Posts Tagged ‘Photographer’

APA December 7th Coffee Break

December 1st, 2016 Comments off


Join everyone at APA at 2:30 PM on Wednesday 12/7 for a Coffee Break over at the newly reopened Smithsonian National Gallery of Art’s East Wing Gallery. The meeting is in the Terrace Cafe along with an informal discussion on all things 2017! Afterwards we will visit the Photography Reinvented show. This event is FREE and open to EVERYONE.

You can RSVP on facebook here.

WHEN: Wednesday 12/7/16 @ 2:30 PM

WHERE: Smithsonian National Gallery of Art in the Terrace Cafe

CLOSEST METRO: Green/ Yellow Line Navy Memorial/ Archives stop


ACE Photo Customer Appreciation Day, Nikon Sensor Cleaning, and Secret Black Friday

November 17th, 2016 Comments off


Come in to ACE Photo! The Ashburn and Falls Church locations will be hosting early black Friday sales, sensor cleaning seminars, and customer appreciation day. The weekend begins with the black Friday sales. Followed by customer appreciation day on the 19th. Finally, on Sunday the 20th there will be free sensor cleaning for Nikon cameras only plus a tips and tricks seminar from 10:00am – 3:00pm.



Beyond the Fundamentals: Composition and The Digital Darkroom

November 15th, 2016 Comments off



The class will revolve around taking your photography to the next level. How do you become a “better” photographer? What kinds of gear will help your imagery? Students will also learn how composition affects the viewer. In addition, there will be a hands on section that each student will give you the opportunity to use their camera.

The second part of the class will focus on The Digital Darkroom. What are the differences between jpg and raw files? What are the benefits of shooting raw files? And how do we process raw files. Adobe Elements will be briefly talked about as well as Adobe Lightroom.
In addition we will look at two tools for when we take quick shots with our phone; that is Snapseed and The Photographer’s Ephemeris

For questions regarding class content contact:


Ace Photo
44710 Cape Court Suite 122
Ashburn, VA 20147


Price $49.00 + handling fee

3 Hour Class – 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Wednesday November 16th

Click Here to Register



FotoWeekDC Wednesday Round Up

November 14th, 2016 Comments off


With this this year’s festival featuring 100 exhibitions and events going on throughout the week we know managing the FotoWeek landscape can get overwhelming. Every day, we’ll be doing our best to keep you informed and updated – here’s what’s happening today at FotoWeek.

Would you just like to see some great exhibitions? For a complete list of those, visit the official FotoDC website.

Share all your fotoadventures on Instagram too: #FotoWeek2015 @FotoWeekDC #FotoDC

November 15, 2016
FotoWeekCentral Schedule

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
FotoWeekCentral – 1145 17th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036

Enjoy extended access to the National Geographic Museum and all FotoWeekCentral exhibitions during the FotoWeekDC festival.

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
FotoWeekCentral – 1145 17th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036

Veteran National Geographic photographer Cory Richards uses his camera to share a fascinating personal journey of struggle and redemption.

Photo Credit: Cory Richards from #LifeNoFilter

8:30 AM – 9:30 PM
Carnegie Institution for Science – 1530 P Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20005

Presentations, discussions, learning, and inspiration with some of the world’s leading nature and wildlife photographers, filmmakers, scientists, newsmakers, and conservation organizations where we explore how visual media can best contribute to impactful science communications and positive conservation outcomes all around the globe.

12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Monteabaro Recital Hall, Howard Community College – 10901 Little Patuxent ParkwayColumbia, MD, 21044

The HCC Film Program has developed a number of film series to complement various productions and events this season. Scheduled films include: War Photographer (Monday), Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye (Tuesday), Finding Vivian Maier (Wednesday), Planet Ocean (Thursday), and Blow-Up (Friday). A photography exhibit of the same name will be on display in the art gallery through November 20th. Workshops and talk backs related to the films shown will be included before or after the film showing.

4:00 PM – 5:00 pm
Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain – 2801 16th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009

Free & Open to Public, sponsored by LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph. Mary Virginia Swanson is an author and educator who helps artists find the strengths in their work, identify appreciative audiences and present their photographs in an informed, professional manner.  Her seminars and lectures on marketing opportunities have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level.

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The Art Institute of Washington – 1820 North Fort Myer DriveArlington, VA, 22209

Presenting a constructed approach to environments from around the globe. Trade Winds, travels across landscapes and time, capturing local moments and emotions from places such as Australia, Japan, South America, the Caribbean Islands and the United States.


