2021 PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES

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PHOTOGRAPHY TUTORING (Zoom)


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PHOTOGRAPHING PEOPLE & PETS (Zoom)
We'll cover portraits (candid, environmental, diffused light, window light, creative), event photography, photojournalism, street photography and the basics of external flash photography. Homework assignments will allow you to bring your personal interests into the process. We'll meet up again a few weeks later for a photo review. More info >>>

Tuesdays, March 23 and April 13, 6:30-9:30pm, $100

ARCHITECTURE PHOTOGRAPHY (Zoom)
A little bit of architectural history/terminology, plenty of architecture information resources for the DC area (and beyond) and tips for taking great photos at all scales (cityscapes, individual buildings and architectural details) and styles. Homework assignments will allow you to bring your personal interests and location into the process. We'll meet up again a few weeks later for a photo review. More info >>>

Tuesdays, March 30 and April 20, 6:30-9:30pm, $100

MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY (Zoom)
If you're intrigued with close-up photography, you'll absolutely love this class! We'll discuss macro lenses, closest focusing distance, maximum magnification factor, depth of field, focus stacking, tripod use, extension tubes, close-up filters, abstraction, patterns in nature, fractal geometry, macro flashes, inexpensive lighting options (to simulate studio photography) and projects you can shoot indoors, at home. More info >>>

Mondays, April 5 and April 26, 6:30-9:30pm, $100


PHOTOJOURNALISM/STREET PHOTOGRAPHY (Zoom)
It's all about the decisive moment! We'll cover photographing protests, parades, celebrations, events, street performers, strangers, family, friends, pets and more- all while capturing great expressions and interactions. We'll also discuss street photography (chance encounters and random incidents), classic city photos (graffiti, murals, stickers, and more) and camera settings that will increase your chances of getting the shot! More info >>>

Tuesdays, April 6 and 27, 6:30-9:30pm, $100


PHOTO TOUR- BALTIMORE, MD (INNER HARBOR)

Saturday, March 6, 10am-1pm, $50


PHOTO TOUR- BALTIMORE, MD (FELLS POINT)

Saturday, March 6, 2-5pm, $50


PHOTO TOUR- MANASSAS, VA, NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD PARK

Saturday, March 20, 10am-1pm, $50


PHOTO TOUR- HISTORIC FREDERICK, MD

Saturday, March 27, 10am-1pm, $50


ON LOCATION PHOTOGRAPHY (in-person and Zoom)
If you love travel photography, this is the class for you! Learn to take better photographs while visiting iconic, and metro accessible, locations in Washington, DC. Get real time advice on camera controls (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation), photographic compositions (simplicity & balance) and natural lighting conditions which will consistently lead to better photographs. Sessions will meet throughout DC to photograph architecture, sculpture, gardens, events, people and more.

We tend to visit (subject to change based on weather and city events): US Capitol, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, East end of the Mall, Downtown and other locations. More info >>>

Sundays, April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 16, 23, June 6 and 13, 9:30am-12:30pm, $360


DC IN FOCUS/THE PHOTO ESSAY (in-person and Zoom)
If you've taken the "On Location Photography" class, this is the perfect follow-on! Same concept, different locations. We will focus on creating a photo essay(s) of your choice- a cohesive body of work that tells a story.

We tend to visit (subject to change based on weather and city events): Old Town Alexandria, Georgetown, Dupont Circle, West End of the Mall and other locations. More info >>>

Sundays, April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 16, 23, June 6 and 13, 1:45-4:45pm, $360


BLACK & WHITE ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY- FILM (Zoom)
Old school is the best school! We'll discuss inexpensive cameras (35mm, 120 box, Holga and Diana), on-lens filters, film options, film speed, pushing film, film developing theory and chemicals, evaluating negatives (density and contrast), selenium intensification, plastic vs. stainless developing tanks, negative storage, negative scanning and a ton more. Dig your vintage cameras out of the attic and bring them (along with your questions) to the class. (Please give me a heads-up on the camera brand and model a few days prior to the class.)

Monday, April 12, 6:30-9:30pm, $50


BLACK & WHITE ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY- PRINTING (Zoom)
If you're thinking of getting into (or back into) printing enlargements, you really need this class! We'll discuss condenser vs. diffuser enlargers, aligning your enlarger, color heads, contrast filters, print easels, aspect ratios, resin coated (RC) vs. fiber paper, dry-down effects, paper temperature, paper surface finish, printing processes and chemicals, the inverse square law, contact sheets/proofs, evaluating prints (density and contrast), dodging & burning, chemical toners (selenium and sepia), touching up prints, print storage, print scanning, darkroom options and plenty more.

