NEW! Photo Panda Goes To Sea: A Seven-Day Photo Workshop Cruise to the Bahamas! - Washington Photo Safari - Washington DC Professional Amateur Photography Field Trips Workshops Classes Training Institution

NEW! Photo Panda Goes To Sea:  A Seven-Day Photo Workshop Cruise to the Bahamas!

NEW! Photo Panda Goes To Sea:  A Seven-Day Photo Workshop Cruise to the Bahamas!

Here is a unique opportunity offered for the first time by Washington Photo Safari: an intensive photography workshop taking place on a luxury Royal Caribbean Line cruise ship to the Bahamas in April of 2017!

Come join our company mascot, Photo Panda and two professional photographers, E. David Luria and Reb Orrell, on this fabulous photography adventure!  Sailing from Baltimore on Monday, April 17, 2017, the Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship makes its way to the Bahamas via Florida and returns Monday, April 24th to Baltimore.  On each day of the cruise there will 2-3 photography workshops, covering such topics as:

  • People and places photography
  • Camera equipment recommendations
  • Creative use of auxiliary flash and white balance
  • Interior and exterior architectural photography
  • Photo composition
  • Sunrise and sunset photography
  • Nighttime photography: shooting the ship at night
  • Camera basics – f stops and shutter speeds
  • Product and food photography
  • HDR image manipulation
  • Infrared photography
  • Post-production work
  • Plugins & Filters – Shortcuts to success
  • Photo critiques
  • Printing, matting and framing techniques
  • Turning your hobby into money or a second career
  • Early Bird Special – 4:30am –Shoot the ship w/o people!
  • Share Your Cruise Experience – create a hardbound book

The purpose of this cruise is to give you an intensive hands-on training in all the most practical aspects of photography while you enjoy the pleasures of a sea cruise and sightseeing in the Bahamas!  You will be taking pictures in and around the ship and at each of our land destinations, accompanied by a professional photographer helping you get the best images. We are providing two professional photographers, both highly experienced instructors, so that each client gets as much individual attention as possible.

We have arranged heavily discounted double-occupancy cruise prices as low as $687/person for an insider cabin and $805/person for an ocean-view cabin. (We can pair you with another photographer if you are not bringing a companion yourself.) Our fee for 7 days of photographic instruction is just $175 per day, which, combined with your cruise cost means you are getting both a luxury cruise and a photography workshop for less than $300 per day, a bargain you will not find in any other photo workshop!
Non–photographer companions are invited to join you at no charge, just paying the cost of the cruise itself.  And here is a link to shore excursions available to non-photographer companions in Nassau:

Cruise costs, including port fees, government taxes, and travel/medical and trip cancellation insurance costs are as follows, per person, paid directly to Gerber & Associates:

  • Interior Cabin:                     $687.34
  • Ocean View Low:               $805.34
  • Ocean View High:              $814.34
  • Balcony Deck 1:             $1,377.34

Tuition Costs:  In addition to these cruise costs, each photographer pays a tuition fee of $1,225 directly to Washington Photo Safari.  Thus, for example a photographer taking an inside cabin option would be to pay a total of $1,912 for the entire cruise and workshop, or about $273 per day.

Early Bird Discounts! You may  get an even better deal by booking early!  Royal Caribbean lets us take advantage of any current promotions that are going on.  The cabins are still held in the group.  However, if the current price when booking is better with a promotion, our travel agent will price it that way.  This also means that some people, by booking early,  may get an onboard credit and others may not.  It all depends on the promotion.  Please know that you will never pay more than the above group rates we have locked in!  

Registration through Washington Photo Safari will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of a $500 deposit of tuition fee, due by October  31, 2016; or the full tuition fee of $1,225.  The balance of the tuition fee, $725, is due by November 30, 2016.   Deposits and tuition fees are fully refundable through December 31, 2016, after which $250 will be forfeited. 

