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October 2, 2021: Sunflowers at Sunrise

Time: 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

JUST ANNOUNCED - NEW DATE

Sunny Sunflower faces will greet you as the sun rises upon the beautiful sunflower field at a private farm in Jarrettsville, Maryland.

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October 2, 2021: Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Appropriate for DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras with manual exposure settings.

Today's digital cameras offer the photographer a wealth of tools that can lead to wonderful photographs and understanding the exposure settings allows you, not the camera, to craft the photo you envision. Take your camera off of Auto and take control!  Join Marie Joabar for an informative class covering exposure control, depth of field, lens choices, composition and more.

Location: DC

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October 2, 2021: Eclectic Hampden Field Shoot

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $129
Instructor: Lewis Katz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Hampden is a close-knit neighborhood in Baltimore that is known for housing many of the mill workers along the Jones Falls at the turn of the century. Join Instructor Lewis Katz and explore a Hampden neighborhood in transition where the past and present collide. 

This class includes a 60-75 minute Zoom session a week after the class for an image review.

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October 3, 2021: Creative Smartphone Photography Field Shoot - Chinatown/Penn Quarter

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: Smartphone Photography
Spaces left: 1

See the world in a new way with the camera that’s always with you, your Smartphone.  Enjoy capturing images on your phone on a photo walk that’s designed to spark creativity!  We begin outdoors at the National Portrait Gallery and then explore the surrounding Penn Quarter with its quirky architecture and street scenes.

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October 3, 2021: Night Photography on the National Mall

Time: 5:45 PM - 8:15 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Geoff Livingston
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

Capture incredible nighttime images of DC's most exciting monuments and memorials! Join Instructor Geoff Livingston for this unique nighttime photography class.

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October 9, 2021: Cunningham Falls Adventure

Time: 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Maryland offers a variety of beautiful waterfalls that are just waiting to be discovered, and Cunningham Falls in the Catoctin Mountains is nature at its best.

Located north of Frederick, Maryland, Cunningham Falls State Park is the home of Maryland’s highest cascading waterfall. Boasting 78 feet tall, Cunningham Falls is easily reached by a short hike and the lush late spring colors will enhance its beauty.

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October 10, 2021: Creative Garden Photography in Brandywine Valley

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Fee: $245
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field ShootingTravel Workshops
Spaces left: 2

DON'T MISS OUT- REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY 9/24.

Join instructor Lori Lankford for a fall day spent in the beautiful Delaware Brandywine Valley. Creatively capture garden scenes at the botanical garden at Mt Cuba and the renown Winterthur.

Fee includes entrance fees for both locations.

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October 10, 2021: Composition Field Shoot In Baltimore’s Harbor Area

Time: 3:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

The composition of a photograph is the single most important element a photographer uses to convey an artistic statement.  What’s included, excluded and the arrangement of elements within the frame is all part of composition.  

In this field shoot class, you will learn techniques to improve a photograph’s composition in Baltimore’s iconic harbor area. We’ll have expansive views of the harbor and see weathered industrial machinery. On the water, we'll see sailboats, tugboats, and cargo ships gliding by as they go about their daily work.

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October 14, 2021: Autumn in the Shenandoah Photo Workshop

Time: This is a multi-day event: October 14-16, 2021
Instructors: Emily Carter Mitchell and Marie Joabar
Fee: $520

Category: In the Field ShootingTravel Workshops
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!


Join Instructor Emily Carter Mitchell and Marie Joabar in the Shenandoah for an amazing fall themed workshop. Autumn in the Park is the ultimate destination for glorious fall color that landscape photographers dream of.

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October 16, 2021: Close Up Textures in the Gardens

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

Join instructor Lori Lankford for Close Up Textures in the Garden. Learn how to add more creativity and depth to your images by focusing on textures. This is a hands-on outdoor class where we will explore fall texture in the gardens, learning how to discover small details, depth, pattern, and color. 

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October 16, 2021: Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 5

Appropriate for DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras with manual exposure settings.

Today's digital cameras offer the photographer a wealth of tools that can lead to wonderful photographs and understanding the exposure settings allows you, not the camera, to craft the photo you envision. Take your camera off of Auto and take control!  Join Corey Hilz for an informative class covering exposure control, depth of field, lens choices, composition and more.

Location: DC

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October 16, 2021: Family and Children Photography

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 7

Photographing families and children can be both meaningful and artistically rewarding as well as financially beneficial. Family portraiture is a beautiful way to celebrate the gift of togetherness, strengthen relational bonds, build self-esteem in children, and document the family unit.

Whether photographing children for the family album or creating timeless portraits for future generations to enjoy, this class will help you build the skills necessary to achieve your goals. 

