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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 of event
Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 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 of event
Tuesday, January 21 to March 10, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 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 of event
Tuesday, January 21 to March 10, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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 of event
Tuesday, January 21 to March 10, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 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 of event
Wednesday, January 22 to March 11, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 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 class designed for intermediate photographers.

Date of event
Thursday, January 23 to February 20, 2020 – 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 of event
Thursday, January 23 to March 12, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Introduction to Lightroom

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

Date of event
Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 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 of event
Saturday, January 25 to March 21, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class Feb. 15)

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 of event
Saturday, January 25 to March 21, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class Feb. 15)

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 of event
Sunday, January 26 to March 22, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class Feb. 16)

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 of event
Sunday, January 26 to March 22, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class Feb. 16)

Continuing Black-and-White Photography

This course is designed for students who have completed Introduction to Black-and-White Photography and wish to refine their black-and-white printing skills and their understanding of 35mm camera operation.

Date of event
Monday, January 27 to March 23, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Feb. 17)

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 of event
Monday, January 27 to March 23, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Feb. 17)

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 of event
Wednesday, February 5 to March 4, 2020 – 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 of event
Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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 of event
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Creativity Is a Keystroke Away

Artists now have a new tool to take their finished drawings, paintings, watercolors, or photographs to another level. In a two-day workshop led by artist Chester Kasnowski, learn how to use a new app called the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP2).

Date of event
Saturday, February 22 and 29, 2020 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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 of event
Thursday, March 5 and 12, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.