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Library of Congress

An Architectural Photo Safari

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Library of Congress Photo Safari

The Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress is one of the most beautiful buildings in the nation’s capital with its ornate interiors and grand staircases. We have timed our Library of Congress photo tour so that the afternoon sun falls on the exterior and spills into the Great Hall interior. After an orientation on architectural photography, we begin this safari by photographing the fountains and the exterior of the building. Then we move inside to photograph the incredibly beautiful Great Hall with all its hand-painted details and statuary and finish in the Observation Gallery where we photograph the Reading Room.

At each point on the DC architecture photo tour, tips on low-light and mixed-light photography, taking pictures of the vaulting ceilings in the Great Hall, and how to use wide-angle lenses to maintain straight verticals will be discussed as well as techniques of composition, exposure, and lighting.