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

Cunningham Falls Adventure

Cunningham Falls Adventure

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.

This State Park has a 43-acre lake, camping area, and is home to Cunningham Waterfall. Offering sweeping landscapes with the lake, and a meandering trail through the woods filled with wildlife and nature, a variety of nature compositions can be found.

This class will focus on learning how using filters can lead to slow exposures that create silky water effects.  Along with developing your slow exposure skills, in-depth compositional techniques for nature photography will be emphasized.

Designed for any level of adventurous photographer, we will concentrate on making thoughtful choices for compelling compositions and creating slow exposure captures.

Topics Include:

  • How Neutral Density and Circular Polarizer filters are used in nature photography.
  • Technical aspects including camera settings, the histogram, understanding light, and composition.
  • Creative composition for compelling nature captures.
  • Photography preparation for trail and travel.

This adventure is on uneven and rocky terrain. Boulder stepping is necessary near the water’s edge. Estimated distance is 1 ½ miles on both paved, unpaved and rocky trails.

Recommended Equipment:

  • Digital camera with a zoom lens in the 16 – 105mm range.
  • Tripod (required for slow exposures) and remote trigger switch if available.
  • Filters including: Circular Polarizer, Graduated Neutral Density and Neutral Density Filter (6 Stop or variable ND).
  • Clean memory Card and fully charged battery.
  • Camera manual

Questions can be directed to Marie Joabar at

Class Limit:  10

What People Are Saying About Emily

“Thoroughly enjoyed the class, Emily is a wonderful instructor and I learned a lot! I really appreciate her taking the time working with me on lighting and composition even though I had a smaller compact camera. I'll look forward to taking other classes she teaches!"

"Emily was terrific.  She gave explicit details re: camera settings, light, composition, and point of view.  She was very patient and gave individual attention.  I appreciated the opportunity to learn from her."

"Emily provided great instruction ahead of time, with tips and ideas. She was wonderful at making sure that everyone got the attention they needed and got real time feedback and help. Emily is awesome!"

Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell

Emily Carter Mitchell

Emily Carter Mitchell is an outdoor photography enthusiast well known for her bird, nature and wildlife photography. With over 20 years in the travel and hospitality industry, the sense of adventure and discovering lesser known destinations continue to inspire Emily’s photographic endeavors.

As a gifted photographer and avid birder in the DELMARVA area, time and patience has given her the insight in understanding the behaviors and characteristics of the avian world. Capturing a moment that expresses personality and a sense of humanity within the natural world brings one closer to nature.

Emily is a published photojournalist and her work can be seen in the Bay Weekly, on numerous book covers and smart device apps. Her blog, Hoof Beats and Foot Prints blog is internationally recognized and showcases her beautiful images and insights on nature.

Emily teaches the birding, wildlife and the Adventures On The Trails classes for Capital Photography Center.

Date: June 22 2019

Time: 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM




Cunningham Falls State Park, 14274 William Houck Drive, Thurmont, MD 21788

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Cancellation Policy:

  • A refund or a credit towards another class (less a $20 processing fee) can be given if cancellation notice is given more than 5 business days from the scheduled class.
  • If there is no cancellation notice, or it is given 5 business days or less, no refund or credit will be given.
  • Requests to reschedule a class will incur a $20 processing fee provided notice is given more than 5 business days prior to the class. If request to reschedule is given less than business 5 days prior to the class, no refund or credit will be given.
  • If Capital Photography Center cancels or postpones a class due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future class.