This Byzantine-style church, modeled after Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia, is a photographer’s dream. Its classic arches, lovely statuary, magnificent gardens and unique inscriptions provide a great training ground for architectural photography and for posing people in…
The gardens at the Hillwood Estate offer incredible opportunities for flower photography in the spring! Learn how to use all of your lenses to take beautiful photos of the blooming spring flowers!
Adjoining the very elegant and popular Hillwood Museum in upper northwest Washington, the gardens offer incredible opportunities for photography – the paths, the mansion, the greenhouse, the statuary, and the refurbished Japanese Gardens. You will pick up some tips on garden and estate photography and the use of your Macro lens. In late April to early May,
the gardens are full of blooming plants – Tulips, and other spring flowers, and especially the acres of azaleas that are planted everywhere in the manicured garden. The extraordinary view of the azaleas starts from the moment when you drive into the Hillwood Estate. The azalea blossoms tower over your car, from shrubs that were planted years ago. Everywhere you turn,
there is an explosion of color! 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.
Also tour the museum while at Hillwood – non-flash photography is now allowed inside the museum, with its with its extraordinary collection of Faberge eggs and other Russian artifacts. Mr. Luria will provide instruction on low-light shooting without a tripod inside a museum.
The safari fee includes admission to the Museum.
- What to Bring
- Lenses, including long zooms and macros
- Extra memory cards
- Extra charged battery
- Accessories such as filters, remote release
- Weather appropriate clothing
- Where to Meet
Meet at the Museum’s visitor center entrance on 4155 Linnean Ave NW. The closest METRO is Van Ness/UDC on Red Line. Parking is available at the Museum for safari participants only. Mention Washington Photo Safari when entering gate.
- Your Instructor
E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 36,000 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.