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August 9, 2020: Photographic Composition – Essential Techniques

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

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. 

This outdoor class in the area around Union Station and the Capitol will teach you techniques to improve the composition of your photos with hands-on shooting experience coupled with feedback.

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August 15, 2020: Fieldwork - Photography Basics in Old Town Alexandria

Time: 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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 Alexandria 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 an autumn flair. We 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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August 15, 2020: Creative Smartphone Photography Field Shoot - Penn Quarter

Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: Smartphone Photography
Spaces left: 2

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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August 15, 2020: Night Photography on the National Mall

Time: 8:00 PM - 10:15 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Geoff Livingston
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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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August 22, 2020: External Flash Made Easy

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 6

Learn how to get the most out of your external flash unit. The class will help you understand the modes and functions of your flash, as well as how aperture, shutter speed and ISO affect your flash photos. From adjusting the power of the flash to choosing how to position the flash, this class will help you become more skilled when using your external flash unit. 

This class is appropriate for ALL BRANDS: Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Pentax, Sony, etc.

Location: Falls Church 

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August 22, 2020: Getting Started In Portraiture

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

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. 

Location: Falls Church

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August 23, 2020: Exploring Macro Photography

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

Small subjects or little pieces of a larger subject are fascinating to explore with your camera. This class will teach you about the technical and creative aspects of successful close-ups. Find out how to work with different natural lighting conditions, as well as what equipment is most useful. The skills you will learn can be applied to any subject of macro photography, at home or in the field.

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August 23, 2020: National Airport Photo Safari

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Fee: $74
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

The huge picture windows, the Jeffersonian-style arching domes, and the built-in artwork of architect Cesar Pelli’s $300 million Terminal B/C at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport provide many opportunities for good exterior and interior architectural photography. And the BEST time of day to capture all of this is at twilight, that period of deep blue-sky lighting which takes place shortly after sunset.

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August 29, 2020: Morning On The Meadows

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

Late summer brings warm days and cool nights creating misty meadows in the morning. Country gardens damp with dew among a historic farm offers beautiful nature compositions.

Join us at Howard County Conservancy and let’s walk the meadows and gardens to create compelling captures. This class is designed for anyone wanting to develop their artistic eye with a camera.

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August 29, 2020: Lightroom In A Day

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

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.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. Follow the link here to see all of the Editing and Post Processing classes.

Location: Falls Church

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August 30, 2020: Morning On The Meadows

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

Late summer brings warm days and cool nights creating misty meadows in the morning. Country gardens damp with dew among a historic farm offers beautiful nature compositions.

Join us at Howard County Conservancy and let’s walk the meadows and gardens to create compelling captures. This class is designed for anyone wanting to develop their artistic eye with a camera.

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August 30, 2020: Macro and Garden Photography

Time: 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

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Small subjects or little pieces of a larger subject are fascinating to explore with your camera. This class will teach you about the technical and creative aspects of successful close-ups as well as techniques for compelling flower and garden photography. Find out how to work with different natural lighting conditions, as well as seeing stronger flower and close up compositions.

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August 30, 2020: Street Art and Mural Photography

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Geoff Livingston
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

There is no better place to photograph fantastic murals, street art, and neighborhood architecture than DC’s historic U Street and Shaw districts. Join Instructor Geoff Livingston and explore some of the most interesting and visually rich residential locations in the city.

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September 6, 2020: Waterfalls of The Patapsco Adventure

Time: 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

Maryland offers a variety of beautiful waterfalls that are just waiting to be discovered.  Join us for this “Adventure” hike through Cascade Falls in Patapsco Valley State Park and enjoy the meandering path along a babbling brook. Expand your creative nature photography by getting off the beaten track and find the hidden treasures on the trail.

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September 12, 2020: Waterfalls Of The Potomac

Time: 5:30AM - 8:30AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 1

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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September 12, 2020: Annapolis At Twilight

Time: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

Let’s walk the cobblestone streets of Annapolis and capture this historic town. Starting in the afternoon we will photograph historic homes, lively streets and Naval Academy Cadets walking the streets in their whites. As the light dims, we’ll enjoy the blue hour just after sunset and capture car light trails with long exposures. The city lights brighten the dark sky and the charm of the city really shines through for night photography.

