Washington, D.C.

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Covid is a global issue and varies, city by city, even day by day, here across North America, but we want you to know that you can enroll in workshops, currently posted through the first few months of 2021 and updated into the year 2021 on a monthly basis. (Founded in 2006, this format of updating new group workshop locales, times and dates have always been handled in this same manner. Should you require a private workshop, our professional photographers who lead group sessions in the community where they live, can accommodate PRIVATE WORKSHOPS on any photo topic and meet up with you and your guests on any day of the week that suits your schedule and locale selected within our active communities.) We can conform to your priorities.

As any workshop you select approaches, please know that we will adhere to the Covid social distancing directives relevant to your local community at that time, as they apply to the coronavirus, allowing you to receive a total refund or the chance to reschedule with no penalty fee no matter how long you require to make your rescheduling decisions. Please contact us toll free, 1 877 372 2231 or email us at DPABooking@DigitalPhotoAcademy.com. Again, once we communicate, we can provide either a full refund or postpone your workshop with no deadline on selecting a new date.


Welcome to the Washington, D.C market for the international network of live and online photo classes, all under the banner of Digital Photo Academy.

This section is devoted to the Washington, D.C community and the DPA Instructors who lead these workshops are professional photographers who have lived in Washington, D.C for at least 10 years, usually longer.

These pro shooters also have teaching experience and they love teaching. (Not all photographers do.) They know the local retailers where you can get the better deals on photo equipment and more importantly, they know where the best photo ops are which allows us to provide you with a rotation of interesting places to shoot, throughout the year, whether indoors or outdoors, winter, spring, summer of fall. Sometimes one time of day to shoot is better than another and our DPA instructors keep us informed.

Often, the DPA Instructors even have private access to various locales in the city where they live. Themes vary from street photography and dynamic architecture, to flowers and landscapes, as well as waterscapes, sunsets, lush scenery and everything in between.

During one month, you might be invited to rendezvous in the luxurious natural light streaming in to a religious venue via spectacular stained glass windows and the following month, it might be a small relatively unknown park with very special landscapes. This is why we offer a special ALUMNI Discount to people who attend more than one workshop.

Nationally, we organize these workshops to provide variety for the participants in each local market, but we could not do it without the expertise and connections provided by the DPA instructors in each of those markets.

Phone the national headquarters of Digital Photo Academy at 1 877 372 2231 but know that each of the Digital Photo Academy markets includes a local office. In Washington, D.C. that office is at:


E-MAIL US AT DPAbooking@digitalphotoacademy.com OR CALL 1-877-372-2231 OR click here TO LEARN ABOUT OUR PRIVATE ALL DAY OR HALF DAY CLASS


And in case you’re interested, click here to check out some FREE SAMPLES of our ONLINE CLASSES


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  1. Student Remark
    February 4, 2015

    “Thank you for a very enjoyable class yesterday morning. As I told you then, although most of the info served as a refresher, it was great to be out for the sole purpose of shooting photos. Normally, I am a tourist, with my wife and me trying to see things for the first time.

    Being able to just concentrate on the camera and shot was a lot of fun and helpful. That, of course, can have its drawbacks. I hadn’t played with the ISO rating in a while, wasn’t thinking, and set it to 800 for most of the shoot yesterday. I still got some good shots (I included that one of the rose you shaded for me).”

    -Student Greg Goldman

  2. Robert L. Vitale
    February 4, 2015

    “Andre Williams does a super job down here in Washington DC.”

    -Robert L. Vitale

  3. Student Remark
    February 4, 2015

    “Andre was a phenomenal instructor. He is obviously very passionate about photography and his energy was contagious. He took the time to answer everyone’s questions and I’m sure that everyone learned something!”

    -Student Kristin Kauffmann

  4. Student Remark
    February 4, 2015

    “We had our class on Sunday with Andre at the National Zoo. It was great! Andre is a great guy, full of information, and just a fun person to be around. We hope he teaches more classes in the future.

    My wife and I are interested in taking another class soon – National Mall in early December. We would have hoped that Andre was teaching it but just the fun of taking the photo classes is good enough.

    Thanks again”


  5. Student Remark
    February 4, 2015

    “The Composition in the Field class was great! I learned a lot with my camera and the various functions to make pictures pop! I’m traveling to London in a few weeks and feel that I’m prepared to take some great shots!

    Thank you so much!”


  6. Student Remark
    February 4, 2015

    “Thanks for a great class on Saturday. I feel more confident with the features on my camera and really enjoyed all of the tips you gave me!”


