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

Pimlico Sunrise Tour

Pimlico Sunrise Tour

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.

After enjoying the sunrise on the Grandstand apron while watching the Preakness contenders’ morning workouts, you will get an insider's perspective on racing during an escorted tour of the stable area. You never know who you may run into on the backside. Trainers, owners, exercise riders and even jockeys start work early.

We will work on capturing horses in motion in low light and either panning or creating motion blurs. Enjoy the full access of Pimlico, learn more about the horse racing industry and capture one of Maryland’s most iconic destinations.

A digital digital camera with manual exposure controls and lenses in the 70mm to 200mm focal range will work well for this class.

Topics include:

  • Technical aspects including camera settings, histogram, understanding light, and composition.
  • How to capture fast-moving subjects for both freezing the motion and creating motion blur.
  • Creating storytelling compositions.

Limit: 8

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: May 16 2019

Time: 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM




Pimlico Race Track, Baltimore MD

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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.