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Using Framing and Layering Techniques in Your Photos

On many of his safaris, WPS Director E. David Luria discusses techniques for drawing the viewer into your photo.  Two of the popular techniques to do that are framing and layering. But what exactly are framing and layering techniques? 

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City Paper’s annual Best of DC awards contest

We are pleased to announce that we are competing this year in City Paper's annual Best of DC awards contest under the category of Photography Services! (There is, unfortunately,  no category called Photography Instruction)

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I’m OK When You’re BOKEH!

"Bokeh" is a Japanese word meaning "blur", and in photography it is a great way to set off your foreground by blurring the background, as in the picture below.  It is especially good for portraits of people or pets or flowers because it isolates the main subject from the background.

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2017: A Year in Review

Thank you so much to all our clients for helping to make 2017 another exciting year for Washington Photo Safari!  Here are some of the highlights of our 19th year in operation:

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Holiday Activities in the DC Area

The DC area has a multitude of events and spectacular light displays scheduled during the 2017 Holiday are some of our favorites:

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David Luria Recommends Visages, Villages

David Luria's recommendation for a French film about the joy of photography and relationships - Visages, Villages

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Photographers Care: Benefit for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Once again we invite you to join us for another benefit photo safari, this time to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston region of Texas, and for any future victims in nearby Louisiana. Our previous benefits that we conducted over the past 8 years were most successful in generating over $25,000 for several natural disasters: the tsunami in Indonesia, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the earthquakes in Nepal, Japan and Haiti, and the damage to Washington National Cathedral. This time the damage is right  here in the States in the coastal and inland areas of southeastern Texas. Thousands of our fellow citizens have lost their homes and all their belongings, many remain without heat and power. In Houston alone, they estimate 20,00-40,000 people whose homes have been destroyed, and the rushing waters have created a lake the size of Lake Michigan!

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Labor Day Sale!

Recognizing that photography is a labor of love, Washington Photo Safari honors Labor Day by offering a 20% discount on many of the safaris taught by architectural photographer and WPS director E. David Luria during the month of September. Check out the list below for some of the safaris that are available with this offer. The 20% discount is valid for safaris from September 1 through September 30, and registration can begin right now. Upon registering, just type LABOR into the discount coupon box. Customers may purchase as many safaris as they wish. Just remember 
that the safari must be led by WPS director E. David Luria during the month of September.

Below are some of the safaris being offered E. David Luria in September:

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In August and September, it’s time for a Fair…

There are plenty of opportunities to venture out to a fair in the surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia.

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Interested in Photographing the Solar Eclipse? Read On!

On August 21, 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse visible in a 70-mile wide belt spanning all across the US. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible from anywhere on mainland United States since the total solar eclipse in March 1979. The next one will be in April 2024, but it will not be visible from nearly as many US locations as the 2017 eclipse.

The eclipse shadow makes landfall in Oregon and begins its exceedingly quick trip across the country. According to, in the Washington DC area, it will start at 1:17 pm, be at its maximum at 2:42 pm, and will end at 4:01 pm (all times are EST). Unfortunately, the totality phase of this solar eclipse is not visible in the DC area as we are too far north; we will only see a partial solar eclipse, where the Moon covers a large portion of the Sun. If you want to see the total eclipse on the east coast, you will have to go to South Carolina. You can also see it in Paducah, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee. Where ever you are able to see it, It is a spectacular sight!

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