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March 29, 2019: Monuments at Night Photo Safari

Time: 7:15 PM - 9:45 PM
Fee: $79
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 1

​Postponed from rain on 3/8.

​Join Instructor E. David Luria, as we explore the best methods for photographing Washington, D.C.‘s monuments at night!  We will learn the best settings to use at night for achieving post card quality images of the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Women’s Memorial and more.

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March 30, 2019: Early Morning Cherry Blossoms Photo Shoot

Time: 5:45 AM - 8:15 AM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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 30, 2019: Fieldwork - Photography Basics with Cherry Blossoms

Time: 8:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee: $69
Instructor: Corey Hilz
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 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 31, 2019: Early Morning Cherry Blossoms Photo Shoot

Time: 5:45 AM - 8:15 AM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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 31, 2019: Fieldwork - Photography Basics with Cherry Blossoms

Time: 8:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee: $69
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

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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April 5, 2019: Georgetown At Night

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee: $79
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

If you think Georgetown is pretty in the daytime, wait until you see it through your camera’s viewfinder at night! On this safari you will learn the techniques of nighttime photography without flash, using a tripod and long exposures and adjusting the white balance settings on your digital camera.

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April 6, 2019: Early Morning Cherry Blossoms Photo Shoot w Emily Mitchell

Time: 6:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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 6, 2019: Early Morning Cherry Blossoms Photo Shoot w Corey Hilz

Time: 5:45 AM - 8:15 AM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

Additional Date Just Added.

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 6, 2019: Fieldwork - Photography Basics with Cherry Blossoms

Time: 8:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee: $69
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

Additional Date Just Added.

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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April 7, 2019: Birds of Prey and Wildlife Critters Field Shoot

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

Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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 7, 2019: Fieldwork - Late Afternoon On The Mall With Cherry Blossoms

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Fee: $69
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.

We begin near the Jefferson and and our timing will be perfect as we find it framed in Cherry Blossoms. We'll 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 14, 2019: Spring at the Franciscan Monastery

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

RESCHEDULED FROM 4/6

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 14, 2019: Exploring Macro Photography

Time: 11:00 AM - 2:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

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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April 14, 2019: Exploring Street Photography

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

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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April 27, 2019: National Airport Photo Safari

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $74
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 9

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. 

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April 28, 2019: Great Falls At Dawn

Time: 5:30AM - 8:30AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Roy Sewall
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 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 28, 2019: Photographic Composition – Essential Techniques

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 9

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 4, 2019: Fair and Festival Photography at Flower Mart

Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Aaron Clamage
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

Join us and learn the techniques of photographing street fairs and festivals. Wearing an Official Event Photographer badge, participants will roam the All Hallows Guild Flower Mart at the National Cathedral capturing photos of the people enjoying various events.

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May 5, 2019: 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: 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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May 5, 2019: National Zoo Field Shoot

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 6

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 11, 2019: Faces, Not Places, Photo Safari

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $74
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

This Photo Safari will give you very useful tips on how (and how not) to take posed and unposed photos of the people you know and how to capture candid moments of people you do NOT know in a variety of settings.

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May 11, 2019: Historic Waterford Field Shoot

Time: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

Spend the afternoon in the historic village of Waterford, Virginia, a National Historic Landmark. This quaint town in Loudoun County is located along Catoctin Creek and offers many photo opportunities, from historic homes and buildings, to beautifullly landscaped gardens and even an old church and a mill.

Through special access, we'll also have the unique opportunity to step back in time and photograph in the Second Street School, a one-room school house complete with late 1800's period props.

Fee includes a donation to the Historic Waterford Foundation.

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May 16, 2019: Pimlico Sunrise Tour

Time: 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

At the break of dawn the racehorses are being exercised before race day. Join Emily Carter Mitchell and experience Pimlico to its fullest with this sunrise tour at Old Hilltop.

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May 18, 2019: 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 18, 2019: Rock Creek Park Adventure

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

Join us for an “Adventure” hike in beautifully wild yet local Rock Creek Park.  Expand your creative nature photography by getting off the beaten track and find the hidden treasures on the trail.

Along the rapids area of Rock Creek Park, the road is closed on the weekends, bringing peace and quiet along the water. With a meandering trail along the river this adventure allows us to slow down and create compelling compositions of bridges, granite boulders and flowing waters.

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May 18, 2019: Street Art and Mural Photography

Time: 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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.

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May 19, 2019: Exploring Macro Photography

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

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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May 19, 2019: 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: 9

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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May 19, 2019: Fieldwork - Photography Basics At Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

Time: 3:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Fee: $69
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 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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June 1, 2019: Library of Congress Photo Safari

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $74
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

Join instructor E. David Luria, at one of the most beautiful buildings in the nation’s capital, the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.  We’ll photograph its beautiful exterior and then move indoors and capture the ornate interiors and grand staircases as the afternoon sun falls on the exterior and spills into the Great Hall interior. 

At each point on the safari, tips on low-light and mixed-light photography, taking pictures of the vaulting ceilings in the Great Hall, and how to use wide-angle lenses to maintain straight verticals will be discussed as well as techniques of composition, exposure and lighting.

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June 9, 2019: Getting Started in Bird Photography at the Maryland Zoo Baltimore

Time: 9:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Fee: $84
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

Join us at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and learn how to photograph birds in the wild. Learn the concepts of digital photography, field skills and equipment needed capture our feathered friends.  Designed for the beginning/novice photographer, this course will get you well on your way in photographing nature and wildlife at its best.

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June 15, 2019: Exploring Street Photography

Time: 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 9

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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June 22, 2019: Fieldwork - Photography Basics in Old Town Alexandria

Time: 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Fee: $69
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

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'll then photograph quaint shops and historic homes. 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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June 22, 2019: 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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June 23, 2019: Antiques and Treasures in Lucketts Virginia

Time: 7:30 AM - 10:30AM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

The antiques stores in Lucketts offer unique collections of décor, furniture, and knickknacks, making them a goldmine for photographers. We will be shooting outdoors at two stores that offer distinctly different types of photographic opportunities. From quirky and creative to unusual and hip, you will find that the antiques have their own personality. If you like textures, patterns, and subjects with character, you'll have a great time at Lucketts.

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June 23, 2019: Franciscan Monastery Photo Safari

Time: 2:30 PM -5:00 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 9

If you have not been to the Franciscan Monastery, you are in for a treat! A little bit of Europe right here in DC, it is one of the great hidden treasures for architectural photography, a 93-year old Byzantine-style church modeled after Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia.

Outdoors we'll enjoy many photo opportunities capturing the monastery, its arcades, the beautiful gardens and sculptures. Moving indoors, learn the techniques of interior photography without flash and the use of color-correcting filters.

Class fee includes a per person donation to Monastery.

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