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Compelling Compositions at the U.S. Botanical Gardens

Compelling Compositions at the U.S. Botanical Gardens

The Conservatory at the Botanic Gardens offer plenty of options for thinking thru your compositions and seeing stronger images. We'll focus on storytelling with larger landscape shots as well as filling the frame with the details. We'll look for the less obvious ways to compose striking images.

We'll photograph throughout the Conservatory and use various settings to achieve the creative look you want in the image.

Topics include: 

  • Wide angle storytelling
  • Filling the frame details with telephotos
  • Overcoming exposure issues with exposure bracketing 
  • Seeing in black and white
  • Filling the frame with patterns, shapes and lines 
  • Isolating single subjects 
  • And more 

Our location at the US Botanical Gardens Conservatory gives us plenty of photo opportunities to capture dynamic images.

Any camera with the Aperture Priority or Manual mode is appropriate and lenses from 18-135mm. Tripods are optional, we can only get a permit for 2 at a time so it might be better to work without them. A circular polarizer (if you have one) may come in handy to remove glare on the leaves. 

Class Limit: 8

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: February 26 2023

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM




100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20001

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Class Cancellation Policy

  • 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.
  • If there is no cancellation notice, or it is given 5 business days or less, no refund or credit will be given.
  • Please check the name and date of the class carefully. Requests to reschedule a class will incur a $20 processing fee provided notice is given more than 5 business days prior to the class. If request to reschedule is given less than business 5 days prior to the class, no refund or credit will be given.
  • If Capital Photography Center cancels or postpones a class due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future class.