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February 26, 2020: College Sports - Men’s Basketball at American University vs Lafayette

Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee: $160
Instructor: Mitchell Layton
Category: Sports Photography
Spaces left: 4

Join Pro Sports Photographer Mitchell Layton and enjoy shooting the American University Men's basketball team as they take on Lafayette. Capture the action shooting under the basket!

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February 29, 2020: Photoshop For Photographers

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

If this class is Sold Out, please see the 4/18/20 date.

oin 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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February 29, 2020: Smartphone Photography - Getting Started at National American Indian Museum

Time: 11:15 AM - 3:15 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: Smartphone Photography
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

If this class is Sold Out, please see the 2/16/20 date.

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 at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC and tap into your creative side through smartphone photography.

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February 29, 2020: Snow Geese at Middle Creek - 2 Day Photo Workshop

Time: 1:00 PM Saturday to 1:00 PM Sunday
Fee: $310
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Each year in early spring, thousands of migrating Snow Geese arrive to Middle Creek Wildlife area 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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March 1, 2020: Exploring Macro Photography

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

If this class is Sold Out, please see the 5/3/20 date.

Small subjects or little pieces of a larger subject are fascinating to explore with your camera. This class will teach you about the technical and creative aspects of successful close-ups. Find out how to work with different natural lighting conditions, as well what equipment is most useful. The skills you will learn can be applied to any subject of macro photography, at home or in the field.

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March 7, 2020: Fieldwork - Photography Basics at Library Of Congress

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $74
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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March 7, 2020: Photographic Composition – Essential Techniques

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

If this class is Sold Out, please see the 5/9/20 date.

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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March 7, 2020: The Small Studio

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $195
Instructor: Roy Sewall
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 2

Shooting in a studio provides a special opportunity to control light for portraits and full-body photography and is something that can easily be set up in the home.

Learn what's involved to make a small studio and how to equip it with the right gear. Spend the morning with Professional Photographer Roy Sewall exploring his small studio which has helped him create some truly unique photographs of people.

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March 8, 2020: Lightroom In A Day

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $159
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 2

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.

If you prefer to learn at a slower pace consider the Lightroom Library In-Depth class and the Lightroom Develop Module In-Depth class offered every other month.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. Follow the link here to see all of the Editing and Post Processing classes.

Location: Falls Church

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March 8, 2020: Eastern Shore’s Wintering Ducks

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Each winter, thousands of ducks call the Chesapeake Bay their home. One of their favorite places to visit is in Cambridge, Maryland where they are easily accessible for photography. Join us on the Choptank River and enjoy several different species of ducks. Spend time with this cooperative flock and improve your bird photography skills.

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March 8, 2020: National Cathedral “An Insider’s View”

Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Fee: $114
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

One of the most beautiful churches in Washington DC., the Washington National Cathedral took 90 years to build and offers great opportunities for exterior and interior architectural photography. We’ll teach you how (and how not) to photograph stained glass windows and church interiors without flash. Enjoy the opportunity to photograph on a guided tour to locations inside the Cathedral not open to the public.

Fee includes entrance fee and donation to Friends of the National Cathedral.

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March 9, 2020: Sunset and Moonrise Over The Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum

Time: 6:00PM - 8:15PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

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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March 10, 2020: Take Your Photography To The Next Level

Time: 7:30 PM -9:30 PM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Roy Sewall
Category: Learn from the Pro Lecture Series
Spaces left: 4

People always tell you your photos are great but in your mind, you know they could be better.  Perhaps you are entering competitions but not winning, or not winning as often as you’d like. You’re close but you need some guidance and direction on what to do to get your photography to the next level.  Join Roy Sewall for an insightful presentation on how to do just that.

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March 14, 2020: Exploring Macro Photography

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

If this class is Sold Out, please see the 5/3/20 date.

