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Digital Photography Intro - Camera, Controls, & Composition

with Richard Batch 

Session 2: Dec 6 - Jan 31

Tuesdays, 9:30am -12pm

(No Class Dec 27) 

Learn to take sharp, correctly exposed pictures by understanding ISO, shutter speed, aperture, & other camera functions. Composition guidelines taught, and each student picture is critiqued in weekly reviews.  65 pages of instructional handouts. Suitable for DSLR and compact cameras. 


Info: Minimum age 18.  8 sessions.



In Person (Masks and Vaccinations Required)


Digital Editing & Printing with Photoshop and Lightroom 


with Richard Batch


Dec 8 - Feb 2

Thursdays, 9:30am - 12pm

No Class Dec 29 

Learn the skillsets of Photoshop and/or Lightroom to edit your images in your favorite program. Maximize the potential of your image. Also, learn the best way for organizing photos, calibrating your monitor, choosing a paper & choosing a printer. Lots of instructional handouts and tips make work easier! We print in class. Skill level beginner.


More info:; Minimum age 16. 8 sessions.



In Person (Masks and Vaccination Required)

Historic Photo Processes I

with Mac Cosgrove-Davies 

Jan 10 - Feb 14

Tuesdays, 7 - 10pm

This course focuses on non-silver photographic processes practiced in the early 20th century. An in-depth discussion of dichromated colloid processes such as gum bichromate, oil, and carbon will be complemented by demonstrations and hands-on practice of the oil process. Experience with hand-made photographs is helpful but not required. Skill level: Intermediate. 


More info: Minimum age 16.

6 sessions.


In Person  (Vaccinations Required)


Intro to Adobe Lightroom Classic for Digital Photography 


with Alec Dann

Jan 11 - Feb 15

Wednesdays, 7 - 9:30pm

Learn how to organize your digital photographs and bring them to life with adjustments that are powerful and easy-to-learn. Work with photographs from your camera, phone or scanner and push your photography in new directions. Class will include live software demonstrations plus hands-on practice with your own images. Classes on Zoom with recordings available afterward. Skill level: Beginner.  Requirements: Adobe Photography Plan subscription.


More info:, Minimum age 16.  6 sessions.



Getting Started Shooting Video

with Jake Cross

Session 2: Dec 6 - Feb 28 

Tuesdays, 7 - 9pm

A beginner level class about shooting video with a digital camera, DSLR or Mirrorless camera. Topics will include the way to handle different aspects of image capture in video, such as exposure frame rate, stabilizing, monitoring, and focusing. Students will then create their own video assignments, and then the class will critique.

More info:; 202.817.1545.

Minimum age 14.  13 sessions.



In Person (Masks and Vaccinations Required)

Intro to Black and White Darkroom Photography 

with Peter Kozloski

Dec 1 - Feb 9

Thursdays, 6 -10pm

(No Class Dec 29)

This course is for those who love taking black and white photos and want to learn the basics of developing film and printing in the darkroom.  We will go over camera function, metering and making good exposures, film processing, and basic to intermediate darkroom printing. This course is a recommended pre-requisite for the Advanced Black and White Darkroom program and the Sunday Open Darkroom at Photoworks. Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate. Supplies Needed: working film camera any format, black and white film, black and white photo paper. More info: or 301.542.7158; Minimum age 16.  10 sessions.


In Person (Vaccinations Required)


East Wing Field Trip Workshop 

with Frank Van Riper

Session 1: Jan 15

Sunday, 10am - 4pm

Session 2: Feb 5 

Sunday, 10am - 4pm

Finally re-opened after major renovation, the East Wing affords amazing photo ops—from the Henry Moore sculpture outside to the Big Blue Rooster on the roof. Handheld photography permitted virtually everywhere, West Wing, too—and Sunday morning parking is plentiful. Rain or shine. All Levels.


More info: Minimum age 18.  1 session.




iPhone Photography - Using Apps 

with Sue Bloom 

Feb 7 - 28

Tuesday, 7 - 9pm 

Apps add another layer of possibilities to the content of your iPhone photographs. Which ones are right for you and your style? Learn to push your iPhone imagery to greater heights, using apps. Experimentation with a curated collection of apps can make a major difference in your photos.


More info:; 410.259.1398; Minimum age 16.  4 sessions.