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September 30, 2020: Sunset and Moonrise Over The Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum

Time: 5:45pm - 8:15pm
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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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October 3, 2020: Historic Fells Point Field Shoot

Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

Jump start your creativity, resurface your enthusiasm and add diversity to your portfolio in a historic waterfront town.

Join Michael Koren for a morning street shoot; explore new shooting techniques, create dramatic images and experience street photography tips. We’ll work on creative compositions and exposures.

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October 4, 2020: Landscape Photography at Piscataway Park

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

The Piscataway National Park is nestled across from Mount Vernon on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. Home to the National Colonial Farm, Piscataway Park offers a historical countryside stroll along the Potomac River. This class will provide hands-on learning on the concepts of Landscape photography and the tools that will help improve your landscape images.

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October 4, 2020: Antiques and Treasures in Lucketts Virginia

Time: 7:30 AM - 10:30AM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

The antiques stores in Lucketts offer unique collections of décor, furniture, and knickknacks, making them a goldmine for photographers. We will be shooting outdoors at two stores that offer distinctly different types of photographic opportunities. From quirky and creative to unusual and hip, you will find that the antiques have their own personality. If you like textures, patterns, and subjects with character, you'll have a great time at Lucketts.

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October 10, 2020: Creative Smartphone Photography Field Shoot - On the Mall

Time: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Michael Koren
Category: Smartphone Photography
Spaces left: 2

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 on the Mall around the WWII Memorial, Washington Monument, and other iconic buildings in the area and tap into your creative side through smartphone photography.

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October 11, 2020: Autumn Along Gunpowder River

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

Autumn is a Landscape photographer’s dream and what better than to enjoy it in scenic Maryland. Join Emily Carter Mitchell along the flowing waters of Gunpowder Falls State Park and improve your skills in Landscape photography.

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October 15, 2020: The Lightroom Classic Develop Module - Online

Time: 7pm
Fee: $160
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: Editing/Post Processing
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Designed exclusively for photographers, the Adobe Lightroom programs gives us powerful editing tools in the Develop Module. Marie will walk you though making global adjustments such as adjusting exposure, contrast, color, sharpness, noise reduction, and lens correction. The more powerful tools used for local adjustments such as the cloning, applying red eye or pet eye correction, the graduated and radial filters and the adjustment brush will also be covered giving you the control to edit your photos and make them the best they can be.

Join Marie Joabar in this Online Lightroom course learn in depth how to get the most from this amazing program!

OFFERED ONLINE ONLY through our Online site. Follow this link and scroll by date to the upcoming courses.

We will not offer the In-Person Lightroom In Depth classes until we are past COVID-19. 

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October 17, 2020: Waterfalls Of The Potomac

Time: 6:00AM - 9:00AM
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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October 18, 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: 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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October 18, 2020: Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Corey Hilz
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 8

Appropriate for DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras with manual exposure settings.

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

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

Location: Falls Church

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October 18, 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 aesthetics, this class is for you. 

Location: Falls Church

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October 24, 2020: Fieldwork - Photography Basics in Old Town Alexandria

Time: 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Fee: $79
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

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

Our location 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 25, 2020: Texture Photography in the Gardens

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $89
Instructor: Lori Lankford
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

Join instructor Lori Lankford for Texture Photography in the Garden. Learn how to add more creativity and depth to your images by focusing on textures. This is a hands-on outdoor class where we will explore fall texture in the gardens, learning how to discover small details, depth, pattern, and color. 

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October 30, 2020: Sunset and Moonrise Over The Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum

Time: 4:45pm - 7:15pm
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: SOLD OUT!

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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November 1, 2020: Autumn in Harpers Ferry

Time: 7:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 4

Autumn in historical Harper's Ferry is beautiful and multiple photographic opportunities are abound. Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian Trail where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet, this quaint town offers a variety of subjects to capture. In this class we will enhance our technical skills while developing the creative eye for strong and compelling compositions. This class will offer intensive compositional concepts and coaching to help develop your artistic view of the world around you.

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November 7, 2020: Great Falls At Dawn

Time: 5:45AM - 8:45AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Roy Sewall
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 6

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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November 8, 2020: Rock Creek Park Adventure

Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

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. With a meandering hike along the river this adventure allows us to slow down and create compelling compositions of bridges, granite boulders and flowing waters.

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November 8, 2020: Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

Time: 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: General Classroom
Spaces left: 8

Appropriate for DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras with manual exposure settings.

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

Our DC classroom has been remodeled and is a huge room now, plenty of space to really spread out. 

NOTE - Students will be required to follow COVID-19 Safety Practices, conduct a Self-Screening Health Assessment and sign a Waiver of Liability prior to attending a class. These items can be reviewed on the class registration page.

Location: DC

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November 8, 2020: Composition Field Shoot In Baltimore’s Harbor Area

Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 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, see weathered industrial machinery, and an incredible view of the Domino Sugar factory.  On the water, we'll see sailboats, tugboats, and cargo ships gliding by as they go about their daily work.

We’ll be shooting during the late afternoon light as well as for about an hour after sunset so we’ll capture beautiful shots of the lit harbor scenes against a beautiful blue twilight sky.  

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November 11, 2020: The Lightroom Classic Library Module - Online

Time: 7pm
Fee: $160
Instructor: Marie Joabar
Category: Editing/Post Processing
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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. Marie covers 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. 

Join Marie Joabar in this Online course and learn in depth how to get the most from this amazing program! 

OFFERED ONLINE ONLY through our Online site. Follow this link and scroll by date to the upcoming courses.

We will not offer the In-Person Lightroom In Depth classes until we are past COVID-19. 

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November 14, 2020: Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam

Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 3

During the wintering months between November and January, a large number of Bald Eagles are known to gather on the Susquehanna River at Conowingo Dam. There are many wonderful spots along the dam to view and photograph the eagles

Suitable for photographers of all levels, this class will offer plenty of opportunity to work on capturing birds in flight, creating a story with your images, setting proper exposure for changing conditions, and learning about bird behavior.

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November 18, 2020: Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam

Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $99
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Category: In the Field Shooting
Spaces left: 5

During the wintering months between November and January, a large number of Bald Eagles are known to gather on the Susquehanna River at Conowingo Dam. There are many wonderful spots along the dam to view and photograph the eagles

Suitable for photographers of all levels, this class will offer plenty of opportunity to work on capturing birds in flight, creating a story with your images, setting proper exposure for changing conditions, and learning about bird behavior.

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November 21, 2020: Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam

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

During the wintering months between November and January, a large number of Bald Eagles are known to gather on the Susquehanna River at Conowingo Dam. There are many wonderful spots along the dam to view and photograph the eagles

Suitable for photographers of all levels, this class will offer plenty of opportunity to work on capturing birds in flight, creating a story with your images, setting proper exposure for changing conditions, and learning about bird behavior.

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