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Capital Photography Center

Capital Photography Center is a photography school founded by Marie Joabar, offering a wide variety of classes taught by skilled and passionate instructors. With single-session classes and small class sizes, the school provides a flexible and enjoyable learning experience for photographers of all skill levels.

Upcoming Classes at Capital Photography Center (31)

All courses are held at Online, Washington, DC unless indicated.

Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

1015 15th St NW, Washington, DC

Saturday, July 13th
9:30am–1:30pm EDT

$99

Lotus and Lilies at Kenilworth Gardens

1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington, DC

Sunday, July 14th
8–11am EDT

$99

Exploring Headshot Photography

218 N Lee St, Washington, DC

Sunday, July 14th
1–4:30pm EDT

$185

Lightroom In A Day

1015 15th St NW, Washington, DC

Saturday, July 20th
9am–5pm EDT

$159

Exploring The Capitol Fountains and Gardens

10 First Street SE, Washington, DC

Sunday, July 21st
9am–12pm EDT

$99

Photoshop For Photographers

1015 15th St NW, Washington, DC

Sunday, July 21st
9am–5pm EDT

$175

Fieldwork - Photography Basics at Union Station

50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC

Sunday, July 21st
10am–12:30pm EDT

$79

Creating A Photography Website

8136 Porter St, Falls Church, VA

Saturday, July 27th
9:30am–12pm EDT

$99

Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

8130 Porter Rd, Virginia, DC

Saturday, July 27th
1–5pm EDT

$99

Sunday, July 28th
10:30am–2:30pm EDT

$99

Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

1015 15th St NW, Washington, DC

Saturday, August 3rd
9:30am–1:30pm EDT

$99

Lightroom In A Day

1015 15th St NW, Washington, DC

Sunday, August 4th
9am–5pm EDT

$159

Creative Composition at the Renwick Gallery

1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW #1, Washington, DC

Sunday, August 4th
9:30am–12pm EDT

$99

Fieldwork - Photography Basics at Library Of Congress

10 First Street SE, Washington, DC

Saturday, August 10th
10am–12:30pm EDT

$84

Sunday, August 11th
10:30am–2:30pm EDT

$99

Lightroom In A Day

8130 Porter Rd Falls Church,, Virginia, DC

Saturday, August 17th
9am–5pm EDT

$159

Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

8130 Porter Rd, Virginia, DC

Sunday, August 18th
9:30am–1:30pm EDT

$99

Creative Garden and Flower Photography

1703 32nd St NW, Washington, DC

Sunday, August 18th
3–5:30pm EDT

$99

Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

1015 15th St NW, Washington, DC

Sunday, September 8th
9:30am–1:30pm EDT

$99

Getting Started In Studio Lighting

218 N Lee St, Washington, DC

Sunday, September 8th
1–4:30pm EDT

$185

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Provider Description

How We Began

Capital Photography Center was created by Marie Joabar who for more than a decade was the Education Programs Manager and Corporate Trainer at Penn Camera, one of Washington D.C.’s long standing photography retailers. Marie developed that company’s educational program growing it from three topics in 2003 to almost 50 in 2011, and earned it the reputation of having the area’s largest selection of classes with the widest variety of topics.

When Penn Camera closed in January 2012, it was a logical choice to open Capital Photography Center to continue offering amateurs, hobbyists and professionals the opportunity to continue learning and grow their photography.

Who We Are

Our instructor list boasts some of the area’s best instructors; founder of the popular Washington Photo Safari, E. David Luria, renowned photographer and educator, Corey Hilz, the talented travel, landscape and portrait photographer, Roy Sewall, award winning wildlife and bird photographer, Emily Carter Mitchell, pro sports shooter, Mitchell Layton, and the popular food photographer, Renee Comet, just to name a few. All of our instructors are Professional Photographers but more important than that is their skill at communicating and teaching.

Our Classes

With busy schedules and family demands, our classes are the perfect fit! No need to clear the calendar for a 6 week session or commit to a class that runs on 3 different dates. Our classes are single sessions so it’s easy to schedule a single day or an early morning or afternoon class.

