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November 30, 2020: Sunset and Moonrise Over The Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum

Time: 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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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November 30, 2020: Getting Started with Photoshop - Online

Time: 7pm
Fee: $175
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left:

This course is Sold Out. Please see the January date.

Join instructor Catherine Simmons for a five-week introduction to the wonders of Photoshop. Even the most beginner level participants will finish the course with a solid understanding and usable set of skills in the program. No previous experience in Photoshop is required.

OFFERED ONLINE ONLY through our Online site. Follow this link and scroll by date to the upcoming courses.

We will not offer the In-Person Photoshop class until we are past COVID-19. 

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December 4, 2020: Painting With Light

Time: 4:50 PM - 7:50 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Join instructor Marie Joabar and learn the tips and tricks to create lighting masterpieces. With special access to the historic Ivy Hill Cemetery at nighttime, we’ll light paint some of the older tombstones, some dating back to the 1800s, as well as the old vault.

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December 5, 2020: 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.

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

NOTE - Students will be required to follow COVID-19 Safety Practices, conduct a Self-Screening Health Assessment and sign a Waiver of Liability prior to attending a class. These items can be reviewed on the class registration page.

Location: DC

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December 5, 2020: Miracle on 34th Street Holiday Lights

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

If this class is sold out, please see the 12/6 date.

Since 1947, 34th St. in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, lights up an entire city block with a colorful display of holiday decorations. Nationally recognized by the Travel Channel, Home and Garden and others, about 25 houses are covered with Holiday lights and decorations from the ground to the roof.  

Learn low light techniques and camera settings to capture the incredible light displays. You will learn to capture artistic images to help create your own Holiday card to share with friends and family.

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December 6, 2020: Ducks On The Mall In DC

Time: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

Each winter, thousands of ducks call the Chesapeake Bay area their home. Surprisingly, one of their favorite places to spend the winter is on the Washington Mall in Constitution Gardens. Accustomed to many visitors at the pond, they are easily accessible for photography.

Join us in the city and enjoy these wild ducks with the Washington Monument overlooking. You’ll enjoy several different species of ducks and quickly improve your bird photography skills.

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December 6, 2020: Holiday Lights in Old Town Alexandria

Time: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

If this class is sold out, please see the 12/13 date.

Join instructor Lori Lankford for Holiday Lights in Old Town, Alexandria. Take a break from the fast pace of the season and enjoy the unique charm and history of Old Town Alexandria. 

This is a hands-on walking, outdoor class where we will explore the magical lights of the holiday season. We will use historical Alexandria as our backdrop to photograph various lights in creative ways. 

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December 6, 2020: Miracle on 34th Street Holiday Lights

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

NEW DATE JUST ADDED

Since 1947, 34th St. in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, lights up an entire city block with a colorful display of holiday decorations. Nationally recognized by the Travel Channel, Home and Garden and others, about 25 houses are covered with Holiday lights and decorations from the ground to the roof.  

Learn low light techniques and camera settings to capture the incredible light displays. You will learn to capture artistic images to help create your own Holiday card to share with friends and family.

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December 9, 2020: Meadowlark’s Winter Walk Of Lights

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee: $84
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

Meadowlark Garden’s Winter Walk of Lights features 500,000 lights and colorful holiday displays and is a special treat to photograph.  Join instructor Corey Hilz for a special evening wandering among this vibrant and whimsical wonderland.

Our class begins with Corey discussing the strategies for night photography and how to best capture the displays and colorful lights. You will learn what camera settings to use to capture high quality images, with special attention on White Balance, ISO and Autofocus. Focusing in the dark can a challenge and Corey will share tips and techniques that will improve your focusing accuracy.

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December 12, 2020: Holiday Time in Historic Annapolis

Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

Annapolis celebrates the holidays in grand style and considered one of America’s Best Towns for the Holidays by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Join us and walk the cobblestone streets of this historic town and enjoy the decked out town in all its finery. Decorated wreaths on brightly painted doorways and the boats along the marina will bring the creative holiday spirit behind the lens.

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December 13, 2020: Holiday Lights in Old Town Alexandria

Time: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 6

NEW DATE JUST ADDED
Join instructor Lori Lankford for Holiday Lights in Old Town, Alexandria. Take a break from the fast pace of the season and enjoy the unique charm and history of Old Town Alexandria. 

This is a hands-on walking, outdoor class where we will explore the magical lights of the holiday season. We will use historical Alexandria as our backdrop to photograph various lights in creative ways. 

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December 19, 2020: Night Photography on the National Mall

Time: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Geoff Livingston
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

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

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January 3, 2021: Ducks On The Mall In DC

Time: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

Each winter, thousands of ducks call the Chesapeake Bay area their home. Surprisingly, one of their favorite places to spend the winter is on the Washington Mall in Constitution Gardens. Accustomed to many visitors at the pond, they are easily accessible for photography.

Join us in the city and enjoy these wild ducks with the Washington Monument overlooking. You’ll enjoy several different species of ducks and quickly improve your bird photography skills.

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January 9, 2021: Photo Basics - Getting Off Auto

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

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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January 10, 2021: Photography Basics and Exposure Control - ONLINE COURSE

Time: 11:00am - 12:20 pm
Fee: $140
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left:

THIS IS AN ONLINE COURSE.

Learn how YOU, not the camera, can control the look of an image. This course is designed for those who want to learn more about photography basics and manual exposure settings.

This course consists of three, 1 hour 20-minute instructor-led live Zoom sessions on Sundays, January 17, 24, 31 from 11:00 am-12:20 pm.

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January 11, 2021: Getting Started with Photoshop - ONLINE COURSE

Time: 7pm
Fee: $175
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left:

THIS IS AN ONLINE COURSE.

Join instructor Catherine Simmons for a five-week introduction to the wonders of Photoshop. Even the most beginner level participants will finish the course with a solid understanding and usable set of skills in the program. No previous experience in Photoshop is required.

OFFERED ONLINE ONLY through our Online site. Follow this link and scroll by date to the upcoming courses.

We will not offer the In-Person Photoshop class until we are past COVID-19. 

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January 16, 2021: Exploring Antietam Battlefield

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Fee: $94
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

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

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January 27, 2021: The Lightroom Classic Library Module - ONLINE COURSE

Time: 7pm - 8pm
Fee: $160
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left:

THIS IS AN ONLINE COURSE.

Lightroom is the industry standard for amateurs and professional photographers alike for organizing and editing our images. At the heart of this powerful image management program lies the Library Module where we import, organize, sort, rate and tag our images. Marie covers the various options for importing images into your catalog to exporting images and everything in between, allowing you to set up and understand a system that keeps your images organized and easy to find. 

Join Marie Joabar in this Online course and learn in depth how to get the most from this amazing program! 

OFFERED ONLINE ONLY through our Online site. Follow this link and scroll by date to the upcoming courses.

We will not offer the In-Person Lightroom In Depth classes until we are past COVID-19. 

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January 31, 2021: Getting Started In Portraiture

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 7

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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February 7, 2021: Composition Field Shoot In Baltimore’s Harbor Area

Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

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, see weathered industrial machinery, and an incredible view of the Domino Sugar factory.  On the water, we'll see sailboats, tugboats, and cargo ships gliding by as they go about their daily work.

We’ll be shooting during the late afternoon light as well as for about an hour after sunset so we’ll capture beautiful shots of the lit harbor scenes against a beautiful blue twilight sky.  

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