Library of Congress Photo Safari - Washington Photo Safari - Washington DC Professional Amateur Photography Field Trips Workshops Classes Training Institution

Library of Congress Photo Safari

Library of Congress Photo Safari

This safari is offered through our partnership with Capital Photography Center.

The Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress is one of the most beautiful buildings in the nation’s capital with its ornate interiors and grand staircases. We have timed our safari so that the afternoon sun falls on the exterior and spills into the Great Hall interior.

After an orientation on architectural photography, we’ll begin this Safari by photographing the fountains and the exterior of the building. We’ll also do some informal portrait photography on the delicately curving staircases. Then we’ll move inside to photograph the incredibly beautiful Great Hall with all its hand-painted details and statuary and finish in the Observation Gallery where we will photograph the Reading Room.

At each point on the safari, tips on low-light and mixed-light photography, taking pictures of the vaulting ceilings in the Great Hall, and how to use wide-angle lenses to maintain straight verticals will be discussed as well as techniques of composition, exposure and lighting.

Any camera will do, but for best results we suggest you bring a wide angle lens equivalent to about 28 mm (in 35 mm format), a circular polarizing filter, a telephoto of at least 100mm, and enough film or digital media and batteries for about 72 exposures, 400 or 800 speed. No tripods allowed on this Safari.

Safari Details:

REGISTRATION:  This safari is being offered by our partner, Capital Photography Center and registration is made through their site. Please click on "Book Now" and follow the registration instructions.

About the Instructor:

E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari.  He is a commercial photographer specializing in architecture, editorial, event, food, art/still life and landmark photography.

A member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators, he has had his images of the National Capital Area appear in over 100 national and local publications.

David is a graduate of Amherst College and studied photography in Paris with a protege of Henri Cartier Bresson.