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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

Sunday, September 20, 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.

Wednesday, October 7, 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, October 11, 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.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 6:30 PM

This non-darkroom course is designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital SLR 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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 6:30 PM

See more clearly as a photographer and capture stronger images as you develop your personal vision in class sessions and location shoots in urban, landscape, and indoor settings in the Washington and Baltimore area.

Thursday, October 15, 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, October 16, 2015 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.

Friday, October 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.

Saturday, October 17, 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, October 17, 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.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 10:15 AM

This non-darkroom course is designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital SLR 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 19, 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.

Monday, October 19, 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.

Saturday, October 24, 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.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 6:30 PM

In this photography class, take your darkroom printing to the next level by learning how to use fiber paper and chemical toners.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Conservation photographer Ian Shive offers an illustrated guide to some intriguing destinations for outdoor lovers: urban wildlife refuges found near many major cities.

Wednesday, November 18, 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.

Sunday, December 6, 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.

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