Capital Photography Center | Photography Classes in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and Online

Instructors

Aaron Clamage

Aaron Clamage

Based in Washington, DC, Aaron Clamage specializes in editorial, portrait, corporate and event photography. 

Growing up as the son of a successful filmmaker has informed the way Aaron approaches photography.  Whether capturing an intimate portrait or documenting an event, he always has the same approach.  Assemble and craft the pieces, but let the subject do the talking.

Aaron’s work has been published nationally and internationally.  Some of his clients include The Washington Post, NBC, The Kennedy Center Honors, Scholastic Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, PBS, Linkedin, GM, The Sierra Club, American Girl Magazine, L’Oreal and The National Academy of Sciences.

Aaron's work can be viewed on his website: www.clamagephoto.com

Aaron teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

* Editorial Portraiture
* Photographing Events In-The-Field
* And more

What People Are Saying About Aaron

"Terrific class....learned so much! I especially appreciated the opportunity to both be off on my own and to have some one-one time with each of the instructors throughout the afternoon. Many thanks!"

Tim Cooper

Tim Cooper

Tim began his career as a commercial and assignment photographer working with clients such as The North Face, The Ritz Carlton, Vasque boots, 3M, Blue Note Records, and The International Heart Institute. His editorial and commercial photographs have appeared in Travel & Leisure, New York Times Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Fly Rod & Reel, Northern Lights, Modern Luxury and Private Clubs as covers, advertising, art and editorial illustration.

In addition to commercial work, Tim has also been involved with the Rocky Mountain School of Photography since 1993. He has taught workshops, classes, seminars, as well as held the positions of Consultant, Director of Education, Director of the Black and White Program and Director of Digital Imaging. Tim currently teaches various workshops, classes and seminars for the school in addition to writing and consulting on both photographic and digital technologies. He is the author of the training videos Perfect Exposure for Digital Photography, Perfect Composition, and Magic Light, and book series Complete Photoshop for Digital Photographers.

Today, Tim combines his love for photography with his love for showing others a means by which they can realize their own similar passion. Through fun, clear and informative workshops, instructional books and videos, Tim hopes to share what he has learned by experience over the years.

Tim offers the following course on the Online platform:

  • Perfect Exposure For Digital Photography, The Zone System of Metering
  • Demystifying Flash Photography

Rick Frankle

Rick Frankle

Rick Frankle worked as a teacher and computer specialist in the Howard County, Maryland Public School System for over 30 years. He earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology Leadership with a focus on multimedia development from The George Washington University. He was named as Outstanding Educator by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.

He began exploring the world of photography in the darkroom at summer camp. More recently, he has used his passion for photography to document his travel experiences throughout the world.  

You can learn more about Rick on his website, www.AniLeDodi.com.

Judy Graham

Judy Graham

Judy Graham is an avid photographer whose focus is on creating stunning landscape images. Her journey into photography began after a trip to the Grand Canyon several years ago when the snapshots she took on her cheap point and shoot camera did not reflect the true beauty she witnessed. Today, Judy travels widely in pursuit of capturing award-winning photos, including ones of the Grand Canyon.

Judy is eager to share her excitement and knowledge of photography with others. Her goal is to help photo enthusiasts create dynamic photos using different camera settings and a variety of composition techniques. 

Judy has enjoyed various roles in travel and photography including work for Overland Canyon Tours guiding photographers from all over the world in the famous slot canyons near Page, Arizona as well as to the well-known Wave in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness along the Utah border.

Originally from Bethesda, Maryland Judy currently lives in McLean, Virginia. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland and spent her career in corporate America.  Retirement now affords her the time to travel far and wide capturing amazing imagery.

Her work can be viewed on her website, JudySGrahamPhotography.

Laura Hatcher

Laura Hatcher

Laura Hatcher is an award winning and published event, headshot and portrait photographer based in Alexandria, Virginia. She started her photographic journey while on active duty with the United States Navy. Laura, now a retired Naval Officer, opened a small studio in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria and is enjoying her second career as a full time photographer.  She continues to serve the Veteran community with her headshot and military ceremony photography.

