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.

The July 13 Safari is offered through our partnership with Capital Photography Center; the July 27 Safari is offered through Washington Photo Safari.

  • Chevron down What to Bring
    • Camera
    • Wide angle lens equivalent to about 28 mm (in 35 mm format)
    • A circular polarizing filter, if you have one
    • A telephoto of at least 100mm
    • Extra charged battery
    • Extra memory card
    • Weather appropriate clothing

    *Tripods are NOT allowed

  • Chevron down Where to Meet
  • Meet at the Library of Congress. Here is a map!

  • Chevron down Your Instructor
  • E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 35,000 amateur photographers – an average of 5 people every day, 365 days a year, since it was founded in 1999. Trained in Paris by a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mr. Luria is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators and has had his images of DC appear in over 100 publications, calendars, and postcards and on 30 magazine covers.