2021 PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES

JOEYABLONSKY.com (video conferencing and in-person)
PHOTOGRAPHY TUTORING (video conferencing)


JOEYABLONSKY.COM

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, January 24, 31, February 7, 21, 28, March 7, 14 and 21, 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, January 24, 31, February 7, 21, 28, March 7, 14 and 21, 1:45-4:45pm, $360


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.

Monday, February 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, February 8, 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, February 9, 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, February 2, 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.

Monday, February 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, February 16, 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, February 22, March 1 and 8, 6:30-9:30pm, $150


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

PUBLIC SCULPTURE/PUBLIC ART PHOTOGRAPHY (Zoom)
You'll receive plenty of public sculpture/art information resources for the DC area (and beyond) and tips for taking great photos. 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, 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


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


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