Location: DC

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October 17, 2021: National Zoo Field Shoot

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 9

Whether you’re planning an African safari or just want to learn how to photograph animals at the zoo or in your backyard, this class will help you capture more compelling images.

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October 19, 2021: Sunset and Moonrise Over The Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum

Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Fee: $109
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

Join us for this exclusive and exciting opportunity to photograph the full moon rising over the lighted Capitol Columns. 

We’ll start the class by capturing the Capital Columns bathed in the warm afternoon light. Then when the moon rises, we'll photograph it famed through the columns and then above them. 

A per person donation to the National Arboretum is included in the price of the class.

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October 23, 2021: Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 5

Appropriate for DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras with manual exposure settings.

Today's digital cameras offer the photographer a wealth of tools that can lead to wonderful photographs and understanding the exposure settings allows you, not the camera, to craft the photo you envision. Take your camera off of Auto and take control!  Join Marie Joabar for an informative class covering exposure control, depth of field, lens choices, composition, and more.

Location: Falls Church

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October 23, 2021: Natural Light Portraiture

Time: 2:30PM - 5:30PM
Fee: $114
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 6

NEW CLASS
Natural light can offer a gorgeous, soft, and appealing look when it comes to portraiture. However, it often comes with challenges. This class explores the benefits and hurdles associated with photographing people in natural light and will cover ways to overcome these challenges.

Participants will be able practice techniques photographing model(s).

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October 23, 2021: Exploring Antietam Battlefield

Time: 2:45 PM - 5:45 PM
Fee: $129
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

Join us on the hallowed grounds of Antietam National Battlefield for an afternoon field shoot. Learn composition techniques to take thoughtful compelling pictures of cannons, historic structures, monuments to the fallen, and plenty more.

This class includes a 1 hour image review session on Zoom about a week following the class at 7-8pm.

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October 27, 2021: A Year Of Creative Photography - Free WEBINAR

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fee: $Free - Registration Required
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category:
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Join us for this FREE webinar to learn more about our unique 12 month photography program, A Year of Creative Photography.

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October 30, 2021: Fieldwork - Photography Basics in Old Town Alexandria

Time: 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

This class is designed for those who have taken any of the Photography Basics classes and want the opportunity to work in the field to reinforce the material covered in the classroom. We’ve encouraged you to leave the Auto settings behind and to shoot in the Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or Manual modes so now it’s time for some hands-on.

Our location in Old Town gives us plenty of photo opportunities to practice exposure settings and creative captures. We begin down by the waterfront capturing the details in the harbor area, we’d then photograph quaint shops and historic homes decorated with fall trim, and end at the Farmers Market in front of City Hall where we’ll find street scenes, colorful produce, flowers stalls, and more.

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October 30, 2021: Lightroom In A Day

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $159
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 6

Learn Lightroom in a day with instructor Corey Hilz. We'll look at the 2 most powerful modules, the Library and the Develop Modules. This class is designed to make Lightroom easy to understand and put you in control of all it has to offer. It will cover your workflow from beginning to end: from importing and organizing to adjusting, sharing and exporting your images..

Location: Falls Church

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October 31, 2021: Rock Creek Park Adventure

Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 6

Join Emily Carter Mitchell for an “Adventure” hike in beautifully wild yet local Rock Creek Park. Expand your creative nature photography by getting off the beaten track and find the hidden treasures on the trail. With a meandering hike along the river this adventure allows us to slow down and create compelling compositions of bridges, granite boulders and flowing waters.

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November 1, 2021: Webinar Recordings

Time: 1 hour
Fee: $$20

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Purchase any of our past Webinar recordings. Each webinar is 1 hour long on various topics. 

Instructor Emily Carter Mitchell - Backyard Bird Photography

Instructor Lori Lankford - Photographing Spring In The Garden  

Instructor Lori Lankford - Winter in Place! Creative Photography Ideas

Instructor Michael Koren - Exploring Street Photography

Instructor Marie Joabar  - The Joy of Using Lightroom Classic

Instructor Catherine Simmons - Photoshop Essentials

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November 7, 2021: Exploring the Bishop’s Gardens and Olmsted Woods at National Cathedral

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

Explore the Bishop's Garden and Olmsted Woods at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington DC.  

Join instructor Lori Lankford for a nature photo walk in the fall gardens and nature trail. This class will focus on capturing fall color, fall texture, using natural light, and creative shooting techniques.

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November 7, 2021: Smartphone Photography - Art On The Mall

Time: 11:30 AM - 2:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: Smartphone Photography
Spaces left: 3

Learn to use the camera that’s always with you and go beyond taking a simple snapshot to creating a photograph that’s an artistic expression unique to your vision. Join Michael Koren outdoors at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and the exciting new "Draw the Curtain" covering the outside of the Hirschhorn Museum building. We’ll find endless photographic opportunities perfect for smartphone photography in this area.

