The Intro to Photography class is produced by Monte Zucker Photographic Education (MZPE), which provides quality professional photographic instruction. More than 30,000 enthusiastic students of all levels have attended their photographic tours on three continents over the past seven years to learn how to combine the power of technical expertise and artistic vision to create beautiful photos and films. In addition to offering the tours, MZPE produces instructional books and DVDs, as well as teaching in-depth photo-master classes around the world. The 2002 United Nations Photographer of the Year, celebrated photographer and mentor Monte Zucker once stated, "I don’t photograph the world as it is. I photograph the world as I would like it to be." Continuing on in his memory, current instructor Bob Ray teaches with an entertaining, passionate presentation that focuses on learning immediately in class. The experience provides an aspiring photographer a comprehensive set of tools to reach his or her artistic potential.
inside Washington ArtWorks, inspiration can strike at any time. Located on the campus of the Washington School of Photography, the 55 artists studios here stay open 24 hours a day, allowing 65+ working professionals to dream up a constant flow of creativity. These men and women work in diverse mediums, from jewelry and clay to pastels and mixed media. Once finished, their realized works might grace the walls of onsite gallery exhibits or sell to collectors at the museum's store.
Although these artworks each possess innate value, some of most valuable things found at Washington ArtWorks come in less tangible forms. Many of the studios double as classrooms, where artists teach the public to paint with watercolors, fuse glass, and create other works of mantel-ready art. This sort of artistic collaboration spills over into a monthly camera club, which takes field trips to scenic locations in the area.
From introductions to camera basics to nuanced lessons on outdoor light, courses at Learn Your DSLR teach photographers of all experience levels how to get the most out of their tools. Some classes focus cover compositional tactics, introducing students to the intricacies of portrait, landscape, or sports photography. Others tackle specific camera components, sharing usable facts about flashes, shutter speed, and the little man that engraves each image on the memory card. No matter the subject, a seasoned photographer leads each session, bringing years of picture-taking and teaching experience to the classroom.
"Learning to play music should be fun" states Bach to Rock's philosophy. "It's called play for a reason." This warm, inviting spirit permeates everywhere students work individually or in groups with seasoned players to improve their skills in guitar, voice, drums, piano, keyboard, and even in turntables. They then put their musicianship to practical use in extended jam sessions, learning how to be expressive and glue their instrument back together after smashing it. Once pupils have progressed to a professional level, they can check out Bach to Rock's professional recording studio, which are open to artists who want to lay down tracks for an album or fine-tune their already-existing songs.
Alfredo Flores first became interested in music as a kid, when he studied piano. Nowadays, the award-winning photographer studies musicians instead, snapping shots of artists such as Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, and Marc Anthony. His images have been featured in media outlets from the New York Times to Elle magazine as well as in family photo albums throughout DC. When Flores isn’t chronicling A-list events, he uses his photojournalistic style to capture weddings’ romantic moments, such as the newlyweds kissing at the altar or the cutting of the cake to reveal the cupcake inside. Flores’s far-reaching talents also help him compose artful portraits, corporate headshots, and editorial spreads for clients.