How it works - Washington Photo Safari - Washington DC Professional Amateur Photography Field Trips Workshops Classes Training Institution

How it works

Our Journey Together:

Photography is as much about muscle memory as it is intellectual memory. Your fingers have to "do the walking" on the camera buttons in order for you to remember how to fix an image that is not satisfactory. It is very much like learning the piano or any other musical instrument, using muscle memory as well as intellectual and artistic skill.

Our instructors get as much out of the safaris as the clients themselves. For us, the fun comes when we see a client having that "Aha!" moment as he or she discovers the function of a particular button or finds out how to solve a problem of focus or clarity that they may have been having for a long time. We even help serious amateurs and professionals discover buttons and menus they never knew existed!

These "Safaris" are really journeys that we take together, clients and instructors, into the joy of photography.

Washington Photo Safari™ will teach you how to:

  • hold the camera for maximum picture sharpness
  • use selective focus to determine the subject of each picture using Focus Hold
  • take the mystery out of F-Stops and Shutter Speeds
  • frame your subject using available flowers, trees, bushes, and doorways
  • keep your vertical lines as straight as possible for professional photos
  • fool your camera’s meter when facing backlit or dark-colored subjects, using Exposure Lock 
  • take pleasing outdoor portraits whether in sunshine or shade
  • portraits in front of famous landmarks and monuments
  • take pictures of strangers
  • make moving cars and people disappear, or turn into ghostly images
  • use the Fill-Flash and Cancel-Flash features of your camera
  • take pictures inside large interior spaces, without using a flash or a tripod
  • take close-up pictures of flowers and statues
  • decide when to use black and white vs. color
  • put strong composition lines and balance into your pictures
  • control Depth-of-Field with Aperture Priority Settings

We will also teach you to use any of the doodads on your camera you were afraid to try, such as White Balance, Exposure Compensation, and shooting on the scary Manual Setting. With Washington Photo Safari™, you also get pre-safari advice on what equipment to bring, and available post-safari critique of the photos you take. Our instructors—all professional photographers—know the area, and are familiar with most camera makes and models.


How to Book:

Booking for all Safaris requires reservations in advance. You may register in the following ways:

ONLINE: Check our safari calendar, choose your safari, and book it

BY PHONE: 202-537-0937

BY MAIL: Send a check made payable to Washington Photo Safari™ to:
Washington Photo Safari, 4545 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite #418, Washington, DC 20008

Cancellations and Refunds:

Cancellations must be made in writing via email at least 9 days prior to Safari date to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The following refunds will be made by Washington Photo Safari™:

  • More than 8 days prior to the Safari: 75% of amount paid 
  • 0-8 days prior the Safari: no refund


Rain or Shine Policy
Washington Photo Safari™ operates rain or shine. A separate itinerary is followed on rain or snow days, utilizing landmarks with unique photogenic interiors, such as the National Building Museum, Union Station, the National Postal Museum, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial.