Subject Matter

“What is the subject of your picture?” A common refrain of photography instruction can guide you as you navigate your particular photography interest area. The following subject areas are the main theme areas and locations we concentrate on at Washington Photo Safari.
Monuments & Memorials
While touring the famous landmarks of DC, you will begin to master the major functions of your camera, improve the composition of your photographs and discover where to capture the best pictures of Washington, DC. And, of course, how to get all those pesky tourists out of your photo frame!

Monuments and Memorials, Full Day

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $174.00 upcoming dates
Is your camera smarter than you?  Are you confused by all those weird "Av," "Tv" "S", "A" or "P" choices on the mode dial, causing you to take refuge on "Auto?" Are you only
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Monuments and Memorials

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $89.00 upcoming dates
Is your camera smarter than you?  Are you confused by all those weird "Av," "Tv" "S", "A" or "P" choices on the mode dial, causing you to take refuge on "Auto?" Are you only
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A House of Cards: The Icons of Capitol Hill

Instructor: David Heckman Price: $84.00 upcoming dates
Deception? Intrigue? Conspiracy?  Capitol Hill is where it all takes place, and it’s also one of the city’s best places to learn travel and architectural photography! This Safari takes you to all the familiar locations
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Morning at the FDR Memorial

Instructor: Bob Blanken Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
The FDR Memorial is a stunning venue for creating extraordinary images. Whether shooting in color or black and white, this site offers outstanding opportunities to expand your photographic expression.
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Monuments and Memorials, Half Day

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $89.00 upcoming dates
Is your camera smarter than you?  Are you confused by all those weird "Av," "Tv" "S", "A" or "P" choices on the mode dial, causing you to take refuge on "Auto?" Are you only
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Full Moonrise Moving Over Washington

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79 upcoming dates
Think you can take better pictures than the ones you see on the postcards?  Here is your chance to prove it by capturing that traditional postcard-view from the Lincoln Memorial down the Reflecting Pool
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Monuments at Night

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
 (Video by Andy Duckworth)  Monuments at Night is offered every other Friday during Spring, Summer and Fall. As the calendar changes, sunset times do, too. These Safaris start 30 minutes before sunset and last
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Iwo Jima Memorial / Silent Drill Team

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
Sunset at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington brings a special treat on Tuesday evenings during the summer: a breathtaking performance by the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Team!
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Sunrise at Iwo Jima

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $69.00 upcoming dates
You think Washington, DC is just a 9 to 5 town?  Wrong!  One of the best times to see this city is at sunrise.  As the sun approaches the horizon. there are lovely views
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Architecture
Safaris in this category take you to some of the most architecturally rich locations in DC – which are many – and show you how best to capture and highlight their unique design details, maintain verticals, use mixed lighting and compose pictures – inside and outside.

Monuments and Memorials, Full Day

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $174.00 upcoming dates
Is your camera smarter than you?  Are you confused by all those weird "Av," "Tv" "S", "A" or "P" choices on the mode dial, causing you to take refuge on "Auto?" Are you only
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A House of Cards: The Icons of Capitol Hill

Instructor: David Heckman Price: $84.00 upcoming dates
Deception? Intrigue? Conspiracy?  Capitol Hill is where it all takes place, and it’s also one of the city’s best places to learn travel and architectural photography! This Safari takes you to all the familiar locations
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F-Stops and Shutter Speeds: make this relationship work for you

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $84.00 upcoming dates
You love your camera, BUT – out of fear of doing the wrong thing – do you always keep it on a nice, safe “Auto” or “P” setting to let the camera do the
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Washington National Cathedral - An Insider’s View

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $89.00 upcoming dates
One of the most beautiful churches in Washington and sixth largest cathedral in the world, Washington National Cathedral offers great opportunities for exterior and interior architectural photography. Our safari begins with an orientation by
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Paris on the Potomac

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
Planning a trip to Paris soon?  Well, before you go, here’s your chance to make a collage or booklet of side-by-side comparison photos to prove that Paris ain’t got NUTHIN’ on DC!
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Exploring Mt. Vernon

Instructor: Bob Blanken Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
Home of our first president, Mt Vernon provides a fascinating visual canvas rich in opportunities for memorable images.  
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New York City: Central Park

Instructor: Steve Rosenbach Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
New York City is one of the most vibrant and photogenic cities in the world. There’s so much to photograph—where do you begin?  
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Abstract and Still Life Photo Safari

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $69.00 upcoming dates
See that wrinkled red leaf on the sidewalk?  It’s a picture.  See the cross-hatched shadows on the wall made by the fire escape railing?  It’s a picture. See the abstract reflections in that yellow motorcycle’s
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Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $89.00 upcoming dates
You’re going on a big trip and you have bought a really nice camera because you want to get better pictures than you can take with your smart phone, right?   But you can’t
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Architectural Treasures of Kalorama Heights

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $69.00 upcoming dates
Tired of that shut-out feeling you get when the flight attendant whips the airplane’s  First Class curtain across the aisle? Want to see (and photograph) how the One Percent live?  Then join us on
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Mastering the Leica Camera

Instructor: Bob Blanken Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
This safari is dedicated to the Leica rangefinder cameras and how to master them. Leica cameras are for serious amateurs and professionals. Quiet with suburb lenses, small compact size and simple controls, the camera
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Animals & Nature
Safaris in this category explore the multiple natural settings in and around the DC area. Be it a bed of tulips or a national park, these safaris take you to diverse locations and show you photographic techniques – such as exposure, composition and filters - that best preserve their charm.

