Photography classes and tours
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.
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.