Orchids and Artwork

At the National Portrait Gallery

Quick Details

Photo Shoot at of Orchids and Art

Here is an opportunity to photograph an extraordinary collection of orchids entitled “Orchids: Amazing Adaptations,” put together by the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian gardens, and the US Botanic Gardens, now on display in the museum’s beautiful and softly lit Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard.

Orchids are amazing! Their ability to adapt to different habitats has made them one of the most diverse plant families on earth, with more than 28,000 species worldwide!

Washington Photo Safari director E David Luria will be there to guide you into best techniques of macro close-up flower photography without tripods, giving tips on composition, white balance, exposure, and the blurring of backgrounds

After photographing the orchids we will make our way into the spectacular art galleries and exhibits this museum has to offer. Renovated and reopened in 2006, the National Portrait Gallery/ American Museum of Art is a photographer’s delight, and most of the exhibits are open to photography.

Properly done under Mr. Luria’s guidance, your images of world-famous paintings and Presidential portraits will be so good that they can be enlarged, matted, printed on canvas, framed, and hung in your home to look as good as the original signed artwork! If you would like to decorate your home with art from the great masters, this safari will teach you how to do that at a much lower cost than bidding at a Sotheby’s auction!

For best results, we suggest digital cameras with adjustable shutter speeds and Manual settings and ISO ratings of 1600 or 3200, or late-model smartphones. Digital camera users should be familiar with setting Tungsten/Incandescent White Balance, and Mr. Luria will show high-end DSLR users how to navigate the Kelvin color temperature scale for the most accurate color. Normal 18-55 mm lenses are fine for this safari, but 35 mm or 50mm F1.8 or f1.4 lenses, plus macro lenses are even better! If you have a long zoom and extension tubes, bring them as well. A long zoom will help to photograph the smaller orchids and those that are in the interior of the display. No tripods or backpacks allowed.

  • Chevron down What to Bring
    • Camera
    • Lenses
    • Extra memory cards
    • Extra charged battery
  • Chevron down Where to Meet
  • Meet inside 8th and F Street NW entrance near Information Desk, one block from Gallery Place Metro exit on Yellow/Green/Red Lines. Here is a map!

  • Chevron down Your Instructor
  • E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 36,700 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.