Meet inside the inspiring Kogod Courtyard to learn camera techniques before snapping your own shots.

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery

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What You'll Do

Learning how to operate a camera is one thing. Learning to operate it when the moment matters is another. Photojournalist Sam D'Amico helps you gain that vital hands-on experience during an intimate workshop at the Kogod Courtyard of the National Portrait Gallery—which gives students ample opportunities to get creative under controlled conditions—as D'Amico demonstrates how to use camera functions and aesthetic techniques in real-world scenarios.

  • Hands-On Photography Workshop
    Photojournalist Sam D'Amico shows you how to use camera functions and aesthetic techniques in the real world

  • Photograph a National Landmark
    The Kogod Courtyard of the National Portrait Gallery and its blend of Classical and modern architecture provides plenty of potential subjects for photos.

Each event is capped at 10 participants; each event requires a minimum of 2 participants in order to take place.

Your Host

Sam D'Amico
Photojournalist and Instructor

Long before Sam D'Amico undertook more than 500 assignments as a photojournalist for the New York Times, he observed this effect on his family as they flipped through photo albums, clicked through slide shows, and watched home movies together. D'Amico received his first 35mm SLR when he was a young teenager, and his passion eventually blossomed into a 25-year-long career as a photojournalist. In 2002, he began teaching at the Washington School of Photography, where he helps students gain the confidence and technique to take stunning photos.


  • Sunday (2:30 p.m.–5 p.m.)
    November 10 | November 24
    December 8
    January 5

  • Monday (11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.)
    November 11 | November 25
    December 9

  • Tuesday (11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.)
    November 19

  • Wednesday (11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.)
    January 8

  • Thursday (1:30 p.m.–4 p.m.)
    November 21

  • Friday (11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.)
    November 1

Where You'll Go

Workshop sessions begin at the National Portrait Gallery's Kogod Courtyard, which offsets Greek Revival architecture with an ethereal glass canopy that lets in ample natural light.

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    Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery

    8th and F Streets, NW

    Washington, District of Columbia 20004

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In a Nutshell

Sam D'Amico, a veteran of 500 assignments with the New York Times, helps you master your camera

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Limit 10 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 2 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Experience Provider is issuer of tickets for experience. Price reflects Experience Provider’s current prices. Must provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Must be 18 or older. Gratuity included. Be on time to experience. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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