If you think Georgetown is pretty in the daytime, wait until you see it through your camera’s viewfinder at night!
On this safari you will learn the techniques of nighttime photography without flash, using a tripod and long exposures and adjusting the white balance settings on your camera.
Our Safari begins at Washington Harbor with an orientation on nighttime photography. Then we shoot the great view of the Kennedy Center, as seen from the banks of the Potomac River. We then walk through the streets of Georgetown, photographing the 18th century homes and storefronts, illuminated in the soft glow of old-fashioned street lamps, with long exposures giving us the red and white tracing lines of taillights and headlights from the passing cars. We also move along M Street and up Wisconsin Avenue to capture the vibrant life of this historic entertainment, dining, and shopping neighborhood.
Participants should bring their camera, an extra battery and memory card, and a sturdy tripod. A cable release is helpful, or a remote to trigger the shutter. A flashlight is handy for seeing your camera controls in the dark. Lenses in the range of 18 to 140 mm will work fine, wider or longer lenses will work as well.
About the Instructor:
E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari. He is a commercial photographer specializing in architecture, editorial, event, food, art/still life and landmark photography.
A member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators, he has had his images of the National Capital Area appear in over 100 national and local publications.
David is a graduate of Amherst College and studied photography in Paris with a protege of Henri Cartier Bresson.