Visitors who really want to see Maryland's capital should walk about the city, especially its narrower streets, Wolk said.

"Every time, you see things with a fresh eye, and there is a whole new look on how you take pictures," Wolk said. "We tell students to look around and really see what you want to shoot and find out what is best direction to shoot."

Their class tours nearly always stop at the William Paca House & Garden, where Miller has shot hundreds of photos in every season, including images in deep snow. His recent photo of actors portraying Paca and Thomas Jefferson hangs in the mansion, and many of his shots in the 2 acres of gardens are featured in his books. Jody Dalton, director of sales at the landmark, said the photographers are great champions of the city, and the workshop is spreading the word about what there is to see.

"Roger and Jeff are making more people aware of us, and this is a wonderful way to educate the public," she said.

Cameras seem part of their everyday attire and are ever clicking, in keeping with their "keep shooting" philosophy. An interesting clapboard home, a sloop approaching the pier, even a kitschy wreath all capture their attention.

Miller has been taking photos since he graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has published several books of photos of Maryland's most scenic areas, including four on Annapolis. He is aiming his camera now at the U.S. Naval Academy for what will be a third anthology of scenes from that institution.

Photography began as a hobby for Wolk, who started his career in the printing industry. Now he runs Wolk Imaging, a business that combines photography and print.

"One thing about this career: It's constantly changing and you are constantly learning," he said. "If you are only doing what you did two years ago, you will soon be out of business."

He also teaches photography at the Community College of Baltimore County and has found the classroom can be limiting, given his subject matter.

"There is only so much lecturing you can do," he said. "I reinforce instructions with doing. Students learn by doing."

About 100 students have taken the class, which costs $225. The instructors are offering a special $95 rate for students who sign up by the end of April. Each workshop is limited to 12 participants.

The increasing success of the workshops has the instructors considering other locations for future classes, possibly in Baltimore, on the Eastern Shore or in Western Maryland. The state offers endless intriguing scenery for the camera's lens to capture, they said.

"Just bring your camera, your tripod, if you have one, and your laptop to process your images," Miller said.

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