2024 PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES- Look below to see my upcoming classes at several different locations:

JOEYABLONSKY.com (Zoom & in-person)
PHOTOGRAPHY TUTORING
(Zoom & in-person)
SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES (Zoom & in-person)
MARYLAND HALL (in-person)
VISARTS (in-person)
DELAPLAINE ARTS CENTER
(Zoom & in-person)


JOEYABLONSKY.com (Class Policies)

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 to have Photoshop for this class or to follow along with your own version at home.

Monday, June 24, 6:30-9:30pm, $50


ISO SENSITIVITY (Zoom)
We'll discuss film speed, ISO, when you need to increase your ISO, freezing motion, eliminating camera shake, image stabilization/vibration reduction, noise, "fast" lenses, noise reduction and more.

Tuesday, June 25, 6:30-9pm, $42


PHOTO TOUR- SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL
(in-person)
The 2024 Festival, Indigenous Voices of the Americas, celebrates the National Museum of the American Indian. We'll photograph artists and makers, professional and home cooks, musicians, dancers, athletes, storytellers and more! Receive real-time advice on photo opportunities, compositions, camera controls and lighting.

Saturday, June 29, 11am-2pm, $50


DMV BOTANIC GARDENS (in-person & Zoom)
Bring your macro lens (along with other lenses) to take photos of flowers, plants, pollinators, fountains, garden sculpture and more. This class will meet at Brookside Gardens (MD), Meadowlark Botanic Gardens (VA, entry fee required) and the US Botanic Gardens (DC), for the first three sessions. The last session will be a photo review using Zoom.

Sundays, June 30, July 7, 14 (all at 10am-1pm) & 21 (6:30-9:30pm, Zoom photo review), $200


PHOTO CHALLENGE (not a contest)- PATTERNS IN NATURE (Zoom)
Need motivation to get out and shoot? If so, get tips, tricks and time of day recommendations to create a body of work that includes photos of flowers, foliage, tree bark/branches/eyes, pareidolia, produce, animal patterns and more- while learning about the golden ratio, fibonacci sequence, different types of symmetry, branching, fractal geometry, spirals, meanders, waves, bubbles, tessellation, cracks, phyllotaxy, leaf venation and other concepts. The second session will be a photo review.

Mondays, July 8 & August 5, 6:30-9:30pm, $100


PHOTO CHALLENGE (not a contest)- ABSTRACTS & MINIMALISM (Zoom)
Need motivation to get out and shoot? If so, get tips, tricks and recommendations to create awesome abstract and minimalist photos- macro photography, intentional camera movement, photos without context/scale, textures, light & shadow and more. The second session will be a photo review.

Tuesdays, July 9 (6:30-8:30pm) & August 13 (6:30-9:30pm), $85


PHOTO TOUR- FREDERICK, MD
(in-person)
Highlights include: High Wheel Race (1880's style bikes), Carroll Creek, historic architecture, photojournalism and more! Receive real-time advice on photo opportunities, compositions, camera controls and lighting.

Saturday, July 13, 11:45am-2:45pm, $50


MASTERING EXPOSURE (Zoom)
Participants 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: apertures, depth of field, shutter speeds, motion effects, ISO, eliminating camera shake, exposure modes, exposure compensation, metering modes, histograms, fixing dynamic range issues, bracketing and more.

Thursdays, July 18, 25, August 1 & 8, 6:30-9:30pm, $200


PHOTO TOUR- KENILWORTH AQUATIC GARDENS, MD
(in-person)
Highlights include: The Lotus and Water Lily Festival, with peak bloom of the lotus and lily flowers! Receive real-time advice on photo opportunities, compositions, camera controls and lighting.

Saturday, July 20, 8:30-11:30am, $50


PHOTO CHALLENGE (not a contest)- AUTUMN SCENES (Zoom)
Need motivation to get out and shoot? Capture the colors of the season (and lower sun angles) in your photos of landscapes, fall foliage, pumpkin patches, black cats, macro photography of fall flowers/leaves, scarecrows, farm equipment, Halloween decorations and more. The second session will be a photo review.

Tuesdays, September 3 & November 19, 6:30-9:30pm, $100


DMV IN FOCUS- FARTHER AFIELD (in-person and Zoom)
We'll meet in the field for the first 4 weeks and have a Zoom photo review for the final week.
We'll visit the following metro accessible locations (subject to change based on weather and city events): Takoma Park, Silver Spring, Adams Morgan and Arlington.

Sundays, September 8, 22, 29, October 6 (all at 10am-1pm) & 13 (6:30-9:30pm, Zoom photo review), $250


PHOTO CHALLENGE (not a contest)- ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS & INTERIORS (Zoom)
Need motivation to get out and shoot? If so, get a list of photo opportunities in/near DC (and further afield based on participant location), tips, tricks and time of day recommendations to create a body of work that includes photos of gargoyles, grotesques, doors/hardware, reliefs, pediments, weather vanes, turrets, caryatids, columns/capitals, stained glass, street furniture, murals and movements (Art Deco, Gothic, Victorian and more). The second session will be a photo review.

