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

Topaz Studio For The Digital Artist

Topaz Studio For The Digital Artist

Capturing an image with your camera is just the beginning of creating a digital work of art. This class will bring out the artist within you as you tap into your creative side.  We'll go beyond Lightroom and learn about Topaz Studio, a powerful software system that offers a wide variety of post processing techniques to bring your digital images to life.

Topaz Studio is fast, flexible and a creative toolbox for editing your images and adding painterly effects, textures and masks without complicated commands.

This class will focus on mastering Topaz Studio in tandem with Lightroom and Photoshop. The session will begin with the conceptual understanding of what is needed to create a piece of digital art. We then go in depth with Topaz Studio’s platform and learn about the many creative modules within the system including Topaz Impressions, Topaz Texture effects, AI Clear and more.

Topics include:

  • Creative choices made while capturing images that works well with artistic edits.
    • Camera and lens choices.
    • Compositional elements.
  • Learning what is free with Topaz Studio and the creative edits available.
  • Thorough explanation of the features within Topaz Studio.
  • Topaz Impressions and creating a painterly effect with your images.
  • Topaz Texture effects and how to add layers and masks easily.
  • AI Clear and how it effectively reduces noise and brings in detail to high ISO images.
  • Many additional plug-ins and Pro-Adjustments.

NOTE:   This class is taught on student’s own laptop with Topaz Studio installed along with Topaz Impressions, Texture Effects, and AI Clear. Topaz Studio is free and 30-day trials are available for Impressions, Textures, and AI Clear.

Class Prerequisite: Participants need to have a working knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop. We offer these classes monthly so consider taking one if you’re not familiar with these programs. We will not be able to introduce you to these programs at the class. 

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: March 24 2019

Time: 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM




8130 Porter Rd, Falls Church, VA, 22042

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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.