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Artist’s Proof Gallery – 1533 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20007

Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Fathom Gallery – 1333 14th St. NW
Public Reception for: This Must be the Place: A multimedia exhibition featuring artist Otessa Ghadar

Photo Credit: Otessa Ghadar from This Must Be The Place

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain – 280116th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009
Learn what D.C. youth think about the challenges they face and hear about the tremendous steps they are taking to create positive change, all while enjoying food and drink in the beautiful Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Lecia Store 977 F Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20004
Stacy Kranitz has developed an extensive body of work over the past six years while she has been living and working in the Appalachian mountains of North America.

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
MLK Memorial Library – 901 G Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20001

Join us for DC IN THE HOUSE:A Panel Discussion on DC Punk and Go-Go Photography.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Latela Art Gallery – 716 Monroe Street Northeast Washington, DC, 20017

A mini workshop with photographer Marisa S. White. Marisa will be discussing her background and creative process, as well as giving a post-process demonstration.

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
1616 H Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20006

Join us for an image review as well as informative session covering camera, photography and editing tips.


FotoWeekCentral Exhibitions Include:

@NATGEO: The Most Popular Instagram Photos which offers visitors an opportunity to interact with National Geographic photographers and their adventures in a whole new way.

Politicking by Ben Baker, feat. Baker’s portraits of heads of state, business leaders and cultural icons include Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton.
Photoville and Redux Pictures presents Mark Peterson’s Political Theatre – The Next Act, which includes Peterson fascination portraits of our countries biggest politicians.
Water: California, The latest installment of Mustafah Abdulaziz’s acclaimed Water series focuses on the drought crisis in California.
Signs of Your Identity, presented by The Pulitzer Center For Crisis Reporting which explores the survivors of Canadian operated Indian Residential Schools that forcibly assimilated indigenous youth into white Canadian society.

WPOW’s 10-Year Anniversary Show by female photographers in DC
National Geographic Photo Camp: Zoom Out, Slow Down, Enjoy the Beauty, The student photographers highlighted in the exhibition include children in post-earthquake Haiti, refugees from inner city Baltimore, young people in Jordan, Miami, Chad, India, and Barbados, and Somali refugees in Portland Maine.
WiLDSpeak: The Exhibition, feat. a collection of imagery showcasing the iconic works of iLCP Fellows presenting at this year’s event.

2016 FotoDC competition Winners


ASMP DC Member Exhibition FotoWeekDC

November 7th, 2016 Comments off


ASMP DC Member Exhibition FotoWeekDC will highlight the wide range of commercial photography talents of the ASMP DC members. The images displayed show examples of commercial, editorial, event/PR, travel, portraiture, and more.

The American Society of Media Photographers is the premier trade association for the world’s most respected photographers. The ASMP is the leader in promoting photographers’ rights, providing education in better business practices, producing business publications for photographers, and helping to connect clients with professional photographers. The ASMP, founded in 1944, has nearly 7,000 members and 39 chapters.

For more information contact

Exhibit Dates
November 12 – 20, 2016
Celebratory Reception
November 15, 2016
6:30pm-8:30pm Cash Bar

FotoWeek Central – National Geographic Museum
National Geographic Society
1600 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Free – Please RSVP


Toast to Matthew

November 5th, 2016 Comments off


Join us on 11/10 at Brixton, conveniently located at 9th and U St. NW.  Celebrate with Matthew Rakola as he ends his term as Chairman of APA|DC.  Matthew is passing the torch to Jason Hornick, effective immediately. So, let’s toast to Matthew, Welcome Jason, and KICK OFF FOTODC WEEK in style!

Where: Brixton 901 U St. NW Washington, DC

When: Thursday, November 10th @ 6pm

Closest Metro: Green/Yellow Line, U Street



A Letter from Matthew:

Dear APA|DC members, and the larger DC photo community as a whole,

It has been a great pleasure to hold the title of chair and to work with the board of the DC Chapter of the American Photographic Artists for the past 4 years. I’ve really enjoyed meeting many of you and (hopefully) doing just a little bit to help in your careers.

On October 25th I stepped down from this position in order to dedicate more time to a growing family. Child #2 (not his legal name) is due at the end of November, and if Alex is any indication, I won’t have much mental energy to spare.

Over the course of this tenure my overarching goal has remained the same: to better the working conditions for ALL photographers in the area. I firmly believe that the tighter knit we are as a community, the more informed, capable and successful we will be as working professionals. In the six years that I’ve lived in DC, I’ve only seen the creative talent here grow. This community, regardless of professional affiliation (or not) can compete, shooter for shooter, with any region in the country.

I’m very proud of the work that our local chapter board has put into helping to make this a reality: We’ve held social events that promote open communication and goodwill between photographers; professional training on all aspects of our industry; presentations and partnerships with the local creative community; and events like our ‘Featured Member’ series, portfolio review, and in-person referrals.

Jason Hornick, longtime board member has already taken the reins as chair of the chapter. Those of you who were at the portfolio reviews saw first hand the many talents that Jason has already brought to the chapter. I’ve heard some of his (and the board’s) ideas for 2017 and I gotta be honest.–it’s going to be a spectacular year and I very much look forward to attending them as a chapter member.

