We've Gone Virtual!

For 8 years Capital Photography Center has served the DC/VA/MD communities with face to face photography classes. We are excited to be able to offer the same level of quality courses in an online learning environment!

Our courses are a combination of professional instruction, live learning sessions and rich discussion, all in a robust online learning platform.

Explore Our Online Courses


Creating Books with Lightroom and Blurb

Instructor: Mel McNamara
January 21 - February 11

Learn to use the Book Module in Lightroom to create precious memory books that you can gift yourself or someone else. These photo books celebrate your own visual journey that you can share with friends, colleagues and family.
Course material is available on January 21

Full Participation Live Zoom Sessions:
Thursdays, January 28, February 4, 11 at 7:00-8:00pm

Full Participation $110
Self Study $90


Take Your Photography 
to the Next Level

Instructor: Roy Sewall
January 21

Learn how to assess your photographic results 
with instructor Roy Sewall in this self-paced course
 along with an hour of instructor-led discussion.

Course available on January 21
Live Zoom Session on January 25 at 7:00 pm via Zoom
SOLD OUT - Click to see the February Course

Full Participation $85
Self Study $65

The Twelve Elements of a Gallery Worthy Image

Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
January 26 - March 2

Discover the twelve elements of a gallery worthy image and how you can apply them to dramatically improve your imagery.


Live Zoom Sessions:
Tuesdays, Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar 2 at 7-8PM

This course is Sold Out.
Click for the March Dates


Lightroom Classic
LIBRARY Module

Instructor: Marie Joabar
January 27- February 24

Learn best practices to organize and manage your images in the Lightroom Classic Library Module.

Course material is available on January 27

Full Participation Live Sessions:
Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17, 24 at 7:00 pm

Full Participation $160
Self Study $110


Kickstart a Personal Photography Project

Instructor: Lori Lankford
January 30

This short course will give you all the tools needed to create, launch, and share a personal photo project. Join instructor Lori Lankford for a one and half hour seminar where she will share her personal projects and give you all the tools needed to start your own project in 2021!

Course content and the live Zoom session begin
Saturday, January 30 at 10:30am


Course Fee $65


Creative Editing with Photoshop

Instructor: Lori Lankford
February 9 - March 6

Learn how to use the powerful editing tools within Photoshop to add creative elements to your photos. Create composites, add motion or blur, master focus stacking and much more.

Prerequisite: A basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop and using layers.

Course material is available on February 9

Full Participation Live Zoom Sessions:
Saturday, February 13, 20, 27, March 6

Full Participation $170
Self Study $115


Getting started with iPhone Photography

Instructor: Michael Koren
February 11 - March 4

Learn to use the iPhone camera that’s always with you and go beyond taking a simple snapshot to creating a photograph that’s an artistic expression unique to your vision.

Course material available on February 11.
Live Zoom sessions:
Thursdays, February 18, 25 and March 4 at 7:00 pm

Full Participation Course $120
Self Study $90


Photography Basics and Exposure Control

Instructor: Michael Koren
February 13 - February 27

Learn how YOU, not the camera, can control the look of an image. This course is designed for those who want to learn more about photography basics and manual exposure settings.

The course consists of three 1 hour, 20 minute instructor led live Zoom sessions.
Saturdays, February 13, 20, 27 from 10:00-11:20 am

Full Participation Course $140


Webinar: Create a bird photography studio in your own backyard

Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
February 15 at 7:00 -8:00 pm

Join Emily Carter Mitchell and learn what it takes to create a bird photography studio in your own back yard. Emily will discuss recommended equipment, camera and exposure settings, field behavior, how to create feeding stations with photography in mind, creating compelling images and so much more. Whether photographing birds in your backyard garden or in the wild, this webinar has something for everyone!

Photographic Composition - Essential Techniques

Instructor: Michael Koren
February 17 - February 28

The composition of a photograph is the single most important element a photographer uses to convey an artistic statement. Learn the elements and techniques of composition to frame stronger images.

Course material is available on February 17

Full Participation Live Zoom Sessions:
Sundays, February 21, 28 7:00pm


Full Participation $120

Take Your Photography 
to the Next Level

Instructor: Roy Sewall
February 22

Learn how to assess your photographic results 
with instructor Roy Sewall in this self-paced course
 along with an hour of instructor-led discussion.


Course material available on February 18
Zoom Session: Monday, February 22 at 7:00 pm


Lightroom Classic
DEVELOP Module

Instructor: Marie Joabar
February 18 - March 18

Learn how you can get the most out of your image files with the powerful editing tools in the
Lightroom Classic Develop Module.

Course material is available on February 18

Full Participation Live Zoom Sessions:
Thursday, Feb 25, March 4, 11, 18 at 7:00 pm

Full Participation $160
Self Study $110


Creative Close Ups

Instructor: Lori Lankford
March 1 - March 30

Explore creative techniques to capture stunning close up images. Course material is available March 1

Full Participation Live Zoom Sessions:
Tuesdays, March 9, 16, 23 30 at 7:00pm

Full Participation $170
Self Study $115

From Capture to Print: The Art of Black and White Photography

Instructor: Lewis Katz
February 17 - March 10

From start to finish, learn how to create powerful and emotive black and white images.

