Capital Photography Center | Photography Classes in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia

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February 23, 2020: Photographic Composition – Essential Techniques

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

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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February 23, 2020: Fieldwork - Photography Basics at American Art Museum

Time: 11:45 AM - 2:15 PM
Fee: $74
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 1

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 is the American Art Gallery / Nat Portrait Gallery which 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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February 29, 2020: Snow Geese at Middle Creek - 2 Day Photo Workshop

Time: 1:00 PM Saturday to 1:00 PM Sunday
Fee: $310
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Each year in early spring, thousands of migrating Snow Geese arrive to Middle Creek Wildlife area in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Spending their days foraging on the corn fields, and roosting at night on the lake, these geese refuel before heading out on their last push north.

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March 1, 2020: Exploring Macro Photography

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

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 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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March 7, 2020: Fieldwork - Photography Basics at Library Of Congress

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $74
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 at the Library of Congress gives us plenty of photo opportunities to practice exposure settings and creative captures from varying depth of field shots to slow shutter speeds to blur the visitors in a creative way.

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March 7, 2020: Photographic Composition – Essential Techniques

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

Since this class is Sold Out, we have just added 2/23 as an additional date.

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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March 8, 2020: Eastern Shore’s Wintering Ducks

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Each winter, thousands of ducks call the Chesapeake Bay their home. One of their favorite places to visit is in Cambridge, Maryland where they are easily accessible for photography. Join us on the Choptank River and enjoy several different species of ducks. Spend time with this cooperative flock and improve your bird photography skills.

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March 8, 2020: National Cathedral “An Insider’s View”

Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Fee: $114
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

One of the most beautiful churches in Washington DC., the Washington National Cathedral took 90 years to build and offers great opportunities for exterior and interior architectural photography. We’ll teach you how (and how not) to photograph stained glass windows and church interiors without flash. Enjoy the opportunity to photograph on a guided tour to locations inside the Cathedral not open to the public.

Fee includes entrance fee and donation to Friends of the National Cathedral.

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March 9, 2020: Sunset and Moonrise Over The Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum

Time: 6:00PM - 8:15PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

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 14, 2020: Exploring Macro Photography

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

If this class is Sold Out, please see the 3/1/20 date.

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 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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March 15, 2020: St Matthews Cathedral Photo Safari

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 10

Beautiful St Matthew's Cathedral offers incredible picture-taking opportunities. With special permission from the Cathedral staff, we are pleased to offer an exclusive Photo Safari that takes you inside this spectacular Cathedral, teaching you how to photograph church interiors without flash and how to photograph its stained glass windows.

Fee includes a per person donation to the Cathedral.

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March 26, 2020: Early Morning Cherry Blossoms Photo Shoot w Emily Mitchell

Time: 5:45 AM - 8:15 AM
Fee: $84
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

Join us in the early morning at the Tidal Basin during Cherry Blossom season. Beginning before sunrise, we'll capture Jefferson Memorial framed with cherry blossoms set against the deep blue sky of twilight. We’ll then photograph our way around the Tidal Basin, capturing the Jefferson and the Washington Monument from many vantage points all framed by the cherry blossoms.

At each point along the way, we'll cover exposure settings, composition considerations and tips for dynamic photos.

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March 28, 2020: Early Morning Cherry Blossoms Photo Shoot

Time: 5:45 AM - 8:15 AM
Fee: $84
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

Join us in the early morning at the Tidal Basin during Cherry Blossom season. Beginning before sunrise, we'll capture Jefferson Memorial framed with cherry blossoms set against the deep blue sky of twilight. We’ll then photograph our way around the Tidal Basin, capturing the Jefferson and the Washington Monument from many vantage points all framed by the cherry blossoms.

At each point along the way, we'll cover exposure settings, composition considerations and tips for dynamic photos.