Monday, April 19, 6:30-9:30pm, $50


DEVELOPING BLACK & WHITE FILM AT HOME (Zoom)
Processing your own 35mm or 120mm black and white film is cost effective and typically provides better results. Get all of the skills you need to begin at this information packed session. Participants are led through each stage of the chemical process to develop their negatives. Learn about negative storage, film scanners, printing options, and more. You'll receive detailed, step-by-step developing instructions, along with a complete list of supplies to process your own film.

Wednesday, May 26, 6:30-9:30pm, $50


ASPECT RATIOS (Zoom)
Gain an understanding of aspect ratios (digital sensors and film), changing the aspect ratio in-camera, aspect ratio constraints while cropping in post-production and using the Photoshop Image Size and Canvas Size commands. We'll also discuss how the aspect ratio affects print sizes and presentation methods (mat board, frames, etc.).

Tuesday, June 1, 6:30-9:30pm, $50


INTRO TO ADOBE PHOTOSHOP (Zoom)
We'll discuss cropping, selections, adjustment layers (brightness/contrast, levels, curves, vibrance, saturation, color balance and more),
healing brush, clone stamp, sharpening, flattening your images and more. You'll receive plenty of notes (including screen captures) and see plenty of demos. There's no need for you to have Photoshop for this class or to follow along with your own version at home.

Monday, June 7, 6:30-9:30pm, $50


INTRO TO ADOBE LIGHTROOM (Zoom)
We'll discuss importing, viewing modes, star ratings, edit commands (light, color, tone curve, B&W...), crop & rotate commands (aspect ratio, straighten, rotate & flip), healing brush commands, brush commands, histogram, sharpening and exporting. You'll receive plenty of notes (including screen captures) and see plenty of demos. There's no need for you to have Lightroom for this class or to follow along with your own version at home.

Tuesday, June 8, 6:30-9:30pm, $50


EXPOSURE MODES (Zoom)
Master that mysterious dial on top of your camera, labeled with P, A/Av, S/Tv and M! We’ll cover Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual modes and which shooting situations you should use them in.

Tuesday, June 15, 6:30-9:30pm, $50


DYNAMIC RANGE (Zoom)

Our digital sensors can't capture the same range of contrast that our eyes can see- that's why certain parts of our photos may appear "too light" or "too dark." Learn about the dynamic range concept, how to adjust the exposure level in-camera and simple steps using post-production software to compensate for the limitations of the digital sensor so your photos can then capture high contrast scenes accurately. HDR will not be discussed in this class.

Tuesday, June 22, 6:30-9:30pm, $50


WASHINGTON, DC, NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY (in-person)
Learn the techniques required to capture great nighttime photos! We’ll address how to use exposure modes, exposure compensation, white balance and ISO to guarantee great results. This class will meet at different metro accessible locations in Washington, DC, for all three sessions. We tend to visit the US Capitol and grounds, World War II Memorial area, National Archives, Chinatown Arch and more locations. More info >>>

Mondays, December 6, 13 and 20, 6:30-9:30pm, $150


OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA, VA, NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY (in-person)
Learn the techniques required to capture great nighttime photos! We’ll address how to use exposure modes, exposure compensation, white balance and ISO to guarantee great results. This class will meet at different locations in Alexandria, VA, for both sessions. More info >>>

Tuesdays, December 7 and 14, 6:30-9:30pm, $100


ANNAPOLIS AT NIGHT- HOLIDAY SEASON (in-person and Zoom, through Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts)
Learn the techniques required to capture great night photos of downtown Annapolis! Bundle up as we visit iconic Annapolis locations, decked out for the holidays. We’ll address how to use exposure modes, exposure compensation, white balance and ISO to guarantee great results.

A tripod and camera with exposure modes such as shutter priority and manual is required for this class. A remote shutter release is recommended but not required.

Thursdays, December 2, 9 and 16, 6:30-9:30pm


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PHOTOGRAPHY TUTORING
Get the knowledge you need, when you need it, with private instruction. Tutoring will be tailored to your individual needs and is available in a wide range of digital and film photography topics, such as: periodic mentoring, camera use, camera/lens choices, creativity, flash photography, portfolio creation, photo critiques, aspect ratios, film developing, printing enlargements in a traditional darkroom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, website review and more. Contact me with your desired topics prior to enrolling.


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