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National Law Enforcement Museum: a Photo Safari

National Law Enforcement Museum: a Photo Safari

We are delighted to offer a Safari at one of Washington's newest museums: the National Law Enforcement Museum at Judiciary Square in Washington DC.

Twenty years in the making, the National Law Enforcement Museum opened in October of 2018 and offers 55,000 square feet of exhibits that demonstrate the tactics used and the achievements of law enforcement in the United States since its founding. The $103 million Museum was financed by private donations. It was designed by Davis Buckley Architects and Planners, the firm that also designed the adjoining National Law Enforcement Memorial, a ” Vietnam Wall” listing the names of all law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since 1789.

Among the very photogenic exhibits are the National Park Srvice helicopter that responded to the Air Florida flight 90 crash into the Potomac River in 1982, memorabilia related to the  investigation  by federal agent Eliot Ness and his team of Untouchables in Chicago in the 1920s, the bullet- proof vest from 1930 that was used by gangster Al Capone,  a costume from the 1987 film RoboCop ,  and DC sniper task force evidence related to the investigation  and trial of Beltway Sniper attacks in 2002 . There is also a simulated crime scene session which makes for good action photography.

Our safari will begin with and orientation by architectural photographer and Washington photo Safari director E. David Luria on museum photography in order to achieve good exposure, composition, and white balance in low-light situations such as the one found in this underground Museum.

We will then proceed from one exhibit to the next, taking pictures that demonstrate what is going on in each exhibit. Clients will be pleased to see that most of the exhibits are behind Museum glass, which has very low reflectance and glare.

Here are samples of the types of images clients can get on this Safari.

We suggest for this Safari that clients bring a DSLR or mirrorless camera body with fast lenses such as a 50 mm F 1.4 or F 1.8, or a 35 mm F 1.8 lens for low light handheld photography. Smartphones also do an excellent job on photography in this Museum. No tripods.

We only have room for five clients so we urge you to register early for this new opportunity. The price of the safari includes the admission fee to the museum. The museum is adjacent to the Judiciary Square exit on Metro Red Line at 444 E Street NW,  Limited parking street parking is available.