Studio Arts: Photography Classes
Spring Landscape Photography on the Potomac: An Environmental Photography Experience
8-Session Daytime Course

Described as a national treasure, the 15-mile Potomac gorge from River Bend Park to Roosevelt Island is the primary focus of shooting assignments exploring evocative spring landscapes of this beautiful and ecologically significant area. Attention to photographic seeing and refinement of style and vision is emphasized on walks of up to three miles in Maryland, Virginia, and the District.

Date
Friday, March 31–May 19, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Digital Camera Basics

Get them most out of your digital camera in this full-day, hands-on workshop that gives a head start on producing great shots.

Date
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Developing Black-and-White Film at Home

Processing your own 35mm or 120mm black-and-white film is cost-effective, and typically provides better results. Get all the skills you need to begin at this information-packed, hands-on session.

Date
Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Continued Studio Portraiture
8-session Evening Course

This photography course is designed as a follow-up to Introduction to Studio Portraiture and explores the creative lighting controls of the studio.

Date
Monday, April 17 to June 12, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class May 29)
Introduction to Black-and-White Film Photography and the Darkroom
8-Session Evening Course

This course provides a thorough introduction to the 35mm camera and the basics of photo darkroom techniques. Learn how to use your camera, compose a photograph, develop film, and make a print in the Smithsonian Associates’ well-equipped darkroom.

Date
Monday, April 17 to June 12, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class May 29)
The Joy of Photography
8-Session Evening Exploratory Course

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.

Date
Tuesday, April 18 to June 6, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Introduction to Photography
8-Session Afternoon Course

Whether you want to work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics. Topics include camera functions, exposure, metering, working with natural and artificial light, and composition.

Date
Wednesday, April 19 to June 7, 2017 - 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Exhibiting and 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.

Date
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus
8-Session Evening Course

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.

Date
Thursday, April 20 to June 8, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus
4-Session Evening Course

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.

Date
Friday, April 21 to May 12, 2017 - 6:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus
8-Session Weekend Course

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.

Date
Saturday, April 22 to June 17, 2017 - 10:15 a.m to 1:15 p.m. (no class May 27)
Open Darkroom Plus
8-Session Weekend Course

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.

Date
Saturday, April 22 to June 17, 2017 - 1:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m. (no class May 27)
The Joy of Photography
8-Session Weekend Exploratory Course

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.

Date
Sunday, April 23 to June 18, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class May 28)
On-Location Photography: Washington Through a Lens
8-Session Weekend Course

Great shoots start with great locations—and Washington offers plenty of unbeatable visual inspiration. Learn to capture this vibrant city and sharpen your way of thinking about shooting outdoors as you deploy a minimal amount of equipment and a lot of fresh perspective.

Date
Sunday, April 23 to June 18, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class May 28)
Build Your Photographic Portfolio
3-Session Evening Course

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 that are incorporated into their portfolios.

Date
Monday, May 1 to 15, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Photographic Creativity, Design, and Composition
4-Session Evening Course

Get a better practical understanding of elements such as simplicity, balance, and natural lighting and how they can contribute to taking better and more unique photographs.

Date
Wednesday, May 3 to May 24, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera: Moving Beyond Auto Mode

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.

Date
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Mastering Exposure
5-Session Evening Course

In this workshop designed for intermediate photographers, participants develop a greater understanding of the complex relationship among aperture, shutter speed, and ISO and how a camera’s exposure meter views a scene.

Date
Thursday, May 18 to June 15, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Custom Digital Printing and Mat Cutting
2-Session Evening Course

Learn how to get digital photos printed accurately and 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.

Date
Monday, May 22 and June 5, 2017 - 6:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m.
Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera: Moving Beyond Auto Mode

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.

Date
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.