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Master Camera Basics with a Veteran Photojournalist

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery

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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 inside the inspiring Kogod Courtyard

The Fine Print

Expires May 28th, 2014. This deal is for the purchase of a ticket. Reservations required prior to attending event. Refundable only on day of purchase. Dates subject to capacity and cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $75 for one admission to a photography workshop with Sam D'Amico
  • Upon purchase, you may schedule for one of the available dates
  • You must reserve your date here in advance of the event

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.

Each event is capped at 10 purchasers; each event requires a minimum of 1 purchaser in order to take place.


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.


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.


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