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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

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Described as a national treasure, the 15-mile stretch of the Potomac River from River Bend Park to Roosevelt Island is the focus of shooting assignments in this course. After a classroom orientation session, photographers record fall’s progress from both Maryland and Virginia locations in this beautiful and ecologically significant area.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Lighting can make or break your work as a digital photographer. Learn the tech tips that will make your flash one of your most effective creative tools.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 10:15 AM

This intermediate-level course focuses on translating good black-and-white negatives into fine archival prints, suitable for exhibition.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM

How do you picture the city? Capture the history, diversity, and pulse of Washington’s neighborhoods thorough group photo walks and classroom sessions designed to hone your creative and technical skills.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 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, October 17, 2014 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, October 18, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Drawing inspiration from the rich tradition of such masters as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Paul Caponigro, intermediate and advanced photography students have an opportunity to develop a personal vision of the modern landscape.

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 1:30 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.

Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 10:15 AM

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, October 19, 2014 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.

Monday, October 20, 2014 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.

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM

In this course, advanced photography students capture the strength and pristine beauty of the National Mall against the evening sky. The class combines classroom sessions of lecture, discussion, darkroom work, and critique with on-location shooting sessions.

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