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October 1, 2022: National Zoo Field Shoot

Time: 8:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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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October 1, 2022: Night Photography in Georgetown

Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

Capture incredible nighttime images of DC's most exciting area, Georgetown! Join Instructor Marie Joabar for this unique nighttime class. 

We'll look for colorful lights to make exciting compositions. We'll practice car trails, learn how to capture long exposures, and frame iconic scenes of this popular area.

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October 2, 2022: Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: Photo Basics & Misc Classroom
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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: DC

If this class is SOLD OUT, see the 10/23 and 11/6 dates.

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October 2, 2022: Exploring Macro Photography

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

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.

If this class is SOLD OUT see 11/12 date.

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October 8, 2022: The FUNdamentals of Food Photography

Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $195
Instructor: Laura Chase de Formigny
Category: Learn from the Pro Lecture Series
Spaces left: 6

Have fun with your food!

Join Laura Chase de Formigny and be prepared to learn from a pro as she shares her tips and tricks for getting started in food photography.

Location: DC

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October 9, 2022: Getting Started In Studio Lighting

Time: 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Fee: $175
Instructor: Laura Hatcher
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 1

Join Laura Hatcher in her Old Town, Alexandria photography studio and learn what gear is best for creating your own studio. This hands-on class provides photographers an opportunity to learn how to set up various types of lighting equipment to create portraits in a studio setting. 

If this class has Sold Out please see 12/4 date.

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October 15, 2022: External Flash Made Easy

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 7

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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October 15, 2022: Printing With Lightroom Classic

Time: 2:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 8

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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October 16, 2022: Photoshop For Photographers

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $175
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 7

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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October 16, 2022: Composition in Nature at Lake Roland Park

Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

Learn techniques to improve a photograph’s composition in Baltimore’s Lake Roland Park. We’ll find panoramic views of a stone dam built early in the 1860’s and its reservoir with beautiful nature scenes along the banks. 

We’ll explore woodlands compositions and closeups of flowers and vegetation as we stroll on a boardwalk through woodlands to the Falls Road Light Rail Station. We'll also photograph the architectural elements of the station and the comings and goings of the trains.

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October 22, 2022: Lightroom In A Day

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $159
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 7

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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October 22, 2022: Eclectic Hampden Field Shoot

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Lewis Katz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

Explore the many fascinating aspects of this eclectic neighborhood and its wonderful photographic opportunities.  Once an area where mill and factory workers lived this neighborhood now offers great street photography opportunities as well as interesting architecture and a great skateboard park to capture those actions shots. Join Instructor Lewis Katz and explore a Hampden neighborhood in transition where the past and present collide. 

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October 23, 2022: Waterfalls Of The Potomac

Time: 6:30AM - 9:30AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

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 Corey Hilz and learn how to shoot in low light, capture flowing water, exploit the rising sun, compose waterscapes, and more.

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October 23, 2022: Smartphone Photography - Art On The Mall

Time: 11:30 AM - 2:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field ShootingSmartphone Photography
Spaces left: 8

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 outdoors at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and the exciting new "Draw the Curtain" covering the outside of the Hirschhorn Museum building. We’ll find endless photographic opportunities perfect for smartphone photography in this area.

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October 23, 2022: Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

Time: 12:30 PM -4:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Photo Basics & Misc Classroom
Spaces left: 9

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: Falls Church

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October 29, 2022: Fieldwork - Photo Basics in Old Town Alexandria

Time: 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Fee: $79
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 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 fall trim, and 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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October 29, 2022: Getting Started In Portraiture

Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Aaron Clamage
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 2


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 12/3 date.

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October 29, 2022: Hidden Gems in Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Judy Graham
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

Join Judy Graham for an afternoon photographing the hidden gems and intimate scenes of the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens in Georgetown neighborhood.  

We'll explore the gardens concentrating on making dynamic images using the available light, selective depth of field, applying the rule of thirds, and looking for leading lines and elements which help guide the viewer’s eye deeper into the image.

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October 30, 2022: Creatively Capturing Fall

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

Autumn is a beautiful time of year to photograph fall plants and flowers along with the colorful fall foliage. Join Corey Hilz at Brookside Gardens and explore a diverse collection of plants and landscaping. We find plenty of fresh photographic material, from landscape details to close-ups.

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October 30, 2022: Exploring The Capitol Fountains and Gardens

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

The area surrounding the Capitol has many beautiful fountains and exquisitely maintained gardens.  Join us as we explore the grounds around the Capitol building, fountains at the Library of Congress and the lovely outdoor gardens of the U. S. Botanical Gardens. 

Learn techniques to capture colorful images within the gardens as well how to use long exposure of the flowing fountains.