  7. Student Remark
    February 4, 2015

    “Hands down, I thought Andre was fantastic; a true blend of humor/entertainment, teaching and constructive feedback. I enjoyed every single minute of it!! I am still new to photography and have yet to learn all the ins and outs of my new camera but got soooo much out of this class. Would absolutely take another!!”

    – Theresa Stitzer

  8. Brandon Hirsch
    February 4, 2015

    “Dana Bowden is a great instructor! I really appreciated the time he took to answer our many questions. His personality is perfect for an instructor, and I don’t get the feeling that he feels superior to his students (even though he is clearly a much better photographer!). I would love to take another class from him.”

    – Brandon Hirsch

  9. Andor Czompo
    February 4, 2015

    “Just a note to tell you how much I enjoyed the beginning and intermediate classes you taught on Saturday for the Ford’s Colony Photography Club. I had signed up for the beginning class because I had a point and shoot camera. My husband was going to take the intermediate class with a Nikon D40 SLR camera (new to me, but I have used Nikon film cameras previously). Because of the “what to bring” list on the confirmation receipt, he noticed that he was supposed to bring a laptop. He is a bit computer challenged, even though he is becoming more comfortable with our imac. The only laptop we have is a PC, and he won’t touch it with a ten foot pole!!!! So I took the intermediate class instead of him. I learned a lot about the camera and digital photography from your talks. Anyway, I wasn’t sure what to expect and found the whole experience informative and pleasant. I hope that the Photography Club will schedule additional workshops in the future, and that our paths will cross again.”

    – Andor Czompo

  10. Student Remark
    February 4, 2015

    “I want to thank you on behalf of the Fords Colony Photography Club for the weekend Workshop held here in Williamsburg, VA this Saturday and Sunday. Dana Bowden did an outstanding job and gave 110% effort to train all of our attendees. Again, thank you very much for having the foresight to see the advantages of this type of a venue for your workshop series.”

    – Len Taubman

  11. Doug Rodgers
    February 4, 2015


    – Doug Rodgers

  12. Kelly Chmielewski
    February 4, 2015

    “Great session with Donovan Marks at Washington DC’s National Cathedral. Thanks for providing this opportunity via Living Social. Without that promotion, I never would have heard of the Digital Photo Academy. And without this session, I would not have learned how to make the shutter speed and f-stop work in enough harmony to photograph the dark recesses of the Cathedral’s organ with no flash.”

    – Kelly Chmielewski

  13. Student Remark
    February 4, 2015

    “It was fantastic — what a great instructor — cool, informative, and serious about students understanding so much — really understanding how I got a great shot. Because of Donovan’s style and my ease with his instructions I am only going manual and never going back to program mode again—YEA!!!!!!”

    – Andrea

  14. Pavit Gill
    February 4, 2015

    “Thanks Donovan! I really appreciate it! And thank you once again for your help yesterday. You’re a great teacher and we definitely learned a lot. Please keep in touch and keep us posted on your ventures.”

    – Pavit Gill

  15. Student Remark
    February 4, 2015

    ” Great class today, my head is spinning with all sorts of info I need to try and remember/keep straight! ”

    -John Nullmeyer

  16. Michael Saft
    February 4, 2015

    “In late October I took another DPA class, composition in the field , this time with Nikhil Bahl, and want to say he was a very attentive and informative instructor who patiently worked with all the attendees to bring out the best and most creative side of our efforts. There are two pictures I took which I am most proud of as my daughter has asked that I mount them for hanging in her apartment, which is the first time she has ever asked for any of my photo’s, and of course I am attaching as I feel they were also a reflection of Nikhil’s ability as an instructor to bring out the best in my work.”

    – Michael Saft

  17. Evan Franke
    February 4, 2015

    “I took a composition in the field class in Washington, DC. My class was yesterday in Eastern Market. My instructor, Robert Stevens, led me and four other students through a very helpful and interesting class. I am a rank novice as far as using the full potential of my equipment. I shoot with a Canon Powershot SX10 IS. It is not an SLR, and everyone else at the class had a fairly impressive array of SLR digital equipment. Bob never had me do anything lesser or made me feel at all underpowered for his lessons. He challenged me, and he really started me in a new direction.

    I went to the class to capture some basics about what I could do with my camera out of the automatic settings. I took a small step into a larger world with his help, and I really appreciate it. My photos and my technique will need a lot of expiramenting and work, but he really helped me start. I also greatly appreciated that he gave us his contact information for follow up questions. He was a very generous professional, and I learned a lot.”

