Creative Close Ups


Explore how to add creative, artistic elements to your close up photography with instructor Lori Lankford.

Course material is available on February 2.

Full Participation live Zoom sessions:
Wednesdays Feb 9, 16, 23, March 2 at 7:00pm

Create magical photos with the techniques you will learn in Creative Close Ups.

In this four week class, you will learn creative techniques to enhance your close up photography. Simple creative techniques that will help you create a stronger image, break through creative boundaries, and create images that showcase the fine details of your subject.

Course Content

Each unit of the course contains video content, instructor led presentation and a live zoom session. Full participation students have access to 4 live 60 minute video sessions with the instructor to answer questions, review content and provide demonstration.

Students have the opportunity to practice the lessons at home and share their work for feedback from the instructor each week.

  • Lesson 1: Creative Close Up Intro/Creative Compositions

  • Lesson 2: Creative techniques using water and light

  • Lesson 3: Shooting Through

  • Lesson 4: Editing techniques and putting it all together

What People Are Saying About This Course

"Lori is a gifted photographer, and a nurturing teacher. She did a wonderful job with the curriculum/content and the Zoom lessons. The layout flowed very well, and built upon each previous lesson. She provided both pre-recorded and live demonstrations, which for the beginner, like myself, made the lessons much more approachable, less intimidating. I have found the online courses extremely beneficial! I am able to watch and rewatch content to thoroughly soak it in"
Sally B.

"I've really enjoyed the class, and I've picked up a lot of great new techniques that I'll continue to explore.Many thanks to Lori for making her quick response on questions, images, and edits. This was the first course I've taken from the Capital Photography Center and I'll be looking to sign up for others."
Beth M.

"LOVED IT! Lori taught in a way that the skills could be applied at all levels. Online presentations were extremely well done--loved the examples and different videos demonstrating techniques. Lori is knowledgeable, professional, helpful, supportive and inspirational. I felt the class helped me take my photography to the next level in a short amount of time."

"Thank you for the great introduction to creative macro. My lens-base artistic pursuits are more out and about, on the run kind of creations. I’m really enjoying slowing down and creating in a different way."
Jim C.

"I loved this course! Although I have shot many flowers with my macro lens, I never really liked the results. Lori presented well thought out lessons with lots of examples of how to make the shots way more interesting. I look forward to taking more of her classes!"

"Really great course to learn ways to make intriguing photographs."

Required Gear

What materials are needed for this class?

  • A DSLR, Mirrorless or Point and Shoot camera ( macro or close up lens preferred, but not required)

  • Creative tools for practicing lessons: water spray bottle, things around the house ( lace, tissue paper, mesh items, circular tubes, string lights).

  • Access to a computer or tablet for the course content, live zoom calls.

Capital Photography Center Instructor


Lori Lankford

Lori Lankford is photographer specializing in macro, flower and landscape photography. Her passion for photography began as a way to capture her personal travel adventures. Over the years she dived into the fine details of macro and flower photography. She loves to escape so deeply into the details of a tiny object.
Lori spends her free time in local gardens across the country shooting in the natural light and capturing its beauty.
Lori’s work has been exhibited in local and national gallery exhibits as well as in printed calendars and catalogs. She has a love for teaching and sharing her passion for nature and leads workshops in the Virginia/DC area.
You can learn more about Lori on her website,