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September 13, 2020: Photoshop For Photographers

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $195
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 8

Join Corey Hilz for a day of hands-on Photoshop training geared towards the new or limited experience Photoshop user.

The class begins with an introduction to the Photoshop workspace and then explores techniques that only Photoshop offers, such as layers, masks, selections and creating composites. Photoshop's most exciting techniques require the use of layers so ample time is spent explaining how they operate and why you would want to use them.

Location: Falls Church

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September 13, 2020: Creative Close Up Photography in the Gardens

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

Join instructor Lori Lankford for Creative Close Up Photography in the Gardens. Lori will share creative techniques and tools to create more compelling images.  We will use the garden as our studio and explore close-up nature, flower, garden photography. 

The class fee includes a supply bag (for you to keep) with tools to add creativity while photographing. 

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September 19, 2020: DSLR Photography Basics

Time: 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 9

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.

Our DC classroom has been remodeled and is a huge room now, plenty of space to really spread out. 

This class is offered on other dates and locations. See all the DLSR classes at the General Classroom tab. 

Location: DC

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September 19, 2020: Exploring Street Photography

Time: 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

This hands-on class will explore the unique aspects of the street photography genre and help you create compelling photographs that go beyond the ordinary snapshot.  Join Michael Koren for an afternoon learning pro level tips and techniques, privacy issues associated with street photography, as well as a hands-on session followed by an image review and feedback. 

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September 19, 2020: Night Photography on the National Mall

Time: 6:45 PM - 9:15 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Geoff Livingston
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

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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September 20, 2020: National Zoo Field Shoot

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

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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September 26, 2020: Capturing Video With Still Cameras

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Tony Ventouris
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

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Join Professional Photographer Tony Ventouris in this hands-on class and learn how to record videos with your DSLR or Mirrorless camera. Whether you’re looking to capture family fun, make documentaries, or be the next YouTuber star, this class will lay a solid foundation.

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September 26, 2020: Family and Children Photography

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 9

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. 

Our DC classroom has been remodeled and is a huge room now, plenty of space to really spread out. 

Location: DC

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October 3, 2020: DSLR Photography Basics

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

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.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. See all the DLSR classes at the General Classroom tab. 

Location: Falls Church

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October 4, 2020: Landscape Photography at Piscataway Park

Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

The Piscataway National Park is nestled across from Mount Vernon on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. Home to the National Colonial Farm, Piscataway Park offers a historical countryside stroll along the Potomac River. This class will provide hands-on learning on the concepts of Landscape photography and the tools that will help improve your landscape images.

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October 4, 2020: Creative Smartphone Photography Field Shoot - On the Mall

Time: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: Smartphone Photography
Spaces left: 6

Learn to use the camera that’s always with you and go beyond taking a simple snapshot to using apps and creating a photograph that’s an artistic expression unique to your vision. Join Michael Koren on the Mall around the WWII Memorial, Washington Monument, and other iconic buildings in the area and tap into your creative side through smartphone photography.

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October 11, 2020: Autumn Along Gunpowder River

Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

Autumn is a Landscape photographer’s dream and what better than to enjoy it in scenic Maryland. Join Emily Carter Mitchell along the flowing waters of Gunpowder Falls State Park and improve your skills in Landscape photography.

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October 18, 2020: Exploring Macro Photography

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 6

Small subjects or little pieces of a larger subject are fascinating to explore with your camera. This class will teach you about the technical and creative aspects of successful close-ups. Find out how to work with different natural lighting conditions, as well as what equipment is most useful. The skills you will learn can be applied to any subject of macro photography, at home or in the field.

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October 18, 2020: External Flash Made Easy

Time: 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 8

Learn how to get the most out of your external flash unit. The class will help you understand the modes and functions of your flash, as well as how aperture, shutter speed and ISO affect your flash photos. From adjusting the power of the flash to choosing how to position the flash, this class will help you become more skilled when using your external flash unit. 

This class is appropriate for ALL BRANDS: Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Pentax, Sony, etc.

Location: DC 

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October 25, 2020: DSLR Photography Basics

Time: 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 10

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.

Our DC classroom has been remodeled and is a huge room now, plenty of space to really spread out. 

This class is offered on other dates and locations. See all the DLSR classes at the General Classroom tab. 

Location: DC

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