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Garden Photography - Storytelling In The Garden

Garden Photography - Storytelling In The Garden

Join instructor Lori Lankford for Garden Photography in the Smithsonian Gardens. In this course we will explore how to create images that weave together to create a story of the garden. 

The course will focus on capturing images using various technical skills, exploring depth of field, light, and selective focus. We will capture the small, fine details in the garden as well as the larger scale garden views.  The final images will weave together to tell the story of the entire garden. 

Lori will cover: 

  • How to capture images in a variety of garden settings  
  • How to use light and modify light in the garden
  • How to use selective focus and Depth of Field in your images
  • How to capture the close-up small images in the garden as well as the larger scale garden scenes. 

This is a hands-on outdoor class where we will explore in the gardens, using the garden as our canvas to create our story of the garden. 
Participants should have a strong working knowledge of thier cameras and manual settings. 

A DSLR or mirrorless camera is required for this course.  Lenses in the range of 35mm-150mm will work well. A tripod is recommended for this class. 

Class limit: 6

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.

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: May 23 2021

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM




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.