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
Learn how to take great pictures BEFORE you go on that expensive trip! Join our standard Monuments and Memorials workshop, offered Wednesdays and Saturdays, in which the instructor takes you to some of DC’s
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Monuments and Memorials

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $89.00 upcoming dates
Learn how to take great pictures BEFORE you go on that expensive trip! Join our standard Monuments and Memorials workshop, offered Wednesdays and Saturdays, in which the instructor takes you to some of DC’s
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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. Located along the famous Cherry
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Monuments and Memorials, Half Day

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $89.00 upcoming dates
Learn how to take great pictures BEFORE you go on that expensive trip! Join our standard Monuments and Memorials workshop, offered Wednesdays and Saturdays, in which the instructor takes you to some of DC’s
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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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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
Learn how to take great pictures BEFORE you go on that expensive trip! Join our standard Monuments and Memorials workshop, offered Wednesdays and Saturdays, in which the instructor takes you to some of DC’s
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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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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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Insider’s View of St. Nicholas Cathedral

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
Hiding in plain sight is another architectural gem in northwest DC: St. Nicholas Cathedral!  Seat of the Primate of The Orthodox Church of America, this place of worship also offers great opportunities for interior
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Canon 7D, 70D, 60D Cameras

Instructor: Melanie Otto Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
Real Cameras! Quality Photos! Learn How!
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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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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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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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Exposure and Composition at National Arboretum

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
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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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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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Sunrise on the Potomac River

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 comes up behind the Capitol, our Potomac
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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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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.
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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