Photography Classes near Washington DC - Subhankar Barai Photography

I offer the following photography classes and workshop. To register, please call me at 623-606-3016 or fill up the contact form mentioning your choice of lesson needed.

Beginner to Intermediate level Photography Class

3 classes - 2.5 hours each

(with a gap of 3-5 days between classes for participants to practice and grasp the concepts and come back with questions)

Interactive session, aimed at beginners/amateurs, with hands-on training on topics mentioned below:

•  Camera controls and modes

•  Setting parameters manually on your digital SLR and their    relationships - aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance,    bracketing, exposure compensation, flash modes, metering and a    lot more

•  Basics of how the camera functions internally and reacts to    various settings

•  Photo taking techniques - motion blur, panning, focusing, depth    of field, night photography, knowing to see light and utilize it to    your advantage, etc.

•  Lens basics - which lens to use for what, how do they impact    what you want to shoot, what to look for while choosing/buying    lenses

•  Composition techniques - portraits, landscapes and others

•  Brief discussion/demonstration of use of flash, speedlights,    umbrellas, softboxes, diffusers, flash modifiers, filters,    intervalometers, tripod and radio triggers and how these impact    your photographs. We'll also discuss about what scenarios    warrant the need for these accessories

•  Photo editing techniques

•  What photography jargons like f-stop, dynamic range, stops of    light, dodge and burn, etc. mean

•  Understanding histograms and adjusting accordingly

•  Knowing your gear limitations and how to work around those to    get the best photo possible

•  Discuss situational challenges that are faced commonly and how    to react

•  Tips and tricks

The thought of moving from AUTO to MANUAL modes (M, A/Av, S/Tv, P) can be daunting! Not any more - after these lessons!

Do Note: You become a better photographer only if you practice, practice and practice, with the knowledge gained!


You'll need a camera that allows you to do manual settings (DSLR/ micro-four-thirds/mirrorless/advanced point-and-shoot). Any camera will do, as long as it has an 'M' mode allowing manual settings.

Advanced Flash Photography Workshop

One Full Day (10:00AM - 4:00PM)

(Ask about two day version of the same workshop if you can't dedicate one full day at once)


The first half will include detailed explanation of the following topics and answering questions.

•  On-Camera flash modes and how these impact images

•  Difference between pop-up flash, speedlight, monolights, bare-bulb flashes, constant light, etc

•  Speedlight characteristics - zoom, power, GN, modes, channels,    groups, infrared vs. RF, prices, brands

•  Using flash indoors, bounce flash, hard and soft lights and how to use it to achieve different looks

•  Manual vs. TTL flash

•  When to use wireless/wired TTL/Manual flash, RF    transmitters/receivers, TTL cords, brackets; why and how?

•  Implications/limitations of flash sync speed, HSS, when to use    on-camera or off-camera flash

•  White Balance settings to match ambient light characteristics,    creative lighting using gels

•  Exposure metering for ambient light indoors and outdoors,    dragging the shutter, shooting in harsh sunlight

•  Adding fill flash to available light outdoors, reflectors vs. fill    flash

•  On-Camera and Off-Camera flash modifiers - uses and    limitations, using snoots, grids, ND filters

•  Use of umbrella/softbox/beauty dish - differences

•  Types of lighting - rembrandt, split, broad light, loop, butterfly,    clamshell, etc

•  Controlling multiple off-camera lights, how to light wedding/event    locations.

•  Different situations demand different lighting techniques - how to    light bride and groom entry to reception hall vs how to light bride    and groom sparkler exit vs how to shoot dance floors?    

Practical application of concepts:

The second half will be dedicated to practical application of the concepts hands-on.

Participants will get the opportunity to practice the knowledge gained in the first half in different lighting conditions - indoor and outdoor. Radio transmitters, flashes, softboxes/umbrellas will be available for participants to use on the off-camera lighting setup. If you own radio triggers, you are encouraged to bring your own transmitters/receivers.


•  You'll need to bring your own camera that allows you to do    manual settings (DSLR, micro-four-thirds/mirrorless or high end    point-and-shoot), a zoom lens with the biggest aperture that you    have or a prime lens and your flash. If you own radio triggers, ND    filters and any small flash modifier, you are encouraged to bring    those as well. No need to bring lightstands or    softboxes/umbrellas.

•  Participants are expected to be familiar with their camera    operations and should be aware of how to adjust shutter speed,    aperture, ISO, white balance, etc.

•  Participants are also expected to be familiar with basic    photography concepts like depth-of-field, impacts of    aperture/ISO/shutter speed change, rules of handheld    photography. 

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