Washington DC’s National Mall is one of the great treasures of the nation’s capital, rich in photo opportunities for any camera or phone!
But it is very long – 2 miles - making it difficult to capture in one afternoon. So Paris-trained architectural photographer and Washington Photo Safari director, E. David Luria is going to take you around on a DC Circulator Bus to all the best sites in comfortable air-conditioned/heated splendor, while teaching you techniques of travel photography!
We start our safari right on the National Mall by the Madison Drive entrance to the National Sculpture Garden with a 30-minute orientation on travel and people photography: how to use the camera to capture the best images when you travel, how to understand f-stops and shutter speeds, choice of lens to use, how to pose people, how to shoot architecture. The sculpture Garden is the perfect place to practice these techniques.
After a quick shot of the lovely National Gallery of Art’s West Building, we then climb on our Circulator Bus for a ride to the Jefferson Memorial and its views across the Tidal Basin and its direct line of sight view right into the White House as ordered by President Franklin Roosevelt when he commissioned the construction of the memorial in 1938.
We then ride in style to the Lincoln Memorial, climbing the steps to get that iconic view down the Reflecting Pool towards the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol and shots of the Abraham Lincoln Statue itself.
We end our safari at the whimsical Albert Einstein Memorial for a wrap-up session and a group photograph in front of the 12-foot tall statue of the famous scientist. (Posing with Albert makes us all smarter!)
At each location we get out and take pictures with Mr. Luria's direction and guidance on best composition and camera use. There is a Circulator Bus coming about every 10 minutes, giving us plenty of flexibility at each location. Bring a non-photographer companion or child for only $5/person. They will enjoy the tour and they can serve as your models posing in front of the monuments.
You will come away from this safari with some great images of DC’s most famous icons and very useful tips on travel photography you can use anyplace in the world!
Check out these Basic Tips (PDF) on photography and camera use covered in this safari!
David Luria is truly an excellent teacher and surprisingly good guide. While taking to interesting places and telling the stories unknown to public, he explains basic of photography or, during more advanced workshops, teaches very useful tricks. My husband is advanced photographer and still he found David's teaching amusing and useful.
I did Monuments by Circulator with David, and I enjoyed learning about these places as well as mastering my skills. Then, together with my husband we did cathedral in the morning, photographing light from big stained glass windows. David is extremely experienced, so with a little advice he can change a lot in your photography. Amazing!
(Visited June 2016)
Offered alternating Fridays, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Meet at the northwest corner of 7th Street and Madison Drive NW, at entrance to National Sculpture Garden. $84 fee includes photo instruction and all bus fares. $5 for companion or child who are not taking photographic instruction.
E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, Trip Advisor's 5-star-rated photo tour in DC that has trained over 32,000 amateur photographers in camera use and composition since 1999.
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 publications, including the 2015 and 2016 calendars of the US Capitol Historical Society
David is a US Army veteran fluent in Spanish, French and German and a graduate of Amherst College who studied photography at the Parsons School of Design in Paris with a protege of Henri Cartier Bresson.