Mondays, September 9 & October 7, 6:30-9:30pm, $100


PHOTO TOUR- OLD ELLICOTT CITY, MD
(in-person)
Highlights include: Main Street Music Fest event, B&O Ellicott City Station Museum, Firehouse Museum, architecture, photojournalism and more! Receive real-time advice on photo opportunities, compositions, camera controls and lighting.

Saturday, September 21, 12-3pm, $50


PHOTO TOUR- FREDERICK, MD (in-person)

Highlights include: Dog Parade & Costume Contest, Carroll Creek, historic architecture, photojournalism and more! Receive real-time advice on photo opportunities, compositions, camera controls and lighting.

Saturday, October 26, 2-5pm, $50


PHOTO CHALLENGE (not a contest)- HOLIDAY SCENES (Zoom)
Need motivation to get out and shoot? Capture iconic photos from Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, the New Year and everything between- creepy ornaments, candid portraits of family & friends and more. The second session will be a photo review.

Wednesdays, November 20 (6:30-8:30pm) & January 8 (2025, 6:30-9:30pm), $85


PHOTO TOUR- DOWNTOWN SILVER SPRING, MD, NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY (in-person)
The best location for light trails and blurred people due to mass transit, hills, road curves and overhead lane signals. 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.

Sunday, December 1, 5-8pm, $50


PHOTO TOUR- OLD ELLICOTT CITY, MD, NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY (in-person)
Midnight Madness event, historic architecture, downtown light trails and more- 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.

Friday, December 6, 6:30-9:30pm, $50


PHOTO TOUR- DC NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY- DOWNTOWN (in-person)
We'll visit: The Archives, Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street, Holiday Market, Chinatown Friendship Arch and more! Learn the techniques required to capture great nighttime photos of lightrails and photojournalism! We’ll address how to use exposure modes, exposure compensation, white balance and ISO to guarantee great results.

Monday, December 9, 6:30-9:30pm, $50


PHOTO TOUR- 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.

Tuesday, December 10, 6:30-9:30pm, $50


PHOTO TOUR- FREDERICK, MD, NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY (in-person)
Sailing Through the Winter Solstice event, historic architecture, downtown light trails and more- 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.

Sunday, December 15, 5-8pm, $50


PHOTO TOUR- DC NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY- CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE, CAPITOL GROUNDS & SUPREME COURT (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.

Monday, December 16, 6:30-9:30pm, $50


PHOTO TOUR- DC NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY- GEORGETOWN (in-person)
Learn the techniques required to capture great nighttime photos of lightrails and photojournalism on M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, along with the Georgetown GLOW art installations! We’ll address how to use exposure modes, exposure compensation, white balance and ISO to guarantee great results.

Sunday, December 29, 5-8pm, $50



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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.



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SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES

ON LOCATION PHOTOGRAPHY (in-person & Zoom)- Sundays, July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11 & 18, 1:45-4:45pm

SLOW SHUTTER SPEEDS (Zoom)- Wednesdays, August 7 & 14, 6:30-9:30pm

TAKING BETTER PHOTOS (Zoom)- Wednesdays, August 21, 28 & September 4, 6:30-9:30pm

INDUSTRIAL ITEMS (Zoom)- Thursdays, September 5 & 12, 6:30-9:30pm


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MARYLAND HALL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS

INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (in-person)- Wednesdays, September 18, 25, October 2 & 9, 6:30-9:30pm

ANNAPOLIS: OFF THE BEATEN PATH (in-person)- Saturdays, November 2, 9 & 16, 10am-1pm

ANNAPOLIS BY NIGHT: HOLIDAY SEASON (in-person)- Thursdays, December 5, 12 & 19, 6:30-9:30pm


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VISARTS

FOCUS ON COMPOSITION (in-person)- Mondays, October 14, 21 & 28, 6:30-9:30pm

NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY (in-person)- Wednesday, December 11, 6:30-9:30pm

INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (in-person)- Thursdays, January 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2025, 6:30-9:30pm


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DELAPLAINE ARTS CENTER

APERTURES, SHUTTER SPEEDS & EXPOSURE MODES (Zoom)- Wednesday, July 10, 6-9pm

EXPOSURE & HISTOGRAMS (Zoom)- Tuesday, August 6, 6-9pm

THE RULES OF COMPOSITION & BEYOND (Zoom)- Wednesday, September 11, 6-9pm

CANINES ON THE CREEK: DOGGY PARADE & COSTUME CONTEST (in-person)- Saturday, October 26, 2-5pm

CREATIVE TECHNIQUES IN PHOTOGRAPHY (Zoom)- Wednesday, November 6, 6-9pm


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