might include a turtle, a snake, an owl, a hawk, a skunk, a bat and possibly an artic fox. Although these are all wild creatures, they are not able to be returned to nature, instead they are cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.

These beautiful creatures are amazing to watch let alone photograph. We'll be in a wooded setting and will have the opportunity to photograph each of them. The raptors will be tethered on a natural perch while the other critters will be held by the handler or on a leash on the ground.

Location: Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria

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April 25, 2018: Springtime In The Smokies Photo Workshop

Time: This is a multi-day event: April 25-29, 2018
Fee: $1175

Category: Travel Workshops
Spaces left: 1

Due to a recent cancellation, we now have 1 spot open.

Join us for this exciting spring workshop to Great Smoky Mountain National Park! This workshop is being timed to coincide with the peak spring wildflower season, we'll find the forest floor carpeted with a riot of wildflowers and the dogwood and redbud should also be at peak.  Additionally, all the streams and waterfalls running at a very high volume will make for even more photographic opportunities. If that weren't enough, this park offers great landscapes, charming historic buildings and settlements, bear, deer, coyote, turkey, songbirds and so much more. Join Steve Gettle and Marie Joabar in the Smokies during the peak springtime shooting season.

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April 28, 2018: National Zoo Field Shoot

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

This class is SOLD OUT. Please see the June 30 date.

Whether you’re planning an African safari or just want to learn how to photograph animals at the zoo or in your backyard, this class will help you capture more compelling images.

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April 29, 2018: DSLR Photography Basics

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 6

Appropriate for Mirrorless or DSLR cameras.

Today’s 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 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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May 5, 2018: Rock Creek Park Adventure

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $84
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Join us for an “Adventure” hike in beautifully wild yet local Rock Creek Park.  Expand your creative nature photography by getting off the beaten track and find the hidden treasures on the trail.

Along the rapids area of Rock Creek Park, the road is closed on the weekends, bringing peace and quiet along the water. With a meandering trail along the river this adventure allows us to slow down and create compelling compositions of bridges, granite boulders and flowing waters.

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May 5, 2018: Fair and Festival Photography at Flower Mart

Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

Join us and learn the techniques of photographing street fairs and festivals. Wearing an Official Event Photographer badge, participants will roam the All Hallows Guild Flower Mart at the National Cathedral capturing photos of the people enjoying various events.

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May 5, 2018: Smartphone Photography - Getting Started at the National Gallery of Art

Time: 11:30 AM - 3:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: Smartphone Photography
Spaces left: 5

Learn to use the camera that’s always with you and go beyond taking a simple snapshot to creating a photograph that’s an artistic expression unique to your vision. Join Michael Koren at the National Gallery of Art and tap into your creative side through mobile photography.

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May 6, 2018: Lightroom In A Day

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $149
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 4

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. This LINK will filter the classes so you can see them more easily.

Location: Falls Church

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May 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.

Today's 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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May 6, 2018: Exploring Street Photography

Time: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

This hands-on class will explore the unique aspects of the street photography genre and help you create compelling photographs that go beyond the ordinary snapshot.  Join Michael Koren for an afternoon learning pro level tips and techniques, privacy issues associated with street photography, as well as a hands-on session followed by an image review and feedback. 

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May 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: 4

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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May 12, 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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May 12, 2018: Getting Started in Bird Photography at the Maryland Zoo Baltimore

Time: 9:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Fee: $84
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

Join us at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and learn how to photograph birds in the wild. Learn the concepts of digital photography, field skills and equipment needed capture our feathered friends.  Designed for the beginning/novice photographer, this course will get you well on your way in photographing nature and wildlife at its best.

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May 12, 2018: Historic Waterford Field Shoot

Time: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

Spend the afternoon in the historic village of Waterford, Virginia, a National Historic Landmark. This quaint town in Loudoun County is located along Catoctin Creek and offers many photo opportunities, from historic homes and buildings, to beautifullly landscaped gardens and even an old church and a mill.

Through special access, we'll also have the unique opportunity to step back in time and photograph in the Second Street School, a one-room school house complete with late 1800's period props.

Fee includes a donation to the Historic Waterford Foundation.

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May 19, 2018: Horses in the Country

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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. Frolicking in the paddocks on a spring morning the horses and their gentle strength will bring character and personality to your images.

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May 19, 2018: Photoshop For Photographers

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $195
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 7

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 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: DC

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May 19, 2018: DSLR Photography Basics

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 15

Appropriate for DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras with manual exposure settings.

Today's 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: Falls Church

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May 19, 2018: Getting Started In Portraiture

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 1

Having the ability to take your own professional looking portraits can not only serve as a way to save some money on expensive studio portraits but can also be a way to beautifully document the people you love in a way that is meaningful to you and that represents your unique style of expression.

