Technology has made photography the centerpiece of our lives. From smartphones to DSLR cameras, we use this technology to document all things, big and small. But most of these digital devices can be tricky and using them properly requires some training. If you are one of the many people with a new DSLR camera you can’t use, its time for you to take a photography class. These DC photo pros will teach you the fundamentals, tricks of the trade and get you well on the road to taking spectacular photos.
Sam D’Amico Photography
(202) 531-2344
www.samdamico.comSam D’ Amico began his career in photography when he was just a teenager. Over the years he shot for a variety of publications including The New York Times and New Age Journal. Now the accomplished photographer is imparting his vast knowledge of photography to you through a series of private and group classes. The popular introductory series of four classes is priced at $275 and is available at a variety of times and dates through the year. D’Amico also offers online tutorials to supplement in-class training.

Washington School Of Photography
12276 Wilkins Ave.
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 654-1998
www.washingtonartworks.comThe Washington School of Photography offers classes for everyone from the hobbyist to the professional. In addition to digital photography, the school teaches traditional print techniques and has darkroom rentals. Start out with the Digital SLR Basics class for $75 and move on to specialty courses in outdoor portraiture and black and white photography. Washington School of Photography can also bring the class to you through the “Workshops To-Go” program.

Capital Photography Center
(703) 549-7150
www.capitalphotographycenter.comCapital Photography Center that teaches photography using the monuments and scenic backdrops of Washington D.C. as a classroom. Learn techniques for shooting, lighting, and staging at famous DC sites like the Library of Congress, Lincoln Memorial and historic downtown Alexandria. Outdoor classes start at $69 and are subject to weather conditions. Additionally, they offer classroom sessions such as the popular Basic DSLR Photography class and advanced topics such as Photoshop and Lightroom training, Off Camera Flash, Event Photography and more.

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Lincoln Photography Classes
(202) 821-6072
ww.RLincoln.comRachel Lincoln is a professional photographer with a resume featuring everything from weddings to romance novels. Her series of photography classes will help you become the best you can be, all in the background of our nation’s capital. Lincoln offers an introductory series, single classes and a special class that will teach you how to use the popular Photoshop editing software. Don’t have a camera yet? Sign up for Lincoln’s camera selection class. Discounts are available for group bookings. 

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-6839
www.chaw.orgThe Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is a community based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the arts. The facility has a theater, dance hall, art gallery and studios that hold classes for pottery and photography. The roster of adult photography classes include digital and darkroom options and start at $120 for a three session class. Students will have access to both the darkroom and digital on-site labs.

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