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August 14, 2022: Exploring Macro Photography

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

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, please see the October 2 date. 

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August 14, 2022: The Lightroom Classic Library Module - Getting Organized

Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $159
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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.

Join Marie Joabar and learn the Lightroom Classic Library Module. Marie covers 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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August 20, 2022: Fieldwork - Photo 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: 2

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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August 21, 2022: iPhone Photography - Getting Started at National Museum of the American Indian

Time: 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: Smartphone Photography
Spaces left: 4

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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August 21, 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: 3

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: Old Town, Alexandria, 22314 

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August 27, 2022: Lightroom In A Day

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $159
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 3

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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August 27, 2022: Night Photography in Georgetown

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

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

If this class is sold out, please see the 10/1 date.

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August 28, 2022: Photographic Composition – Essential Techniques

Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

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. 

We'll explore the area around the Renwick Gallery and the Old Exectutive Office Building and teach you techniques to improve you compositions with hands-on shooting experience coupled with feedback.

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August 28, 2022: Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: Photo Basics & Misc Classroom
Spaces left: 4

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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September 10, 2022: Moonset and Sunrise Over Capitol Columns At National Arboretum

Time: 5:15 AM - 7:45AM
Fee: $109
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 1

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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September 10, 2022: Eclectic Hampden Field Shoot

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

On this field shoot we will explore the many fascinating aspects of this neighborhood in transition and its wonderful photographic opportunities.  Once an area where mill and factory workers lived this neighborhood now offers great street shooting 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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September 11, 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: 7

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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September 17, 2022: Creating A Photography Website 

Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Rick Frankle
Category: Editing/Post Processing
Spaces left: 1

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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September 17, 2022: Getting Started In Portraiture

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

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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September 18, 2022: iPhone Photography - Getting Started at the National Gallery of Art

Time: 10:15 AM - 2:15PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: Smartphone Photography
Spaces left: 7

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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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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September 24, 2022: Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 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: DC

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September 24, 2022: Exploring Cylburn Arboretum

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

Cylburn Arboretum is a little known gem within the city of Baltimore.  Once owned by an industrial magnate it is now managed as a partnership between the city of Baltimore and the Cylburn Association.  It is now a gorgeous park with many different photo opportunities.

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September 25, 2022: 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..

Location: Falls Church

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September 25, 2022: Photographic Composition – Essential Techniques

Time: 10:00AM - 2:00PM
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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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: 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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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: 8

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

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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: 7

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

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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: 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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October 2, 2022: Creating Books with Lightroom’s Book Module

Time: 2:30 PM - 6:30 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: DC

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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: 7

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: 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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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: 8

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: 9

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: 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: 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: 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. 

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October 20, 2022: Autumn in the Shenandoah Photo Workshop

Time: This is a multi-day event: October 20-22, 2022
Instructors: Emily Carter Mitchell and Marie Joabar
Fee: $595

Category: In the Field ShootingTravel Workshops
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!


JUST ANNOUNCED
Join Instructor Emily Carter Mitchell and Marie Joabar in the Shenandoah for an amazing fall themed workshop. Autumn in the park is the ultimate destination for glorious fall color that landscape photographers dream of.

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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: 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..

Location: DC

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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: 9

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 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: 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 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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November 6, 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: 10

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 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 choose to attend via Zoom or In-Person (at Laura Hatcher's Photography Studio in Old Town, Alexandria).

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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