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Capturing the Holiday Spirit on The National Mall

Capturing the Holiday Spirit on The National Mall

People come from far and wide at all times of the year to take iconic photos on the National Mall. The holidays are a particularly great time to capture Washington, D.C. in its most festive spirit.

Explore landscape photography in a way that will give you an entirely new perspective of our nation’s capital. You’ll learn pro-level tips and techniques that turn the ordinary into the sublime and enable you to get the most out of your holiday photos.

Josh will start with an overview of the best locations in and around D.C. to capture unforgettable holiday scenery and will also discuss how to get the most out of your shots. With his guidance and direction, you will take photos from key vantage points on the Mall before eventually walking to the Ellipse to capture shots of the White House and the National Christmas Tree.

You’ll create photographs that demonstrate your personal vision while using your own gear optimized for landscape and nighttime photography.

Topics include:

  • Overview of best locations for holiday photography in and around D.C.
  • Proper techniques and settings for landscape photography at night
  • Pro tips and techniques for capturing compelling images
  • Create captivating images using anticipation, patience, composition, and visualization
  • Hands-on image capture
  • Image review and feedback in the field

Recommended gear: Although any camera will do, for best results we recommend a DSLR or mirrorless camera with manual exposure controls. For lenses, bring a range from 24-200mm and 400-600mm. Consider renting a long telephoto lens if you don't already have one and explore the exciting opportunities they offer.

COVID Safety Practices: Masks are optional.

Questions about this class can be directed to Marie Joabar at

Class Limit: 8-10

Instructor: Josh Steele

Josh Steele

Josh Steele is a landscape photographer in the Washington/Baltimore metro area specializing in blue hour, nighttime and moon photography. His alter ego is that of management consultant and technology executive.

Josh’s work has been featured by the Kennedy Center, The Washington D.C. Temple, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Dulles International Airport, PhotoPills, Exposed DC as well as a number of D.C. area publications, media outlets and social media influencers.

Josh’s passion for photography was born from his love of travel. Having traveled around the world, he has always wanted to capture the moments and images that make us stop and think about the beauty and diversity around us. As Josh describes it, photography is his meditation. It allows him to integrate art and science in a way that expresses the essence of exploration as seen from different perspectives.

Visit Josh’s website to learn more.

Date: December 11 2022

Time: 4:15 PM - 645 PM




2 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20024

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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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