Most of our classes are taught on the weekends although from time to time we offer a weekday evening or early morning class.

Our classes are small enough so no matter where you are with your photography or your camera, we can work with each person at their individual level. Most are limited to just 10 to 12 students which allows plenty of individual attention and makes learning an enjoyable experience.

Our instructors are truly passionate about sharing their knowledge but also strive to make learning fun. No matter what your skill level is, you’ll enjoy our classes and find we attract a great group of like-minded people.

Our classroom classes are offered in Falls Church and in DC. Our In-The-Field classes are offered throughout the area from as far away as Waterford, Virginia, and Baltimore, Maryland and as near as the U.S. Capitol.

Where To Start

If you are new to photography, we suggest learning exposure basics and getting off of the Auto mode. Our DSLR class is perfect for this and lays a solid foundation in the basics.

If you’re good with the basics there’s no better place to continue learning than an In-The-Field- Shooting class. Just choose the ones that excite you the most or cover the topics you want to learn more about.

For editing skills consider one of the Lightroom or Photoshop classes. From there, the learning continues with our Printing, Digital Art, Seeing in Black and White and other post processing classes.

Lighting can take your photography to new levels and set you apart from the pack. We’ve got that covered in our Flash Photography and Small Studio classes.


Notes: Mailing address:PO Box 855 Alexandria, VA 22313

1616 H St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Capital Photography Center
Downtown, Washington, D.C.
1616 H St NW
Btwn 17th St NW & Jackson Pl NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20006

Reviews of Capital Photography Center

(5.0-star rating across 10 reviews)
  • iPhone Photography - Getting Started at the National Gallery of Art

    Reviewed by Joan R. on 10/22/2023
    Michael presented a great class. Lots of information explained fully and with humor. I've already recommended it to friends.
  • Creative Smartphone Photography Field Shoot

    Reviewed by Kathy S. on 5/1/2022
    Excellent instructor and class, I really enjoyed it, learned a lot and plan to check out more classes
  • Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

    Reviewed by David M. on 2/28/2022
    Outstanding! Exactly what I was looking for. Valuable guidance presented in an effective manner.
  • Waterfalls of the Potomac

    Reviewed by Jim Z. on 11/16/2021
    Thus is an excellent class for beginners and medium experienced photographers. Corey did a very thorough job of explaining settings and what to look for. He moved around to give each person in the class some individual attention. He answered questions and gave suggestions. It was a very positive experience.
  • Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

    Anonymous review on 1/27/2020
    Great beginner class for anyone looking to get into photography. Helps that it is an in-person class where you get to see hands on what each concept means and as a bonus you get to see various types of cameras - if you haven’t yet decided on buying/upgrading to one.
  • iPhone Photography - Getting Started at the National Gallery of Art

    Reviewed by Rocio S. on 2/4/2024
  • iPhone Photography - Getting Started at the National Gallery of Art

    Anonymous review on 1/10/2023
  • Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

    Reviewed by Jim Z. on 11/15/2021
  • Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

    Reviewed by Chavilah B. on 11/15/2021
  • Photography Basics and Exposure Control

    Reviewed by Graham H. on 2/1/2021

Review Summary by CourseHorse

The classes at Capital Photography Center have received positive feedback from students, who found them informative, enjoyable, and helpful in improving their photography skills. Students appreciated the instructors' thorough explanations and guidance, as well as their ability to provide individual attention to each participant. The classes were deemed suitable for both beginners and medium-experienced photographers. By attending in-person classes, students had the opportunity to understand concepts hands-on and observe different types of cameras, which was beneficial for those who were considering purchasing or upgrading their equipment. Direct quotes: - "Lots of information explained fully and with humor. I've already recommended it to friends." - "Excellent instructor and class, I really enjoyed it, learned a lot and plan to check out more classes." - "Great beginner class for anyone looking to get into photography. Helps that it is an in-person class where you get to see hands-on what each concept means."

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