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Studio Arts: Photography Classes
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, August 19, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus

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, September 6 to 27, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Photography: A Hands-on History

Trace the history of photography in this unique course led by art historian and photographer Patricia Howard. Sessions are enhanced by a hands-on component in which students create their own imagery using the techniques and processes of the 19th and 20th centuries. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Friday, September 7 to 28, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
On-Location Photography: DC’s Public Sculpture and Architecture

Learn to capture this vibrant capital city and sharpen your way of thinking about shooting outdoors. Class sessions include lectures, field trips, loosely structured assignments, and critique sessions in which students develop strategies to meet the challenges of an outdoor shoot.

Date
Saturday, September 8 to 22, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 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, September 9, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Introduction to Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is now the most useful (and user friendly) software for organizing and editing images. This two-session workshop offers users an overview of the program, with a focus on working with the essential Library and Develop modules.

Date
Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Introduction to iPhone Photography

Put away your point-and-shoot camera. This one-day workshop helps you make the most of your iPhone’s camera—and create great images.

Date
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Introduction to iPhone Photography

Put away your point-and-shoot camera. This one-day workshop helps you make the most of your iPhone’s camera—and create great images.

Date
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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, September 29, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Introduction to Photography II

Whether you work digitally or on film, this course is ideal for students who are familiar with their cameras but are interested in expanding their understanding of photography fundamentals.

Date
Tuesday, October 9 to December 4, 2018 – 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 20)
The Joy of Photography

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, October 9 to December 4, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 20)
Open Darkroom Plus

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
Tuesday, October 9 to 30, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Introduction to Photography

Whether you want work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics. Two on-location shoots offer chances to put your new skills into practice.

Date
Wednesday, October 10 to December 5, 2018 – 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 21)
Exhibiting and Selling Your Photographs

You’ve got a great portfolio of photos. What’s next? This valuable session covers how to prepare your images to exhibit or sell, get them seen by the public, and effectively market your work.

Date
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus

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, October 11 to December 6, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 22)
Fall Landscape Photography on the Potomac: An Environmental Photography Experience

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.

Date
Friday, October 12 to December 7, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class Nov. 23)
Introduction to Black-and-White Film Photography and the Darkroom

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.

Date
Friday, October 12 to December 7, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 23)
Hiking for Photographers

Explore close-in sections of Virginia’s river-hugging Potomac Heritage Trail as you capture images of fall splendor on a series of outings for photographers who are experienced hikers.

Date
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Morning hikes on Sunday, October 14 to November 11, 2018
Open Darkroom Plus

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, October 13 to December 8, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class Nov. 24)
Open Darkroom Plus

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, October 13 to December 8, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 24)
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, October 14, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Joy of Photography

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, October 14 to December 9, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class Nov. 25)
On-Location Photography

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, October 14 to December 9, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 25)
Custom Digital Printing and Mat Cutting

Shooting a great photo is just the beginning. Get ready to show off your work by learning how to get your digital images printed accurately and to cut custom-sized windows in mat board.

Date
Monday, October 15 and 22, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Washington Mall by Night

Advanced students capture the strength and beauty of the National Mall as they sharpen their technical and creative skills in nighttime photography through classroom sessions, darkroom work, and on-location shoots.

Date
Monday, October 15 to December 10, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 12)
Lightroom + Vision

In this intensive workshop designed for intermediate photographers, students gain understanding and usage of Lightroom Classic CC’s Library and Develop modules through several classroom sessions that include lectures, demonstrations, selected resources, and hands-on practice.

Date
Monday, October 15 to December 10, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 12)
Introduction to Studio Portraiture

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.

Date
Monday, October 15 to December 10, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 12)
Photographic Creativity, Design, and Composition

This intermediate-level photography course offers a better understanding of compositional elements and practices—such as simplicity, balance, and natural lighting—that promote taking better and more unique photographs.

Date
Wednesday, October 17 to November 14, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Mastering Exposure

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.

Date
Thursday, October 18 to November 15, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Build Your Photographic Portfolio

Show off your photos like a pro and learn how to assemble a personal portfolio that reflects your best work and your distinctive vision as a photographer.

Date
Monday, October 29 to November 19, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 12)
Digital Camera Basics

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.

Date
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Introduction to Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is now the most useful (and user friendly) software for organizing and editing images. This two-session workshop offers users an overview of the program, with a focus on working with the essential Library and Develop modules.

Date
Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 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, December 2, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Self-Portraits: Photography

Inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s Eye to Eye: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today exhibit, this two-part workshop focuses on the art of self-portraiture through studio photography. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Sunday, December 2 and 9, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.