If you want to advance your portraiture skills and techniques and begin taking portrait images that are high in both quality and aesthetic, this class is for you. With the skills learned in this class, you will have full control over all the elements that go into making a successful portrait.

Location: Falls Church

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May 20, 2018: Early Morning at The Diyanet Center Mosque

Time: 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 9

Join Instructor E. David Luria and capture the striking architectural beauty of the Diyanet Center of America Mosque in Lanham, MD as it rises before you in the morning sun. For lovers of architectural photography in the DC area, this place is really “Mecca!” This safari will be a great opportunity to enrich your own architectural portfolio, while training you to photograph religious institutions in your travels to  other parts of the world

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May 20, 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: SOLD OUT!

This class is Sold Out, please see the June 16 date.

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: Falls Church

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May 20, 2018: Exploring Macro Photography

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

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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June 2, 2018: DSLR Photography Basics

Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 12

 Appropriate for DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras with manual exposure settings.

Today's 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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June 2, 2018: Natural Light Portraiture

Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Fee: $99

Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 5

Jump start your career as a portrait photographer and learn the essentials of using natural light and posing techniques. Part presentation and part hands-on, participants will come away with a solid foundation on positioning their subjects and using and modifying natural light to enhance them.

Location: DC

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June 3, 2018: Historic Fells Point

Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Greg Holden
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

​Join Greg Holden as we photograph through the streets of Fells Point.  We’ll explore the historic waterfront area photographing interesting people, historic buildings, boats, abstracts in the water and other opportunities that we find in the early morning light.

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June 3, 2018: Getting Started In Food Photography

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Fee: $159
Instructor: Renee Comet
Category: Learn from the Pro Lecture Series
Spaces left: 4

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 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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June 9, 2018: Waterfalls of The Patapsco Adventure

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 1

Maryland offers a variety of beautiful waterfalls that are just waiting to be discovered.  Join us for this “Adventure” hike through Cascade Falls in Patapsco Valley State Park and enjoy the meandering path along a babbling brook. Expand your creative nature photography by getting off the beaten track and find the hidden treasures on the trail.

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June 9, 2018: External Flash Made Easy

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 5

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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June 9, 2018: Action and Sports Photography

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $74
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field ShootingSports Photography
Spaces left: 9

Action photography is capturing images of life at the peak of excitement.  Whether the action is youth sports or other activities in everyday life, similar photographic skills and techniques are required to capture the action.

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June 9, 2018: Advanced External Flash Class

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

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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June 10, 2018: Antiques and Treasures in Lucketts Virginia

Time: 7:30 AM - 10:30AM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

The antiques stores in Lucketts offer unique collections of décor, furniture, and knickknacks, making them a goldmine for photographers. We will be shooting outdoors at two stores that offer distinctly different types of photographic opportunities. From quirky and creative to unusual and hip, you will find that the antiques have their own personality. If you like textures, patterns, and subjects with character, you'll have a great time at Lucketts.

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June 10, 2018: Franciscan Monastery Photo Safari

Time: 2:30 PM -5:00 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

If you have not been to the Franciscan Monastery, you are in for a treat! A little bit of Europe right here in DC, it is one of the great hidden treasures for architectural photography, a 93- year old Byzantine-style church modeled after Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia.

Outdoors we'll enjoy many photo opportunities capturing the monastery, its arcades, the beautiful gardens and sculptures. Moving indoors, learn the techniques of interior photography without flash and the use of color-correcting filters.

Class fee includes a per person donation to Monastery.

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June 16, 2018: Exploring Wildlife and Nature Adventure

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

The Patuxent National Wildlife Center offers beautiful landscape scenes, intimate nature elements and wildlife that finds the refuge’s lakes and forests their summer home.  Join nature and wildlife photography instructor Emily Carter Mitchell and explore nature at its finest.

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June 16, 2018: The Lightroom Develop Module In Depth

Time: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $149
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 6

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. Follow the link here to see all of the Editing and Post Processing classes.  

Location: DC

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June 16, 2018: Smartphone Photography - Getting Started at the American Indian Museum

Time: 11:15 AM - 3:15 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: Smartphone Photography
Spaces left: 10

Learn to use the camera that’s always with you and go beyond taking a simple snapshot to creating a photograph that’s an artistic expression unique to your vision. 
Join Michael Koren at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC and tap into your creative side through smartphone photography

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June 19, 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: 12

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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June 23, 2018: Fieldwork - Photography Basics in Old Town Alexandria

Time: 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Fee: $69
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

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 in Old Town Alexandria gives us plenty of photo opportunities to practice exposure settings and creative captures. We begin down by the waterfront capturing the details in the harbor area, we’d then photograph quaint shops and historic homes decorated with an autumn flair. We end at the Farmers Market in front of City Hall where we’ll find street scenes, colorful produce, flowers stalls and more.

