Each year as part of their annual holiday tradition the National Zoo puts on a SPECTACULAR display of 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights depicting many of the animals in the zoo, with leaping lions, crouching tigers, and lurking bears. It makes for a wonderful opportunity to learn the techniques of nighttime photography, working with tripods in Manual Mode and with adjustments to your White Balance menu for accurate color correction.
Professional photographer and Washington Photo Safari director E. David Luria leads you through the display and guides your photographic technique so that you will come away with gorgeous images, and he will also show you how to break all the rules and do a creative painting with light.
Zoolights also includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and light shows put to music! Non-photographer companions and little kiddies can come free of charge; we will even show you how to turn them into ghosts at the Zoo!
Bring your camera, all lenses, tripod, flashlight. Tripod recommended, any camera is fine, including smartphones. Meet in front of Zoolights sign on 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Limited street parking is available or pay parking on Zoo grounds. The closest Metros are WoodleyPark and ClevelandPark on Red Line.
E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, Trip Advisor's 5-star-rated photo tour in DC that has trained over 32,000 amateur photographers in camera use and composition since 1999.
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 publications, including the 2015 and 2016 calendars of the US Capitol Historical Society
David is a US Army veteran fluent in Spanish, French and German and a graduate of Amherst College who studied photography at the Parsons School of Design in Paris with a protege of Henri Cartier-Bresson.