2017, March 26: Early Morning Cherry Blossoms Photo Shoot

The Tidal Basin in the early morning light is a special place and surrounded with Cherry Blossoms even more so. Spend the morning capturing the photos to prove it.

We'll begin photographing the Jefferson against the royal blue sky of civil twilight and framed with cherry blossoms. From there we’ll work our way around the Tidal Basin, capturing the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument from many vantage points all framed by the cherry blossoms in the beautiful early morning light.

At each point along the way, we'll cover exposure settings, composition considerations and tips for dynamic photos.

All skill levels welcome (but participants should have some familiarity with their camera and the settings).

For best results, bring a DSLR camera with lenses in the range from 18mm to 200mm and a circular polarizing filter. Tripods are recommended for this early morning safari as we'll begin shooting in very low light.

What People Are Saying:

I have taken a lot of photography classes and Marie's knowledge AND most importantly, her ability to articulate her knowledge is superb.  

If you are trying to get a handle on how to operate your camera, take it off automatic and get creative with your exposures, come to CPC. Marie will give you tips and tricks on how to take great shots!

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