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November 30, 2021: CPC Photo Community - New Offering for 2022

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Fee: $99
Instructor: Lori Lankford
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THIS IS AN ONLINE OFFERING FOR 2022

The CPC Photo Community  is a new offering and is an online space for all skill level of photographers to connect, share images, learn new skills, and stay inspired. Enjoy monthly themed topics, photo walks, and more.

Follow this link to register for the Free Webinar on 12/14 for a sneak peak of the program details, monthly themes, guest speakers and much more. 

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December 5, 2021: Holiday Lights in Old Town Alexandria

Time: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

Join instructor Lori Lankford for Holiday Lights in Old Town, Alexandria. Take a break from the fast pace of the season and enjoy the unique charm and history of Old Town Alexandria. 

This is a hands-on walking, outdoor class where we will explore the magical lights of the holiday season. We will use historical Alexandria as our backdrop to photograph various lights in creative ways. 

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December 11, 2021: Fieldwork - Photo Basics at Library Of Congress

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

This class is designed for those who have taken any of the Photography Basics classes and want the opportunity to work in the field to reinforce the material covered in the classroom. We’ve encouraged you to leave the Auto settings behind and to shoot in the Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or Manual modes so now it’s time for some hands-on.

Our location at the Library of Congress gives us plenty of photo opportunities to practice exposure settings and creative captures from varying depth of field shots to slow shutter speeds to blur the visitors in a creative way.

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December 11, 2021: Holiday Time in Historic Annapolis

Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Annapolis celebrates the holidays in grand style and considered one of America’s Best Towns for the Holidays by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Join us and walk the cobblestone streets of this historic town and enjoy the decked out town in all its finery. Decorated wreaths on brightly painted doorways and the boats along the marina will bring the creative holiday spirit behind the lens.

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December 12, 2021: Smartphone Photography - Holidays in Fells Point

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: Smartphone Photography
Spaces left: 5

Learn to use the camera that’s always with you and go beyond taking a simple snapshot to using apps and creating a photograph that’s an artistic expression unique to your vision. Join Michael Koren in Fells Point photographing the charm of this enchanting area including colorful and festive holiday decor. Tap into your creative side through smartphone photography.

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December 14, 2021: CPC Photo Community - Free WEBINAR

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fee: $Free - Registration Required
Instructor: Lori Lankford
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Are you curious about the new CPC Photo Community for 2022? The CPC Photo Community  is a new offering and is an online space for all skill level of photographers to connect, share images, learn new skills, and stay inspired. Enjoy monthly themed topics, photo walks, and more.

Join us on Dec 14 from 7-8pm for a free webinar to hear all the details. Instructor, Lori Lankford will give you a sneak peak of the program details, monthly themes, guest speakers and much more. 

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December 15, 2021: Meadowlark’s Winter Walk Of Lights

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

If this class is Sold Out, please see the 12/21 date that we just added.

Meadowlark Garden’s Winter Walk of Lights features 500,000 lights and colorful holiday displays and is a special treat to photograph.  Join instructor Corey Hilz for a special evening wandering among this vibrant and whimsical wonderland.

Our class begins with Corey discussing the strategies for night photography and how to best capture the displays and colorful lights. You will learn what camera settings to use to capture high quality images, with special attention on White Balance, ISO and Autofocus. Focusing in the dark can a challenge and Corey will share tips and techniques that will improve your focusing accuracy.

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December 18, 2021: Moonset and Sunrise Over Capitol Columns At National Arboretum

Time: 5:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Join us in the wee hours of the morning for this special access opportunity to photograph the moonset and sunrise over the lighted Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum. We’ll start the class by capturing the Capital Columns with the moon setting behind them, then we’ll turn around and photograph the sun as it rises through the columns. 

A per person donation to the National Arboretum is included in the price of the class.

If this class is Sold Out, please see the Jan 17 and Feb 16 dates.

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December 21, 2021: Meadowlark’s Winter Walk Of Lights

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 6

Meadowlark Garden’s Winter Walk of Lights features 500,000 lights and colorful holiday displays and is a special treat to photograph.  Join instructor Corey Hilz for a special evening wandering among this vibrant and whimsical wonderland.

Our class begins with Corey discussing the strategies for night photography and how to best capture the displays and colorful lights. You will learn what camera settings to use to capture high quality images, with special attention on White Balance, ISO and Autofocus. Focusing in the dark can a challenge and Corey will share tips and techniques that will improve your focusing accuracy.

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December 29, 2021: Wildlife Photography Field Practice

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

Becoming successful as a wildlife photographer requires practice and time in the field. Join Emily Carter Mitchell in a park near Joppa, Maryland that has an abundance of cooperative wildlife.