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November 5, 2022: Rock Creek Park Adventure

Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 9

Join Emily Carter Mitchell for an “Adventure” hike in beautifully wild yet local Rock Creek Park. Expand your creative nature photography by getting off the beaten track and find the hidden treasures on the trail.

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November 5, 2022: Painting With Light at National Arboretum

Time: 6:15 PM - 9:15 PM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

Come explore some hidden gems at the Arboretum after the light of day is gone. Using our flashlights, we’ll ‘paint’ our subjects with light for unique and creative images.  Join us for this special access to the National Arboretum at nighttime class and learn the techniques to create lighting masterpieces. Depending on cloud cover, we might even have the opportunity to capture the moon against the 'painted' Capital Columns.

A per person donation to the Arboertum is included in the fee for this class. 

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November 6, 2022: iPhone Photography at the National Zoo

Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field ShootingSmartphone Photography
Spaces left: 1

Explore the National Zoo and capture creative images with your iPhone. Learn to overcome limitations of an iPhone camera and maximize its advantages for creative photography.  We'll use creative techniques to capture compelling images and we'll go over two of the most popular editing apps to craft fabulous imagery.

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November 6, 2022: Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: Photo Basics & Misc Classroom
Spaces left: 10

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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November 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 Photography Studio and practice how to interact with a client during a headshot session. 

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November 6, 2022: Creating Books with Lightroom’s Book Module

Time: 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Mel McNamara
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 9

Learn to use the Book Module in Lightroom to create precious memory books as gifts. Or, gift yourself with a book to celebrate your own visual journey and share with friends, colleagues and family.  We will explore in depth the Lightroom Book Module to create visual stories that we can then upload to Blurb’s website for a book to be made.

This class includes 90 access to the online course with more than 30 videos (covering the same material as the classroom portion) which will be a great reference for reviewing.  

Location: Falls Church

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November 8, 2022: Moonset and Sunrise Over Capitol Columns At National Arboretum

Time: 5:15 AM - 7:45 AM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 6

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.

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November 9, 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: 3

Class meets on November 9 and November 16 and students can attend via Zoom as the In-Person spots have sold out. 

Join Laura Hatcher and 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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November 12, 2022: Exploring Macro Photography

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

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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November 12, 2022: Autumn Afternoon At The Tidal Basin

Time: 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

Capture the golden light as it warms the Cherry trees lining the Tidal Basin. We'll shoot wide landscapes of the Jefferson Memorial, waterfalls at the FDR, MLK framed in fall color, and plenty of close-ups of autumn leaves.
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November 13, 2022: B&O Railroad Museum Field Shoot

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Fee: $89
Instructor: Lewis Katz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

​Expand your portfolio while creating artistic images of historic trains in the Baltimore Round House Train Museum as well as outside on the train depot and in the restoration building. Learn how to capture a powerful story of the trains with selective focus and aperture selection, close ups of wheels, pistons and other engine details, as well as plenty of black and white opportunities. 

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November 13, 2022: Getting Started In Real Estate Photography

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Tammy Loverdos
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 6

Learn the basics of Real Estate Photography and start developing a strong set skills in this field.

Tammy will take you through a variety of methods that are used in Real Estate- including lighting and bracketing for HDR (high dynamic range). We will also focus on composition theory and how it applies to spaces as well as various methods for dealing with lighting areas in a home from simple to more challenging. 

Location: TBD

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November 13, 2022: Exploring Street Photography

Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 8

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, and hands-on photographing around the White House area. 

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November 15, 2022: The Art of Black and White Photography

Time: Multiple dates 7-8:30pm
Fee: $125
Instructor: Lewis Katz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left:

This class is held with Lewis on Zoom from 7-8:30 pm on Nov 15, 29, and Dec 6, 2022. 

 From start to finish, learn how to create powerful and emotive black and white images.

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December 3, 2022: Creating A Photography Website 

Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Rick Frankle
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 6

Whether you want to showcase your skills as a photographer or are a photo hobbyist who wants to share your work on a personal website, Adobe Portfolio gives you the tools you need with a professional look. Bring your best photographs and join Rick Frankle as he guides you through the creation of your website from start to finish.

Includes a 1 to1.5 hour follow up Zoom session.  Date will be announced and sent to you soon.

Location: Falls Church 

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December 3, 2022: Getting Started In Portraiture

Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Aaron Clamage
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 8

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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December 4, 2022: Getting Started In Studio Lighting

Time: 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Fee: $175
Instructor: Laura Hatcher
Category: Flash and Lighting
Spaces left: 3

Join Laura Hatcher in her Old Town, Alexandria photography studio and learn what gear is best for creating your own studio. This hands-on class provides photographers an opportunity to learn how to set up various types of lighting equipment to create portraits in a studio setting. 

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December 7, 2022: Sunset and Moonrise Over The Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum

Time: 3:00pm - 5:45pm
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.

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