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Creative Garden Photography - Exploring Light

Creative Garden Photography - Exploring Light

Join instructor Lori Lankford for Capturing Light In The Garden. In this course we will explore the beautiful late afternoon light in the garden. 

We will review types of light, how to find and create bokeh, how to modify the light, and how to use light to enhance our images. Using 3 of the Smithsonian gardens as our studio, we’ll find beautiful natural light to enhance our images in a creative way. 

Topics include: 
- Types of natural light 
- How to manage the light that you have available
- What is bokeh and how to find it in a natural setting
- How to use light to enhance your images in a creative way

This is a hands-on outdoor class where we will explore in the gardens. Students will come away with techniques to use in any natural setting. 

All camera types and skill levels are welcome. If using an interchangeable lens camera, lenses in the range of 50mm-150mm would work well. A Macro lens is ideal but is not required. Tripods are recommended for this class.

Class limit: 6

The class fee includes a supply bag (for you to keep) with tools, such as spray water bottles and shoot-through materials (lace, metal tubing, and fabric) to add creativity while photographing. 

NOTE - All students and instructors, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, AGREE TO WEAR A FACE MASK that covers the nose, mouth, and chin during the class and MAINTAIN A SOCIAL DISTANCE OF SIX FEET or more when possible. 

Questions can be directed to Marie Joabar at

What People Are Saying About Lori

"Lori has opened a new door for me!! I am so excited. I hope to learn more from her in the future. Looking forward to the next class." 

"I've taken two photography classes with Lori and both were exceptional.  Her classes have a great mix of both lecture and practical exercises which really enhances the learning experience. Lori is an outstanding teacher who is passionate about her craft and passionate about teaching others the art of photography."

“Lori's classes were exceptional in every respect - her enthusiasm was contagious; her preparation always exceeded expectations; class activities and assignments were challenging and motivating; and, her feedback was constructive and right on target. I certainly plan on attending any upcoming workshops that Lori conducts.”

Instructor: Lori Lankford

Lori Lankford

Lori Lankford is a photographer specializing in macro, flower and landscape photography. Her passion for photography began as a way to capture her personal travel adventures. Over the years she dived into the fine details of macro and flower photography.  She loves to escape so deeply into the details of a tiny object. Lori spends her free time in local gardens across the country shooting in the natural light and capturing its beauty.  Lori’s work has been exhibited in local and national gallery exhibits as well as in printed calendars and catalogs. 

Lori has a love for teaching and sharing her passion for nature. She leads workshops in the Virginia/DC area. You can learn more about Lori on her website,

Lori teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

  • Creative Close-ups
  • Creative Editing with Photoshop
  • iPad/iOS Creative Editing Course
  • And many others

Date: June 05 2021

Time: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM




1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560

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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.