Course material is available on February 17
Full Participation Live Zoom Sessions:
Wednesdays at 7:00pm - 8:15pm
February 17, 24, March 3, 10
SOLD OUT - Click to see the March course


Full Participation $160

Getting Started with Photoshop

Instructor: Catherine Simmons
February 22 - March 22

Are you “afraid” of Photoshop? Join instructor Catherine Simmons for a five-week introduction to the wonders of Photoshop. Even the most beginner level participants will finish the course with a solid understanding and usable set of skills in the program.

No previous experience in Photoshop is required.
Course material is available on February 22

Full Participation Live Zoom Sessions:
March 1, 8, 15, 22 at 7:00-8:00pm

Full Participation $175
Self Study $125

The Twelve Elements of a Gallery Worthy Image

Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
January 26 - March 2

Discover the twelve elements of a gallery worthy image and how you can apply them to dramatically improve your imagery.


Live Zoom Sessions:
Thursdays, March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15 at 7-8PM

From Capture to Print: The Art of Black and White Photography

Instructor: Lewis Katz
March 15 - April 5

From start to finish, learn how to create powerful and emotive black and white images.

Course material is available on March 15
Full Participation Live Zoom Sessions:
Mondays at 7:00pm - 8:15pm
March 15, 22, 29 and April 5


Full Participation $160

Meet and Critique

Instructor: Corey Hilz
March 16

Join Professional Photographer, Corey Hilz for a meet and critique photo session. Corey will discuss the pros and cons of each photo, as well as do light editing as appropriate. 
Course and Live Session on March 16 from 7pm - 9pm via Zoom.

Full Participation $110


Mastering Color
Advanced Editing
with Lightroom Classic

Instructor: Lori Lankford
Self Study Course

Master the color in your macro, nature and close -up images with the advanced tools found in Lightroom Classic. In this self paced course you will get to explore the many tools available in Lightroom Classic for editing color. Master the HSL panel, RGB Tone Curve, Split-Toning, Filters and Color Profiles.

Course material available on enrollment.
Independent Learning $75


The Zone System: Mastering Light and Exposure

Instructor: Tim Cooper
Self Study Course

The Zone System can teach you how to get correct exposures every time. In any situation. Through the study of exposure, you’ll become a master of light-the essential ingredient to every great photograph.

Course material available on enrollment.
Self Study $75


Demystifying Flash Photography

Instructor: Tim Cooper
Self Study Course

Flash is easy and this course will show you how and why! We’ll cover all the components of flash photography, from how exposure settings affect the flash, to controlling the power and quality of the flash output, to balancing your flash with the ambient light. We’ll cover light modification, flash triggers and accessories to make your life easier.

Course material available on enrollment.
Self Study $85


iPad/iOS Creative Editing Course

Instructor: Lori Lankford
Self Study Course

This self paced course gives you all the tools needed to add creative elements to your photos and make them standout. In this course you will get to explore 10 different applications.

Course material available on enrollment.
Independent Learning $75


One on One Photo Editing With Lightroom

Instructor: Lewis Katz

Do some of your favorite images lack power and drama? Could improved editing techniques create a more dynamic version? Enjoy a one on one editing session via Zoom with Instructor Lewis Katz. Using Lightroom, Lewis will review 4 to 8 of your images and guide you through editing techniques that may further enhance the image and create a more impactful photo.

1 Hour Editing Session $105
2 Hour Editing Session $210


One on One
Creative Photo Editing

Instructor: Lori Lankford

Are you editing with Lightroom, Photoshop or Luminar, but not taking full advantage of all the creative tools available? Enjoy a one one editing session via Zoom with instructor, Lori Lankford. She will show you how to maximize the tools available in your editing program to add creative elements to any photo.

1 Hour Editing Session $105
2 Hour Editing Session $210


One on One Editing Portraiture with Photoshop

Instructor: Catherine Simmons

Enjoy a one on one editing session via Zoom with Instructor Catherine Simmons. Using Photoshop, Catherine will review your images or use her own images to help guide you through editing techniques that may further enhance the image and create a more impactful portraiture photo.

1 Hour Editing Session $105
2 Hour Editing Session $210


One on One Critique

Instructor: Roy Sewall

This on-line critique is about the photographs themselves – the results - not about how to use equipment and software. Roy will critique the photos using the same criteria he uses as a frequent photography judge, but will go into much greater depth than a competition would allow.

One Hour Live Session $105
Two Hour Live Session $210

How Online Courses Work

  • Instructors

    Our instructors are all working professional photographers. They have a passion for their art and are excited to share it with you in this flexible learning environment.

  • Course Contents

    Courses have interactive steps that you will check off as you go. Classes include a combination of virtual lessons, videos, downloadable materials, instructor Q/A sessions. (Interactive sessions with instructor vary by class)

  • Materials

    Course content will be available for 30 days after the class ends, so you have time to complete the course and review the material when it is convenient for you.

by B. Hatoz

I really  appreciate the “approachability” of your instructors.  I’ve taken many of your classes and each of the instructors have been just great to work with. It’s always intimidating as an amateur photographer to work with such accomplished people in their field, however, you have all been so welcoming and warm, and I feel that you truly want to share your bountiful knowledge. I ALWAYS come away from class not only learning so much about the subject matter but also so inspired!

H. Noyes

I’ve enjoyed so many of your classes and I love the opportunities you provide to hone my craft!  

C. Decatur

I really enjoy the classes available through Capital Photography Center, the variety they offer covers anything you could be looking for. The instructors are all extremely knowledge and professional. It does not matter what skill level you may be, they take the time to engage everyone. I have learned so much from each class I have taken so far and use it daily in my photography.