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June 23, 2018: Lightroom In A Day

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $149
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 11

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: DC

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June 23, 2018: Creating Books with Lightroom’s Book Module

Time: 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Mel McNamara
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 9

Photographs can take us on a journey.  Learn to use the Book Module in Lightroom to create your own visual journey to share with friends, colleagues, and family or to sell.  We will explore in depth the Lightroom Book Module to create visual stories that we can then upload to Blurb’s website for you to make a book for yourself or to share with others.

Location: Falls Church

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June 24, 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.

Today's 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: FC

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June 24, 2018: Exploring Macro Photography

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

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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June 30, 2018: National Zoo Field Shoot

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 10

Whether you’re planning an African safari or just want to learn how to photograph animals at the zoo or in your backyard, this class will help you capture more compelling images.

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July 10, 2018: Marine Corps Silent Drill Team Photo Safari

Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee: $79
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 10

Don't miss the opportunity to photograph breathtaking performance by the  US Marine Corps Silent Drill Team as they perform at the base of the Lincoln Memorial and then toss their bayoneted rifles end over end at each other! We'll also photograph around the various memorials in the area including the Lincoln and Korean Memorials.

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July 14, 2018: Lotus Blossoms at Kenilworth Gardens

Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 10

Enjoy the graceful beauty of the Lotus blossoms and water lilies in their full glory at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.  We will visit the gardens for the early morning light, capturing dew laden lotus and other aquatic flowers. 

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July 14, 2018: DSLR Photography Basics

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Greg Holden
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 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. See all the DLSR classes at the General Classroom tab. 

Location: DC

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July 14, 2018: Getting Started In Portraiture

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 10

Having the ability to take your own professional looking portraits can not only serve as a way to save some money on expensive studio portraits but can also be a way to beautifully document the people you love in a way that is meaningful to you and that represents your unique style of expression.

If you want to advance your portraiture skills and techniques and begin taking portrait images that are high in both quality and aesthetic, this class is for you. With the skills learned in this class, you will have full control over all the elements that go into making a successful portrait.

Location: DC

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July 15, 2018: Sunflowers at McKee-Beshers Marsh

Time: 6:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

Sunny Sunflower faces greet you in the early morning at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area. With wide sweeping fields of sunflowers, the possibilities are endless for the flower, nature and wildlife photographer. 

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July 15, 2018: The Lightroom Library In Depth

Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fee: $149
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 7

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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July 26, 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:

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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July 28, 2018: Seeing in Black and White

Time: 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Greg Holden
Category: Editing/Post ProcessingGeneral Classroom
Spaces left: 10

Join Greg Holden and learn how to see, capture and process black and white images. From an image rich presentation, to time photographing in the field "seeing" color in black and white, to using Lightroom's powerful editing tools to convert your files, this class will help you create more compelling monochrome images.

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July 29, 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. See all the DLSR classes at the General Classroom tab. 

Location: Falls Church

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July 29, 2018: Family and Children Photography

Time: 2:30 PM - 6:00PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 8

Photographing families and children can be both meaningful and artistically rewarding as well as financially beneficial. Family portraiture is a beautiful way to celebrate the gift of togetherness, strengthen relational bonds, build self-esteem in children, and document the family unit.

Whether photographing children for the family album or creating timeless portraits for future generations to enjoy, this class will help you build the skills necessary to achieve your goals. 

Location: Falls Church

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August 4, 2018: Lightroom In A Day

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $149
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 11

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: DC

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August 11, 2018: External Flash Made Easy

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 10

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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August 11, 2018: Advanced External Flash Class

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 8

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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August 12, 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 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: DC

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August 18, 2018: Library of Congress Photo Safari

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $74
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 10

​Join instructor E. David Luria, at one of the most beautiful buildings in the nation’s capital, ​the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.  We’ll photograph its beautiful exterior and then move indoors and capture the ornate interiors and grand staircases as the afternoon sun falls on the exterior and spills into the Great Hall interior. 

At each point on the safari, tips on low-light and mixed-light photography, taking pictures of the vaulting ceilings in the Great Hall, and how to use wide-angle lenses to maintain straight verticals will be discussed as well as techniques of composition, exposure and lighting.

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October 16, 2018: Tuscany Photography Workshop

Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: $3690
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: Travel Workshops
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Join Marie Joabar in Tuscany, Italy from October 16 to 24, 2018 for an exciting 8 days photographing this picturesque region! This workshop is offered through Il Chiostro at their annual Autumn Arts Festival held at the Dievole Chianti Classico Winery.

Historic walled cities, charming villages, sprawling wineries and ancient cathedrals, these are just some of the places we will visit on this fall photography workshop in beautiful Tuscany. Italy is gorgeous any time of year but autumn provides some of the best photographic opportunities and we’ll enjoy capturing them all.

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