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May 16, 2024

Tips for Stunning Flower and Garden Images

Marie Joabar

It’s flower and garden season and we’ll find an abundance of colorful flowers and lovely gardens just waiting to be photographed. This is a great way to slow your pace and get totally absorbed capturing quiet garden scenes or delicate flower details.

Whether you're a seasoned photographer or just starting out, these tips will help you take your flower and garden shots to the next level.

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April 25, 2024

In The Abstract

Beth Haubach

Abstract photography crosses all genres so regardless of your favorite subject matter or style, learning how to apply the techniques for abstract images can benefit any photographer. It allows them to move beyond the conventional image to one that springs from the imagination and expresses a truly unique vision and a one-of-a-kind photo.

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April 4, 2024

Tips for Solar Eclipse Photography

Marie Joabar

The excitement builds toward Monday afternoon as we anticipate the 4/8/2024 solar eclipse. We know many people that are traveling to what is called, “the path of totality” but many people are staying in the DC area to enjoy it here. Regardless of where you plan to be, here are some tips for photographing it!

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March 6, 2024

Safeguarding Your Digital Photo Collection

Marie Joabar

We've all heard it before - "it's not IF your hard drives will fail but WHEN." Yet, even in 2024, many people are still caught off guard when their precious photo collections are lost due to a failed drive or other disaster.  The reality is that data loss can strike anyone at any time, robbing you of years of image files and irreplaceable memories.

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February 15, 2024

Our 10 Favorite Places to Photograph in DC in the Winter

Marie Joabar

Don’t let the cold keep you from your photography! It can be a great time to get out and photograph, we just have to give more thought about where to go.  

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January 25, 2024

5 Major Benefits of Mirrorless Cameras

David Boyars

New cameras seem to come out each year and with them we see new and exciting innovation! Mirrorless cameras offer incredible and unique features giving photographers a greatly improved toolbox.

Below are five major benefits of mirrorless cameras.

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January 4, 2024

Advancing Your Photography - A 2024 Vision

Marie Joabar

Our photography practice is a continuing journey, building on what we know and adding new skills to our craft. The new year represents a time of renewal and setting exciting goals for the year ahead! 

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December 14, 2023

5 Creative Tips For Holiday Photos

Marie Joabar

As you prepare to take photos this holiday season, consider some of these tips to add a little creativity in your shots!

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October 4, 2023

Achieving Depth In Your Landscape Photos

Marie Joabar

The key to an engaging landscape image is to convey a sense of depth. Having something interesting in the foreground grabs the viewer’s attention and draws them into the scene where they can explore the middle area and the background. When there is interest in all three areas, it’s important to render all of them sharp.

Learn about the 4 key elements used to capture great depth. 

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September 14, 2023

Tips For Better Portrait Photography

Marie Joabar

What makes a good portrait? When Aaron Clamage teaches our Getting Started in Portraiture class, he asks the group what their definition of a Portrait is. 

Some think of it as a formally posed photo of a person, or a studio headshot, while others think of it as a way to capture a person's essence  or tell a story about them. These are all correct answers but I think we can agree that the most important part of a portrait is capturing the person’s essence or conveying their story. 

Read on for tips for capturing great portraits.

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August 24, 2023

The Many Benefits to Renting Photography Gear

Marie Joabar

A great alternative to buying photography gear is RENTING it and we’re happy to share some exciting news in that department, and a little incentive in the way of a discount… read on.

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August 2, 2023

Filters for the Outdoor Photographer

Marie Joabar

Filters can enhance the look of our images and there are plenty to choose from. Whether you photograph flowers and gardens, beautiful landscapes or dynamic cityscapes, there are a few filters you to consider having in your camera bag.

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July 6, 2023

Revisiting Our Goals

Marie Joabar

We've officially hit the halfway mark of the year and it's time to take a moment to reflect on those fantastic New Year's resolutions and goals you set back in January. Remember the excitement and determination that fueled you when you made those commitments? Well, now's the perfect time to check in and assess your progress.

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June 15, 2023

Exploring Cinque Terre, Italy

Marie Joabar

We’ve just concluded our Cinque Terre, Italy Photo workshop and it is truly a spectacular area that we will definitely be going back to.

Cinque Terre is a coastal region north of Pisa and south of Genoa. The name translates to Five Lands and stands for the 5 villages. All feature colorful buildings built on the mountainside, terraced vineyards, olive trees sprinkled about, busy harbors, and the locals are friendly and welcoming. From the restaurants, to the cafes, markets, shops and the beaches, we had fun exploring each of these towns.

See our photos on our Cinque Terre Student Showcase   https://capitalphotographycenter.com/showcase/cinque-terre-showcase

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May 18, 2023

Long Exposure Photography

Marie Joabar

Long Exposure Photography is all about using a slow shutter speed. Since the shutter speed controls motion, we can slow it or “drag” it to blur anything that’s moving while keeping stationary subjects sharp. We can also use it for playful, creative and dramatic imagery.

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