Take Your Photography 
to the Next Level


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 November 11
Live Zoom Session: Monday, November 16 at 7:00-8:30pm

It only takes 4 “Attractors” to make a great photograph, but there are over 60 “Detractors” that can bring any photograph to its knees.

This course illustrates each of these Attractors and Detractors with specific examples. Learn how to identify these in your images and then take your photography to the next level.

Course Content

This course includes videos with audio, a PDF handout, and a live student participation session.

Using videos showing specific images, Roy’s commentary points out the Attractors and Detractors in each. This portion of the course is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours worth of material which you can view on your own schedule. It will be available for an additional 30 days past the date of the course.

This content will be available on the course start date and full participation students should try to view it all before the Live session.

  • Lesson 1: Major Concepts and Attractors

  • Lessons 2: Detractors

  • Lesson 3: More Detractors

  • Lesson 4: Live interactive photo assessment for Full Participation students.

What People Are Saying About This Course

"Photography doesn't come naturally to be so it was really helpful to see the mechanics of what is obvious to others."

"Excellent course! I like the combination of taking the self-paced on-line material followed by the instructor's Zoom session, which provided an opportunity to ask questions re the former, as well as learn additional information. I also appreciate the instructor going beyond the time allotted to him for participants who wanted to do so."

"Roy Sewall's Critique class is so valuable that, right away, I started feeling more confident with how to make specific adjustments to improve the quality of my images. He is very well-organized and informative, and he explained and demonstrated his suggestions in easy-to-understand ways. His teaching style is a great example of how critique can be fun and beneficial. I'm looking forward to taking another one of his classes in the future!" Jackie V

Capital Photography Center Instructor


Roy Sewall

Roy enjoys working with novice and intermediate photographers alike and finds great pleasure helping them develop their eye and their photographic skills.
His interest in photography evolved from extensive travel in six continents during his youth. In 2001 he started his transition to full-time photographer following his rewarding 30+ year career working for several major technology corporations in the Washington, DC area.
Roy has published two photography books, Our Potomac, from Great Falls through Washington, D.C., in 2005 and Great Falls and Mather Gorge in 2009. These were inspired by his affection for hiking and bicycling along the river and the adjacent Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal. His books led to numerous speaking engagements and established him as one of the leading photographers of the Potomac River and C&O Canal.
He has been a guest on WETA’s TV program Great Views of Washington D.C., the lead photographer in the Best of D.C. 2009 publication, in feature articles in the D.C. and Virginia Where Guestbooks, the lead still-photographer in The Nature Conservancy’s 2011 video The Potomac Gorge, and is sought after in many well-known photo competitions for his judging skills.
More about Roy can be found on his website, www.roysewallphotography.com