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Tips for Photographing Fireworks

As the Independence Day Holiday approaches, here are some tips for capturing some winning shots of the fireworks in your area. Follow these easy steps! 1) Use a tripod and a remote release to minimize camera shake. 2) Use manual focus and manual shooting mode, so that the camera doesn’t try to re-focus while you…

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June 22, 2019

Notre Dame/Washington National Cathedral Benefit was a huge success!

The Benefit Safari held on the afternoon of April 28 at the National Cathedral was a great success, raising $4000, which will be donated to the National Cathedral for the ongoing repairs of the 2011 earthquake damage and to Notre Dame de Paris to rebuild the cathedral after the recent fire. There were 34 participants…

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May 10, 2019

The HoodMan Loupe

The HoodMan Loupe Hi, this is David Luria, the founder of the Washinton Photo Safari. I have a great job, lots of fun. I take people around the monuments in Washington. I show them how to use their cameras. And I was out the other day with a group of my clients, we were at…

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May 3, 2019

The Tamron 18 to 400 mm Lens

The Tamron 18 to 400 mm Lens Hi, this is David Luria, I’m the founder of Washington Photo Safari. And I’ve got a great job. I take people around the monuments in the nation’s capital and show them how to use their cameras to take great pictures. We’ve trained over 37,000 people since we began…

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May 3, 2019

Lens Filters

Lens Filters Hi, this is David Luria, the Director of the Washington Photo Safari. We take people around the monuments in Washington DC and teach them how to take great pictures. So today I want to talk to you about filters. When you see pictures that have a beautiful deep blue sky and white puffy…

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May 3, 2019

Spring Photography Tips

It won’t be long before Spring arrives, so here is a collection of tips in preparation for Spring Photography: Adjust your White Balance so that the color you see on your LCD screen matches what you see with your eyes! Adjust the settings on your camera to take into account the change in lighting –…

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March 8, 2019

Photographic Resolutions for 2019

The start of a new year always brings resolutions to “do things differently” (and hopefully better!) in the coming days. Here is a list of suggestions you might want to add to your photographic resolutions for 2019… Set clear goals about what you would like to accomplish with your photography in the next year. It will help…

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January 1, 2019

2018: The Year in Review for WPS

2018 – our 20th year in business – was another great year for Washington Photo Safari, thanks to you, our clients. This is the year in which we were given the Hall of Fame Award from TripAdvisor for having received dozens of five star reviews from clients and Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor over the…

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December 20, 2018

Washington Photo Safari at 20, 1999-2019: Looking Back and Looking Ahead!

How is it possible that 20 years have passed since January of 1999 when architectural photographer David Luria took 3 clients around the National Mall and showed them how to take better pictures? We were the first community-based photo tour company in the country and – averaging one safari with 5 clients  every day for…

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December 6, 2018

The Vote was Unanimous…

…In October, we had a FABULOUS 7-day photo workshop cruise from Paris to Normandy on Viking River Cruises with 12 photographers and their companions taking pictures by day and by night in Paris, Vernon, Rouen, along the Normandy beaches, and in Les Andelys with guided tours and photo instruction at each stop. The story of our workshop has been beautifully documented in a video produced by one of our clients, Beth Wolf of Midland MI, who came with her husband Ken.  Here is a link to the workshop as told by Beth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GtUtquTmw4&t=2s The weather was perfect – in the mid-70’s and sunny, which is quite unusual for October in Paris. Locals told us it is usually in the low 60’s, overcast and showers. We started with a whirlwind trip through Paris on October 13, seeing many iconic landmarks, such as the Arc de…

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November 5, 2018

10 Travel Tips from National Geographic

Here are 10 travel photography tips from the ultimate travel photography organization, National Geographic: 1) Do your research! Read brochures and travel books. Find whatever you can that is relevant and devour it. This will help you figure out what the place is about and what subjects interest you. 2) Always have your camera with you…

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October 2, 2018

WPS is still “Innovating” after all these years!

At Washington Photo Safari, we take pride in being right out of the box with NEW and exciting venues and techniques for teaching photography. If there is a new museum, monument, or attraction in the DC area, we turn it into a photo safari! In 2018 alone we have added 19 new safaris to our repertoire; they are: Drone Photography Fireworks at Mount Vernon Early Morning Architecture in DC DC At Night By Smartphone Vermeer Exhibit at the National Gallery of Art Viking River Cruise safari from Paris to Normandy (October 2018 – sold out!) Viking River Cruise safari From Amsterdam to Basel (October 2019 – sold out!) Pet Photography in Virginia Street photography at Mount Vernon Burning Man exhibit at the Renwick Gallery The IST Building at Florida State University The new CEB Tower Observation Deck The White House…

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September 9, 2018

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