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Discover a variety of photography classes in Washington, D.C.. From beginner courses on DSLR basics to advanced workshops on editing and composition, these classes provide the perfect opportunity to enhance your skills and unleash your creative potential.

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Monuments and Memorials: Travel Photography

Washington Photo Safari @ 5114 Ritchie Rd #644, Bealeton, VA , USA, Bealeton, VA

Capture the essence of iconic landmarks and memorials in this hands-on travel photography course. Master the art of composition, exposure, and camera settings as you explore the diverse landscapes of Washington, D.C. Perfect for photographers of all levels seeking to enhance their skills in capturing stunning cityscapes and portraits.

Thursday Dec 7th, 9:40am–1:10pm Eastern Time

Exploring Headshot Photography

Capital Photography Center @ 218 N Lee St, Washington, DC

Looking to master indoor-studio headshot sessions? Look no further! In this hands-on photography class, Laura Hatcher invites you to her studio in Old Town, Alexandria, to learn the essential techniques for lighting, posing, and interacting with headshot clients. Topics include: Gear Considerations: Discover the must-have camera, lighting, modifiers, and post-production software for capturing stunning headshots. Portfolio Building and Lead...

Sunday Feb 25th, 1:30–5pm Eastern Time

How To Be A Photography Business Owner

Capital Photography Center @ 218 N Lee St, Washington, DC

Join Laura Hatcher to learn how to lay a solid foundation and build an actionable plan towards legally making money with your camera. This class is designed to provide experienced photographers, who aspire to earn money from photography, with accurate and relevant resources, lessons learned, and advice on establishing a legitimate photography business. Laura will give you insight to questions you may be asking yourself such as; Where do I start...

Thursday Jan 11th, 7–9:30pm Eastern Time

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Exploring Macro Photography

Capital Photography Center @ 600 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD

Uncover the captivating world of small subjects in this technical and creative macro photography course. Discover essential skills such as precise focusing techniques, maximizing depth of field, and modifying light with diffusers and reflectors. Get ready to explore the art of up-close photography at Capital Photography Center.

Saturday Jan 6th, 10am–1:30pm Eastern Time

Getting started in Real Estate Photography

Capital Photography Center

Are you eager to excel in Real Estate Photography? Join our comprehensive class to learn the fundamentals and hone your skills in this dynamic field. Expert photographer Tammy will guide you through a diverse range of real estate photography methods, including essential lighting techniques and HDR solutions (high dynamic range). Explore the art of composition theory and its application to capturing spaces, along with various approaches to handling...

Saturday Feb 10th, 1–4:30pm Eastern Time

Fieldwork - Photography Basics at Library Of Congress

Capital Photography Center @ 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC

Explore the beautiful architecture and hidden gems of the Library of Congress in this hands-on fieldwork class. Reinforce your photography basics as you practice exposure settings, depth of field, and creative captures in Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, or Manual modes. Join us to enhance your skills and capture stunning images you'll be proud of.

Saturday Dec 16th, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

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Half Day Private Digital Photography (DC)

Digital Photo Academy @ Cross Streets TBA, Washington, DC

Capture stunning images and master your camera's capabilities with personalized instruction from expert photographers at Digital Photo Academy in Washington, DC. Explore various photography genres and receive hands-on guidance during an in-the-field shoot. Enhance your post-capture workflow skills and learn valuable editing techniques to bring your images to life.

Saturday Dec 9th, 10am–1pm Eastern Time


Fieldwork - Photography Basics @ U.S. Botanical Gardens

Capital Photography Center @ 100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC

Enhance your photography skills and capture stunning images as you explore the beautiful US Botanical Gardens Conservatory in this hands-on photography course at Capital Photography Center. Develop a deeper understanding of exposure settings, camera controls, composition techniques, and more. Join us for an immersive fieldwork experience and take your photography to the next level.

Sunday Dec 10th, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

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All Day Private Digital Photography (DC)

Digital Photo Academy @ Cross Streets TBA, Washington, DC

Enhance your photography skills with a personalized, immersive experience led by expert instructors at Digital Photo Academy. Capture stunning images in various genres, receive guidance tailored to your camera and interests, and learn essential post-capture techniques. Schedule a private session to elevate your photography to new heights.

Saturday Dec 9th, 10am–4pm Eastern Time

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Georgetown Deal

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Georgetown

Digital Photo Academy @ 34th & M Streets, Washington, DC

When people think of Georgetown most often they think of the shopping, restaurants, and nightlife of M Street and the lower end of Wisconsin Avenue but Georgetown is much more than that. The C&O Canal starts in Georgetown and just a couple of blocks north of M Street there are treelined streets just waiting to be explored. Join your Digital Photo Academy instructor for a walk through the Georgetown that many people never take the time to see....

Saturday Apr 27th, 11am–2pm Eastern Time


Creating A Photography Website

Capital Photography Center @ 8136 Porter St, Falls Church, VA

Whether you want to showcase your skills as a photographer or are a photo hobbyist who wants to share your work on a personal website, Adobe Portfolio gives you the tools you need. Included with any Adobe Creative Cloud account, Portfolio is a great way to build a website with a professional look.  If you want to showcase your skills as a photographer, an online portfolio is an essential piece of your toolkit.   Bring your best photographs...

Saturday Feb 3rd, 9:30am–12pm Eastern Time

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Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Natl Mall Ctrl

Digital Photo Academy @ 2 15th St NW, Washington, DC

Capture the beauty of Washington, DC's iconic National Mall, and learn to create stunning images in this immersive in-the-field photography workshop. Discover how to balance tall and thin elements, manage extreme contrast, and compose captivating shots amidst popular landmarks. Join us for an unforgettable experience that will elevate your photography skills.

Saturday Dec 23rd, 11am–2pm Eastern Time

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Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Burnt Mills

Digital Photo Academy @ 10701 Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD

Learn the secrets of stunning photography with in-the-field demos, lectures, and inspirational examples. Discover composition strategies that will transform your snapshots into professional-quality photographs. Join us in Burnt Mills for an immersive experience that will elevate your photography skills to new heights.

Saturday Feb 24th, 11am–2pm Eastern Time

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Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Digital Photo Academy @ 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, Vienna, VA

Experience the beauty of nature through the lens of your camera in this captivating workshop. Discover hidden landscapes, capture stunning wildlife, and master the art of composition. Join us and elevate your photography skills to new heights.

Saturday Jan 27th, 11am–2pm Eastern Time

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ United States National Arboretum Deal

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ United States National Arboretum

Digital Photo Academy @ 3501 New York Ave NE, Renton, WA

Digital Photo Live In-the-Field Workshop @  United States National Arboretum It is no wonder that over 600,000 visitors make a day of enjoying the U.S. National Arboretum, almost 500 acres of landscape scenery, winding paths, intricate lattice structures, ponds, fountains and lush vegetation. As a photo enthusiast, you will be inspired to capture endless gardens of azalea, Boxwood, Daffodil, daylily, dogwood, holly, magnolia and a myriad of...

Saturday Mar 23rd, 11:30am–2:30pm Eastern Time

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Discover the Best Photography Classes in Washington, D.C.

Learning photography has many levels to it. You can go from being a casual photographer to owning your own photography business. You can even consider the different types of photos you could take. For example, are you interested in still-life, portraits, or flowers? Having a lot of options is what makes deciding to learn photography so exciting. 

Why You Should Learn Photography in

Once you've decided to learn photography, you might be wondering what the benefits are. Well, there are quite a few, especially living in a place like If you want to create a community of others interested in photography, has some notable groups. There is The Photography Group meetup. This meetup group has 3,00+ members focused on taking pictures at various locations and events. With over 432 past events, there is undoubtedly something for you to learn something new and meet some great new people. 

Another great group is the D.C. Street Photography Collective or DC SPC. This non-profit comprises dedicated street photographers from the D.C., MD, and V.A. areas. DC SPC has been around since 2018 and connects photographers through meaningful conversation on and offline, photo walks, and artists' talks.

Suppose you are not necessarily looking to join a larger community of other photographers. In that case, there are still advantages to learning this new skill. For example, learning photography can be a great way to expand on employable skills or pick up a part-time job. In addition, Washington. D.C. is home to historical landmarks that are great to photograph.

Additionally, there is a large professional base in D.C. that would increase the need for professional photos. If you are looking to break into a career in photography, there are many places an up-and-coming photographer can start to build their portfolio. Finally, you could take pictures just as a hobby. No need to feel added pressure to monetize photos or meet others; you can use your camera to be productive during your free time, relieve stress, or tap into your creativity. 

In-Person Photography Classes in

In , it is fitting to have a photography center called Capital Photography Center. Created by Marie Joabar, Capital Photography Center offers amateurs and professionals a chance to learn and grow as photographers. They offer various classes designed to fit everyone’s schedules by offering weekend and weekday courses. Capital Photography provides a variety of classes for all levels of photographer. For example, an Exploring Street Photography course is provided for all levels. The course is hands-on and explores the unique aspects of street photography. Various topics are covered, including pro tips and techniques for capturing compelling images, hands-on image capture, proper procedures and settings for street photography, and image review and feedback. Students will create photographs demonstrating their personal vision while using their gear optimized for street photography. Students can expect to photograph from the White House to Lafayette Park. 

