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March 6, 2021: 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 6, 2021: Eastern Shore’s Wintering Ducks - Afternoon

Time: 1:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Afternoon Session just added.

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 6, 2021: Painting With Light at National Arboretum

Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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. 

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

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March 7, 2021: Composition Field Shoot In Baltimore’s Harbor Area

Time: 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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.  

In this field shoot class, you will learn techniques to improve a photograph’s composition in Baltimore’s iconic harbor area. We’ll have expansive views of the harbor and weathered industrial machinery. On the water, we'll see sailboats, tugboats, and cargo ships gliding by as they go about their daily work.

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March 13, 2021: Composition in Nature

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

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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March 14, 2021: Waterfalls Of The Potomac

Time: 6:15AM - 9:15AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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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March 14, 2021: Family and Children Photography

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00AM
Fee: $110
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Category: General Classroom
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THIS IS AN ONLINE COURSE.

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. 

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March 20, 2021: Painting with Light

Time: 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 1

RESCHEDULED FROM FEBRUARY 13.

Join instructor Marie Joabar and learn the tips and tricks to create lighting masterpieces. With special access to the historic Ivy Hill Cemetery at nighttime, we’ll light paint some of the older tombstones, some dating back to the 1800s, as well as the old vault.

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March 21, 2021: Getting Started In Portraiture

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Category: Flash and Lighting
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THIS COURSE IS OFFERED ONLINE

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 21, 2021: Exploring Antietam Battlefield

Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fee: $129
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

Join us on the hallowed grounds of Antietam National Battlefield for an afternoon field shoot. Learn composition techniques to take thoughtful compelling pictures of cannon, historic structures, monuments to the fallen, and plenty more.

This class includes a 1 hour image review session on Zoom on 3/30/21 at 7pm.

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March 24, 2021: The Joy of Using Lightroom Classic - Free Webinar

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fee: $Free
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category:
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In this free webinar, Instructor Marie Joabar will demonstrate her favorite ways to use Lightroom Classic. Following a systematic workflow, she will cover the steps she uses from Import to Export and everything in between.  Whether you’re just starting out with the program or want a refresher, this webinar will shed some light on just how powerful the Lightroom Classic is.  

NOTE: This Webinar is limited to 100 people and requires pre-registration. 

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March 28, 2021: 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: 5

RESCHEDULED FROM FEBRUARY 26.

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 8-9

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April 11, 2021: Creative Smartphone Photography Field Shoot - Chinatown/Penn Quarter

Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: Smartphone Photography
Spaces left: 5

See the world in a new way with the camera that’s always with you, your Smartphone.  Enjoy capturing images on your phone on a photo walk that’s designed to spark creativity!  We begin outdoors at the National Portrait Gallery and then explore the surrounding Penn Quarter with its quirky architecture and street scenes.

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April 17, 2021: Waterfalls of The Patapsco Adventure

Time: 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

Maryland offers a variety of beautiful waterfalls that are just waiting to be discovered.  Join us for this “Adventure” hike through Cascade Falls in Patapsco Valley State Park and enjoy the meandering path along a babbling brook. Expand your creative nature photography by getting off the beaten track and find the hidden treasures on the trail.

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April 18, 2021: Getting Started in Flower and Garden Photography

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

Join instructor Lori Lankford and learn how to photograph beautiful flowers and lovely garden.  Lori will give you an introduction to capturing beautiful close-up images in the garden. We will cover technical skills of close-up flower photography, exploring depth of field, light, and selective focus.

All skill levels welcome.

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April 24, 2021: Horses in the Country

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

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 24, 2021: National Zoo Field Shoot

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

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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April 25, 2021: Creative Close-Up Photography in the Gardens

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

Join instructor Lori Lankford for Creative Close Up Photography in the Gardens. Lori will share creative techniques and tools to create more compelling images.  We will use the garden as our studio and explore close-up nature, flower, garden photography. 

The class fee includes a supply bag (for you to keep) with tools to add creativity while photographing. 

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April 25, 2021: Exploring Street Photography

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30 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, and hands-on photographing in the Black Lives Matter area.   review and feedback. 

This class includes an image review session via Zoom on 4/29.

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May 1, 2021: May Day In Annapolis

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Join Emily Carter Mitchell and celebrate spring in a unique event in Historic Annapolis.

On May 1st Annapolis homes and businesses decorate their entryways with baskets of fresh-cut flowers and colorful ribbons to commemorate May Day. We will walk the historic streets and work on our technical and compositional skills to create a wonderful collection of images to share. This class is great for any camera of choice and all skill levels are welcome to attend.

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May 2, 2021: Garden Photography - Storytelling In The Garden

Time: 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Join instructor Lori Lankford for Garden Photography at Brookside Gardens. In this course, we will explore how to create images that weave together to create a story of the garden. 

The course will focus on capturing images using various technical skills, exploring depth of field, light, and selective focus. We will capture the small, fine details in the garden as well as the larger scale garden views.  The final images will weave together to tell the story of the entire garden.

Limited to just 6 people.

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May 8, 2021: Eclectic Hampden Field Shoot

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $129
Instructor: Lewis Katz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

Hampden is a close-knit neighborhood in Baltimore that is known for housing many of the mill workers along the Jones Falls at the turn of the century. Join Instructor Lewis Katz and explore a Hampden neighborhood in transition where the past and present collide. 

This class includes a 60-75 minute Zoom session a week after the class for an image review.

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May 15, 2021: Cunningham Falls Adventure

Time: 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 2

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 15, 2021: Composition Field Shoot In Baltimore’s Harbor Area

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 7

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.  

In this field shoot class, you will learn techniques to improve a photograph’s composition in Baltimore’s iconic harbor area. We’ll have expansive views of the harbor and see weathered industrial machinery. On the water, we'll see sailboats, tugboats, and cargo ships gliding by as they go about their daily work.

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May 16, 2021: Create Impressionistic Images in the Garden

Time: 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Fee: $129
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

This course includes a 1.5-hour Zoom session covering photoshop techniques for editing the garden images (no knowledge of Photoshop is required). 

Join instructor Lori Lankford for the course Create Impressionistic Images in the Garden at Greenspring Gardens. Using the garden as our studio Lori will teach you how to create Monet-like impressionistic images.

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May 23, 2021: Getting Started in Bird Photography at the Maryland Zoo Baltimore

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

Join us at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and learn how to photograph birds in the wild. Learn the concepts of digital photography, field skills and equipment needed capture our feathered friends.  Designed for the beginning/novice photographer, this course will get you well on your way in photographing nature and wildlife at its best.

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June 5, 2021: Creative Garden Photography - Exploring Light

Time: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

Join instructor Lori Lankford for Capturing Light In The Garden. In this course, we will explore the beautiful late afternoon light in the garden. 

We will review types of light, how to find and create bokeh, how to modify the light, and how to use light to enhance our images. Using 3 of the Smithsonian gardens as our studio, we’ll find beautiful natural light to enhance our images in a creative way.

Limited to just 6 students.

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