There are plenty of different ways to learn photography and plenty of teachers in the Washington DC area.
If you’re considering taking a class, or whatever you want to call it, you should walk out of the class knowing more than you knew walking in.
A class is taught by a teacher, so I think that before you sign up for the photography class, learn all you can about the teacher who is teaching it.
Take a look at their website and give’em a call to talk with them. Doing this will give you an idea if you can learn something form them.
Not all good photographers are good teachers and not all good teachers are good photographers.
If you’re luck you’ll find a good photographer/teacher who happens to be both.
Ask questions that will help you determine their background in photography.
Ask questions that will help you determine how they teach.
Ask questions that will help you determine what you’ll get out of the class that you’re considering taking.
There are classes with bad teachers and there are classes with good teachers.
A class with a bad teacher will be a waste of your time and money.
A class with a good teacher is invaluable.
Do your research on the teacher of a photography class and you’ll be assured that the photography class that you take will be well worth your time and money.