How To Be A Photography Business Owner is a great course to consider if you want to establish a legitimate business in photography. Instructor Laura Hatcher will teach students how to lay a foundation and build an actionable plan toward becoming a business owner. She will cover tools to run the business, understanding your value, growing a client base, avoiding common mistakes, and more. Finally, consider The FUNdamentals of Food Photography seminar if you want learning and fun. This class is all about building your food photography portfolio. It covers topics such as exposure setting, depth of field and focus choice, composition and camera angles, basic food styling types, and recommended gear. Students will break into small groups and practice photographing food in different lighting conditions. Students will receive feedback on up to four images at the end of class. 

Another D.C. photography school is the Washington Photo Safari in Forest Hills. Their motto is “See.Click.Learn”, showing students where the images are in the D.C. area and how to take them. Washington Photo Safari teaches their students photography techniques by taking them around critical sites of the nation’s capital and other cities to shoot while introducing image composition and design, popper exposure, lighting, and posing “models” for the best effect. The DC At Night By Smartphone course is true to the Washington Photo Safari motto. The course is designed for smartphone users to learn how to take great photos after dark while touring famous D.C. monuments. Students must bring their camera (smartphone is fine), extra memory card, and extra battery, and be sure to wear weather-appropriate clothing. 

The at-night seminar is set up like a safari taking you on the Metro past the Ulysses Grant Statue to photograph the West Front of the U.S. Capitol building at night. Next, students will travel up Pennsylvania Avenue to appreciate the beautiful architecture on the North Portico of the White House. Some fantastic locations will be visited after finally ending at the Albert Einstein Memorial for a group picture with your fellow students. This course is like a beautiful journey with photographs to document the experience. F-Stops and Shutter Speeds is an excellent course if you want to focus more on learning new skills or techniques. Students will learn how they can control their photos. The instructor will review White Balance and ISO settings and teach how to use the “M” setting. Students will leave this course feeling in control of their camera, helping them decide when to choose “Shutter Priority” or “Aperture Priority.” 

Virtual Photography Classes 

Virtual photography classes are a great way to learn and offer much flexibility. For example, when taking an online class option, you can log into your course anywhere. This flexibility adds convenience because that also means you have access to more classes. Gone are the days of being limited to only local classes, a short drive away. With access to virtual options, students can pick classes from all over the country and not miss a beat. While convenience is a huge factor in why you should consider an online option, it is important to consider some disadvantages as well. For example, suppose you are a student that needs instant feedback or extra support. In that case, it might be hard to get in an online class due to the limited access to the instructor. Most online classes account for this and include time for instructor feedback, but it could be a bit delayed. Once you have considered if a virtual option is best for you, the next step is finding the best course. 

Numerous schools offer online photography classes with many options; it all depends on what you are looking for at the time. For example, are you an iPhone user looking to improve your photo-taking skills or gain more knowledge on the different photo apps offered? iPhone Photography provided through the Chicago Botanic Garden might be what you want in an online class. This course is taught online via Zoom and, with an instructor's support, allows students to explore the better-known apps used for taking nature photos. The instructor will also go over the basics of iPhone photography. Students will then examine the photos taken during class and learn how to enhance, manipulate, or alter them. The course runs over three sessions and costs $124. 

If you are a beginner photographer and want to gain knowledge, there is a Virtual Beginner's Photography Class offered through Isla Studio Photography. This is a beginners level course that focuses on using an iPhone or a DSLR camera, but you are not required to have one for class. The seminar is a two-and-a-half-hour crash course on digital photography. Students will learn optimal settings to use in any lighting condition, what kind of camera to buy if they don't already own one, and concepts like exposure aperture and shutter speed. Again, no prior experience is required to attend. Students simply need a desire to learn or improve their photography skills. 

Private Group Photography Classes in

CourseHorse should be your go-to when planning your next team event or birthday party. They offer live online group classes based on whatever you are looking for at the time. For example, they have you covered if you want a private group photography class for your business. If you don’t see what you are looking for right away, CourseHorse can still be helpful. You can contact their free event planning team on their website; they will handle the rest. When completing the contact form, you must include the anticipated date of the event, group size, and a description of what you are looking for in your fun class. CourseHorse handles everything else for you. You will hear from your virtual party planner within two business hours of submitting the form, and the planning begins.

Once the event is booked, you will receive confirmation within 24 hours. CourseHorse has no booking fees, and if you need to change your group size after booking, they make it easy for you. On the event day, you and your team will use the link provided for one of their supported virtual platforms and enjoy the event. At this point, the virtual planning team will have already ensured your group received the course materials, and everyone can enjoy the fun event you helped plan.

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