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National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum

National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum

You could spend a day in here and not see all of the spectacular exhibits this museum has to offer.

Renovated and reopened in 2006, the National Portrait Gallery/ American Museum of Art is a photographer’s delight, and most of the exhibits are open to photography.  
 
Our safari, led by Paris-trained professional architectural photographer and Washington Photo Safari director E.  David Luria begins outside the  classic 8th and F Street entrance to the museum for some exterior views of the building that was begun in 1836 and was the site of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural ball.   Then we move inside to photograph the incredible works of art on display, including the portraits of the Presidents, the spectacular 3rd Floor mezzanine whose architecture itself is a work of art,  the gallery of contemporary art and sculpture and the new 28,000 sq.-ft. Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, with its soft light and undulating glass and steel roof designed by world-renowned architect Norman Foster. 
 
On this safari you will learn how to photograph works of art in a museum without flash or tripod. Properly done under Mr, Luria’s guidance, your images will be so good that they can be enlarged , matted, printed on canvas, framed, and  hung in your home to look as good as the original signed artwork!  If you would like to decorate your home with art from the great masters, this safari will teach you how to do that at a MUCH lower cost than bidding at a Sotheby’s auction!
 
For best results we suggest digital cameras with adjustable shutter speeds and Manual settings and ISO ratings of 1600 or 3200, or late-model smartphones..  Digital camera users should be familiar with setting Tungsten/Incandescent White Balance, smartphone users will need to find the exposure compensation adjustment control in their settings menu. Normal 18-55 mm lenses are fine for this safari, but 35mm or 50mm F1.8 or f1.4 lenses are even better! No tripods or backpacks allowed.