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Painting with Light

Painting with Light

Painting with light is an exciting and artistic way to portray your subject in a completely unique manner. Using the darkness as the backdrop, the photographer works like a painter using a flashlight to illuminate, highlight, and emphasize their subject.

Using your own light source to illuminate the scene provides creativity in rendering your final image.  Experimenting with color, intensity, and angle of the light source creates limitless possibilities and adds another technique to your portfolio.

Join instructor Marie Joabar and learn the tips and tricks to create lighting masterpieces.  With special access to the historic Ivy Hill Cemetery at nighttime, we’ll light paint some of the older tombstones, some dating back to the 1800s, as well as the old vault.

Class Requirements:
A good flashlight. A digital camera that must have the Bulb setting* for exposures longer than 30 seconds. Any lens in the 18-70mm range and a sturdy tripod with a cable release or a remote that works with the Bulb setting.
*The Bulb setting can usually be found by setting your camera to the manual exposure mode and slowing the shutter down to the lowest possible setting. Bulb is the very last setting.

More information about the cemetery can be found on their website,

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: 6

What People are Saying about Marie

“Marie is very friendly and was able to put herself in the mind of the beginner using clear and concise communication!”

“Marie clearly knows photography and comes from a technical perspective, but she has a talent for translating that technical information into understandable content and not everyone can do that! She was terrific!”

“The instructor made the class so interesting that it did not appear to be a four-hour class!”

“Marie struck the perfect balance of knowing her stuff and being non-intimidating!"

Instructor: Marie Joabar

Marie Joabar

Drawing on more than 12 years experience as the Corporate Trainer and Education Programs Manager for one of the Washington DC area’s leading camera retailers, Marie Joabar founded Capital Photography Center in January 2012.

With a talented staff of instructors and a wide variety of classes, its mission is to help those with a love of photography grow their passion and reach their goals - be it to capture better snapshots or become a professional photographer.

As an instructor herself, Marie finds just the right way to take complicated concepts and technology, and break the information down into easy-to-understand nuggets to share with others. Whether teaching photography basics or helping one better understand their camera, she works to take away one’s intimidation or sense of overwhelming that often accompanies learning new things so they can begin enjoying the craft and develop their skills.

Marie is also very active in the Shenandoah Valley where she teaches photography classes for Shenandoah County and writes the Shared Exposures photography column for “The Mountain Courier.” Her photos can be found in various print and online publications for the Shenandoah County Department of Tourism and have been published in various local magazines and newspapers.

She is a member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) and VECCA (Valley Educational Center for the Creative Arts). Her work can be seen on her website at

Marie teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

* DSLR Photography Basics
* Fieldwork - Photography Basics
* The Lightroom Library Module In Depth
* The Lightroom Develop Module In Depth
* And more

Date: May 08 2021

Time: 8:00PM-11:00PM




2823 King St, Alexandria, VA 22302

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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.