Laura’s work has been featured in the Washington Post, Architectural Digest, Forbes Magazine, VIP Alexandria Magazine, and several college Alumni magazines. Her clients have included: The City of Alexandria, Visit Alexandria, The United States Naval Academy Alumni Association (her Alma Mater), The US Capitol Historical Society, and Texas A&M The Bush School of Government and Public Service.  Laura's work can be seen at: www.laurahatcherphotography.com

Laura teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

* How to be a Photography Business Owner
* The Professional Headshot Workflow

Corey Hilz

Corey Hilz

Corey Hilz is a professional photographer specializing in nature and travel photography. He finds the diversity in nature and cultures around the world offer boundless opportunities for new images. Corey approaches his subjects with an artistic eye, looking for a fresh perspective. He goes beyond the documentary image to show a unique perspective using color, shape and line. He strives to share the beauty of a destination you’ve never seen and provide a new perspective on a familiar subject. While Corey has collected diverse images from extensive travel, he also find some of the most interesting subjects close to home.

Corey is a published author and his work is seen in magazines, books, calendars and catalogs. His photographs are also seen in exhibits and his prints are found in private collections. Corey has written six books, including two books on digital workflow and the first book dedicated to Lensbaby. 

Corey has a passion for sharing his knowledge and his instruction enables photographers to improve their photographs technically and artistically. He leads workshops to locations in the United States and abroad. More about Corey can be found on his website, www.coreyhilz.com

Corey teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center.

* Lightroom In A Day
* Printing with Lightroom
* Editing With The Wacom Tablet
* Photoshop For Photographers
* External Flash Made Easy
* Advanced External Flash
* And Many Of The In-The-Field Shooting Classes

What People Are Saying about Corey

"Corey Hilz never disappoints! I have taken several classes and workshops with Corey and I always come away with more photographic knowledge and insight than before. Not only does he have great vision, he is also technically savvy, making him a guru in the field and in the classroom. Corey is patient with all of his students regardless of level, and he makes his explanations easily understandable. I can’t recommend Corey enough if you are contemplating a workshop or class with him."

"Corey makes one feel confident. Yes, Corey truly is a gifted teacher, and he is able to clearly explain complex concepts to a complete novice."

"I've done enough photo workshops to know that some instructors are good in the field while others are good in the classroom. Corey is outstanding in both! In the field he has an uncanny ability to show up just when you need his help. His comments are always constructive and nonjudgmental. He lends his equipment freely (he got me hooked on Lensbaby) and encourages you to try new techniques. In the classroom, his teaching is methodical and logical. He shows you how to make the most of the digital darkroom with the software that you have (and then he shows you again using the software you wish you had). Corey is a natural teacher."

"I completed the Lightroom in a Day class with Corey Hilz today.  This class far exceeded my expectations.  I was admittedly skeptical of the long list of topics to be covered in one day but Corey is a gifted instructor and he presented a large amount of technically complex materials in a very easy to understand clear, concise, and coherent in manner." 

Marie Joabar

Marie Joabar

Drawing on more than 12 years experience as the Corporate Trainer and Education Programs Manager for one of the Washington DC area’s leading camera retailers, Marie Joabar founded Capital Photography Center in January 2012.

With a talented staff of instructors and a wide variety of classes, its mission is to help those with a love of photography grow their passion and reach their goals - be it to capture better snapshots or become a professional photographer.

As an instructor herself, Marie finds just the right way to take complicated concepts and technology, and break the information down into easy-to-understand nuggets to share with others. Whether teaching photography basics or helping one better understand their camera, she works to take away one’s intimidation or sense of overwhelming that often accompanies learning new things so they can begin enjoying the craft and develop their skills.

Marie is also very active in the Shenandoah Valley where she teaches photography classes for Shenandoah County and writes the Shared Exposures photography column for “The Mountain Courier.” Her photos can be found in various print and online publications for the Shenandoah County Department of Tourism and have been published in various local magazines and newspapers.

She is a member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) and VECCA (Valley Educational Center for the Creative Arts). Her work can be seen on her website at www.mariejoabar.com.

Marie teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

* DSLR Photography Basics
* Fieldwork - Photography Basics
* The Lightroom Library Module In Depth
* The Lightroom Develop Module In Depth
* And more

What People are Saying about Marie

“Marie is very friendly and was able to put herself in the mind of the beginner using clear and concise communication!”

“Marie clearly knows photography and comes from a technical perspective, but she has a talent for translating that technical information into understandable content and not everyone can do that! She was terrific!”

“The instructor made the class so interesting that it did not appear to be a four-hour class!”

“Marie struck the perfect balance of knowing her stuff and being non-intimidating!"

Lewis Katz

Lewis Katz

Lewis Katz is an experienced photographer and instructor based in Baltimore, MD.  He finds inspiration both in the classroom and out in the field shooting his adopted city of Baltimore. 

