2021 PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES- Look below to see my upcoming classes at several different locations:

JOEYABLONSKY.com (Zoom and in-person)
PHOTOGRAPHY TUTORING (Zoom)
SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES (Zoom)
MARYLAND HALL (Zoom and in-person)
VISARTS (Zoom)

DARKROOM EQUIPMENT FOR SALE (enlargers, lenses, safelights and more- contact me for more information!)


JOEYABLONSKY.COM

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


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, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 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, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 1:45-4:45pm, $360


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, July 6 and August 3, 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 >>>

Tuesdays, July 13 and August 10, 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, July 20 and August 17, 6:30-9:30pm, $100


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 >>>

Tuesdays, December 7, 14 and 21, 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 >>>

Mondays, December 6 and 13, 6:30-9:30pm, $100


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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/portfolio review and more. Contact me with your desired topics prior to enrolling.


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SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES

BUILD YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO
Go beyond taking random photographs and develop a cohesive body of work that is uniquely yours. Review some contemporary photographers’ work and define the characteristics they incorporated into their portfolios. Learn how to evaluate your best photos and identify the attributes that define your own vision. Portfolio books, print sizes, order of presentation, photography websites, and presentation methods are also discussed.

Thursdays, May 27, June 3 and 10, from 6:30-9:30pm


FOCUSING AND DEPTH OF FIELD
We'll discuss focus modes (auto, one shot, ai focus, ai servo, single servo, continuous servo, manual), area modes (auto, single point, 3D tracking, dynamic area) and hyperfocal distance/focusing. Regarding depth of field, we'll discuss all the variables that contribute to depth of field, "fast" lenses, dof tables and the depth of field preview button. DSLR, mirrorless and film cameras are welcome.

Wednesdays, June 9 and 16, from 6:30-9:30pm


PHOTOGRAPHIC CREATIVITY, DESIGN AND COMPOSITION
The purpose of this class is to emphasize the creative techniques that will help students consistently take better photographs, while taking fewer photographs overall, and relying on image editing software less. Get a better practical understanding of elements such as simplicity, balance and natural lighting conditions and how they can contribute to taking better and more unique photos.  Other topics include: long shutter speeds, golden hour, environmental portraits, complimentary colors, light graffiti, reflections, patterns in nature, bokeh and more.

Wednesdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28 and August 4, from 6:30-9:30pm

MASTERING EXPOSURE
Students will develop a greater understanding of the complex relationship among aperture, shutter speed, and ISO and how your camera’s exposure meter views a scene. Topics covered in-depth include: exposure modes, exposure compensation, filter exposure factors, bracketing, metering modes, histograms, zone system, dynamic range, eliminating camera shake, tripods and some flash concepts. 

Thursdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5, from 6:30-9:30pm


ARCHITECTURE & PUBLIC ART PHOTOGRAPHY
This class will include tips, techniques and camera settings for taking great photos of architecture and public art at all scales and styles. We'll discuss cityscapes, individual buildings, architectural details, monuments, memorials, contemporary public art, cemetery statues and more. Homework assignments will allow you to bring your personal interests and location into the process and you'll receive feedback on your photos during a review in the last session.

Wednesdays, August 11, 18 and 25, from 6:30-9:30pm

THE PHOTO ESSAY
A photo essay is a set or series of photographs that are intended to tell a story or evoke a series of emotions in a viewer. We'll discuss photo essays in detail and how they help you develop a more cohesive body of work. Homework assignments will allow you to bring your personal interests and location into the process and you'll receive feedback on your photos during a review in the last session.

Wednesdays, September 1 and 22, from 6:30-9:30pm

B&W ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY
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, selenium intensification, plastic vs. stainless developing tanks, negative storage and negative scanning basics.

Regarding printing, we'll discuss condenser vs. diffuser enlargers, lens selection, 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 basics, darkroom options and plenty more!

Tuesdays, Sept 7, 14 and 21, from 6:30-9:30pm


PHOTOGRAPHY 101

Short classes that address theory, camera controls and gear options.

Apertures & Shutter Speeds
Wednesday, June 2, from 6:30-9:30pm
Exposure and Histograms
Thursday, June 17, from 6:30-9:30pm
ISO
Wednesday, June 23, from 6:30-9:30pm
Natural Lighting Conditions
Thursday, June 24, from 6:30-9:30pm
Night Photography & Tripods
Monday, September 13, from 6:30-9:30pm


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MARYLAND HALL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS

PHOTOGRAPHY 101 (Zoom)
Learn how to use your DSLR camera to its fullest potential! Get out of “automatic mode” and take better photos by adjusting your aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation and more.

Mondays, October 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 6:30-9:30pm


ANNAPOLIS AT NIGHT- HOLIDAY SEASON (in-person and Zoom)

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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VISARTS

INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (Zoom)
Learn how to get out of Auto mode and use your camera to its fullest potential! Students will learn how to adjust the lens aperture and shutter speed to manipulate depth of field and motion effects. Other topics include: lenses, ISO, exposure modes, histograms, exposure compensation, the rules of composition and more. Students will leave this class with a much better understanding of how to use their camera, how to eliminate common mistakes and how to take better photos!

Mondays, May 10, 17, 24 and June 7, from 6:30-9:30pm


FOCUS ON COMPOSITION (Zoom)
Focus on the creative techniques you can use to take better photos of people, pets, gardens, travel, landscapes, architecture and more! Topics covered in this class include the rules of composition, simplicity, balance, macro/close up photography, natural lighting conditions, filters, techniques to reduce distractions and much more.

Mondays, June 14, 21 and 28, from 6:30-9:30pm


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