2020/2021 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- coming soon!)


JOEYABLONSKY.COM

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 >>>

(2020) Mondays, December 7, 14 and 21, 6:30-9:30pm, $140 (ONLY 1 SPACE LEFT!)


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 >>>

(2020) Tuesdays, December 8 and 15, 6:30-9:30pm, $95

ON LOCATION PHOTOGRAPHY (in-person)
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 >>>

(2021) 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)
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 >>>

(2021) Sundays, January 24, 31, February 7, 21, 28, March 7, 14 and 21, 1:45-4:45pm, $360


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.

(2021) Monday, February 8, 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.

(2021) Monday, January 18, 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.

(2021) Tuesday, February 9, 6:30-9:30pm, $50


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 >>>

(2021) TBD, 6:30-9:30pm, $95


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 >>>

(2021) Tuesdays, February 2 and 16, 6:30-9:30pm, $95


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PHOTOGRAPHY TUTORING (Zoom)
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.


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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.

(2021) Wednesdays, January 27, February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 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. 

(2021) Thursdays, January 28, February 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 6:30-9:30pm


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.

(2021) Thursdays, March 4, 11 and 18, 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.

(2021) Wednesday, March 3, 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.

(2021) Wednesday, January 20, from 6:30-9:30pm


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

Night Photography & Tripods
(2021) Thursday, January 21, from 6:30-9:30pm
Apertures & Shutter Speeds
(2021) Wednesday, March 10, from 6:30-9:30pm
TTL Flash (2021) Wednesday, March 17, from 6:30-9:30pm
ISO
(2021) Wednesday, March 24, from 6:30-9:30pm
Exposure & Histograms
(2021) Thursday, March 25, from 6:30-9:30pm


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MARYLAND HALL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS

PHOTOGRAPHY 101
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.

Session I: (2021) Tuesdays, January 5, 12, 19 and 26, from 6:30-9:30pm
Session II: (2021) Tuesdays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 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.

(2021) Thursdays, December 2, 9 and 16, 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


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