    – Evan Franke

  18. Student Remark
    February 4, 2015

    “Thanks for a great class, I really appreciated receiving your pointers. Do you teach other composition in the field classes? I would be interested in taking other classes that you teach.”

    – Christine Lyons

  19. Student Remark
    February 4, 2015

    “Great class, and we especially enjoyed the one-on-one time, which is when the real learning happened for me and Christy.”

    – Lucian

  20. John Peterson
    February 4, 2015

    “Thomas for such an informative and beneficial class. The whole time was packed with great ideas. (certainly more than what one would expect in three hours spent) I really like your easy going approach and ability to communicate so much of your experience so well. I can’t wait to attend your other classes around DC area!”

    – John Peterson

  21. John Peterson
    February 4, 2015

    “My instructor, Thomas Arledge was absolutely outstanding. He has a very easy going manner and a great methodology. He was very helpful and attentive. I was amazed at how quickly we were all taking not only better photos, but experimenting with newer ways to look at composition.

    I will certainly be looking to attend in more of both his DPA programs and your other ones as well as recommending them to others.”

    – J.M. Peterson

  22. Student Remark
    February 4, 2015

    “Thanks again for all of you time and instruction yesterday. Patrick and I had a great time and learned a lot. Attached are two of the ones that I took and believe are best efforts. I will send you a separate mail with another pair. Please let me know what you think.”

    – Malcolm

  23. Christopher McGuire
    February 4, 2015

    “Thank you so much for your class! We really enjoyed it and hope to be back again.”

    – Jill & Chris McGuire

  24. Anthony Lambkin
    February 4, 2015

    “The class with Vincent was great. He is a very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and patient instructor. I definitely learnt more with him in 3 hours than I have known about photography for the last 3 years! Many thanks again for the lesson (and thanks to my wonderful girlfriend for buying it for me!)”

    – Anthony Lambkin

  25. Glen Williams
    February 4, 2015

    “I took the Saturday class on the National Mall (Washington) taught by Walt Calahan. Walt was excellent! He effectively communicated important principles and gave valuable real-time feedback on shots we took onsite. Our area was under a heat advisory, but Walt found us a place to practice shots in the shade. The three hours passed too quickly.

    I look forward to taking more DPA classes. Thanks for the great learning opportunity!”

    – Glen Williams

  26. Niraj Gupta
    February 4, 2015

    “I was in Georgetown, Wash DC with our instructor Walter Callahan. Great class….had lots of fun and learned a lot.”

    – Niraj Gupta

  27. Student Remark
    February 4, 2015

    “Thank you for teaching the class yesterday. It was a great day for the zoo and I appreciated your time and instruction.

    I am attaching a few photos I took of the class if you want to share them. Not as creative as yours! (There will be a total of three emails.)

    I took 198 photos yesterday and am very pleased with a number of the shots I got!”

    – Susan E. Etter, Esq.

  28. James Anderson
    February 4, 2015

    “Thank you, I found it very helpful. I really enjoyed learning more of the backstory behind ISO, apeture/f-stop and shutter, and I really appreciated your demonstrations of how they work together. You have a great way of explaining these complex topics that really cleared it up for me.”

    – James Anderson

  29. Student Remark
    February 4, 2015

    “I attached 2 pictures that I took during the Georgetown, Washington, DC class on Saturday. Hope they are interesting!Will Calahan was really open to giving feedback and asking questions and explained some photography principles in a way that helped to retain the information.”

    – Carla

  30. Student Remark
    February 4, 2015

    “I very much enjoyed the class with Walt at the Capitol on Sunday morning. He is a natural and engaging teacher and was performing impressive feats of (photographic) strength with modest equipment during the session–very inspiring. I may try to to take the class again in an evening session after summer–the low light period evaporated shortly after our session commenced, unfortunately.

    While I enjoyed the class and Walt, I think I would have profited from a class at a somewhat more advanced skill level or that afforded more one-on-one or intense instruction. I am a somewhat experienced amateur photographer (came up on film with 35mm SLRs) on the lookout for insights into capturing dramatic light and color, and also strategies for capturing industrial, architectural, and transportation subjects. Does DPA offer anything like that? ”

    thanks for reaching out


  31. Student Remark
    February 4, 2015

    “I enjoyed the class. We’re in the throes of finals and completing school so I will get back to this next week. Great attachment! I can use this in Yearbook class, can’t I?”

