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F-Stops and Shutter Speeds

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.

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  • 16 and older
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  • 5114 Ritchie Rd #644, Bealeton, VA , USA, Bealeton, VA
  • 2 hours & 30 minutes

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What you'll learn in this photography class:

You love your camera, but you always keep it on a nice, safe “Auto” or “P” and let the camera do the thinking? Or do you put it on “M” because you see the pros doing that and still your pictures come out poorly exposed? Are you are intimidated by the letters “A”, “S”, “M”, or “ASM”, or “Av” and “Tv”?

How do the pros get that kid’s face nice and sharp and the background blurred? How do they make all the moving cars and people on a street disappear? How do they get those waterfalls and streams to look like cloudy mist? This special photo safari in Washington, DC concentrates on understanding why you would want to choose “Shutter Priority” or “Aperture Priority” or even the “P” setting for your camera, whether it is an SLR or a simple point and shoot or “prosumer” camera. You learn how you – not the camera -can control the final image. We review White Balance and ISO settings. We even teach you to take the “mystery” out of the “M” setting. We conduct a special therapeutic intervention to get you off of that UGAT (Ugly Green Automatic Thing)! In short, we will make you the boss of your camera, not the other way around!

Our venue for this photography workshop in DC is the 19th century Smithsonian Castle and its adjoining Enid Haupt Gardens, one of the loveliest locations in the nation’s capital. The trees and statuary in the Gardens offer great opportunities to practice depth of field shots and informal outdoor portraiture with sharpened or blurred backgrounds. In March, there is an added treat, when the Magnolia trees are in bloom! The cars moving along Independence Avenue let us try out our cameras on varying shutter speeds that can make cars stop, blur, or disappear! And the interior of the Castle Visitors Center provides opportunities to do low-light shooting at higher ISO’s, figure out correct white balance settings, and learn the fascinating history of the Smithsonian Institution!

Masking and social distancing is required at all times; groups are limited to 6 participants.

What to Bring

  • Camera
  • Extra camera battery
  • ALL your lenses – Do you have a #8 or #9 neutral density filter? Bring it
  • Tripods are allowed

Where to Meet

Meet at the Smithsonian Castle, Enid Haupt Gardens main entrance gate at 1001 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC

Refund Policy

  • Cancellations must be made in writing via email at least 10 business days prior to Safari date to [email protected]
  • Cancellations received 9 business days or more in advance of Safari date receive a refund of 75% of the amount paid.
  • No refund is made for cancellations received less than 9 business days before the Safari date.

Washington Photo Safari operates rain or shine. A separate itinerary is followed on rain or snow days, utilizing landmarks with unique photogenic interiors, such as The National Building Museum, Union Station, The National Postal Museum, The Lincoln Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial.

In the event that an instructor or the school needs to cancel last minute, students will receive a refund less a 5% non refundable registration fee.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

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