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Location: Vienna, VA (TBD)
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Class Level: Intermediate
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12

What you'll learn in this photography class:

This Master class is an intensive and immersive experience based around known pillars of learning. This provides students with a 4 week comprehensive package designed to master fundamental concepts in photography which includes Lectures, Drills, Homework, Studio shooting, Field trips, Group exercises.

This course uses a proven curriculum which provides structure, motivation, expert guidance, and a peer group to ensure each student will graduate with an in-depth, accurate understanding of digital photography. Class is designed for beginner and intermediate photographers. It strategically combines classroom, studio, and field practice to drill key concepts. We will first provide exciting and in-depth lectures, followed by hands on practice using professional studio gear and an acclaimed international model to reinforce the lesson. Instructor led field excursions will then ensure each student understands how to practically apply these concepts to produce incredible photographs.

Classroom training will cover key concepts including:
  • Camera operation and exposure modes​​
  • How to quickly and correctly set exposure
  • Understanding aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
  • How to use flash and light modifiers to enhance without overpowering a photo
  • How to ensure fast and reliable focus every time
  • Gear selection
  • Setting white balance
  • Composition techniques to create interesting photographs
  • Lens selection - Trading focal length, compression, distortion, prime, zoom
  • Capturing motion, creating dramatic effects, depth of field
  • ND Filters, polarizers, grey cards, lens hoods
  • Photoshop and Lightroom
  • Long exposure/Night photography
Included studio training provides hands on practice applying the lessons learned during each class​. The studio portion includes time with an acclaimed international model to reinforce class room lessons. Additionally these topics will be covered during the studio portion of the course:
  • Creative use of flash
  • How to effectively use light modifiers
  • Umbrellas, softboxes, bare flash, reflectors
  • How to setup flash to enhance and not overpower photos using a light meter
  • Use of color gels to blend flash into ambient light
  • How to pose and photograph a model
Finally, this course provides two instructor led field excursions designed specifically to ensure each student can effectively apply the lessons from this workshop.

At the completion of this course each student should expect:
  • To acquire a high level of proficiency operating their DSLR camera in all modes
  • Understand how to create various photographic effects
  • Be able to effectively blend flash into a photo to enhance as well as add dramatic effects
  • Add several incredible photos to their portfolio
  • To develop a peer group of similarly skilled photographers
  • A post graduation program to ensure continued growth

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Journey Photo Academy was founded by two photographers passionate about their craft. After spending years traveling around the world refining their ability to realistically capture moments with astonishing clarity and emotion, they found their way to Washington D.C.

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