Small subjects or little pieces of a larger subject are fascinating to explore with your camera. This class will teach you about the technical and creative aspects of successful close-ups. Find out how to work with different natural lighting conditions, as well what equipment is most useful. The skills you will learn can be applied to any subject of macro photography, at home or in the field.

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March 14, 2020: DSLR Photography Basics

Time: 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 1

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.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. See all the DLSR classes at the General Classroom tab. 

Location: DC

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March 15, 2020: DSLR Photography Basics

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 11

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.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. See all the DLSR classes at the General Classroom tab. 

Location: Falls Church

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March 15, 2020: St Matthews Cathedral Photo Safari

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 9

Beautiful St Matthew's Cathedral offers incredible picture-taking opportunities. With special permission from the Cathedral staff, we are pleased to offer an exclusive Photo Safari that takes you inside this spectacular Cathedral, teaching you how to photograph church interiors without flash and how to photograph its stained glass windows.

Fee includes a per person donation to the Cathedral.

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March 15, 2020: External Flash Made Easy

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

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: Falls Church

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March 21, 2020: The Lightroom Develop Module In Depth

Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fee: $159
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

If this class is Sold Out, please see the 3/29 date.

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.

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

This class is offered on other dates and locations. Follow the link here to see all of the Editing and Post Processing classes. 

Location: Falls Church

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March 22, 2020: DSLR Photography Basics

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 11

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.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. See all the DLSR classes at the General Classroom tab. 

Location: Falls Church

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March 22, 2020: Family and Children Photography

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

If this class is Sold Out, please see the 4/18 date.

Photographing families and children can be both meaningful and artistically rewarding as well as financially beneficial. Family portraiture is a beautiful way to celebrate the gift of togetherness, strengthen relational bonds, build self-esteem in children, and document the family unit.

Whether photographing children for the family album or creating timeless portraits for future generations to enjoy, this class will help you build the skills necessary to achieve your goals. 

Location: Falls Church

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March 26, 2020: Early Morning Cherry Blossoms Photo Shoot w Emily Mitchell

Time: 5:45 AM - 8:15 AM
Fee: $84
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

Join us in the early morning at the Tidal Basin during Cherry Blossom season. Beginning before sunrise, we'll capture Jefferson Memorial framed with cherry blossoms set against the deep blue sky of twilight. We’ll then photograph our way around the Tidal Basin, capturing the Jefferson and the Washington Monument from many vantage points all framed by the cherry blossoms.

At each point along the way, we'll cover exposure settings, composition considerations and tips for dynamic photos.

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March 28, 2020: Early Morning Cherry Blossoms Photo Shoot

Time: 5:45 AM - 8:15 AM
Fee: $84
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

Join us in the early morning at the Tidal Basin during Cherry Blossom season. Beginning before sunrise, we'll capture Jefferson Memorial framed with cherry blossoms set against the deep blue sky of twilight. We’ll then photograph our way around the Tidal Basin, capturing the Jefferson and the Washington Monument from many vantage points all framed by the cherry blossoms.

At each point along the way, we'll cover exposure settings, composition considerations and tips for dynamic photos.

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March 28, 2020: Fieldwork - Photography Basics with Cherry Blossoms

Time: 8:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee: $74
Instructor: Corey Hilz
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 at the Tidal Basin provides plenty of photo opportunities. We’ll find the beautiful Cherry Blossom trees, the Jefferson and the Washington Monument framed in Cherry Blossoms and so much more.  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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March 28, 2020: Getting Started In Portraiture

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

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 aesthetic, this class is for you. 

Location: Falls Church

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March 29, 2020: Early Morning Cherry Blossoms Photo Shoot

Time: 5:45 AM - 8:15 AM
Fee: $84
Instructor: Geoff Livingston
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

Join us in the early morning at the Tidal Basin during Cherry Blossom season. Beginning before sunrise, we'll capture Jefferson Memorial framed with cherry blossoms set against the deep blue sky of twilight. We’ll then photograph our way around the Tidal Basin, capturing the Jefferson and the Washington Monument from many vantage points all framed by the cherry blossoms.

