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Cunningham Falls Adventure

Cunningham Falls Adventure

Maryland offers a variety of beautiful waterfalls that are just waiting to be discovered, and Cunningham Falls in the Catoctin Mountains is nature at its best.

Located north of Frederick, Maryland, Cunningham Falls State Park is the home of Maryland’s highest cascading waterfall. Boasting 78 feet tall, Cunningham Falls is easily reached by a short hike and the lush late spring colors will enhance its beauty.

The park has a 43-acre lake, camping area, and is home to Cunningham Waterfall. Offering sweeping landscapes with the lake, and a meandering trail through the woods filled with wildlife and nature, a variety of nature compositions can be found.

This class will focus on learning how using filters can lead to slow exposures that create silky water effects.  Along with developing your slow exposure skills, in-depth compositional techniques for nature photography will be emphasized.

Designed for any level of adventurous photographer, we will concentrate on making thoughtful choices for compelling compositions and creating slow exposure captures.

Topics Include:

  • How Neutral Density and Circular Polarizer filters are used in nature photography.
  • Technical aspects including camera settings, the histogram, understanding light, and composition.
  • Creative composition for compelling nature captures.
  • Photography preparation for trail and travel.

This adventure is on uneven and rocky terrain. Boulder stepping is necessary near the water’s edge. The estimated distance is 1 ½ miles on both paved, unpaved and rocky trails.

Recommended Equipment: Digital camera with a zoom lens in the 18- 105mm range and a sturdy tripod (required for slow exposures).

NOTE: The park charges an Out-of-State visitor entrance fee of $7.00. In-State is $5.00. Exact cash is preferred.

Questions can be directed to Marie Joabar at

Class Limit:  8

COVID-19 Safety Practices: We are following the CDC Guidelines; masks are optional for those who are vaccinated, they should be worn by those who are not.

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:

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: October 09 2021

Time: 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM




Thurmont, MD 21788

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  • 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.
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