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The Lincoln Memorial at 100

  The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated 100 years ago, on May 30, 1922. At that time, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day. Lincoln’s only surviving son, Robert Todd Lincoln, attended the dedication ceremony. The ceremony included the following speakers: President Warren G. Harding, former President and Chief Justice of the United States William Howard Taft (who…

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June 22, 2022

The National Mall – L’Enfant’s Vision

  In 1791, Pierre L’Enfant was hired by President George Washington to create a plan for the capital city, which became known as Washington, DC. In his proposal, L’Enfant included a public promenade that stretched from the Capitol all the way to the Potomac River, which is now called the Mall. While the Mall was…

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June 11, 2022

Things You Didn’t Know About the National Gallery of Art…

  The National Gallery of Art is one of the top three art museums in the United States by annual visitors. It is the only one that has no admission fee, and according to The Art Newspaper (March 28, 2022), in 2021 the NGA attracted 1,704,606 visitors, ranking fifth on the list of most visited art…

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May 16, 2022

Clouds and the Power of Photography

In the September 15, 2021 edition of the WPS Newsletter, there was an article about the power of photography in a person’s life. Here is a poignant story of the power of photography for a young girl. One of our clients, Dr. Percita Ellis, a pediatrician, often proposes the use of photography with some of…

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February 28, 2022

Tips for Taking Pictures in the Snow!

Here are some tips to help you get better pictures in the snow: 1) Composition: You can take good – or bad – pictures with any camera! The key to a good photograph is its composition, the placement of elements in a scene that results in a visually appealing photograph that is interesting, one that…

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February 2, 2022

6 Questions to Answer Before Pressing the Shutter…

WAIT! Before you push that shutter button, answer these 6 questions: Who? What? Why? When? Where? How? These are the questions that should be posed by any journalist writing a story or any photographer taking a picture. WHO is the client? Whether you are taking the picture as a hobbyist or as a professional photographer…

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January 17, 2022

A New Year’s Message From WPS Founder and Director E. David Luria

Why do we enjoy taking pictures? Why can’t we just EXPERIENCE life without having to bring that little box up to our eyes to photograph it? I think it’s because our cameras (and now our phones) are really little magic machines, devices capable of doing things no human can do! They can stop time, see in…

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January 10, 2022

Color Theory and Photography

Color theory is a term that encompasses the ideas, principles and applications of color in art and design. It is both the science and art of using color; a collection of rules and guidelines which photographers can use to communicate with viewers through appealing color schemes. Sir Isaac Newton established color theory when he invented the color…

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December 7, 2021

Easy Ways To Expand Your Photographic Skills

Everyone has a favorite genre (or two) of photography. After photographing subjects in that favorite genre for a period of time, you may think that you have exhausted all the possible ways of creating a unique image. However, there are always new ways of photographing an image if you open your mind to learning new…

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November 15, 2021

Tips from the Experts: Composition

One of Bill Clinton’s most famous quotes that helped him win the Presidency was: “It’s the Economy, Stupid!” Carried over to photography, the analogy is: “It’s the Composition, Stupid!” With billions of photographs now being made every day by smartphones and other cameras, the question for each of us becomes: OK, I have a picture….

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October 2, 2021

Camera Magic!

You are right behind the home base for your kid’s baseball game and want to get a shot as she swings at the ball. But there is a chain-link fence blocking your view! You are at the zoo, and a beautiful leopard comes up and stares at you and your camera.. You would like to…

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August 18, 2021

WPS is Building Back – Bigger and Better!

WPS is Building Back – Bigger and Better!   We are pleased to announce that after a very slow 2020 due to the pandemic, Washington Photo Safari in 2021 is building back – bigger, and better, with more of everything, such as: MORE instructors: we have added Alain Gutierrez, a Cuban photojournalist and street photographer; Sherryl…

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August 6, 2021