Boost your photo-taking skills as you learn how to operate your DSLR and snap stunning shots.

Smithsonian Castle

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What You'll Do

Under the instruction of photography maven Rachel Lincoln, you'll learn how to apply the functions on your DSLR and capture frame-worthy pictures. During the first part of this workshop, Rachel covers the technical elements of composition, such as using the aperture to change the depth of field, altering the shutter speed for a certain shot, or striking the perfect white balance. She also discusses lighting and tips for incorporating interesting angles amid the monuments surrounding Old Smithsonian Castle. The group will then walk over to the Lincoln or Jefferson Memorial to practice photographing creative shots of people at the monuments.

  • Master Basic Camera Functions
    Learn how to take advantage of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and other functions to craft stunning photo compositions

  • Start Your Portfolio
    Put these new concepts to work as you snap pictures

Each event is capped at 12 participants.


Your Host

Rachel Lincoln
Photography Maven

Even in her earliest memories, Rachel Lincoln has a camera in her hand. She transformed her lifelong love for the craft into a profession, receiving a master's degree in new media photojournalism from Corcoran College of Art. To avoid being pigeon-holed in the industry, Rachel has turned her lens to an eclectic array of genres, from portraiture, wedding ceremonies, and corporate events to political campaigns and concerts.


Where You'll Meet

Participants gather on the steps at the front entrance of the Old Smithsonian Castle located at 1000 Jefferson Dr, Southwest, Washington, DC., then snap pictures as they journey through Friendship Heights.



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    Smithsonian Castle

    1000 Jefferson Drive Southwest

    Washington, District of Columbia 20560

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In a Nutshell

Learn about camera functions such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, then put these new concepts to use during a jaunt through the area

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 4 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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