Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about upcoming photography classes?

The answers may already be here.

If the answer to you question can not be found, please use the reply area on the bottom of the page to ask any questions that you may have.

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Class Location And Class Size

Where are the the classes that Sam offers in Washington DC held?

The classes in Washington DC are held at 920 U Street NW.

Learn more about getting to the Sam D’Amico Photography classes.

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How many people are in the class?

In terms of new registrants each class is limited to eight new registrants however, to allow for flexibility in student scheduling, class size may be up to ten participants. For example, if you miss a meeting during a multi-week class you can make up that meeting in another concurrently running class or in an future class. If that class is full, eight registrants, you would be the ninth participant in the class.

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Payment

I don’t have a PayPal™ account. Do I need one to register for a class?

No. When you make a payment via PayPal™ the system accepts a variety of cards, and you don’t need to create a PayPal™ account. We use PayPal™ as it allows us to create a secure and fully automated payment system for this website. Watch this video to see how payments are made. —> http://samdamico.com/washington-dc-photography-classes-courses-lessons-offered-sam-damico-overview/#payment

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Experience and Equipment Needed

What experience or equipment do I need?

Most classes require nothing more than your interest in how to create better photographs. Regardless of your level of experience, whether your choice of camera is a point and shoot or a fully manual SLR, chances are that there are workshops that you’ll find helpful. Film or digital capture are acceptable for all workshops. Please check the course descriptions for further details or contact Sam if you have questions.

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Can you recommend a camera?

There’s a lot to consider when buying a camera and many of  these consideration are unique to each photographer.

While it’s good  to ask for recommendations, nothing beats learning a bit about cameras and researching your purchase options based on your own criteria.

The only recommendations  I’m comfortable making is that if  you want to get the most out of your photography, get a camera that offers a fully manual exposure mode option. Raw and Jpg file types are nice as well as  a variety of metering patterns/modes including spot metering. A DSLR or an SLR offers the most flexibility in terms of equipment.

Other things to consider are:

  1. Your budget.
  2. Portability.
  3. Ergonomics.
  4. Versatility.
  5. Reputation of the manufacturer.
  6. How the camera feels in your hands.
  7. Does the camera  offer a fully manual exposure option? (Can you set your aperture, shutter speed and ISO separately-manually?)
  8. Make sure that the camera comes with a FULL version of the owners manual.
  9. Make sure you buy from a reputable dealer. (Locally In Washington DC I like Embassy Camera or  Pro Photo)
  10. Sensor size.
  11. Megapixels

Some extras that you should consider purchasing:

    1. A UV  filter to protect  your lens. (Don’t let  the sales  people try to sell you anything more than that as a necessary filter).
    2. An extra set of batteries.
    3. An extra charger.
    4. Memory cards.

After you’ve narrowed down your choices, bring a list of your selections into a camera store, find a patient salesperson, and ask the salesperson to let you see how the camera operates. Ask them to show you how to change aperture, shutter speed and ISO in manual exposure mode and after they show you, you try it.

Whatever one feels most comfortable for you to operate and understand, is the one you should get.

I did not see any classes specifically for digital photography or film photography. Do you have any available?

To answer this question please read the following two blog posts:

Do I Teach A Digital Photography Class?  (opens in new window)

Are You Ready For The Darkroom? (opens in new window)

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Missing Classes Or Meetings

What if I miss a class meeting during a multi-week class?

If you miss a meeting during a multi-week class, you can make up that meeting free of charge . Only one meeting can be made up for free. If more than one meeting is missed there is a charge for making up the additional missed meetings. Making up missed meetings are contingent upon there being space in the class and if the class is still being offered. There are no guarantees that missed meetings can be made up and there are no refunds for missed meetings. Please schedule your missed meeting at east two weeks in advance. Read More—> http://samdamico.com/registration-terms-and-conditions/#missing-a-meeting-during-a-multi-week-class

What if I miss a Quick Study (single meeting class) or my private lesson, can I reschedule?.

Please read this—>http://samdamico.com/registration-terms-and-conditions/#non-attendance-and-rescheduling

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Purchasing A Class Or Private Lessons As a Gift

Can I purchase group classes or  private photography lessons for someone other than myself?

You can, but I would discourage you from doing that for a number of reasons.

The biggest reasons I discourage this is because of scheduling concerns and that I would like to speak to the person who’ll be participating in the class directly before they register for a class or private lessons so we can determine what course of study would be the most effective based on their skill level as a photographer.

Instead of purchasing a specific class or private lessons, please consider purchasing a gift certificate so that the person  you give the gift certificate to can choose the course of study that will be the most effective for them.

Get a gift certificate here. —> https://www.thegiftcardcafe.com/vcart/shop.php

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Can I buy a gift certificate?

Yes you can. Gift certificates are paid for and generated via The Gift Card Cafe. You’ll receive the gift certificate immediately. Please allow me up to forty-eight hours to activate the gift certificate code.

Here’s the link —>https://www.thegiftcardcafe.com/vcart/shop.php

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Can I speak With Sam Directly?

Contact  Sam

If you have a question that  wasn’t answered here, contact Sam.

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  2. Dai Tran-Trong says:

    My wife is interested in signing up for another one of your classes since she enjoyed your Introduction to Photography class several years ago. She is interested in taking another class and wasn’t sure which one she should sign-up for either the Intermediate Photography class or the Lighting With Portable Flash class. She just got a Speedlite for her Canon SLR camera.

    In the Intermediate class, do you go over any basics on how to use a portable flash or do you think the lighting discussions using the pop-up flash will be sufficient for her to be able to use the portable flash on her SLR camera?

    Thanks for your assistance.

    • samdamico says:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in my photography classes.

      While we do go over flash photography basics in the Intermediate class by using the pop-up flash on the camera, the three week Lighting With Portable Flash Class is geared toward photographers who own a separate speedlite. The Lighting With Portable Flash Class is a comprehensive class designed to help photographers learn how to use their separate flash units most effectively.

      Would it be possible for your wife to call me at 202-559-7981?

      Before I could wholeheardetly recommend a class, It would be best to have a conversation with her to help her to evaluate the best course to take.

      Sam

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