Capital Photography Center

Capital Photography Center

Art
Downtown, Washington, D.C., Washington, District of Columbia
(7 Reviews)

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

Reviews of Capital Photography Center

(7 Reviews)
Creative Smartphone Photography Field Shoot

5/1/2022
Kathy S.

Attended: Creative Smartphone Photography Field Shoot


Excellent instructor and class, I really enjoyed it, learned a lot and plan to check out more classes

Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

2/28/2022
David M.

Attended: Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto


Outstanding! Exactly what I was looking for. Valuable guidance presented in an effective manner.

Waterfalls of the Potomac

11/16/2021
Jim Z.

Attended: Waterfalls of the Potomac


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

1/27/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto


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.

Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

11/15/2021
Jim Z.

Attended: Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto


Jim Z. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

11/15/2021
Chavilah B.

Attended: Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto


Chavilah B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Photography Basics and Exposure Control

2/1/2021
Graham H.

Attended: Photography Basics and Exposure Control


Graham H. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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

Upcoming Classes at Capital Photography Center

The FUNdamentals of Food Photography
The FUNdamentals of Food Photography
Next start date:

Saturday Oct 8th, 1pm - 5pm Eastern Time

Getting Started In Studio Lighting
Getting Started In Studio Lighting
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 9th, 1:30pm - 5pm Eastern Time

The Professional Headshot Workflow
The Professional Headshot Workflow
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 9th, 1:30pm - 4:30pm Eastern Time

External Flash Made Easy
External Flash Made Easy
Next start date:

Saturday Oct 15th, 9:30am - 1:30pm Eastern Time

Printing With Lightroom Classic
Printing With Lightroom Classic
Next start date:

Saturday Oct 15th, 2:30pm - 6:30pm Eastern Time

Photoshop For Photographers
Photoshop For Photographers
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 16th, 9am - 5pm Eastern Time

Composition in Nature at Lake Roland Park
Composition in Nature at Lake Roland Park
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 16th, 11am - 2pm Eastern Time

Lightroom In A Day
Lightroom In A Day
Next start date:

Saturday Oct 22nd, 9am - 5pm Eastern Time

Eclectic Hampden Field Shoot
Eclectic Hampden Field Shoot
Next start date:

Saturday Oct 22nd, 10am - 1pm Eastern Time

Waterfalls of the Potomac
Waterfalls of the Potomac
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 23rd, 6:30am - 9:30am Eastern Time

Smartphone Photography - Art On The Mall
Smartphone Photography - Art On The Mall
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 23rd, 11:30am - 2:30pm Eastern Time

Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto
Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 23rd, 12:30pm - 4:30pm Eastern Time

Getting Started in Portraiture
Getting Started in Portraiture
Next start date:

Saturday Oct 29th, 1:30pm - 4:30pm Eastern Time

Hidden Gems in Dumbarton Oaks Gardens
Hidden Gems in Dumbarton Oaks Gardens
Next start date:

Saturday Oct 29th, 2:30pm - 5:30pm Eastern Time

Exploring The Capitol Fountains and Gardens
Exploring The Capitol Fountains and Gardens
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 30th, 8:30am - 11:30am Eastern Time

Painting With Light at National Arboretum
Painting With Light at National Arboretum
Next start date:

Saturday Nov 5th, 6:15pm - 9pm Eastern Time

National Zoo iPhone Safari
National Zoo iPhone Safari
Next start date:

Sunday Nov 6th, 8:30am - 12:30pm Eastern Time

Creating Books with Lightroom Classic and Blurb
Creating Books with Lightroom Classic and Blurb
Next start date:

Sunday Nov 6th, 2:30pm - 6pm Eastern Time

Moonset and Sunrise Over Capitol Columns
Moonset and Sunrise Over Capitol Columns
Next start date:

Tuesday Nov 8th, 5:15am - 7:45am Eastern Time

How To Be A Photography Business Owner
How To Be A Photography Business Owner
Next start date:

Wednesday Nov 9th, 7pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time

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Teachers at Capital Photography Center

Aaron Clamage Catherine Simmons Corey Hilz E. David Luria Emily Carter Mitchell Ford Lowcock Geoff Livingston Joanne Dugan Julia Dean Ken Merfeld Laura Hatcher Laura Chase Lewis Katz Linda Vallejo Lori Lankford Marie Joabar Mary Ellen McNamara Mel McNamara Michael Koren Mitchell Layton Richard Renaldi Rick Frankle Roy Sewall Tammy Loverdos Tony Ventouris Wendi Schneider Wendi Schneider
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