At each point along the way, we'll cover exposure settings, composition considerations and tips for dynamic photos.

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March 29, 2020: Smartphone Field Shoot - Springtime Around The Capitol

Time: 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: Smartphone Photography
Spaces left: 8

Enjoy capturing images with your phone on a field shoot that’s designed to spark creativity!  Join Michael Koren and photograph the Capitol building and its surroundings in the beautiful early morning light. Isolate the dome against the blue sky or choose to creatively frame it with spring blossoms.  We'll enjoy working around the whole area and come away with images of the Monument and Mall as well. 

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March 29, 2020: The Lightroom Develop Module In Depth

Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fee: $159
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 5

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.

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

This class is offered on other dates and locations. Follow the link here to see all of the Editing and Post Processing classes. 

Location: Falls Church

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April 4, 2020: Spring at the Franciscan Monastery

Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

Enjoy a morning of nature and architecture at the Franciscan Monastery. In the spring their courtyard offers an incredible display of flower beds packed with tulips in a multitude of colors, along with other spring flowers. They offer opportunities for fine detail close-ups as well as dreamy artistic compositions. We will also explore the architecture inside the monastery where you'll find beautiful designs including arches, a domed ceiling and stained glass windows.

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April 4, 2020: Birds of Prey and Wildlife Critters Field Shoot

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $104

Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 10

Join us and enjoy the opportunity to photograph raptors, amphibians and wildlife animals that might include a turtle, a snake, an owl, a hawk, a skunk, a bat and possibly an artic fox. Although these are all wild creatures, they are not able to be returned to nature, instead they are cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.

These beautiful creatures are amazing to watch let alone photograph. We'll be in a wooded setting and will have the opportunity to photograph each of them. The raptors will be tethered on a natural perch while the other critters will be held by the handler or on a leash on the ground.

Location: Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria

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April 5, 2020: DSLR Photography Basics

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 11

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.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. See all the DLSR classes at the General Classroom tab. 

Location: Falls Church

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April 5, 2020: Getting Started In Portraiture

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

If this class is Sold Out, please see the 3/28/20 that was just added.

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 aesthetic, this class is for you. 

Location: Falls Church

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April 18, 2020: Photoshop For Photographers

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $195
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 8

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: Falls Church

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April 18, 2020: Family and Children Photography

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 10

Photographing families and children can be both meaningful and artistically rewarding as well as financially beneficial. Family portraiture is a beautiful way to celebrate the gift of togetherness, strengthen relational bonds, build self-esteem in children, and document the family unit.

Whether photographing children for the family album or creating timeless portraits for future generations to enjoy, this class will help you build the skills necessary to achieve your goals. 

Location: DC

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April 18, 2020: Fieldwork - Photography Basics At Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

Time: 3:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Fee: $74
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

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 beautiful gardens of Dumbarton Oaks 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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April 19, 2020: Lightroom In A Day

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $159
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 8

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.

If you prefer to learn these modules more in depth, consider the Lightroom Library In-Depth class and the Lightroom Develop Module In-Depth class offered every other month.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. Follow the link here to see all of the Editing and Post Processing classes.

Location: DC

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April 19, 2020: Smartphone Photography - Getting Started at the American Indian Museum

Time: 11:15 AM - 3:15 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: Smartphone Photography
Spaces left: 6

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 at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC and tap into your creative side through smartphone photography.

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April 23, 2020: Photography As A Second Career

Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: E. David Luria
Category: Learn from the Pro Lecture Series
Spaces left: 7

With careful planning while you keep your day job, you CAN turn your hobby and your love of photography into a lucrative profession. Many people facing retirement, reduced pensions or job layoffs have successfully become full-time or part-time photographers, earning significant income with their photo skills.

