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

Sunflowers at McKee-Beshers Marsh

Sunflowers at McKee-Beshers Marsh

Sunny Sunflower faces greet you in the early morning at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area. With wide sweeping fields of sunflowers, the possibilities are endless for the flower, nature and wildlife photographer. 

Join Emily Carter Mitchell and use all of the tools in your camera bag to capture strong images of the sunflowers. Begin developing your artistic creative eye for nature photography by learning the concepts of subject framing and background selection that influences your compositional choices.
Gain a deeper understanding in your camera settings and how they influence the level of focus in your images and how to make the right adjustments for proper exposure.

In addition to capturing sunflowers, with our telephoto lenses, we can strive for wonderful captures of Indigo Buntings or Goldfinches that dine on the seeds of the sunflower heads.

Recommended Equipment: 
•    DSLR or mirrorless camera with zoom lens in the range from 16-300mm focal range if you have that, 18-200 will work as well.
•    A tripod and shutter release cable (or camera self-timer)
•    Macro gear if you have it (lens, extension tubes, and/or close up filters)
•    Optional: Super telephoto lenses for bird photography
•    Reflectors and/or diffusers and a Circular Polarizing filte will all come in handy if you have them.

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: July 14 2019

Time: 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM




McKee-Beshears Wildlife Management Area, River Road, Poolesville, MD 20837

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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.