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August 15, 2021: Fieldwork - Photography Basics At Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

Time: 3:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

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 at the beautiful gardens of Dumbarton Oaks gives us plenty of photo opportunities to practice exposure settings and creative captures. Join us and come away with stronger skills for setting exposure and capturing exciting images that you’re proud to show off.

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August 28, 2021: Morning On The Meadows

Time: 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 1

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, 2021: Morning On The Meadows

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

If this class is Sold Out, please see the August 28 date.

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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September 11, 2021: Horses in the Country

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

Enjoy the country life and horses in a rustic barn setting. Join Emily Mitchell at an exclusive historical estate filled with Maryland history and horses in the back drop.

A per person donation is collected for the horse handlers. 

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September 11, 2021: Eclectic Hampden Field Shoot

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $129
Instructor: Lewis Katz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

If this class is Sold Out, please see the October 2 date.

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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September 12, 2021: Creative Close-Up Photography in the Gardens

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

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 12, 2021: Photographic Composition – Essential Techniques

Time: 10: 00AM - 2:00PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

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 class will teach you techniques to improve the composition of your photos with hands-on shooting experience coupled with feedback.

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September 12, 2021: Fieldwork - Late Afternoon On The Mall

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:45 PM
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.

We begin near the Jefferson and then make our way to the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial where we’ll find plenty of photo opportunities from architecture, statues, fountains, street scenes and more in the late afternoon light thru to the beautiful blue sky of twilight.

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September 19, 2021: Waterfalls Of The Potomac

Time: 5:30AM - 8:30AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 6

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 19, 2021: Exploring Street Photography

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 6

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, and hands-on photographing in the Black Lives Matter area. 

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September 25, 2021: Exploring 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 and improve your skills in landscape photography.

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September 25, 2021: Bygone Industrial Buildings in Baltimore

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Lewis Katz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Discover this Baltimore gem! At the turn of the century in the early 1900s the Crown Cork and Seal company produced all of the bottle caps and tops that were needed for bottled goods being manufactured.  The company finally closed its doors in the 1950s but the buildings were never taken down.  Join Lewis Katz and photograph these old buildings and the architectural details they offer.  

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September 26, 2021: Street Art and Mural Photography

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Geoff Livingston
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 6

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.

All skill levels welcome. 

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September 26, 2021: Creative Garden Photography - Exploring Light with Fall Color

Time: 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 1

Join instructor Lori Lankford for Capturing Light In The Garden. In this course, we will explore the beautiful late afternoon light in the garden. 

We will review types of light, how to find and create bokeh, how to modify the light, and how to use light to enhance our images. Using 3 of the Smithsonian gardens as our studio, we’ll find beautiful natural light to enhance our images in a creative way.

Limited to just 6 students.

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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: 6

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: 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: 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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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: $295
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field ShootingTravel Workshops
Spaces left: 4

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: 8

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: 2


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: 5

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 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: 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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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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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: 5

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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