Franciscan Monastery – Inside and Out!

Learn tips for architectural photography - both interior and exterior!

Quick Details

This Safari is offered through Capital Photography Center.

If you have not been to the Franciscan Monastery, you are in for a treat! A little bit of Europe right here in DC, it is one of the great hidden treasures for architectural photography, a 93- year old Byzantine-style church modeled after Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia.

Outdoors we’ll enjoy many photo opportunities capturing the monastery, it’s arcades and beautiful gardens and sculptures. Moving indoors, learn the techniques of interior photography without flash and the use of color-correcting filters.

Special emphasis of this safari will be on helping you achieve architecturally correct (i.e. straight verticals) photos of the Monastery and it’s courtyard. We will explore the magnificent sunken gardens with its flowers and statuary. Once you see the flowers in bloom here, you will thank us for introducing you to this magical place! At each point on this safari will review techniques of composition, exposure and lighting.

Recommended Equipment:
• DSLR or mirrorless camera
• Lens(es): wide angle lens equivalent to about 28 mm, telephoto lens of at least 100mm
• Polarizer
• Tripod

​Class fee includes a per person donation to Monastery.

Class Limit: 10

What People Are Saying About David

“David, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the time and concern you have for your students. You were born to teach!”

“The Safaris in DC are worth every penny and I would highly recommend them to others. Even though I live and work in DC, David showed me a whole new way to see and photograph the monuments that I walk past everyday. I got some great photos that I’m thrilled with! I’ll be looking for more Safaris to take soon.”

  • Chevron down What to Bring
    • Camera
    •  Lenses
    •  Extra memory cards
    •  Extra charged battery
    • Tripod
    •  Accessories such as filters, remote release
    • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Chevron down Where to Meet
  • 1400 Quincy Street, Northeast, DC 20017

  • Chevron down Your Instructor
  • E. David Luria is a commercial photographer based in Washington DC 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 and on calendars of the US Capitol Historical Society.

    David is also founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 36,000 amateur photographers – an average of 5 people every day, 365 days a year, since it was founded in 1999. Trained in Paris by a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mr. Luria is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators and has had his images of DC appear in over 100 publications, calendars, and postcards and on 30 magazine covers.