On a paved walkway, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph a variety of bird species including Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Northern Cardinals and more. Both Eastern Gray squirrels and Black squirrels will run up to you asking for a peanut, which you’ll happily offer from your goody bag that is provided.

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January 2, 2022: Webinar Recordings

Time: 1 hour
Fee: $$20

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Purchase any of our past Webinar recordings. Each webinar is 1 hour long on various topics. 

Instructor Emily Carter Mitchell - Backyard Bird Photography

Instructor Lori Lankford - Photographing Spring In The Garden  

Instructor Lori Lankford - Winter in Place! Creative Photography Ideas

Instructor Michael Koren - Exploring Street Photography

Instructor Marie Joabar  - The Joy of Using Lightroom Classic

Instructor Catherine Simmons - Photoshop Essentials

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January 8, 2022: Composition in Nature

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

In this course, you’ll learn the wide variety of compositions that can be discovered out in nature. From sweeping landscapes and intimate scenes to close-ups and abstracts. With a creative eye, one can come home from an outing with unique images.

Join Emily Carter Mitchell at the National Wildlife Refuge center and develop your artistic eye for nature photography. You’ll learn how your composition choice conveys your interpretation of the natural world. We’ll look at nature’s smaller scenes, including intimate landscapes, portraits of trees and plants, and abstracts from textures and patterns.

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January 8, 2022: Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 5

Appropriate for DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras with manual exposure settings.

Today's digital cameras offer the photographer a wealth of tools that can lead to wonderful photographs and understanding the exposure settings allows you, not the camera, to craft the photo you envision. Take your camera off of Auto and take control!  Join Marie Joabar for an informative class covering exposure control, depth of field, lens choices, composition, and more.

Location: Falls Church

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January 8, 2022: Getting Started In Portraiture

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Having the ability to take your own professional-looking portraits can not only serve as a way to save some money on expensive studio portraits but can also be a way to beautifully document the people you love in a way that is meaningful to you and that represents your unique style of expression. If you want to advance your portraiture skills and techniques and begin taking portrait images that are high in both quality and aesthetics, this class is for you. 

If this class is Sold Out, please see the Feb 27 date.

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January 15, 2022: Wildlife Photography Field Practice

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 1

Becoming successful as a wildlife photographer requires practice and time in the field. Join Emily Carter Mitchell in a park near Joppa, Maryland that has an abundance of cooperative wildlife.

On a paved walkway, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph a variety of bird species including Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Northern Cardinals and more. Both Eastern Gray squirrels and Black squirrels will run up to you asking for a peanut, which you’ll happily offer from your goody bag that is provided.

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January 15, 2022: Creating A Vision Board For 2022

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 7

Create your vision for the new year! Vision Boards are a fun, creative way to set your intentions and goals for the new year!

Location: DC

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January 15, 2022: The Lightroom Classic Library Module - Getting Organized

Time: 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Fee: $159
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 1

Lightroom is the industry standard for amateurs and professional photographers alike for organizing and editing our images. At the heart of this powerful image management program lies the Library Module where we import, organize, sort, rate and tag our images.

Spend an afternoon with Marie Joabar learning the Lightroom Classic Library Module covering the various options for importing images into your catalog, organizing them in folders, and managing them with a system that keeps your images organized and easy to find. 

Bonus offering - This class offers students access to more than 35 pre-recorded video lessons so they can re-review what was covered in the classroom and also watch and learn from topics that weren't covered. 

If you prefer to learn the Lightroom Library and Develop Module all in one day, consider our Lightroom In A Day class offered monthly.

Location: DC

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January 16, 2022: iPhone Photography - Getting Started at the National Gallery of Art

Time: 11:30 AM - 2:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: Smartphone Photography
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Learn to use the iPhone camera and go beyond taking a simple snapshot to creating a photograph that’s an artistic expression unique to your vision. Join Michael Koren at the National Gallery of Art and tap into your creative side through mobile photography.

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January 17, 2022: Sunset and Moonrise Over The Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum

Time: 3:30pm - 6:15pm
Fee: $109
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

Join us for this exclusive and exciting opportunity to photograph the full moon rising over the lighted Capitol Columns. 

We’ll start the class by capturing the Capital Columns bathed in the warm afternoon light. Then when the moon rises, we'll photograph it famed through the columns and then above them. 

A per person donation to the National Arboretum is included in the price of the class.

If this class is Sold Out, please see the February 16 date. 

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January 22, 2022: Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 5

Appropriate for DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras with manual exposure settings.

Today's digital cameras offer the photographer a wealth of tools that can lead to wonderful photographs and understanding the exposure settings allows you, not the camera, to craft the photo you envision. Take your camera off of Auto and take control!  Join Corey Hilz for an informative class covering exposure control, depth of field, lens choices, composition and more.

Location: DC

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January 22, 2022: External Flash Made Easy

Time: 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 5

Learn how to get the most out of your external flash unit. The class will help you understand the modes and functions of your flash, as well as how aperture, shutter speed and ISO affect your flash photos. From adjusting the power of the flash to choosing how to position the flash, this class will help you become more skilled when using your external flash unit. 

This class is appropriate for ALL BRANDS: Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Pentax, Sony, etc.

Location: DC 

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January 23, 2022: Photoshop For Photographers

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $195
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 5

Join Corey Hilz for a day of hands-on Photoshop training geared towards the new or limited experience Photoshop user.

The class begins with an introduction to the Photoshop workspace and then explores techniques that only Photoshop offers, such as layers, masks, selections and creating composites. Photoshop's most exciting techniques require the use of layers so ample time is spent explaining how they operate and why you would want to use them.

Location: DC

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January 23, 2022: Fieldwork - Photography Basics at The National Building Museum

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 6

This class is designed for those who have taken any of the Photography Basics classes and want the opportunity to work in the field to reinforce the material covered in the classroom. We’ve encouraged you to leave the Auto settings behind and to shoot in the Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or Manual modes so now it’s time for some hands-on.

Our location is the National Building Museum which gives us plenty of photo opportunities to practice exposure settings and creative captures. Join us and come away with stronger skills for setting exposure and capturing exciting images that you’ll be proud to show off.

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January 26, 2022: How To Be A Photography Business Owner

Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Fee: $225
Instructor: Laura Hatcher
Category: Learn from the Pro Lecture Series
Spaces left: 6

Class meets on Jan 26 and on Feb 2.

Join Laura Hatcher to learn how to lay a solid foundation and build an actionable plan towards legally making money with your camera.

This 2 session in-person class is designed to provide experienced photographers, who aspire to earn money from photography, with accurate and relevant resources, lessons learned, and advice on establishing a legitimate photography business.

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January 30, 2022: Art Immersion at Baltimore’s Walters Museum - Create Art from Art

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

Immerse yourself in art than spans 7,000 years, from 5,000 BCE to the 21st Century, at the Walters Art Museum nestled in the elegant neighborhood of Mt. Vernon in Baltimore. 

In the mid 1800’s William Walters began to open his grand mansion to show off his ever-growing art collection. Today the museum houses more than 36,000 art objects for us to explore, photograph and become inspired.

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January 30, 2022: The Professional Headshot Workflow

Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Fee: $175
Instructor: Laura Hatcher
Category: Learn from the Pro Lecture Series
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

This class provides photographers who aspire to take professional headshots with an opportunity to learn how to attract, book, communicate to, and manage headshot clients from inquiry to delivery of images.  Join Laura Hatcher in her studio and practice how to interact with a client during a headshot session.

If this class is Sold Out, please see the March 6 date. 

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February 5, 2022: Photographic Composition – Essential Techniques

Time: 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

The composition of a photograph is the single most important element a photographer uses to convey an artistic statement.  What’s included, excluded and the arrangement of elements within the frame is all part of composition. 

This class will teach you techniques to improve the composition of your photos with hands-on shooting experience coupled with feedback.

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February 6, 2022: The Lightroom Classic Develop Module - Powerful Editing Tools

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $159
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 2

Designed exclusively for photographers, the Adobe Lightroom Develop Module offers incredible tools for editing our digital images. Join Marie Joabar as she provides in-depth explanations of these tools and shows you various ways to edit your photos whether you shoot Raw or JPEG. 

Bonus offering - This class offers students access to more than 35 pre-recorded video lessons so they can re-review what was covered in the classroom and also watch and learn from topics that weren't covered. 

If you prefer to learn the Lightroom Library and Develop Module all in one day, consider our Lightroom In A Day class offered monthly.

Location: DC

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February 8, 2022: Group Photo Critique Session

Time: 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Fee: $64
Instructor: Lewis Katz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

Did you ever want to get other photographer’s as well as a professional’s opinion of your work?  Here is your opportunity to participate in a group critique session with a professional photographer and several or your peers. 

This class meets on Zoom at 7-8:15pm EST 

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February 12, 2022: Winter Wonderland Adventure

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

The month of February surely will bring wintery scenes and is ideal for the hearty photographer in this photographic outing. Using weather to our advantage, one can create unique images that tell a story.

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February 12, 2022: Using Lightpads to Create Magical Floral Images

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 6

Join Lori Lankford and learn hands-on how to creatively photograph florals using a lightpad or lightbox. 

Location: DC

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February 12, 2022: Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 8

Appropriate for DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras with manual exposure settings.

Today's digital cameras offer the photographer a wealth of tools that can lead to wonderful photographs and understanding the exposure settings allows you, not the camera, to craft the photo you envision. Take your camera off of Auto and take control!  Join Corey Hilz for an informative class covering exposure control, depth of field, lens choices, composition and more.