We'll explore ways to make a successful transition looking at such options as shooting for stock, events, weddings, portraits, sports,  food, pets and more.

Location: DC

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April 25, 2020: DSLR Photography Basics

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 12

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.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. See all the DLSR classes at the General Classroom tab. 

Location: DC

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April 25, 2020: Preparing for an African Safari

Time: 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: Learn from the Pro Lecture Series
Spaces left: 4

Going on an African Safari is everyone’s dream and as a photographer a lot of planning is needed to have the trip of a lifetime. As a life-long international traveler, Emily has experience in preparing and planning for travel overseas as well as photographing the wildlife in various areas in Africa.

Location: Washington, D.C.

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April 25, 2020: Night Photography on the National Mall

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Geoff Livingston
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

Capture incredible nighttime images of DC's most exciting monuments and memorials! Join Instructor Geoff Livingston for this unique nighttime photography class.

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April 26, 2020: Waterfalls Of The Potomac at Dawn

Time: 5:30AM - 8:30AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Roy Sewall
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

If this class is sold out please see the 5/3 date.

Great Falls of the Potomac River is truly the greatest natural wonder of the DC area and there is no better time to photograph it than at dawn.

Join Professional Photographer and C&O Canal & Potomac River expert Roy Sewall, and learn how to shoot in low light, capture flowing water, exploit the rising sun, compose waterscapes and more.

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April 26, 2020: Horses in the Country

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

Rescheduled from April 19

On a fresh spring day let’s enjoy the country life and horses in a rustic barn setting. Join Emily Mitchell at an exclusive historical estate filled with Maryland history and horses in the back drop.

A per person donation is collected for the horse handlers. 

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April 26, 2020: The Lightroom Library In Depth

Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fee: $159
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 7

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 a day with Marie Joabar learning the Library Module in-depth covering the various options for importing images into your catalog to exporting images and everything in between, allowing you to set up and understand a system that keeps your images organized and easy to find. 

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

This class is offered on other dates and locations. Follow the link here to see all of the Editing and Post Processing classes. 

Location: Falls Church

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May 2, 2020: External Flash Made Easy

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 10

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: Falls Church 

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May 2, 2020: Advanced External Flash Class

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 8

Take your flash skills to the next level by expanding your creative options in the studio and on location. Learn to use your external flash off-camera (wirelessly or wired) and how to use multiple flashes.

We will also cover working with light modifiers for greater control and shaping the lighting on your subject. This class is appropriate for all brands.

Location: Falls Church

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May 2, 2020: Editing For Portraiture

Time: 12:00 PM - 5:30PM
Fee: $129
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 10

This class offers the tools needed to make your good portraits great. We will review some basic tools in Adobe Lightroom Classic and then take editing to the next level using some of the incredibly powerful yet simple tools available in Adobe Photoshop. We will cover topics such as skin retouching, fly away hairs, eye enhancement, wrinkle reduction, recovering lost highlights, and adding a texture to the background just to name a few.

If you are looking for the tools necessary to approach your portrait editing with confidence, this class is for you. 

Location: DC

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May 3, 2020: Waterfalls Of The Potomac at Dawn

Time: 5:30AM - 8:30AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Roy Sewall
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

New Date Just Added

Great Falls of the Potomac River is truly the greatest natural wonder of the DC area and there is no better time to photograph it than at dawn.

Join Professional Photographer and C&O Canal & Potomac River expert Roy Sewall, and learn how to shoot in low light, capture flowing water, exploit the rising sun, compose waterscapes and more.

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May 3, 2020: Exploring Macro Photography

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

Small subjects or little pieces of a larger subject are fascinating to explore with your camera. This class will teach you about the technical and creative aspects of successful close-ups. Find out how to work with different natural lighting conditions, as well as what equipment is most useful. The skills you will learn can be applied to any subject of macro photography, at home or in the field.