In closing, I’m not going away, just stepping back. Please feel free to reach me at any time at to say hi or offer to buy me coffee. (Just saying– with two young children I’ll need it.)

It’s a very exciting time to be a photographer in this area, and I can’t wait to see how this chapter helps to shape it.



Matthew Rakola


Nikon at ACE Ashburn

October 27th, 2016 Comments off


OCTOBER 30th 10 – 3pm

KeyMission 360

The Nikon KeyMission 360 is a dual-lens action camera that simultaneously captures two 180°+ images in up to Ultra HD 4K resolution at 24 fps and allows you to view them as one.

The KeyMission 360 stitches the two separate images internally and provides you with one 360° spherical VR image. This single image can then be viewed with optional VR goggles or on 360 platforms such as YouTube 360, where you can move around the image in all directions. You can also upload the stitched image into various VR editing software and enhance it before viewing it on goggles or 360 platforms.
The KeyMission 360 features a rugged design and is built to withstand the elements: Without any additional housing, it is waterproof down to 100 ft, shockproof from 6.6 ft, freezeproof, and dustproof. Aside from added convenience, not requiring a housing allows for cleaner image and audio capture, as no additional layers are required between the lenses and mic and your subject. Like the rest of the KeyMission series, the KeyMission 360 uses glass Nikon Nikkor lenses, representing Nikon’s commitment to this lineup.
The KeyMission 360 also features internal electronic Vibration Reduction (for 1080p capture) that will reduce the effects of shakes and jitters in your outdoor adventures, providing you with a smoother final image. A free-to-download Nikon control and playback app is also included with the camera that’s compatible with both iOS and Android mobile devices.
You can also capture Full HD 1080p video at 24 fps, 1440 x 960 video at 25/30 fps, and 29MP still images. In all shooting modes, both lenses automatically work at the same time. Each lens features 7 lens elements in 7 groups and offers approximately a 12″ focusing distance.
The KeyMission 360 comes with a varied set of accessories, including a cage-like Silicone Jacket, lens protector to prevent scratches, and underwater lens protector that will allow you to achieve better focus underwater. Additionally, it supports many more optional KeyMission accessories for riding, watersports, and everyday outdoor activities.

Key Features

  • Captures and stitches two 180°+ images in Ultra HD 4K resolution at 24 fps
  • Provides you with one 360° spherical VR image
  • Also offers video recording at 1080 at 24 fps and 1440 x 960 at 24/25 fps
  • 29MP still-image capture
  • Waterproof to 100 ft, shockproof from 6.6 ft, freezeproof, and dustproof without any external housing
  • Internal electronic Vibration Reduction (for 1080p capture)
  • Features glass Nikon Nikkor lenses
  • Includes Nikon control and playback app for iOS and Android
  • 7 lens elements in 7 groups
  • 12″ focusing distance
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Micro-HDMI output and Micro-USB 2.0 interface
  • microSD card slot

FotoWeekDC 2016 Opening Party!

October 21st, 2016 Comments off

Come down for an exciting evening of
photography exhibitions, open bars, small bites, photobooths, music, and more
as we launch the 9th Annual FotoWeekDC Festival!

The FotoWeekDC 2016 Opening Party is made possible with support from The Reva & David Logan Foundation.

Friday, November 11th, 2016, 7:30pm-11pm
@ The National Geographic Museum
1145 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

$40 Early Bird tickets on sale now
Price goes up soon, but we might sell out before then!
This is a 21+ event
There is no dress code!


Advertising Week 2016 – October 15-21st

October 10th, 2016 Comments off


American Advertising Federation, Washington, DC Presents Advertising Week 2016

APA|DC is thrilled to be a partnering organization for AAF-DC’s Advertising Week 2016. APA|DC members get a 15% discount on ADWKDC registration and additionally will have a presence during the weekend conference.

So, why jump at the chance at being a partner? This yearly event that brings together the best of DC’s advertising agencies, along with notable creatives and thinkers from all over the country. If you’re shooting advertising and commercial work, this is the week to rub elbows with industry professionals and sit in on programs that will kick your creative and business mind into overdrive. Meet agency creatives from Brink, IBM, Merritt Group, Ogilvy, Wunderman and many more. Learn to think like your clients, contribute ideas, and be an active participant in DC’s active and growing advertising and design community.

Just some of the many sessions include:


and of course the Thursday/Friday conference is where you can learn about everything from virtual reality and successful entrepreneurship to creative thinking, overcoming writer’s block, and rebranding yourself.

Full session list HERE.

Invest in your career and your creative community, sessions start at $34.




Email the director, Erika or visit the APA|DC Members Only Facebook group for our 15% discount code.