Exposure and Composition at Great Falls

Instructor: Bob Blanken Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
This program is for novice and intermediate photographers who desire to improve their technique and skill in creating the dynamic image. The"in the field” version of the program will be a hands-on shooting experience
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Outdoor Portraiture with Flash

Instructor: Bob Blanken Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
Getting a natural, relaxed image in posed pictures of friends and family is art, not science. It takes a number of ingredients, particularly mastering the science portion of photography, so that you, the photographer,
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New York City: Central Park

Instructor: Steve Rosenbach Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
New York City is one of the most vibrant and photogenic cities in the world. There’s so much to photograph—where do you begin?  
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Autumn Foliage at the Pierce Mill

Instructor: Bob Blanken Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
This photo Safari, taught by professional portrait photographer Bob Blanken, will use the wonderful settings available at Rock Creek Park at the Pierce Mill in Washington DC for an instructional beginner-level workshop.
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Abstract and Still Life Photo Safari

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $69.00 upcoming dates
See that wrinkled red leaf on the sidewalk?  It’s a picture.  See the cross-hatched shadows on the wall made by the fire escape railing?  It’s a picture. See the abstract reflections in that yellow motorcycle’s
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Cherry Blossoms at Sunrise

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $74.00 upcoming dates
If you don’t mind getting up REAL early and tromping around the Tidal Basin on a COLD April morning, this photo Safari’s for you.(   Remember that great art is ONLY produced through suffering,
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Exposure at the National Zoo

Instructor: Bob Blanken Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
The National Zoo is a premier location showcasing many species of wild animals from around the world. 
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Afternoon Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $69.00 upcoming dates
Springtime in Washington DC means cherry blossoms! And one of the best places to shoot them is at the FDR Memorial along the Tidal Basin, where we begin our Safari with an orientation on travel photography
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Autumn Foliage at Great Falls

Instructor: Bob Blanken Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
This photo safari, taught by professional portrait photographer Bob Blanken, will use the wonderful settings available at Great Falls, Roosevelt Memorial or Rock Creek Park  in Washington, DC for an instructional beginner-level workshop. Each
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Autumn Foliage at Roosevelt Island

Instructor: Bob Blanken Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
This photo safari, taught by professional portrait photographer Bob Blanken, will use the wonderful settings available at Roosevelt Memorial or Rock Creek Park at the Pierce Mill in Washington, DC for an instructional beginner-level
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City In Bloom: A Nighttime Architectural Safari

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
One of the highlights of the 2016  Cherry Blossom season is the City in Bloom program, in which several buildings around Washington turn on the lights to make it into a spectacular display. This
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Cherry Blossoms
Safaris in this category take you – in spring and fall – to see the famous cherry blossoms of the Tidal Basin. Offered at multiple times during the day with sunrise, fireworks or notable statuary in the background you will learn useful and appropriate photographic techniques.

Cherry Blossoms at Sunrise

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $74.00 upcoming dates
If you don’t mind getting up REAL early and tromping around the Tidal Basin on a COLD April morning, this photo Safari’s for you.(   Remember that great art is ONLY produced through suffering,
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Afternoon Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $69.00 upcoming dates
Springtime in Washington DC means cherry blossoms! And one of the best places to shoot them is at the FDR Memorial along the Tidal Basin, where we begin our Safari with an orientation on travel photography
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City In Bloom: A Nighttime Architectural Safari

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
One of the highlights of the 2016  Cherry Blossom season is the City in Bloom program, in which several buildings around Washington turn on the lights to make it into a spectacular display. This
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Night Time
Safaris in this category allow to you appreciate Washington, DC illuminated by street lights, signage, car lights and even the moon! You will learn the principles of night photography by using a tripod, long exposures, color correcting filters and white balance settings.

Full Moonrise Moving Over Washington

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79 upcoming dates
Think you can take better pictures than the ones you see on the postcards?  Here is your chance to prove it by capturing that traditional postcard-view from the Lincoln Memorial down the Reflecting Pool
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Monuments at Night

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
 (Video by Andy Duckworth)  Monuments at Night is offered every other Friday during Spring, Summer and Fall. As the calendar changes, sunset times do, too. These Safaris start 30 minutes before sunset and last
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Iwo Jima Memorial / Silent Drill Team

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
Sunset at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington brings a special treat on Tuesday evenings during the summer: a breathtaking performance by the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Team!
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City In Bloom: A Nighttime Architectural Safari

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
One of the highlights of the 2016  Cherry Blossom season is the City in Bloom program, in which several buildings around Washington turn on the lights to make it into a spectacular display. This
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