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January 26, 2023

In Memory of Roy Sewall

Marie Joabar

Many of you have probably already heard the news of Roy Sewall passing away. Roy struggled with health issues and recently they got the best of him.

Although we are incredibly saddened we are so very fortunate to have known him! We have many fond memories of the years that Roy taught with us and I wanted to share a few stories here.

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January 5, 2023

Shoot Less, Shoot More

Marie Joabar

As we start the new year, we might be thinking about ways to improve our photography. Try shooting less and shooting more.

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December 15, 2022

8 Ideas To Capture Everyday Holiday Moments

Marie Joabar

There’s no doubt this is a busy time of year. Despite that, we should still carve out time for our photography, even if it is just around our home. Here are a few suggestions to make some meaningful holiday photos without a lot of stress, complication or making a big time commitment.

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November 20, 2022

A Year of CPC Photography

Marie Joabar

Join us for the YEAR! Stay immersed in photography throughout the year with monthly themed topics, 4 in-person meetups, and 12 exciting presentations by various CPC instructors!

We're so excited to offer this new progam and it's such a geat way to stay 'focused' on your photography and grow with each of the topic presentations we'll offer.

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October 27, 2022

Mid Atlantic Photo Visions 2022

Marie Joabar

Mid-Atlantic Photo Visions is excited to bring you another great event this year! They are virtual again this year and expect to be back with the full in-person event with the expo in 2023.

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October 6, 2022

Fun Times at Our Arches and Canyonlands Photo Workshop

Marie Joabar

Our September Arches and Canyonlands Photo Workshop was simply amazing. We had such a wonderful group of people and it was so much fun spending time exploring this unique area with them. 

We hope you enjoy seeing it through our lenses.

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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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