2017, September 16: Fieldwork - Photography Basics - Around The U.S. Capitol

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.

We’ll review the exposure settings and then photograph around our location and practice using various settings to achieve the look you want in the image.

We'll be working with you to reinforce:

  • Camera Controls
  • ISO Settings
  • Controlling motion with Shutter Speeds
  • Depth of Field and setting the aperture for the 'look' you want
  • White Balance
  • Composition - Framing an interesting photograph

Our location around the Capitol provides plenty of photo opportunities. Taking advantage of the early morning light, we’ll capture the Capitol building from different locations and we'll also find postcard landscape scenes, people and street scenes, water fountains and more. Join us and come away with stronger skills for setting exposure and capturing exciting images that you’re proud to show off.

Any camera with the Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or Manual modes is appropriate. Bring your camera and any or all of your lenses. We’ll work with what you have in your bag. 

Other items to have on hand; an extra battery and memory card, your camera manual and a circular polarizer if you have one. You’re welcome to bring a tripod but it is not required. If you bring it, we’ll show you how to use it and help you get some longer exposure images of the Bartholdi Fountain at the nearby Bartholdi Park.

Please note: It is assumed you have already taken a Basics class and are already somewhat familiar with Aperture or Shutter Priority modes or the Manual exposure mode. We will not be able to introduce you to this material at this class.

What People Are Saying:

“Marie is very friendly and was able to put herself in the mind of the beginner using clear and concise communication!”

“Marie clearly knows photography and comes from a technical perspective, but she has a talent for translating that technical information into understandable content and not everyone can do that! She was terrific!”

“The instructor made the class so interesting that it did not appear to be a four-hour class!”

“Marie struck the perfect balance of knowing her stuff and being non-intimidating!"

Class 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