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: $99.00 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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Twilight, Full Moon, and Golden Hour Access to Washington National Cathedral

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $84.00 upcoming dates
Those of us who live in the DC area are truly blessed to have right in our own backyard one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world; Washington National Cathedral. Begun in 1907
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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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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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Tidal Basin at Night

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79 upcoming dates
Practice your nighttime photography skills  at the Tidal Basin, capturing the illuminated Jefferson Memorial , the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial , the downtown DC skyline the Washington Monument at twilight reflected in
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The National Mall Experience: A Photo Safari By Circulator Bus!

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
Washington DC’s National Mall is one of the great treasures of the nation’s capital, rich in photo opportunities for any camera or phone!
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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: $99.00 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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Afternoon Light in Annapolis

Instructor: Steve Rosenbach Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
Annapolis is a little city with a long history. Settled in 1649, the commercial and social life of this beautiful little town has been centered on its picturesque harbor, which is also a major
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Georgetown by Land and Sea

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: per person $79.00,
1 person, 1 non-photographer $91.00,
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This Safari gives you the best vantage points and times of day for photographing Georgetown’s unique architectural gems!
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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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Twilight, Full Moon, and Golden Hour Access to Washington National Cathedral

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $84.00 upcoming dates
Those of us who live in the DC area are truly blessed to have right in our own backyard one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world; Washington National Cathedral. Begun in 1907
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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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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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St Matthews Cathedral Photo Safari

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $89 upcoming dates
Dedicated in 1913, the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle (which honors the patron saint of civil servants) plays a major role in the Catholic life of the nation’s capital. It is the seat
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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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F-Stops and Shutter Speeds: make this relationship work for you!

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $84.00 upcoming dates
Going on a big trip with your new camera? Do this safari before you go!
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Architectural Treasures of Kalorama Heights

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $69 upcoming dates
Want to see (and photograph) how the One Percent live? Then join us on this walking photo workshop through one of the most exclusive and beautiful residential neighborhoods of the nation's capital:  Kalorama Heights!
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Barns, Farms and Bridges of Frederick County

Instructor: Judy Reisman Price: $230.00 upcoming dates
Travel back in time and join us on for a unique, day-long Photo Safari to shoot the farms, barns and covered bridges of Frederick County, MD!
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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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Afternoon Light in Annapolis

Instructor: Steve Rosenbach Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
Annapolis is a little city with a long history. Settled in 1649, the commercial and social life of this beautiful little town has been centered on its picturesque harbor, which is also a major
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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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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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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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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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Sunrise on the Potomac River

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $69 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 comes up behind the Capitol, our Potomac
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Barns, Farms and Bridges of Frederick County

Instructor: Judy Reisman Price: $230.00 upcoming dates
Travel back in time and join us on for a unique, day-long Photo Safari to shoot the farms, barns and covered bridges of Frederick County, MD!
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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,
read more upcoming dates

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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Cherry Blossom Fireworks

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
Each year  the National Cherry Blossoms Festival – in cooperation with the Southwest Waterfront, puts on a SPECTACULAR display of fireworks, and this year it  takes place on Saturday evening, April 9, 2016!
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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.

Twilight, Full Moon, and Golden Hour Access to Washington National Cathedral

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $84.00 upcoming dates
Those of us who live in the DC area are truly blessed to have right in our own backyard one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world; Washington National Cathedral. Begun in 1907
read more upcoming dates

Cherry Blossom Fireworks

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
Each year  the National Cherry Blossoms Festival – in cooperation with the Southwest Waterfront, puts on a SPECTACULAR display of fireworks, and this year it  takes place on Saturday evening, April 9, 2016!
read more upcoming dates

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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Architectural Treasures of Pennsylvania Avenue at Night

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79 upcoming dates
The Avenue of the Presidents linking the Capitol with the White House offers excellent opportunities to practice architectural photography, especially at night!   We begin with an orientation on nighttime photography techniques by architectural
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Full Moonrise Over the Tidal Basin!

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
Washington DC’s Tidal Basin is beautiful at night, with the lights of the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Martin Luther King jr. Memorial all reflected in the dark waters.   But it
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Georgetown at Night

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79 upcoming dates
If you think Georgetown is pretty in the daytime, wait until you see it through your camera’s viewfinder at night!
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Tidal Basin at Night

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79 upcoming dates
Practice your nighttime photography skills  at the Tidal Basin, capturing the illuminated Jefferson Memorial , the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial , the downtown DC skyline the Washington Monument at twilight reflected in
read more upcoming dates

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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