One of DC’s most iconic buildings, the Library of Congress is an ideal place to practice natural light photography and portraiture. Gorgeous light, leading lines, dramatic stircases, amazing architecture, and epic spaces, all provide great opportunities to frame subjects and capture stunning images.
Join Instructor Geoff Livingston for this unique class where you will learn how to take beautiful photos of human subjects. A professional model is joining the team for this amazing class to ensure professional posing with a dramatic flair. Each photographer will have the opportunity to photograph our model with Geoff’s guidance.
Photographing subjects in dramatic light
- Exposing for bright natural light in dark “contrasty” buildings
- Composing and framing subjects with leading lines nand architectural elements
- Architectural photography
- Using shallow depth of field and open apertures.
Suggested equipment is DSLR or mirrorless camera with lenses in the range of 24-70, or 24-105mm. If you have a prime lens in this range bring it along, its wide aperture (usually f1.4 to f2.8, depending on the lens) will help capture stunning portraits with depth of field. No flash or tripods for this class, the goal is to learn tips for photographing with natural light.
Participants should have a basic understanding of exposure controls, we will not be able to introduce you to this material at the class. If you are not familiar with it, consider taking a Photo Basics class first.
Participants should be able to climb a few flights of stairs.
Class Limit: 8
Instructor: Geoff Livingston
Geoff Livingston is an award-winning photographer and author specializing in photojournalism and landscape photography. What he really likes is to take pictures every day and is happiest behind the lens.
It is by being mindful and present that great captures happen, says Geoff.
During his hiatus from teaching photography, Geoff was immersed in marketing initiatives for various companies. In 2023 he started his own marketing company, Generative Buzz to help businesses utilize the power of new AI technology.
His photographic inspirations include Tony Corbell, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Frank McNally, and Lawrence Jackson.