After giving an orientation on the basic techniques of nighttime photography, Instructor E. David Luria will take you to the most photogenic areas on the western end of the National Mall.
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Travel Photography of Monuments and Memorials
Personally conducted by professional architectural photographer and WPS Director E. David Luria, the Monuments and Memorials photo safari – our most popular session – provides basic instruction on all aspects of travel photography, explains F-stops, shutter speeds, white balance, ISO settings, and reviews composition techniques for taking pictures of people, landscapes and cityscapes.
Learn how to use your camera in the field, not in a classroom on this DC photography workshop, with attendance limited to clients with any camera or phone who are masked and vaccinated against COVID-19. Beginner photographers will appreciate the instruction on how to get full use of all their camera settings, getting off of “Auto.” Intermediate and advanced photographers will benefit from Mr. Luria’s extensive knowledge of when, where, and how to shoot all the best photo ops in the DC area.
We meet at 10 am at the entrance to the beautiful Smithsonian Gardens in front of the Smithsonian castle, at 1001 Independence Avenue SW and sit at an outdoor table with proper spacing and masking.
After a 1-hour orientation on camera settings and travel photography techniques, our shooting itinerary will take us to the lovely Enid Haupt Gardens themselves, and then to the adjoining classic Arts and Industries Museum.
Time permitting, we will then travel to the new 31-story high Observatory of Central Place Tower in Arlington VA, with its spectacular “airplane window” view of the monuments and memorials of the entire DC skyline, to practice cityscape and interior photography.
The safari ends at approximately 1:00 pm at a location near the Rosslyn METRO at 1850 North Moore Street in Arlington
Here is a recent review from Trip Advisor: Perfect for All Levels of Photographic Expertise
As a resident of the Washington area and an enthusiastic amateur photographer, I’ve taken over a dozen of David Luria’s photo safaris and learned something new about photography on each one. On each safari, he not only orients the group as a whole, but he also spends one-on-one time with each student, gearing his advice to the level of sophistication of that individual. His knowledge of photographic technique and his unlimited patience make him one of the best photography instructors I’ve encountered. I highly recommend his tours. –Greg E.
- Extra Memory Cards
- Extra charged battery
- Weather appropriate clothing
Meet at the entrance to the beautiful Smithsonian Gardens in front of the Smithsonian Castle, at 1001 Independence Avenue, SW.
E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 39,000 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.