He teaches at Johns Hopkins University as well as at Community College of Baltimore County. He is a very active member of the Baltimore Camera Club and has received recognition for his award winning images.  

Lewis teaches various In-The-Field Shooting classes in the Baltimore area for Capital Photography Center.

Michael Koren

Michael Koren

Michael Koren is a free-lance sports and event photographer in the Washington/Baltimore metro area specializing in youth sports game-time action and team portraits.  Prior to this Michael worked professionally shooting model portfolios, corporate portraits, product photography for catalogs, and client advertising campaigns.

Michael’s passion for photography is shared through his skill as a photography educator.  Michael teaches classes at Montgomery College on a variety of photographic topics from mobile photography to street photography. Additionally, he has served as President and Education Chair of the Silver Spring Camera Club in Maryland.  He has led numerous seminars and workshops for the Camera Club, Ritz Camera, Calumet and the former Washington School of Photography with topics ranging from beginner photography to hands-on advanced level workshops and classes.

Visit Michael’s website to learn more.

Michael teaches the following classes for Captial Photogaphy Center

* SmartPhone Photography
* Exploring Street Photography
* Photographic Composition – Essential Techniques

What People Are Saying About Michael

"He is excellent with adult learners — great deal of patience, humor, and kindness. I would love to take another class with him!" 

"Michael is fantastic. So articulate, instructive, and patient!! We all were saying at the end of the class how amazing the afternoon had been!"

"I was blown away by the class!!! Much more then I expected it to be! I can’t wait to take more! I loved the way he explained things and the order he did stuff in made lots of sense. You can tell he is a seasoned teacher, and an experienced photographer who also loves it! Can’t wait to squeeze more of his classes into my schedule...."

“I thought the class was a good mix of class time with history, concepts, guidance, how-to-approach and then practice time on the streets of DC. Michael provided very good direction as well as hands-on tutoring in the field. Very happy with the class.”

“I wanted to write to say how much I enjoyed the class. My first experience going around with a photographer seeing what catches his eye and it was so great you were pointing out pictures I could get. So relaxing!”

“Michael's presentation was comprehensive and very instructive.  He provided excellent suggestions for finding opportunities while in the field, including how to use background, shadows, gestures, etc.”

Laura Chase de Formigny

Laura Chase de Formigny

Laura Chase de Formigny is a DC based editorial and commercial food photographer with a passion for capturing the place where food, life, and story telling combine. With a background in photojournalism and time spent working as a staff photographer at the Annapolis Capital Gazette, it’s no surprise that she’s sought after for her strong editorial eye by regional restaurants, chefs, and clients like The Washington Post, AARP, NPR, Smithsonian Institute, Science Magazine, and the Michelin Guide.

When she’s not shooting an assignment or creating food libraries for her restaurant clients, you can find her expanding her commercial portfolio - most recently providing the photography for National Geographic’s Attainable Sustainable. Laura Chase has a B.A. in Studio Art from UNC Chapel Hill. After living and working in places like Charlotte, Chattanooga, Baltimore, and Belgium, she’s happy to call Silver Spring, Maryland home and enjoys spending family time with her husband, adorable son, Henry and baby, Frances!

Laura Chase proudly serves on the American Photographic Artists National Executive Board. She is supported by Philly Reps, Found Artists, and Wonderful Machine. In addition, she is an active member of Les Dames d'Escoffier International.

More about Laura Chase can be found on her webite, www.LauraChase.com 

Mitchell Layton

Mitchell Layton

​Long standing relationships with the Washington Nationals, George Washington University, American University, Georgetown University and the Verizon Center have established Mitchell as the area's leading sports photographer.  

In addition to his work with local sports teams, Mitchell has had the opportunity to cover three Olympic games, as well as every major sporting event in the United States including, but not limited to Super Bowls, Stanley Cup Finals, NCAA Championships and World Series.  His work appears regularly on sports web sites that include Sports Illustrated.com, ESPN.com, Yahoo.com and Fox.com, as well as in many print publications that are read worldwide. His photographs have appeared in Sports Illustrated, ESPN: The Magazine, USA Today, Time, Newsweek and National Geographic.

In recent years, his work has been a part of an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery that documented the changing neighborhood around the then, newly built, Verizon Center.   Having been part of the Washington D.C. and Baltimore sports world for over 35 years, Mitchell has distinguished himself as a well established and well respected photographer known for his creativity, reliability and long term dedication to service. More of his work can be viewed on his website, www.mitchelllayton.com. His photos are represented by Getty Images and can also be viewed on their website.

  • Mithcell teaches the Sports Photography Classes 

What People Are Saying About Mitchell

"The class with Mitchell was fantastic! He is an excellent teacher and just a very nice guy! He made the extra effort to teach us how to get the best shots and what to look for during the game. I could not ask for more. It was money well spent to say the least."

“I had such a great time – I’m not sure what more Mitchell could have done to make it better.  I had high expectations and you exceeded them!”

“I had an absolute blast and learned so much!  Having someone of Mitchell's stature take the time to teach and talk with us is just phenomenal.  I am so excited to continue practicing the techniques and skills he taught and can not wait to learn more… The class size was just right too!  Great one on one opportunities!”

"The perfect training course for those interested in understanding how difficult, yet rewarding sports photography can be."

Tammy Loverdos

Tammy Loverdos

Tammy is a professional photographer in the Washington DC area specializing in interiors and Real Estate. Her work is regularly featured in the Washington Post, Visit Alexandria, Virginia Living Magazine, DC Urban Turf and more. 

Tammy has over 20 years of work experience in marketing, communications and design. Her roles ranged from marketing and design for the banks at Fleet Street to communications and design for USAID.

She has lived and worked in 4 continents and now lives in Alexandria with her husband and daughter.    

She is passionate about sharing her photography skills and knowledge with others. Visit Tammy's work on her website, www.ShowcasePhotoTours.com.

E. David Luria

E. David Luria

E. David Luria is a commercial photographer based in Washington DC specializing in architecture, editorial, event, food, art/still life and landmark photography.

A member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators, he has had his images of the National Capital Area appear in over 100 national and local publications and on calendars of the US Capitol Historical Society.

David is a graduate of Amherst College and studied photography in Paris with a protege of Henri Cartier Bresson. 

David teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

 * Capital Photography Center Photo Safaris
 

What People Are Saying About David

“David, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the time and concern you have for your students.  You were born to teach!”

“The Safaris in DC are worth every penny and I would highly recommend them to others.  Even though I live and work in DC, David showed me a whole new way to see and photograph the monuments that I walk past everyday.  I got some great photos that I’m thrilled with!  I’ll be looking for more Safaris to take soon.”

"The instructor made the class interesting and not only used story-telling to demonstrate key concepts, but was able to put me at ease with mistakes I made during the practice time. Thank you for the opportunity to advance my skills with expert instruction."

Mel McNamara

Mel McNamara

Mel is an avid photographer of places, people, and events.  She started her photographic journey in college with her first film SLR camera and built a darkroom in her parent’s garage. She is accomplished in Photoshop, Lightroom and InDesign.  Mel loves to travel and create books of her adventures, she also enjoys designing cookbooks for people using their loved one’s original recipe cards.  

Mel graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.  She has a Masters degree in Library Science from Catholic University and a Masters degree in Educational Media from Boston University.  Mel is a retired Library/Media Specialist and Educational Technology Resource Teacher having worked for the Howard County Public Schools in Maryland. 

Mel teaches the following class for Capital Photography Center:
* Creating Books with Lightroom's Book Module 

Photo by Amy Deputy

What People Are Saying About Mel

"I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the class with with Mel. I learned a lot! And even better, I am very inspired to start creating books from my photos." 

"Mel is the perfect choice to teach this class. She brings a great balance of teaching experience, technical knowledge, enthusiasm and humor to the class."

Emily Carter Mitchell

Emily Carter Mitchell

Emily Carter Mitchell is an award winning and published nature and wildlife photographer based in Annapolis, Maryland. Through her work Nature as Art she brings a creative interpretation of the natural world around us bringing a sense of serenity in a world increasingly filled with chaos. There is a sense of stillness and ethereal attributes in her images that has one see beyond what is first obvious.

Emily holds a Master’s Degree in Global Management, with a corporate background in Human Resources and extensive years in the travel and hospitality industry. Her photographic journey began when she was a teenager and she has always enjoyed photography as a way to capture the world around her.

Emily’s passion of photography is shared with others through her nature and wildlife photography classes for Capital Photography Center based in the Metro DC area.

What People Are Saying About Emily

“Thoroughly enjoyed the class, Emily is a wonderful instructor and I learned a lot! I really appreciate her taking the time working with me on lighting and composition even though I had a smaller compact camera. I'll look forward to taking other classes she teaches!"

"Emily was terrific.  She gave explicit details re: camera settings, light, composition, and point of view.  She was very patient and gave individual attention.  I appreciated the opportunity to learn from her."

