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College Sports - Men’s Basketball at American University vs Lafayette

College Sports - Men’s Basketball at American University vs Lafayette

Join Pro Sports Photographer Mitchell Layton and enjoy shooting the American University Men's basketball team as they take on Lafayette. Capture the action shooting under the basket!

Mitchell lays the groundwork for shooting basketball with only available lighting. He’ll help you set your camera to the most effective settings and will offer his advice on the following:

  • Exposure settings 
  • White Balance & lighting
  • What makes a great shot  
  • Looking at the moment

Recommended Equipment:

  • A monopod is recommended if you are using a long lens of 300mm or more. Do not bring a tripod.
  • A telephoto lens with a focal range of 80 to 200mm, a 300mm lens can work but the action is pretty close for this range.
  • Wide-angle lenses in the range of 18 to 50mm will be useful for full-court shots.
  • Consider renting lenses, we recommend F8 Rentals
  • Bring plenty of memory cards and an extra battery.

Note - Game time is at 7:00 pm but we start at the class at 6:30 pm.

The price of the class covers entry to the game but does not cover parking or food. (There is free parking during the evenings and on weekends.)

Questions about this class can be directed to Marie Joabar at

Class Limit: 4

What People Are Saying About Mitchell

"The class with Mitchell was fantastic! He is an excellent teacher and just a very nice guy! He made the extra effort to teach us how to get the best shots and what to look for during the game. I could not ask for more. It was money well spent to say the least."

“I had such a great time – I’m not sure what more Mitchell could have done to make it better.  I had high expectations and you exceeded them!”

“I had an absolute blast and learned so much!  Having someone of Mitchell's stature take the time to teach and talk with us is just phenomenal.  I am so excited to continue practicing the techniques and skills he taught and can not wait to learn more… The class size was just right too!  Great one on one opportunities!”

"The perfect training course for those interested in understanding how difficult, yet rewarding sports photography can be."

Instructor: Mitchell Layton

Mitchell Layton

​Long standing relationships with the Washington Nationals, George Washington University, American University, Georgetown University and the Verizon Center have established Mitchell as the area's leading sports photographer.  

In addition to his work with local sports teams, Mitchell has had the opportunity to cover three Olympic games, as well as every major sporting event in the United States including, but not limited to Super Bowls, Stanley Cup Finals, NCAA Championships and World Series.  His work appears regularly on sports web sites that include Sports,, and, as well as in many print publications that are read worldwide. His photographs have appeared in Sports Illustrated, ESPN: The Magazine, USA Today, Time, Newsweek and National Geographic.

In recent years, his work has been a part of an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery that documented the changing neighborhood around the then, newly built, Verizon Center.   Having been part of the Washington D.C. and Baltimore sports world for over 35 years, Mitchell has distinguished himself as a well established and well respected photographer known for his creativity, reliability and long term dedication to service. More of his work can be viewed on his website, His photos are represented by Getty Images and can also be viewed on their website.

  • Mithcell teaches the Sports Photography Classes 

Date: February 26 2020

Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM




American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20016

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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.