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September 17, 2022

New Classes, New Staff

Marie Joabar

EXCITING NEW CLASS OFFERINGS
We're excited to introduce these new classes and we hope you'll enjoy attending them. Our core classes continue to be popular but it's always fun to find new places to photograph at, new topics to teach, and new instructors that we can learn from. Watch the website for several more we'll be adding soon!

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August 24, 2022

Secrets for Shooting Great Compositions

Timothy Cooper

​Good composition is the ingredient that separates the snap shooter from the artist.  It’s the difference between merely documenting a scene and providing your viewer with your personal interpretation of that scene. While learning the basics of leading lines and the rule of thirds is somewhat easy, creating meaningful images using these rules is a lifelong endeavor.   Successful composition is always a delicate balance between perception, expression, and execution.

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August 4, 2022

Fun with Fair Photography

Marie Joabar

It's that time of year, Fair Season! From August thru September there's a fair to photograph every single weekend. The shutterbug will find endless opportunities day or night, indoors or out, from colorful arcades, neon-lit carnival rides, tractor pulls, farm animals, livestock auctions, harvest contests, Miss Fair pageants, to street photography scenes. 

14 local area fairs are listed at the bottom of this article so plan to enjoy one near you and have fun photographing it.

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July 7, 2022

Taking Charge Of Your Focus Settings

Marie Joabar

When we buy a new camera, the auto focus is typically set so the camera chooses what to focus on and also how to focus whether to focus at a single distance or to follow a moving subject.
At our classes and in our Private Sessions, we find many people struggle to achieve sharp focus. They’re frustrated when the focus system is not working the way they need it to so let’s take a look at the settings and learn why.

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June 24, 2022

6 Tips for Photographing Fireworks

Marie Joabar

​With the Fourth of July just a few days away, now’s the time to get yourself ready. Follow these  tips and you’ll be on your way to capture some memorable shots marking the celebration.

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June 15, 2022

Photo Books For Summer Reading

Marie Joabar

Summer and vacation season are here so whether you're spending time poolside or traveling, throw a photography book in your bag to pick up a tip or two or just for a little inspiration.

Here are some of our favorites. Whether you’re an amateur or professional, photograph people or landscapes, we hope you find some of these books worth the read.

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May 19, 2022

Creative Captures with Camera Movement - Swipes, Swirls, Zooms and More

Marie Joabar

Camera Movement shots has become so popular and at our classes, we’re often asked about how to do it. It’s a ton of fun so if you haven’t already tried it, I encourage you to give it a shot!

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April 27, 2022

10 Tips for Sunrise and Sunset Shots

Marie Joabar

The weather's getting warmer and it's much easier to be out photographing in the early morning and late evening. If you enjoy sunrise or sunset shots, here are some tips that can help. 

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April 7, 2022

Our Favorite Outdoor Spots To Photograph In The Metro DC Area

Marie Joabar

It’s so exciting to see the area come to life with all the spring color. This is the perfect time to plan some beautiful family, engagement, or portrait shots, wide landscape shots or just spend your time getting lost in flower and garden photography.

Here are some of our favorite outdoor spots for photography in the Washington, DC area in springtime.

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March 9, 2022

10 Tips For Capturing Spring Flowers

Marie Joabar

Winter is behind us and we can hardly wait for the spring blooms.  The Saucer Magnolias and Cherry Blossoms are getting ready to pop and close on their heels are the redbuds, dogwoods, the colorful tulips.

Even if flower photography is not your passion, it’s hard to pass by these spring beauties without framing a few in your viewfinder.

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February 16, 2022

Celebrating Black Photographers and Their Vision

Marie Joabar

In recognition of Black History Month we want to "expose" these black photographers to you and celebrate their vision. Enjoy these online articles featuring both legendary and contemporary black photographers. 

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January 27, 2022

14 Tips For Architectural Photography

Marie Joabar

With a few key tips, it’s easy for anyone to make improvements in their architectural photography. THe DC area has plenty of beautiful buildings to practice with both indoors and out.

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January 6, 2022

8 Bad Photography Habits and Tips To Correct Them

Marie Joabar

As the year begins, let’s make sure we’re starting off on the right foot with good photography practices. Now is a great time to identify your bad habits and going forward, make a commitment and a strategy to correct them.  Check out the list below of some common bad habits… are any of them on your list?

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December 20, 2021

Capturing Holiday Magic at Home

Marie Joabar

If travel is not in your plans over the holidays here are a few photo ideas to capture in your own home.

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October 21, 2021

10 Tips for Colorful Fall Photos

Marie Joabar

Autumn provides shutterbugs of all levels the chance to photograph any and everything with a colorful fall back drop. Although it’s a bit slow this year, soon we’ll be at peak so get your cameras ready for some beautiful fall landscapes and seasonal portraits of family and friends.

Consider these 10 tips for exciting fall photos.

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