Location: DC

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February 13, 2022: Fieldwork - Photo Basics at American Art Museum

Time: 11:40 AM - 2:10 PM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

This class is designed for those who have taken any of the Photography Basics classes and want the opportunity to work in the field to reinforce the material covered in the classroom. We’ve encouraged you to leave the Auto settings behind and to shoot in the Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or Manual modes so now it’s time for some hands-on.

Our location is the American Art Gallery / Nat Portrait Gallery which gives us plenty of photo opportunities to practice exposure settings and creative captures. Join us and come away with stronger skills for setting exposure and capturing exciting images that you’re proud to show off.

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February 16, 2022: Sunset and Moonrise Over The Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum

Time: 4:15pm - 7:00pm
Fee: $109
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

Join us for this exclusive and exciting opportunity to photograph the full moon rising over the lighted Capitol Columns. 

We’ll start the class by capturing the Capital Columns bathed in the warm afternoon light. Then when the moon rises, we'll photograph it famed through the columns and then above them. 

A per person donation to the National Arboretum is included in the price of the class.

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February 26, 2022: Lightroom In A Day

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $159
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 6

Learn Lightroom in a day with instructor Corey Hilz. We'll look at the 2 most powerful modules, the Library and the Develop Modules. This class is designed to make Lightroom easy to understand and put you in control of all it has to offer. It will cover your workflow from beginning to end: from importing and organizing to adjusting, sharing and exporting your images. 

Location: DC

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February 26, 2022: Snow Geese Photo Workshop

Time: Multi-day WORKSHOP - Feb 26 and Feb 27
Fee: $325
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: Travel Workshops
Spaces left: 8

This is a WORKSHOP not a class and is NOT eligible for the Thanksgiving Holiday Sale.

Each year in early spring, thousands of migrating Snow Geese arrive in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Spending their days foraging on the corn fields, and roosting at night on the lake, these geese refuel before heading out on their last push north.

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February 27, 2022: Getting Started In Portraiture

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 5

Having the ability to take your own professional-looking portraits can not only serve as a way to save some money on expensive studio portraits but can also be a way to beautifully document the people you love in a way that is meaningful to you and that represents your unique style of expression. If you want to advance your portraiture skills and techniques and begin taking portrait images that are high in both quality and aesthetics, this class is for you. 

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March 6, 2022: The Professional Headshot Workflow

Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Fee: $175
Instructor: Laura Hatcher
Category: Learn from the Pro Lecture Series
Spaces left: 4

This class provides photographers who aspire to take professional headshots with an opportunity to learn how to attract, book, communicate to, and manage headshot clients from inquiry to delivery of images.  Join Laura Hatcher in her studio and practice how to interact with a client during a headshot session.

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March 30, 2022: Springtime In Charleston Photo Workshop

Time: This is a multi-day event: March 30-April 3, 2022
Fee: $1450
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: Travel Workshops
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Join us in beautiful Charleston in the most beautufl season of Springtime.

Charleston South Carolina is a seaside town steeped in rich history. Spring is one of the best times to visit the low country as the city is bathed in spring color and the weather is perfect. This workshop will explore the civil war era homes and cobblestone streets of historic Charleston. Experience the iconic plantations where we will capture the gardens filled with azaleas and the trails of live oak trees. Visiting several coastal towns we will capture colorful sunrises and sunsets. 

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July 27, 2022: Maine Photo Workshop

Time: This is a multi-day event: July 27-31, 2022
Fee: $ See description

Category: Travel Workshops
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

The Acadia National Park area on Mount Desert Island, Maine is a photographer’s paradise! Join us as we explore the area around Bar Harbor and the best of Acadia including Cadillac Mountain, Jordan Pond,  Otter Cliffs, Sand Beach and more.  Discover the ‘Quiet Side’ of Acadia with us and capture classic harbor views in Southwest Harbor and Bass Harbor including Bass Harbor Lighthouse.

We’ve got an exciting itinerary planned to photograph some of the more iconic locations as well as some hidden gems. We’ll be out shooting gorgeous sunrises and will also capture some colorful sunsets. Everyone will come away from this workshop with amazing images and wonderful memories.

Fee includes 4 nights lodging in a lovely bed and breakfast on Mount Desert Island.

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September 21, 2022: Arches and Canyonlands Photo Workshop

Time: This is a multi-day event: Sept 21-25, 2022
Fee: $$1660
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: Travel Workshops
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Join Instructors EMILY CARTER MITCHELL and Marie Joabar in the Moab area in Utah where we'll explore the geological treasures in the Arches and Canyonlands parks.

Each is special in its own way and offers plenty of photo ops of incredible vistas of the ancient landscape carved by the Colorado and Green Rivers. We'll also have opportunities for astrophotography capturing the Milky Way.

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