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February 5, 2022: Photographic Composition – Essential Techniques

Time: 10:00AM - 2:00PM
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. 

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 12, 2022: Winter Wonderland Adventure

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

The month of February surely will bring wintery scenes and is ideal for the hearty photographer in this photographic outing. Using weather to our advantage, one can create unique images that tell a story.

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February 13, 2022: Fieldwork - Photo Basics at American Art Museum

Time: 11:40 AM - 2:10 PM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

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 16, 2022: Sunset and Moonrise Over The Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum

Time: 4:15pm - 7:00pm
Fee: $109
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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February 20, 2022: Winter in Historic Frederick

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 6

Join Lori Lankford and enjoy a winter walk through the historic town of Frederick. We will explore many aspects of winter photography. Capturing long shadows, water reflections, and street scenes will be covered while we explore Carroll Creek and Baker Park in Frederick, MD. 

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March 5, 2022: Photographic Composition – Essential Techniques

Time: 10:00AM - 2:00PM
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. 

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 5, 2022: Eastern Shore’s Wintering Ducks

Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 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 and enjoy several different species of ducks. Spend time with this cooperative flock and improve your bird photography skills.

This class is limited to just 6 people.

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March 12, 2022: Painting with Light

Time: 6:15PM-9:15PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

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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March 13, 2022: Waterfalls Of The Potomac

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

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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March 17, 2022: Moonset and Sunrise Over Capitol Columns At National Arboretum

Time: 5:45 AM - 8:15 AM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

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.

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March 19, 2022: 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: 6

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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March 30, 2022: Tulip Magnolias at the Smithsonian Gardens

Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

A lovely garden is tucked away next to the Smithsonian Castle and is filled with beautiful saucer magnolias that bloom magnificently in early spring.

Join Emily Carter Mitchell for this early morning garden photo field shoot to improve on your garden and floral photography. This garden offers a variety of subjects that help develop your creative eye for strong compositions.

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April 9, 2022: Waterfalls in the Patapsco

Time: 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM
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.  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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April 10, 2022: Fieldwork - Late Afternoon On The Mall

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Marie Joabar
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.

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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April 15, 2022: Moonset and Sunrise Over Capitol Columns At National Arboretum

Time: 4:30 AM - 7:15 AM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 6

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.

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April 16, 2022: Horses in the Country

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

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 and the facility. 

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April 23, 2022: Beginner Flower Photography in the Garden

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

Join instructor Lori Lankford for a Beginner class on Garden Photography.  The class will give you an introduction to capturing beautiful close-up images in the garden.

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April 24, 2022: Waterfalls Of The Potomac

Time: 5:15AM - 8:15AM
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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April 24, 2022: Springtime at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Time: 5:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $165
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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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April 30, 2022: 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, and hands-on photographing around the White House area. 

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May 1, 2022: Create Impressionistic Images - Winterthur Gardens

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field ShootingTravel Workshops
Spaces left: 4

Join instructor Lori Lankford for a spring day spent creatively capturing garden scenes at the renown Winterthur Gardens. Learn tips and techniques to creatively capture beautiful floral and garden images. 

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May 1, 2022: May Day In Annapolis

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

Join Emily Carter Mitchell and celebrate spring in a unique event in Historic Annapolis.

On May 1st Annapolis homes and businesses decorate their entryways with baskets of fresh-cut flowers and colorful ribbons to commemorate May Day. We will walk the historic streets and work on our technical and compositional skills to create a wonderful collection of images to share. This class is great for any camera of choice and all skill levels are welcome to attend.

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May 15, 2022: Delaware Shorebird Extravaganza

Time: 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: $175
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

The Delaware seashore during the month of May attracts thousands of Horseshoe crabs that lay their eggs on the sandy shoreline. The Horseshoe crab eggs are a critical food source for migrating shorebirds along their long journey from the south on their way to their breeding grounds in the north.

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May 15, 2022: Creative Garden Photography - Exploring Light

Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

Join instructor Lori Lankford and explore natural light in garden photography. 

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 Dumbarton Oaks Gardens as our studio, we’ll find beautiful natural light to enhance our images in a creative way.

Class limit: 8 students.

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May 22, 2022: Creative Close-Up Photography in the Gardens

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

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 fun tools to add creativity while photographing. 

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