  32. Carrington Smith
    March 23, 2015

    I want to take a moment to thank you for the time, information, and inspirational energy that you shared with us yesterday. I hope that I did not offend you with some of my comments. It was not my intent to hog the conversation, but I have to tell you that you touched on some very critical areas that extend way beyond photography. First of all, you represented your craft in the highest way possible, yet found ways to make the subject relatable to all who were assembled. Secondly, there are just too many people who don’t do what they say that they will do. I believe in a zero gap (nobody’s perfect). Something that is just as important is for us to model our professions, activities, and aspirations in a way that it helps society. Thank you so much.

    From my standpoint, you politely called me out. While I have taken some fantastic shots, I have not ventured over to the manual side in ages. Of course, then the manual side was the only side. I have not used the focus mechanism since Superman died. In addition, you introduced conversation that I have not been a part of since the early 80’s. Obviously, I need to practice more than I do, but I cannot insulate myself in just being better than some any longer. You have reintroduced a standard that I am, at least, vaguely familiar with. Great job.

    “The only question that I would have at this point is from something that you mentioned when talking about the external hard drive. Yes, I purchased a 1TB drive and use it to store pictures. But, early one, I used it to transfer my files from my former computer to my newer one, which included iTunes. Unfortunately, the iTunes did not transfer. Is there something that you can share that I missed. I have nearly 3,000 songs that I still have on my I pod, but did not transfer. My niece told me about an off brand unofficial program called copy pod, but I haven’t used it yet.

    At any rate, I can never say thank you enough. Unfortunately we are deeply involved in the “me” generation and sharing is a lost art. You helped to remind me to actually take my time an look through the viewfinder with a purpose. If our paths never cross again, please know that someone did appreciate you for who you are and what you do.”

    -Carrington R. Smith

  33. Tariq
    June 6, 2016

    ” I attended today’s session with Walt. He was really good and helpful in getting us a good understanding of the Photography composition fundamentals.


  34. Ransom Jackson
    September 28, 2017

    “Awesome class the best!. Learned so much. Looking forward to learning much more. I’ll be sending pics soon. Thanks so much. Excellent program for all levels of photography.”


  35. Brenda Pomar
    September 28, 2017

    “Walt was great! Very nice workshop.”


  36. Maxine Robinson
    November 28, 2017

    “Bob is an excellent instructor. He shared his knowledge on the do’s and don’ts on how to use the camera so that one could take the perfect picture. Due to his patience and instructions, I am no longer afraid to use my camera. ”


  37. Jessica Wilkerson
    August 2, 2018

    “The class was great! Looking forward to my second one on august 25th!”

    Jessica Wilkerson

  38. Shantris F
    May 2, 2019

    Bob was knowledgeable and fun. He explained concepts very simply. The class was perfect for beginners, I’m looking forward to taking another.

  39. CaSaundra Smith
    July 9, 2019

    The class was amazing. I was afraid that my lack of knowledge would either slow the class down or I wouldn’t understand a thing. Bob was great! He met everyone at their level and explained things so everyone could understand. I really enjoyed the class and plan to let others interested in photography know all about it.

  40. Wendy Simmons
    July 10, 2019

    Took this class in Washington DC. We met outside of the Botanical Garden. Bob was everything you would want in an instructor. He explained the basics, answered all our questions, and showed us how to better use our digital cameras. I loved it!!!!

  41. Keith K
    August 5, 2019

    The class was awesome. Bob is an amazing teacher. Explained everything in a way you can grasp even the most complex concepts of photography. Would take a class with him again at anytime.

  42. Taylor Presley
    August 9, 2019

    I had an amazing time and definitely learned a ton about my camera and how to operate it now in varying light and looking at things with a more artistic eye.

    Bob was great in both of my classes, in the morning with me and my camera and then on the walk about.

    Hands down, amazing Saturday for me and much appreciated.

  43. Ginny
    December 11, 2019

    This class was exceptional and tailored to the needs of the students. I would sign up for another one in a heartbeat. What a fun way to learn!

  44. Alex Alepohoritis
    January 7, 2020

    Hello! Thank you so much for the wonderful class on Saturday! We had a great time and enjoyed listening to your tips from your expertise! Once we upload our pictures, I will send along!
    In the meantime, do you mind sending me a few names of photographers you had mentioned that might be good for wedding photography? Thank you again!!

  45. kevin
    March 4, 2020

    Took this in Washington, D.C. Bob was great. He’s very knowledgeable and I learned so much.

  46. Brittany Harding
    March 16, 2020

    The class was great, I learned so much about my camera. Bob was awesome. I didn’t get the chance to do the second half of class because something personal popped up and I unfortunately had to leave. Thank you so much for all your help signing up! I very much enjoyed it.

    Hope all is well especially with all the craziness going on!

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