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May 3, 2020: Exploring Street Photography

Time: 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

This hands-on class will explore the unique aspects of the street photography genre and help you create compelling photographs that go beyond the ordinary snapshot.  Join Michael Koren for an afternoon learning pro level tips and techniques, privacy issues associated with street photography, as well as a hands-on session followed by an image review and feedback. 

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May 3, 2020: DSLR Photography Basics

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 12

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.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. See all the DLSR classes at the General Classroom tab. 

Location: DC

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May 7, 2020: Moonset and Sunrise Over Capitol Columns At National Arboretum

Time: 4:30AM - 7:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

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.

Limit 8-10

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May 9, 2020: Springtime at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

With an expansive 23,000 acres, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers wonderful landscapes filled with wildlife. Spring migration will be in full swing and the refuge can be filled with a wide variety of songbirds.

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May 9, 2020: The Small Studio

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $195
Instructor: Roy Sewall
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 4

Shooting in a studio provides a special opportunity to control light for portraits and full-body photography and is something that can easily be set up in the home.

Learn what's involved to make a small studio and how to equip it with the right gear. Spend the morning with Professional Photographer Roy Sewall exploring his small studio which has helped him create some truly unique photographs of people.

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May 9, 2020: Photographic Composition – Essential Techniques

Time: 10:10 AM - 2:10 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

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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May 16, 2020: Fieldwork - Photography Basics in Old Town Alexandria

Time: 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Fee: $74
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

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 in Old Town Alexandria gives us plenty of photo opportunities to practice exposure settings and creative captures. We begin down by the waterfront capturing the details in the harbor area, we’d then photograph quaint shops and historic homes decorated with an autumn flair. We end at the Farmers Market in front of City Hall where we’ll find street scenes, colorful produce, flowers stalls and more.

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May 16, 2020: Lightroom In A Day

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $159
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 8

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.

If you prefer to learn at a slower pace consider the Lightroom Library In-Depth class and the Lightroom Develop Module In-Depth class offered every other month.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. Follow the link here to see all of the Editing and Post Processing classes.

Location: Falls Church

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May 16, 2020: Smartphone Photography - Getting Started at the National Gallery of Art

Time: 11:30 AM - 3:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: Smartphone Photography
Spaces left: 10

Learn to use the camera that’s always with you 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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May 16, 2020: Night Photography on the National Mall

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Geoff Livingston
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

Capture incredible nighttime images of DC's most exciting monuments and memorials! Join Instructor Geoff Livingston for this unique nighttime photography class.

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May 17, 2020: National Zoo Field Shoot

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 10

Whether you’re planning an African safari or just want to learn how to photograph animals at the zoo or in your backyard, this class will help you capture more compelling images.

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May 17, 2020: Cunningham Falls Adventure

Time: 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

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.

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May 17, 2020: DSLR Photography Basics

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 16

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.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. See all the DLSR classes at the General Classroom tab. 

Location: Falls Church

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May 17, 2020: Getting Started In Portraiture

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 10

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. 

Location: Falls Church

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May 30, 2020: Printing With Lightroom Classic

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 10

This class will take you through the printing workflow in Lightroom Classic giving you the knowledge and skills to create beautiful prints. Topics include printer settings, photo layout, soft proofing, color profiles, printer/paper profiles, and more. 

Location: DC

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May 30, 2020: Wacom Tablets - Powerful Tools for Photo Editing

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $74
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 9

Wacom tablets are a great tool to use when editing your photos, especially when working with brushes and other fine grain adjustments. Learn how to maximize the use of these for photo editing. We will cover everything from basic functions to custom buttons and features.

Location: DC

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May 31, 2020: Photoshop For Photographers

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $195
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 10

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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July 22, 2020: Maine Photography Workshop

Time: This is a multi-day event: July 22-26, 2020
Fee: $See description

Category: Travel Workshops
Spaces left: 2

The Acadia National Park area on Mount Desert Island, Maine is a photographer’s paradise! Join us as we explore 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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