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November 13, 2021: Waterfalls Of The Potomac

Time: 6:00AM - 9:00AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 9

Great Falls of the Potomac River is truly the greatest natural wonder of the DC area and there is no better time to photograph it than at dawn.

Join Corey Hilz and learn how to shoot in low light, capture flowing water, exploit the rising sun, compose waterscapes, and more.

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November 13, 2021: Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam

Time: 6:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 1

During the wintering months between November and January, a large number of Bald Eagles are known to gather on the Susquehanna River at Conowingo Dam. There are many wonderful spots along the dam to view and photograph the eagles

Suitable for photographers of all levels, this class will offer plenty of opportunity to work on capturing birds in flight, creating a story with your images, setting proper exposure for changing conditions, and learning about bird behavior.

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November 14, 2021: Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 8

Appropriate for DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras with manual exposure settings.

Today's digital cameras offer the photographer a wealth of tools that can lead to wonderful photographs and understanding the exposure settings allows you, not the camera, to craft the photo you envision. Take your camera off of Auto and take control!  Join Corey Hilz for an informative class covering exposure control, depth of field, lens choices, composition, and more.

Location: Falls Church

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November 14, 2021: Getting Started In Portraiture

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 6

Having the ability to take your own professional-looking portraits can not only serve as a way to save some money on expensive studio portraits but can also be a way to beautifully document the people you love in a way that is meaningful to you and that represents your unique style of expression. If you want to advance your portraiture skills and techniques and begin taking portrait images that are high in both quality and aesthetics, this class is for you. 

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November 17, 2021: Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam

Time: 6:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

During the wintering months between November and January, a large number of Bald Eagles are known to gather on the Susquehanna River at Conowingo Dam. There are many wonderful spots along the dam to view and photograph the eagles

Suitable for photographers of all levels, this class will offer plenty of opportunity to work on capturing birds in flight, creating a story with your images, setting proper exposure for changing conditions, and learning about bird behavior.

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November 19, 2021: Sunset and Moonrise Over The Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum

Time: 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Fee: $109
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

Join us for this exclusive and exciting opportunity to photograph the full moon rising over the lighted Capitol Columns. 

We’ll start the class by capturing the Capital Columns bathed in the warm afternoon light. Then when the moon rises, we'll photograph it famed through the columns and then above them. 

A per person donation to the National Arboretum is included in the price of the class.

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March 30, 2022: Springtime In Charleston Photo Workshop

Time: This is a multi-day event: March 30-April 3, 2022
Fee: $1450
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: Travel Workshops
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Join us in beautiful Charleston in the most beautufl season of Springtime.

Charleston South Carolina is a seaside town steeped in rich history. Spring is one of the best times to visit the low country as the city is bathed in spring color and the weather is perfect. This workshop will explore the civil war era homes and cobblestone streets of historic Charleston. Experience the iconic plantations where we will capture the gardens filled with azaleas and the trails of live oak trees. Visiting several coastal towns we will capture colorful sunrises and sunsets. 

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July 27, 2022: Maine Photo Workshop

Time: This is a multi-day event: July 27-31, 2022
Fee: $ See description

Category: Travel Workshops
Spaces left: 5

The Acadia National Park area on Mount Desert Island, Maine is a photographer’s paradise! Join us as we explore the area around Bar Harbor and the best of Acadia including Cadillac Mountain, Jordan Pond,  Otter Cliffs, Sand Beach and more.  Discover the ‘Quiet Side’ of Acadia with us and capture classic harbor views in Southwest Harbor and Bass Harbor including Bass Harbor Lighthouse.

We’ve got an exciting itinerary planned to photograph some of the more iconic locations as well as some hidden gems. We’ll be out shooting gorgeous sunrises and will also capture some colorful sunsets. Everyone will come away from this workshop with amazing images and wonderful memories.

Fee includes 4 nights lodging in a lovely bed and breakfast on Mount Desert Island.

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September 21, 2022: Arches and Canyonlands Photo Workshop

Time: This is a multi-day event: Sept 21-25, 2022
Fee: $$1660
Instructor: Geoff Livingston
Category: Travel Workshops
Spaces left: 3

Join Instructors Geoff Livingston and Marie Joabar in the Moab area in Utah where we'll explore the geological treasures in the Arches and Canyonlands parks.

Each is special in its own way  and offers plenty of photo ops of incredible vistas of the ancient landscape carved by the Colorado and Green Rivers. There will also be plenty of opportunities for both sunrises and sunsets, as well as astrophotography capturing the Milky Way.

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