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The Digital Art Room

at Capital Photography Center - Merrifield

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8130 Porter Rd
Gallows Rd
Virginia, District of Columbia 22042
Class Level: Intermediate
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 8

What you'll learn in this photo editing class:

Capturing an image with your camera is just the beginning of creating a digital work of art. This class will bring out the artist within you and help you tap into your creative side. Go beyond Lightroom and learn a variety of post processing techniques that can bring your digital images to life.

This class offers three sections to introduce you to a variety of creative techniques to developing your images in the digital darkroom.

First we will begin with the discussion of purposeful photography and how it can dramatically improve meaning in your portfolio. Using your camera as a paintbrush, you’ll learn in-field photography techniques that create the canvas of artistic images. Both DSLR and Smartphone Apps can be used. We will then review some artistic image renditions to help inspire you and learn about the techniques used for the effect.

From painterly effect techniques, to working with textures to filters and slow shutter speeds, you’ll learn to see what’s before you and envision a more creative rendition before you even snap the shutter.

You will then take on the artistic challenge and have the opportunity to practice some of these photographic techniques. A variety of still subjects will be displayed at photo stations for your use in creating images that lend themselves to artistry.

Following the shooting session, we will conduct an image review and demonstrate the different approaches one can use to take a simple image to a creative and artistic one.

Topics Include:
  • Learning how to think more like an artist when creating photographic compositions.
  • In-field creative techniques for both DSLR, and Smart phones.
  • Lightroom Presets - What are they and how are they used.
  • Adding textures in Photoshop
  • Additional Digital Darkroom software including Nik Collection and Topaz Labs.
For the shooting session you’ll need:
  • DSLR with focal length lens of 24mm to 105mm.
  • If you have A Macro lens bring it. Close up filters are fine if you have them.
  • Tripod with remote trigger switch (camera self timer can be used)
  • Camera manual, extra battery and memory card
  • Notebook and pen for taking notes
  • USB Flash drive with either 2 – 3 images for review or to present images taken during the class
It is not required that you bring a laptop. Emily will be demonstrating the software that you’ll be able to replicate after the class. However, if you’d like to bring one you may. Emily will be sharing some LR Presets that you could load to your laptop at the class.

Prerequisite: Participants should have some familiarity with Lightroom and/or have attended Lightroom class recently.

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Refund Policy
Full credit towards another class (less a $20 processing fee) will be given if cancellation notice is given more than 5 business days from the scheduled class. If there is no cancellation notice, or if it is given 5 business days or less, no credit or refund will be given. Changes to reschedule a class will incur a $20 processing fee. Changes to reschedule a class will incur the full charge if notice is given less than 5 days prior to the class. If Capital Photography Center cancels or postpones a class due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future class.


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Capital Photography Center

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...

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