2020 PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES- Look below to see my upcoming classes at several different locations:

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

DARKROOM EQUIPMENT FOR SALE (enlargers, lenses, safelights and more- coming soon!)


JOEYABLONSKY.COM

ON LOCATION PHOTOGRAPHY
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, October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6 and 13, 9:30am-12:30pm, $360


DC IN FOCUS/THE PHOTO ESSAY
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, October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6 and 13, 1:45-4:45pm, $360


INTRO TO ADOBE PHOTOSHOP
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, October 5, 6:30-9:30pm, $50


INTRO TO ADOBE LIGHTROOM
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.

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


FOCUSING & 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. Homework assignments will reinforce the class concepts. We'll meet up again a few weeks later for a photo review. More info >>>

Tuesdays, October 6 and November 3, 6:30-9:30pm, $95


ARCHITECTURE PHOTOGRAPHY
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, October 13 and November 10, 6:30-9:30pm, $95


EXPOSURE MODES
Master that intimidating top dial on your camera! We'll cover the classic exposure modes- Auto, Program (P), Aperture Priority (A/Av), Shutter Priority (S/Tv) and Manual (M). You'll learn the differences between the exposure modes and receive direction on which to use to get the shot you want.

Tuesday, October 20, 6:30-9:30pm, $50


PHOTOGRAPHING PEOPLE & PETS
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, October 27 and November 24, 6:30-9:30pm, $95

PHOTO TOUR- HISTORIC DOWNTOWN ANNAPOLIS
Highlights include: Maryland State House (exterior) and grounds, Church Circle, State House Square, architecture. people, monuments and more. More info >>>

Saturday, October 10, 11am-2pm, $50


PHOTO TOUR- GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK, PA (WEST AREA)

Highlights include: Landscape and monuments, including the North Carolina, Virgina, Louisiana and Alabama State Memorials, Devil's Den and more. More info >>>

Saturday, October 17, 10am-1pm, $50


PHOTO TOUR- GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK, PA (CENTRAL AREA)

Highlights include: Pennsylvania State Memorial, New York Infantry Memorials, Meade Statue, The National Cemetery, Gettysburg Address location/memorial and more. More info >>>

Saturday, October 17, 1:45pm-4:45pm, $50


INTRO TO EXTERNAL TTL FLASH
If you love to take photos of moving subjects, indoors, than an external flash is a "must have." We'll cover flash theory, guide numbers, sync speed, flash features (diffuser panel, catchlight panel, color correction filters), flash modes (auto, fill flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync and rear curtain), flash brackets, diffusers, battery packs, flash exposure compensation, TTL vs Manual and more. If you don't have an external flash, that's OK- you can use this class to determine what you need to purchase.

Tuesday, November 17, 6:30-9:30pm, $50


WASHINGTON, DC, NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY
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 7, 14 and 21, 6:30-9:30pm, $140


OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA, VA, NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY
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 8 and 15, 6:30-9:30pm, $95


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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.


Wednesday, September 16, 6:30-8:30pm, $125

Monday, September 21, 6:30-8:30pm, $125

Wednesday, September 23, 6:30-8:30pm, $125

Monday, September 28, 6:30-8:30pm, $125

Tuesday, September 29, 6:30-8:30pm, $125

Wednesday, September 30, 6:30-8:30pm, $125

Thursday, October 1, 6:30-8:30pm, $125

Thursday, October 8, 6:30-8:30pm, $125

Wednesday, November 11, 6:30-8:30pm, $125


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SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES

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, October 14, 21, 28, November 4 and 18, 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, October 15, 22, 29, November 5 and 12, from 6:30-9:30pm

CUSTOM DIGITAL PRINTING & MAT CUTTING
Learn how to get digital photos printed accurately and how to custom cut windows in mat board. Classes cover inexpensive online printing labs, paper choices, aspect ratios, printing techniques, mat board choices and sources, and mat-cutting tools.

Thursday, November 19, from 6:30-9:30pm

EXHIBITING & SELLING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS
Learn how to get your photos seen and sold. This valuable session covers strategies to get your photos seen by the public, such as juried exhibitions, photo contests, showing in alternative spaces (bookstores and coffee shops), art festivals, galleries and websites.

Tuesday, December 1, from 6:30-9:30pm


PHOTOGRAPHY 101
Short classes that address theory, camera controls and gear options.

Lenses, Optics and Filters
Wednesday, December 2, from 6:30-9:30pm
ISO
Wednesday, December 9, from 6:30-9:30pm
Exposure and Histograms
Wednesday, December 16, from 6:30-9:30pm


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MARYLAND HALL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS

HOW DO I USE MY DIGITAL CAMERA???
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, November 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 6:30-9:30pm

EXHIBITING & SELLING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS
Learn how to get your photos seen and sold. This valuable session covers strategies to get your photos seen by the public, such as juried exhibitions, photo contests, showing in alternative spaces (bookstores and coffee shops), art festivals, galleries and websites. We’ll also discuss presentation materials, such as mat board, portfolio books, framing and more!

Wednesday, October 7, from 6:30-9:30pm

ANNAPOLIS AT NIGHT- HOLIDAY SEASON
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 3, 10 and 17, 6:30-9:30pm


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VISARTS

INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
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!

(2021) Mondays, January 4, 11, 25 and February 1, from 6:30-9:30pm


FOCUS ON COMPOSITION
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, October 19, 26 and November 2, from 7-10pm


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