Learn how to take great pictures before you go on that expensive trip! Learn how to use your camera in the field, not in a classroom.
Monuments at Night
Practice Your Night Photography
After giving an orientation on the basic techniques of nighttime photography, Instructor E. David Luria takes you to the most photogenic areas on the western end of the National Mall. We begin our DC at night photo tour along the Mall at the Lincoln Memorial with its majestic statue of President Lincoln. From there we walk along the Mall and visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Three Servicemen Statue, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. At each location on this DC photo safari, David reviews exposure, how to shoot at night without using a flash, white balance settings, and how to achieve interesting composition with close-up detail that truly brings out the meaning of each memorial and statue. These memorials photograph much better at night than in the daytime and this safari helps you achieve beautiful, postcard-quality images of the Nation’s Capital. Great for black and white photography too!
Photos by Keith Hans
From Kaypea53 of Maryland (rated 5 Stars on Trip Advisor!):
I am a longtime Washington area resident and amateur photographer; like many locals, I don’t often go into DC proper unless I have company to show around. The evening spent with David Luria of Washington Photo Safari was great, and I learned things I never knew about DC, in spite of my living here most of my life! David is clearly knowledgeable about his field. He is encouraging and supportive… and very entertaining! I learned a lot about how my camera works, and that there is a great deal more to it than the automatic setting! Overall, a great experience.
Thank you for the message and for all that you have done and continue to do to help us amateur photographers. As you probably know, I participated in several of your safaris. The most helpful of all of them was “Monuments at Night” because that was the moment when you said at the beginning, “Put the mode selector of your camera on ‘M’.” Although I sort of understood the relationship among shutter speed, aperture, and ISO for exposure, I had never let go of the crutches of “A” or “P” mode. In that moment, as a participant of your safari, I did as a you requested, quickly mastered the settings choices, and have always kept my mode selector on “M” since then. It was like the moment when we master riding a bicycle – we make a seemingly instantaneous transition from fear of falling to confidence of balance with the pleasure of the wind in our face.
Dan Pence, Washington, DC
Follow-up Comment from Dan:
My photographic skills have come a long way since the day I participated in the Monuments at Night workshop with you, and the first thing you said to the group was “Please turn the mode selector on your camera to “M”. That was a big leap for me, but I never turned back. Like learning to ride a bicycle, that was the moment when everything clicked (no pun intended) for me in terms of my relationship with the camera.
Dan Pence, Washington DC, WPS client since 2011
- A sturdy tripod is a must
- Lens in range from 18-100mm
- Extra charged battery
- Extra memory card
- Weather appropriate clothing
Meet by the Lincoln Memorial at 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037. Here is a map!
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.