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The Smithsonian Associates offers photography classes geared towards all levels of experience, from the occasional snapshot clicker to the darkroom expert.  As well as offering both introductory courses and open darkroom sessions, we also have an array of special topics courses that include portraiture, landscape, pinhole photography, on-location photography, photo-trekking around the D.C. area, and photo theory.  Classes are both digital and film-based.  Lectures, demonstrations, assignments, field trips, and hands-on experience all play a role in expanding participants’ knowledge and skill with photography.

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current photography courses & programs

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 6:30 PM

This intensive workshop designed for intermediate photographers, students learn best practices for image storage, tagging, and sorting, before moving to image editing and adjustment, followed by creative options for image presentation.

Friday, March 13, 2015 at 10:15 AM

The 15-mile Potomac gorge that spans Virginia, Maryland, and the District is the focus of shooting assignments exploring evocative early-spring landscapes in this beautiful and ecologically significant area.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this one-day class, which includes a shooting session on the Mall; and an in-the-field discussion of technical elements along with composition, light, and other aesthetic considerations.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Photographer Michael Soluri taught a crew of astronauts to capture their 2009 mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope in vivid images. He brings his own memorable photographs of the people and the places of the space program to an evening in which he’s joined by four NASA pros who played key roles in the final service mission to the Hubble.

Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6:30 PM

This course is designed for students who have completed Introduction to Black-and-White Photography and wish to refine their black-and-white printing skills and their understanding of 35mm camera operation.

Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6:30 PM

This photography course is designed for those who want to learn how to create portraits of men and women, using the special lighting controls of the studio.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6:30 PM

This class is designed for students interested in improving their ability to see photographically and predict the look of the final photographic image.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6:30 PM

This non-darkroom course is designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital or film-based camera as a creative tool. The goal is to gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:30 PM

This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM

This course provides a thorough introduction to the 35mm camera and the basics of photo darkroom techniques. Students learn how to use the camera, compose a photograph, develop film, and make a print.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10:15 AM

This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 1:15 PM

This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 1:30 PM

This non-darkroom course is designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital or film-based camera as a creative tool. The goal is to gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images.

Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM

This hands-on digital media workshop covers topics such as obtaining a good exposure; making exposure adjustments on an image; controlling color and tone as files are captured; understanding resolution, picture quality, and file formats such as JPEG and RAW; transferring files to the computer; and organizing files with a browser.

Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 1:30 PM

In this intermediate photography course, students enjoy field trips to several Smithsonian outdoor settings for on-location shooting sessions and explore topics including depth of field, exposure adjustments, tripod use, composition, and natural lighting through classroom lectures.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Get a better understanding of compositional elements and how best to apply them. Emphasis is placed on practices that promote taking better and more unique photographs, including simplicity, balance, and natural lighting conditions.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Learning to use an SLR or mirrorless camera is not complicated. During this hands-on class, explore various features and how to control them; learn file information; observe shooting mode demonstrations; and then end the day with a photography shooting session on the National Mall.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Challenge your way of thinking about shooting outdoors on location using a minimal amount of equipment and a fresh perspective. Capture this vibrant capital city in action and explore locations in depth where both good planning and quick reflexes rule.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Take your skills beyond auto mode as you explore a myriad of your digital camera’s exposure options and features in this workshop designed for intermediate photographers.

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