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March 28, 2020: Fieldwork - Photography Basics with Cherry Blossoms

Time: 8:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee: $74
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 6

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 Tidal Basin provides plenty of photo opportunities. We’ll find the beautiful Cherry Blossom trees, the Jefferson and the Washington Monument framed in Cherry Blossoms and so much more.  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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March 29, 2020: Early Morning Cherry Blossoms Photo Shoot

Time: 5:45 AM - 8:15 AM
Fee: $84
Instructor: Geoff Livingston
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

Join us in the early morning at the Tidal Basin during Cherry Blossom season. Beginning before sunrise, we'll capture Jefferson Memorial framed with cherry blossoms set against the deep blue sky of twilight. We’ll then photograph our way around the Tidal Basin, capturing the Jefferson and the Washington Monument from many vantage points all framed by the cherry blossoms.

At each point along the way, we'll cover exposure settings, composition considerations and tips for dynamic photos.

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April 4, 2020: Spring at the Franciscan Monastery

Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

Enjoy a morning of nature and architecture at the Franciscan Monastery. In the spring their courtyard offers an incredible display of flower beds packed with tulips in a multitude of colors, along with other spring flowers. They offer opportunities for fine detail close-ups as well as dreamy artistic compositions. We will also explore the architecture inside the monastery where you'll find beautiful designs including arches, a domed ceiling and stained glass windows.

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April 4, 2020: Birds of Prey and Wildlife Critters Field Shoot

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $104

Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 10

Join us and enjoy the opportunity to photograph raptors, amphibians and wildlife animals that might include a turtle, a snake, an owl, a hawk, a skunk, a bat and possibly an artic fox. Although these are all wild creatures, they are not able to be returned to nature, instead they are cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.

These beautiful creatures are amazing to watch let alone photograph. We'll be in a wooded setting and will have the opportunity to photograph each of them. The raptors will be tethered on a natural perch while the other critters will be held by the handler or on a leash on the ground.

Location: Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria

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April 18, 2020: Fieldwork - Photography Basics At Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

Time: 3:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Fee: $74
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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April 25, 2020: Night Photography on the National Mall

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Geoff Livingston
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

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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April 26, 2020: Waterfalls Of The Potomac at Dawn

Time: 5:30AM - 8:30AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Roy Sewall
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

If this class is sold out please see the 5/3 date.

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 Professional Photographer and C&O Canal & Potomac River expert Roy Sewall, and learn how to shoot in low light, capture flowing water, exploit the rising sun, compose waterscapes and more.

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April 26, 2020: 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

Rescheduled from April 19

On a fresh spring day let’s 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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May 3, 2020: Waterfalls Of The Potomac at Dawn

Time: 5:30AM - 8:30AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Roy Sewall
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

New Date Just Added

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 Professional Photographer and C&O Canal & Potomac River expert Roy Sewall, and learn how to shoot in low light, capture flowing water, exploit the rising sun, compose waterscapes and more.

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May 3, 2020: Exploring Street Photography

Time: 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

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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May 7, 2020: Moonset and Sunrise Over Capitol Columns At National Arboretum

Time: 4:30AM - 7:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

Join us in the wee hours of the morning for this special access opportunity to photograph the moonset and sunrise over the lighted Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum.

We’ll start the class by capturing the Capital Columns with the moon setting behind them, then we’ll turn around and photograph the sun as it rises through the columns. 

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

Limit 8-10

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May 9, 2020: Springtime at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

With an expansive 23,000 acres, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers wonderful landscapes filled with wildlife. Spring migration will be in full swing and the refuge can be filled with a wide variety of songbirds.

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May 9, 2020: Photographic Composition – Essential Techniques

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

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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May 16, 2020: Fieldwork - Photography Basics in Old Town Alexandria

Time: 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Fee: $74
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 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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May 16, 2020: Night Photography on the National Mall

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 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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May 17, 2020: National Zoo Field Shoot

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 10

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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May 17, 2020: Cunningham Falls Adventure

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

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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