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March 4, 2020

Spring Things To Photograph

Marie Joabar

Winter is behind us now and we’re so excited to see the signs of spring! It’s time to get in the outdoor shooting mode again and enjoy capturing our favorite things at our favorite places.

Whether you prefer to photograph flowers, or friends and family framed against a lovely spring backdrop, or capture street scenes at one of the area’s spring festivals we hope you’ll find a few choice places to visit in the list below to help get your spring groove on.

Grab your camera and let’s get the season started!

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February 12, 2020

Which Version Of Lightroom Should You Choose?

Marie Joabar

Although it’s been almost 3 years since Adobe introduced a second Lightroom version (Oct 2017) there remains a lot of confusion about which version does what and which one you should use. Here’s hoping this article clarifies some of that.

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January 23, 2020

Camera Sensor Cleaning Options

Marie Joabar

​If you have a digital interchangeable lens camera, chances are at some point you’ll come across sensor dust. You’ll first notice it as little spots in the same place on all of your pictures. More an inconvenience than anything else, if not removed from the sensor, you’ll spend time removing it from your photos when editing.

Consider the options for sensor cleaning, either by doing it yourself or by having it done professionally.

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January 2, 2020

Make Photography Plans for 2020

Marie Joabar

Distinct time frames or “temporal landmarks” are great for starting new projects and making goals to work toward. As we begin a new year and decade, this is the perfect time to get our photography plans in place. Perhaps some of these tips will help you get started.  

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December 18, 2019

10 Tips For Holiday Smartphone Photos

Marie Joabar

With the rush of the holidays, our photography sometimes takes a back seat. While out with family and friends (who are not photographers) carrying our gear is too cumbersome, and finding our composition and setting our exposure takes away from our time with them. However, having your phone camera handy allows us to capture those fleeting family moments and the magic of the holiday season no matter where we are or who we’re with.  

Here are a few tips to help you get your best shots.

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November 7, 2019

Memories from Tuscany Workshop

Marie Joabar

It’s been just 2 weeks since our Workshop in Tuscany ended and not a day goes by that I’m not reminiscing about the amazing experience it was. From the workshop participants, the first-class resort where we stayed, the kind and friendly people we encountered everywhere we went, the amazing food and wine, to the gorgeous landscapes and beautiful light we had to work with. Our Tuscan workshop was fantastic!  

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October 10, 2019

Tips For Exciting Fall Photos

Marie Joabar

October rolls in and we find ourselves full swing in the most colorful season; autumn. It’s such a fun time to photograph and the opportunities are endless so have your camera ready and be prepared for any opportunity.

Here are a few tips to help you capture the best of the season.

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September 25, 2019

The Photographers Notebook Podcast

Marie Joabar

Growing Capital Photography Center has been quite a journey! My interview on The Photographers Notebook Podcast is now live so give a listen to learn more about my story and Capital Photography Center. I'm thrilled to have been interviewed and hope you enjoy the episode.

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September 19, 2019

8 Tips for Night Photography

Marie Joabar

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;

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August 29, 2019

8 Tips For End Of Summer Photos

Marie Joabar

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. 

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August 5, 2019

Camera and Lens Care

Marie Joabar

Keeping your camera and lens clean goes a long way in preventing equipment damage and also helps save money to have it sent in for cleaning. 

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July 10, 2019

10 Tips For Shooting the Moon

Marie Joabar

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.

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June 19, 2019

Travel Tips for Photographers

Marie Joabar

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. 

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May 29, 2019

Tips For Using External Flash

Marie Joabar

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.

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May 8, 2019

Community Building Through Social Media

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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. 

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