"Emily provided great instruction ahead of time, with tips and ideas. She was wonderful at making sure that everyone got the attention they needed and got real time feedback and help. Emily is awesome!"

"The instructor is a very good teacher and talented photographer. She takes us to interesting locations, gives a short briefing and technical review, then leads the class through the landscape ensuring that we students see all the photo possibilities, while checking that we keep our camera settings adjusted for the changing light. I get introduced to something new in every class. Things I could never have seen alone. With her instruction, I am now producing images that I enjoy to keep and enjoy to share with my family and friends."

Roy Sewall

Roy Sewall

Roy Sewall spent most of his youth in India, Pakistan, Indonesia and the Philippines though his family's State Department home was based in the Washington, D.C., area.

With a BS in Physics from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland and a MS in Engineering Science from Penn State, Roy worked for several major technology corporations in the DC area for over 30 years.

His interest in photography evolved from extensive travel in six continents and in 2001 he started his transition to full-time photographer.

He always found the Washington area to be one of the most photogenic locations in the world and has published two photography books, Our Potomac, from Great Falls through Washington, D.C., in 2005 and Great Falls and Mather Gorge in 2009. These were inspired by his affection for hiking and bicycling along the river and the adjacent Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal.

His books led to numerous lecture and slide show engagements with local organizations and established him as one of the leading photographers of the Potomac River and C&O Canal.

In 2007 Roy became the first Chair of the Board of Directors for the C&O Canal Trust, a non-profit friends group for the National Park Service. He has done extensive photography work for river and C&O Canal-related government and non-profit organizations, as well as private and commercial clients.

In addition, he has been a guest on WETA’s TV program Great Views of Washington D.C., the lead photographer in the Best of D.C. 2009 publication, in feature articles in the D.C. and Virginia Where Guestbooks, the lead still photographer in The Nature Conservancy’s 2011 video The Potomac Gorge, a featured guest on Montgomery Community Media TV and is sought after in many well-known photo competitions for his judging skills.

Roy continually adds to his collection of large fine art prints. He has developed diverse bodies of work for exhibitions that include unusual foreign and domestic landscapes, old European architecture, historical re-enactment, and abstracts. But his foremost passion is his ongoing project called “People of the Woods” that conveys mystery, illusion, fantasy, and sensuality.

More about Roy can be found on his website, www.roysewallphotography.com

Roy enjoys working with novice and intermediate photographers helping them develop their eye and their skills.

Roy teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

* Great Falls at Dawn
* Take Your Photography To The Next Level
* The Small Studio

What People Are Saying About Roy

"I've taken a couple of lighting workshops but came away from them without really "getting it." Thanks to the way Roy clearly explains things, the small size of the group and being able to work with the equipment hands-on, I finally got it!"

"The class was very informative. Roy was great explaining the equipment needed for studio photography, their function and how to use the equipment including hands-on time. It was great getting to play with the lighting photographing each other."

"Roy was excellent! The price for the class was more than I wanted to pay but after taking the class it was well worth it. I learned a great deal and will be taking what I learned into my photography business." 

"I think that Roy is very knowledgable. He made some wonderful suggestions and provided a lot of material to work with."

Beth Haubach -  Education Programs Manager

Beth Haubach -  Education Programs Manager

Beth joined Capital Photography as the Education Programs Assistant in November 2017.  She brings a long time love of photography with her.  The photo “bug” struck her in high school – back in the days of film!!!!

Her passion for photography has taken her from the exotic – a horseback safari in Africa – to the more mundane – soccer fields and ice rinks!  She has spent several years as “team” photographer to her children’s various sports.

More recently she has shifted her focus toward portrait photography but she loves to photograph mostly ANYTHING!  In 2017 she joined a global photography project with a weekly themed assignment that has pushed her creativity and has expanded her photographic and post processing skills.

She has met several of you at classes already but looks forward to meeting and working with many more Capital Photography Center clients at future classes.

Avery Crocker - Social Media Specialist

Avery Crocker - Social Media Specialist

Avery is a native Washingtonian and is passionate about supporting her community, specifically through the use of social media and digital communication.

Through the years, Avery has partnered with various organizations to curate content, formulate marketing strategies, and analyze data through their social media platforms.  Her work has brought increased awareness and engagement around their missions and she joins Capital Photography Center as Social Media Specialist to continue her work locally!

When you view our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds, know that Avery is fueling the content and is looking forward to seeing our follower’s posts.