Photography classes and tours

Changing seasons are fodder for cameras at Premier Photo Tours' C & O Canal tour.
Changing seasons are fodder for cameras at Premier Photo Tours' C & O Canal tour. (Stu Estler)
Thursday, March 10, 2011; 11:18 AM

Looking for formal training? Classes - and opportunities to learn by doing - abound.

"35 Ways to Photograph a Flower" at the U.S. Botanic Gardens

In time for the spring bloom, Allen Rokach, a photographer for Southern Living and director of photography at the New York Botanical Garden, offers tips on getting stunning shots of outdoor flowers. (Classes in photography are offered regularly at the gardens; see online schedule for details.) April 8. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register at www.usbg.gov/education/events. Click on "register." 202-225-1116. $15.

The Washington School of Photography

This Bethesda school and gallery has been around for more than three decades and offers classes in everything from lighting to digitally enhancing your images. A "camera club" meets monthly for lectures, shoots and field trips. www.wsp-photo.com. Prices vary.

PhotoTour DC

Learn about composing a better photo, lighting and the features of your camera while taking in the sights. Tours include treks through Adams Morgan, the cherry blossoms and Great Falls. Offered several times a week. www.phototourdc.com. $79.

Premier Photo Tours

Stu Estler offers guidance photographing cherry blossoms, water scenes and popular nature sites; the emphasis is on photography, not seeing the sights. Cherry blossom tours begin March 28. www.premierphototours.com. $99.


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