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
The Monuments and Memorials photo safari 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 and places. Learn how to use your camera in the field, not in a classroom on this DC photography workshop! The entire safari is conducted outdoors.
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.
Then, after a 45-minute orientation on travel photography techniques, our shooting itinerary will take us to the Gardens themselves, to the adjoining classic Arts and Industries Museum, to the carousel on the Mall and to the Hirschhorn Sculpture Garden, all great subjects for photography. Time permitting, we will also photograph the new Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial on Independence Avenue. the safari ends at approximately 1 pm.
For those people staying on for the full day session, we bring our own lunch in brown bags and then go into the nearby national Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art, and we also photograph the US Capitol and the views of the Washington Monument, the National Archives Building and the nearby US Navy memorial, all within easy walking distance. The safari ends at approximately 4 pm.
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 35,000 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.