This is your chance to take better pictures than the postcards in the Nation’s Capital with helpful instruction!
Photographing Holiday Illuminations at Mount Vernon
During this nighttime workshop, participants have the unique opportunity to learn from an expert how to photograph the nighttime radiance of 18th Century illuminations.
During this nighttime workshop, participants have the unique opportunity to learn from an expert how to photograph the nighttime radiance of bonfires, candles, and lanterns, as well as Mount Vernon’s spectacular holiday fireworks over the Potomac River. Washington Photo Safari director E. David Luria will give hands-on photography tips as well as camera techniques. Participants should bring a camera with adjustable shutter speeds and apertures and a tripod.
This workshop takes place during “Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon,” a special evening of fireworks and fun. In addition to photographing dazzling fireworks around 8:15-8:30 pm, our safari will stroll through the historic area and photograph costumed interpreters demonstrating the 18th-century process of creating chocolate, colonial dancers in the Greenhouse, a working blacksmith, and a winter encampment with re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment. Participants may also enjoy cider, cookies, and musicians performing 18th-century tunes. We will not photograph inside the Mansion.
The admission fee is included in the safari price.
Image by Sherryl Belinsky
- All lenses
- Extra battery
- Extra memory card
- A remote release
- A sturdy tripod
- Dress for the weather!
Meet at the Texas Gate (main ticket entrance gate), Mount Vernon, 3200 Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria, VA
E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained over 41,500 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.