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.

The workshop lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes. Each workshop is capped at 10 participants.

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.

Where You'll Meet

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.

When You'll Meet

You must reserve your date here in advance of the event

Workshops take place from noon to 2:30 p.m. on the following dates:


  • Tuesday, January 14
  • Monday, January 20
  • Friday, January 31


  • Thursday, February 6
  • Friday, February 14
  • Monday, February 17
  • Sunday, February 23
  • Thursday, February 27
  • Friday, February 28


  • Wednesday, March 5
  • Sunday, March 9
  • Thursday, March 13
  • Wednesday, March 19
  • Friday, March 21
  • Sunday, March 23
  • Thursday, March 27

In a Nutshell

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

The Fine Print

Expires Mar 27th, 2014. This is a deal to purchase a ticket. Refundable only on day of purchase. No value after experience date & time have passed. Price reflects Experience Provider’s current prices. 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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