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Ducks On The Mall In DC

Ducks On The Mall In DC

Constitution Gardens is a lesser-known memorial and a living legacy to honor the U.S. Constitution and past Presidents.

There are several varieties of ducks that enjoy this pond including Northern Shovelers, Gadwalls, Ring-necked ducks, Mallards, and Canada Geese. A natural area within the busy monument area, many additional bird species can be found surrounding the park.

These ducks are accustomed to visitors and are cooperative subjects. We will spend time along the water patiently awaiting the ducks to glide closer for low perspectives and creative views.

Suitable for photographers of all levels, you will improve your skills in bird and nature photography. Becoming more aware of how light availability affects your camera setting choices, you’ll become more confident in quickly knowing what works depending on the scene.

Topics include:

  • The essentials of bird photography including field behavior and technical aspects.
  • Creative compelling compositions in nature photography
  • Improve confidence when selecting camera settings to create the desired effect.

This class is suitable for photographers of all levels, you will develop your skills in bird and nature photography and develop better confidence in choosing camera settings to create compelling images based on available light.

Recommended Equipment: DSLR with focal range of 24-300 mm lens. A sturdy tripod.

NOTE - Students will be required to follow COVID-19 Safety Practices, conduct a Self-Screening Health Assessment and sign a Waiver of Liability prior to attending a class. These items can be reviewed on the class registration page.

Class 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!"

"The instructor is a very good teacher and talented photographer. She takes us to interesting locations, gives a short briefing and technical review, then leads the class through the landscape ensuring that we students see all the photo possibilities, while checking that we keep our camera settings adjusted for the changing light. I get introduced to something new in every class. Things I could never have seen alone. With her instruction, I am now producing images that I enjoy to keep and enjoy to share with my family and friends."

Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell

Emily Carter Mitchell

Emily Carter Mitchell is an award winning and published nature and wildlife photographer based in Annapolis, Maryland. Through her work Nature as Art she brings a creative interpretation of the natural world around us bringing a sense of serenity in a world increasingly filled with chaos. There is a sense of stillness and ethereal attributes in her images that has one see beyond what is first obvious.

Emily holds a Master’s Degree in Global Management, with a corporate background in Human Resources and extensive years in the travel and hospitality industry. Her photographic journey began when she was a teenager and she has always enjoyed photography as a way to capture the world around her.

Emily’s passion of photography is shared with others through her nature and wildlife photography classes for Capital Photography Center based in the Metro DC area.

To enjoy her creative work, please visit Emily’s website at: www.emilymitchellphotographycom

Emily teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

* Getting Started in Bird Photography
* Photo Adventures and to various parks and waterfalls
* A wide variety of In-The-Field Shooting classes 
* Editing with Topaz

Date: December 06 2020

Time: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM




Constitution Avenue near 19th St, 20006

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Cancellation Policy for registrations after June 1, 2020

  • When canceling a class, we would prefer and appreciate as much notice as possible.
  • If you are feeling ill, are exposed to a person who has COVID-19, or answer yes to any of the questions on the Self Screening Health Assessment, we ask that you stay home. Our policy for these situations is that you can choose a credit code for the full amount of your purchase which can be applied toward the purchase of any future in-person class.
  • If there is another shutdown due to the Pandemic and a class is canceled due to that, we will issue a credit code for the full amount of your purchase which can be applied toward the purchase of any future class.
  • If we cancel a class due to low registration, you can choose a credit toward a future class or a full refund.
  • Students wishing to switch classes or dates will need to give 5 days notice. At this time there will be no fee to change.