Build Your Photographic Portfolio
3-Session Evening Course
Go beyond taking random photographs and develop a cohesive body of work that is uniquely yours. Review some contemporary photographers’ work and define the characteristics that are incorporated into their portfolios.
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Lightroom + Vision
6-Session Evening Course with 2 Weekend Field Trips
Use fun, powerful Lightroom software to organize your pictures, choose and develop your best images, avoid mistakes—and become a better photographer.
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Introduction to Studio Portraiture
8-Session Evening Course
For decades, photographers have used lighting controls to add special interest to portraits. This course is designed for those interested in learning these techniques. Examples of this portrait tradition exist throughout the Smithsonian Institution’s vast photographic collections.
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Introduction to Black-and-White Film Photography and the Darkroom
8-Session Evening Course
This course provides a thorough introduction to the 35mm camera and the basics of photo darkroom techniques. Learn how to use your camera, compose a photograph, develop film, and make a print in the Smithsonian Associates’ well-equipped darkroom.
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 6:30 PM
The Joy of Photography
8-Session Evening Exploratory Course
This non-darkroom course is designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital SLR camera as a creative tool. The goal is to gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Winter Photo Forays: Indoors
6-Session Daytime Course and All-Day Field Trip
Keep your shooting skills warm during cold weather as you capture photo-worthy indoor sites on the National Mall, downtown Washington, and on a field trip to beautiful Longwood Gardens.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 10:15 AM
Open Darkroom Plus
8-Session Evening Course
This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Open Darkroom Plus
8-Session Evening Course
This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Smart Phone and Tablet Photography
Put away your point-and-shoot camera and pull out your smart phone or tablet to create great images. This one-day workshop explores making the most of your phone or tablet’s camera, from learning essential compositional skills and exposure to the best apps and low-cost tools for editing and image management.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Exhibiting and Selling Your Photographs
Learn how to get your photos seen and sold. This valuable session covers strategies to get your photos seen by the public, such as juried exhibitions, photo contests, showing in alternative spaces (bookstores and coffee shops), art festivals, galleries, and websites.
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Winter Photo Forays: Outdoors
6-Session Daytime Course and 2 Field Trips
Embrace winter’s bracing air as you focus on the finding the season’s most rewarding photo ops in local parks, along the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, and in urban neighborhoods.
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 10:15 AM
Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera: Moving Beyond Auto Mode
Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this one-day class, which includes a shooting session on the Mall; and an in-the-field discussion of technical elements along with composition, light, and other aesthetic considerations.
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Mastering Exposure
5-Session Evening Course
In this workshop designed for intermediate photographers, participants develop a greater understanding of the complex relationship among aperture, shutter speed, and ISO and how a camera’s exposure meter views a scene.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Darkroom Fine Art Printing
4-Session Evening Course
Take your darkroom printing to the next level by learning how to use fiber paper and chemical toners. Fiber paper—archival in nature and heavier than standard RC paper—is more appropriate for fine-art photography. Students learn the additional processing steps for fiber paper and how to address the “dry down” or darkening that occurs as fiber paper dries.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Custom Digital Printing and Mat Cutting
2-Session Evening Course
Learn how to get digital photos printed accurately and custom cut windows in mat board. Classes cover inexpensive online printing labs, paper choices, aspect ratios, printing techniques, mat board choices and sources, and mat-cutting tools.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Smart Phone and Tablet Photography
Put away your point-and-shoot camera and pull out your smart phone or tablet to create great images. This one-day workshop explores making the most of your phone or tablet’s camera, from learning essential compositional skills and exposure to the best apps and low-cost tools for editing and image management.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera: Moving Beyond Auto Mode
Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this one-day class, which includes a shooting session on the Mall; and an in-the-field discussion of technical elements along with composition, light, and other aesthetic considerations.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 10:00 AM