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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

Thursday, July 24, 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.

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.

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