Mansion on O Street

A Special Real Estate Photo Safari

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Photography at The Mansion on O Street

This safari is designed for intermediate and serious amateurs, who wish to learn how to photograph luxury homes and interior décor. It is taught by one of Washington, DC’s most prominent architectural photographers, E. David Luria, founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, who will cover tips on shooting in Manual, using Kelvin temperatures to get correct white balance settings, using flash to balance indoor and outdoor light.

About This Location

Designed in 1892 by Edward Clark, the architect of the US Capitol, the Mansion on O Street is housed in a historic building, incorporating 30,000 square feet into 100 rooms. It includes 6 main kitchens, 12 conference rooms, and 30 special event galleries. Rooms, suites and residences have varied theme, including a two-story log cabin, a safari room and an art deco penthouse A conference center is used for corporate events, off-site meetings, corporate retreats, engagements, weddings, parties and fundraisers. The foot-print includes large and small meeting galleries that can hold up to 200 guests.

On February 14, 1980, H.H. Leonards purchased 2020 O Street, the first row house in the series of connected brownstones. Leonards renovated the townhouse as a bed-and-breakfast and private club. In 1998 Leonards opened the O Street Museum inside the facility. The museum includes art, sculpture, music, memorabilia and written manuscripts in the collection. The museum hosts concerts, book signing talks, film screenings and tours throughout the year. Part of the building also serves as a hotel for distinguished guests and artists. One of its most famous guests was Rosa Parks!

  • Chevron down What to Bring
    • Camera*
    • Extra charged battery
    • Extra memory card
    • Weather appropriate clothing

    *Any camera will do, even a late-model smartphone, but for best results we recommend: Canon/Nikon/Pentax/Sony /Olympus /Fuji SLR camera of at least 12MP, wide-angle lens (10-20 mm or 12-24mm for digital DX SLR’s, 20-24 mm for full frame/FX SLR’s), circular polarizer filter, a tall, sturdy, heavy tripod with adjustable head, carpenter’s 6-inch bubble level for horizontal/vertical readings, plus an adjustable external flash unit with manual settings. Camera should have ability to adjust shutter speed, aperture, ISO and white balance settings. The instructor will bring a 28 mm perspective-control or shift lens for use by Nikon camera shooters.

  • Chevron down Where to Meet
  • Meet at the Mansion at 2020 O Street. Here is a map!

  • Chevron down Your Intructor
  • 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.