Capital Photography Center Blog
September 19, 2019
It’s exciting to photograph at night and now that the days are getting shorter it makes it easier to shoot and still get home at a reasonable hour.
Downtown areas provide some of the best opportunities for night photography because they include colorful and sometimes funky neon signs that beg to be photographed. Memorials and Monuments also provide beautifully lit scenes that can convey powerful emotions or make dramatic statements if captured well.
Consider these 8 tips for capturing night scenes;Read More
August 29, 2019
It's Labor Day weekend and that means the end of our precious summertime. It's the perfect time to grab your camera and snap a few more memories. Whether your plans take you to the beach, the mountains, or a backyard barbecue, here’s hoping you’ll capture some exciting images from this last “last hoorah” weekend.Read More
July 10, 2019
July gives us the Thunder Moon, so named by the Algonquin when spectacular electrical storms would rake the skies. Another common name is the Buck Moon referencing the new antlers which grow on deer buck's foreheads around this time.
Here are 10 tips to help you capture the moon in any month of the year from planning to exposure settings and more.Read More
June 19, 2019
Summer is here and for many that means vacations and travel. Wherever you’re going, chances are you’ll come home with a few souvenirs and your memory cards full… proof that you enjoyed every minute.
There’s a lot to think about when traveling with your gear but the first consideration is deciding WHAT camera equipment to take and then, HOW you’re going to take it. Also think about how to get the best shots and how to back up images as you travel.Read More
May 29, 2019
Good photographic light isn’t limited to the sun, it comes from many different sources, some we can control, some we cannot. Use the sun to your advantage but when you want to add light to a dark scene or skillfully sculpt it for a certain effect, you'll find your off-camera flash unit one of the best tools in your bag.Read More
May 8, 2019
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram aren’t just ways for us to communicate upcoming classes, photo tips or student highlights, it’s our way to build a community of photography-loving folks around the Washington, D.C. metro area and areas far beyond.Read More
April 9, 2019
Finding new and unique ways to photograph the world you see EVERY day can zap your creativity and lessen your enthusiasm for photography. Our new RESOURCES tab will definitely help with this as we have added a section titled INTERESTING PLACES TO PHOTOGRAPH. Give it a look and you'll find a comprehensive list of locations and events and also the links to them all.Read More
March 7, 2019
With spring just around the corner, it's easy to anticipate all the beautiful subjects we can capture. Whether you enjoy the flowers in your own garden, wildflowers in fields and meadows, or the exotic variety you find at your favorite botanic conservatory, learning to take better close-ups is a lesson in macro photography.Read More
February 19, 2019
By now you’ve probably heard the saying, “it’s not a matter of if your hard drives will fail but when.” It’s a certainty that drives will fail and computers will crash, yet many people still don’t have an effective backup plan in place.
When your photo collection over the years is lost or destroyed, it’s a sad reality. Take time now to get your backup plan in place and protect your irreplaceable images.Read More
January 13, 2019
Photographing your favorite subjects in snow offers a special way to make winter memories. No matter what your favorite snow subject, exposure can be tricky. Our camera’s light meter is easily fooled by the brightness and underexposes snow scenes resulting in dark photos with washed out, gray looking snow. These tips can help.Read More
January 1, 2019
Whether you’re packing up the holiday decorations or finalizing your 2019 resolutions list, we’re all beginning fresh for 2019. What will the new year hold for you?
For your photography, this is the perfect time to sit down with your photos from 2018 and with a critical eye, determine your weakness(es) and where the opportunities for improvement lie. Here are some broad categories to help get you started.
Further down, you’ll find tips from some of our instructors, give them a look.Read More