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Best Photography Classes In Washington DC

June 10, 2013 8:00 AM

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Some of the greatest photographs have been featured in magazines, newspapers and museums. You don’t have to be an award-winning photographer to take great pictures. Whether it is sunny and gorgeous outside or gloomy and downcast, you can always find a moment to take a beautiful picture. Consider taking classes at one of these places if you want to learn more about photography.

Calumet University
12266-F Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 231-7366
www.calumetphoto.com

Penn Camera and Calumet Photographic merged into one super camera company in the past few years, but there seems to have been no backlash. One of the opportunities that survived the merger were the photography classes. Penn Camera’s new and old customers can still take advantage of great photography workshops and tutorials. For full classes, you can register with Calumet University, apart from the Visarts courses. Previous class subjects include Secrets to Stunning Photographs, Intro to Portrait Photography and Lighting Essentials. Stop in to one of the DMV stores to learn more about what you can do with your camera and take a class to become a better photographer.

Sam D’Amico Photography
Affinity Lab
920 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 559-7981
www.samdamico.com

Knowing how to change the setting on your camera from outdoors to sports puts you one level above many people when it comes to photography. If you are not sure where you fall — beginner, intermediate or expert — Sam D’Amico can help you figure that out. D’Amico provides a test that will help you determine your skill level. Then you can take one of his informative and hands-on classes. You can start from the beginning with Introduction to Photography or polish up your skills with one of his monthly fine-tuning forums. His classes are great for those who want a more personal class.

Corcoran College of Art & Design
500 17th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 639-1800
www.corcoran.edu

Enrolling in courses, whether it’s to complete a degree program or to enhance your skills, is an excellent idea if you want to pursue photography professionally. The Corcoran College of Art & Design provides courses for those who are serious about photography; those who want to know more than just how to post Instagram pictures. Students learn the basics of the basics and the ins and outs of expert techniques. Take a look at the courses and decide if a career in photography is right for you.

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Washington Photo Safari
4545 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Suite 620
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 537-0937
www.washingtonphotosafari.com

There is a degree of discipline you must have to become an expert at your craft, regardless of the type of art you create. But if you aren’t trying to become the next Annie Leibovitz, you don’t need to take it so seriously. Washington Photo Safari combines photography lessons with sightseeing. Students are taken on photo shoots of area landmarks and are instructed on how to get the best shot. You can learn to take pictures while taking pictures of the things you planned to take pictures of anyway. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-6839
www.chaw.org

As the world becomes more and more digital, you have to realize you may not be able to use a film camera one day. So why not learn how to use a digital camera sooner rather that later? The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop offers courses on the ABCs of digital photography; it’s actually called Fundamentals of Digital Photography. In the class, you will learn how to use all of those settings and options you always wondered about. It also offers digital courses for those who have already stepped into the digital age and want to learn more about digital photography. And if you want to stick with your film canisters or learn how to work with film, Capitol Hill also offers darkroom photography courses as well.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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