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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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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.

Monday, Mar 4th, 10am–1pm Eastern Time

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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.

Monday, Mar 4th, 10am–4pm Eastern Time

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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.

Friday, Mar 1st, 9:40am–1:10pm Eastern Time

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F-Stops and Shutter Speeds

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

Master the art of manual photography and take control of your camera with this hands-on photography workshop in Washington, DC. Discover the secrets behind capturing crisp portraits, blurred backgrounds, and breathtaking landscapes. Join us at the iconic Smithsonian Castle and Enid Haupt Gardens for an unforgettable photography experience.

Saturday, Mar 2nd, 2:30–5pm Eastern Time

Cherry Blossoms at Sunrise

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

Capture the enchanting beauty of cherry blossoms at the break of dawn with this exclusive photography tour in Washington, D.C. Immerse yourself in the soft golden light filtering through the blossoms as you photograph iconic landmarks framed by nature's delicate artistry. Join us for an unforgettable morning of creativity and inspiration.

Wednesday, Mar 20th, 6–8am Eastern Time

Photoshop For Photographers

Capital Photography Center @ 1616 H St NW, Washington, DC

Master the art of Photoshop and unlock its full potential for photographers in this hands-on training. Learn the essential techniques, from layers and masks to retouching tools and composites, to confidently enhance your images. Discover tips and tricks that will save you time and simplify your Photoshop workflow.

Sunday, Mar 10th, 9am–5pm Eastern Time

Smartphone Photography at the Museum of American Art/National Portrait Gallery

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

Unleash your smartphone's storytelling potential at the National Museum of American History. Capture powerful images, learn composition techniques, and master low-light photography to truly make an impact with your art. Join us for a safari designed for smartphone users, and discover the stories waiting to be told.

Saturday, Mar 16th, 1–4pm Eastern Time

Tulip Magnolia Time At The Smithsonian Castle

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

Some of the best “photo ops” in the nation’s capital are available right outside the door of the Smithsonian Castle, the heart of the Smithsonian Institution, ESPECIALLY when the magnificent pink tulip magnolias pop into bloom in the adjoining Enid Haupt Gardens! This photo safari, led by architectural photographer and Washington Photo Safari director E. David Luria, will train you in the techniques of travel photography and help you capture...

Sunday, Mar 17th, 2–4pm Eastern Time

Full Moonrise Over the Nation's Capital from Sky Dome

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

Experience the beauty of the National Mall and Washington, D.C. as you capture shots from the Sky Dome atop the DoubleTree by Hilton in Arlington, VA. Join photographer E. David Luria as he guides you in mastering the art of moonlight photography, with the chance to place the full moon directly over the Washington Monument! Don't miss this opportunity to capture postcard-worthy images.

Monday, Mar 25th, 7:30–10pm Eastern Time

Exploring Headshot Photography

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

Discover the techniques for lighting, posing, and interacting with headshot clients in this photography class at the Capital Photography Center. Join Laura Hatcher in her studio and master the skills to capture stunning and professional headshots that leave a lasting impression on your clients. Don't miss this opportunity to elevate your headshot photography skills!

Sunday, Apr 7th, 1–4:30pm Eastern Time

Waterfalls of the Potomac

Capital Photography Center @ 9200 Old Dominion Dr, Virginia, DC

Capture the breathtaking beauty of the Great Falls of the Potomac River at dawn. Join Corey Hilz on a photography adventure where you'll learn how to shoot in low light, capture flowing water, and compose stunning waterscapes. Don't miss this opportunity to create stunning images of this natural wonder in the DC area.

Saturday, Apr 20th, 5:30–8:30am Eastern Time

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

Master Your Digital Camera Controls and discover the secrets to taking stunning photographs with any camera model. Unlock your camera's full potential and unleash your creativity in this comprehensive workshop. Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your photography skills.

Saturday, Mar 23rd, 10–11:30am Eastern Time

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Creating A Photography Website

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

Learn how to showcase your photography skills and create a professional website with Adobe Portfolio at Capital Photography Center. Join Rick Frankle as he guides you through the process from start to finish, including planning, building, and maintaining your site. Enhance your online presence and take your photography career to the next level.

Saturday, Apr 6th, 9:30am–12pm Eastern Time

A Tiny Adventure: Let’s do Macro Photography

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

Unlock the hidden wonders of the natural world through macro photography on this extraordinary excursion in Rock Creek Park. Discover the intricate details of spring flowers and emerging insects as you learn how to capture their beauty up close. Join us for an unforgettable journey into the world of macro photography.

Sunday, Apr 7th, 8–10am Eastern Time

Painting with Light

Capital Photography Center @ 2823 King St, Alexandria, VA

Unleash your creativity and learn the art of illuminating your subjects like a painter at Capital Photography Center's unique course. Master the technique of "Painting with Light" under the guidance of instructor Marie Joabar and discover limitless possibilities in creating lighting masterpieces. Join us for an unforgettable experience at the historic Ivy Hill Cemetery at nighttime.

Saturday, Apr 13th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

Harriet Tubman Byway Photo Safari

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

Explore sites of cultural significance and natural beauty, while honing your photography skills under expert guidance. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Underground Railroad through a unique lens.

Saturday, Aug 10th, 8:30am–5pm Eastern Time

Getting started in Real Estate Photography

Capital Photography Center

Are you ready to excel in the dynamic field of Real Estate Photography? Join our comprehensive class at Capital Photography Center and learn essential lighting techniques, composition theory, and more. Enroll now and take your skills to the next level!

Sunday, May 19th, 1–4:30pm Eastern Time

A Special Canon EOS R Series Mirrorless Camera Users Photo Safari

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

Discover the hidden features of your Canon EOS R series mirrorless camera on this immersive photo safari led by a knowledgeable enthusiast. Unleash the full potential of your camera's menu settings and learn how to maximize autofocus, wireless features, and more. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your photography skills and capture stunning images.

Sunday, May 19th, 2–4:30pm Eastern Time

Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

Capital Photography Center @ 8130 Porter Rd, Virginia, DC

Take control of your camera and capture stunning photographs with Photo Basics: Getting Off Auto. Learn how to choose the appropriate settings for the look you want, freeze or blur motion, and control the depth of field. Join us at Capital Photography Center and unlock the full potential of your DSLR or mirrorless camera.

Sunday, Mar 24th, 9:30am–1:30pm Eastern Time

Hillwood Museum and Gardens

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

Discover the beauty of the Hillwood Museum and Gardens in Washington, DC, as you learn valuable photography techniques from expert instructors. Capture stunning images of the paths, mansion, greenhouse, statuary, and Japanese Gardens, and even explore low-light shooting without a tripod inside the museum. Join us for an unforgettable photography experience in this elegant and popular destination.

Sunday, Jun 9th, 2:30–4:30pm 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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