Suggested equipment: Any camera is fine, but for best results we suggest a DSLR or mirrorless camera body with adjustable shutter speeds and F stops and a Manual Mode, plus interchangeable lenses that cover focal lengths from 12mm to 200mm, an auxiliary flash unit, a sturdy tripod, cable or remote release, circular polarizer filter, a flashlight, bubble level, and (if attending workshops on post-production) a laptop with Photoshop, Lightroom or other editing software suggested below.
If you are interested in HDR please have Photomatix Pro installed.  You may download a trial version here:
Other software products to be reviewed are:
NIK Software Suite -
OnOne Software -
Topaz Labs -

More Safari Details:

Deadline for applying to join the cruise is October 31, 2016, by registering with a fully-paid $1,225 fee on our website--click on Book Now.   All cruise and cabin arrangements should be made directly with our official travel agent, Renee Gerber of Dream Vacations - Gerber & Associates of Woodstock, MD, who can be reached at, accompanied by a $250/person deposit for yourself and any companion(s).  In correspondence with Ms. Gerber be sure to indicate you are with the Washington Photo Safari group to get the group discount. This deposit is fully refundable up to February 1, 2017, after which there are penalties levied by the cruise line..  Your tuition fee to Washington Photo Safari is fully refundable through December 31, 2016, after which we will refund just 50% of the fee.
We will operate this safari with a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 20 participants, not including companions. There are MANY daily shipboard activities for your companion to choose while you are in photography training, and the weather on the southern leg of the cruise is pleasantly mild. With this much advance notice, we urge you to make a decision as soon as possible because we expect heavy demand. Information on the 916- foot, 74,000 ton ship Grandeur of the Seas, her cabins, complimentary activities and her on-board amenities is available at Royal Caribbean's website.

Schedule for the Cruise:

Cruise schedule

Here is a fine opportunity to take your photography skills up a notch, and it is a GREAT idea for a holiday gift to yourself and your companion.  AND you will get to mix in cruising comfort with other people like you, who LOVE photography.  We hope you can join us!
Meet in Port of Baltimore, Royal Caribbean Lines at noon for 4 pm sailing April 17, 2017.  Suggested transport from DC is on MARC trains, plan for noontime arrival.  Tuition Cost $1,225/photographer.


About the Instructors:

Instructor E. David Luria, a Paris-trained professional architectural photographer, founder and director of Washington Photo Safari,  is a DC-based professional commercial photographer specializing in architecture, landmarks, restaurant and event photography. Trained in Paris at the Parsons School of Design by a protégé of Henri Cartier Bresson, he is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the Association of Independent Architectural Photographers, and the Society of Photographic Educators. His images of Washington, DC have appeared on 30 magazine covers, on 80 postcards and in over 100 publications, including calendars of the US Capitol Historical Society and in the coffee-table book "Washington DC Visions".

In addition to serving as the prime instructor for Washington Photo Safari, Mr. Luria has also done photography instruction for the Capital Photography Center, the National Cherry Blossoms Festival, the National Spelling Bee, the Kreeger Museum, Things to Do DC, Professionals in the City, and many local camera clubs. Mr. Luria has appeared as photographic expert on WAMU.FM's Kojo Nmandi Show, an NPR affiliate, and also as a luncheon speaker at the National Press Club. An honors graduate of AmherstCollege, Mr. Luria is a US Army veteran fluent in Spanish, French and German. Prior to becoming a professional photographer, Mr. Luria spent a long career as a senior executive with several international non-profit organizations, such as CARE, Partners of the Americas, and World Learning. Since 1996 he has also served weekly as a volunteer information specialist with the Travelers Aid Society at Reagan Washington National Airport.
Instructor Reb Orrell began photography back in the film era when dinosaurs still walked the earth. Starting with 35mm he moved into the medium format range in the mid-70’s. He finally moved (kicking & screaming all the way) into the digital age about 2009. Reb is a full time professional photographer based in Glen Burnie, Maryland. He is a Google Trusted Photographer & shoots Google Virtual Business Tours. A commercial photographer concentrating on architecture, Reb does enjoy landscapes and sunrise/sunset.  He is the founder of the Baltimore HDR Photography Club and the Creative Photography Society. He has led safaris & taught HDR in the Bahamas and in New Mexico. His photos have appeared in the Port of Baltimore Magazine, on book covers, CD covers, and in TV commercials.  Contact Reb at

Washington Photo Safari is one of the country’s oldest and largest photography training programs, top-rated in all the travel review sites, annually awarded Certificates of Excellence by Trip Advisor and ranked by Trip Advisor reviewers among the top 5 out of 39 outdoor activities in Washington, DC. Founded by E. David Luria in 1999, Washington Photo Safari has trained over 32,500 amateur photographers in camera use and composition on 4,600 photo excursions in and around the nation’s capital and has helped professional photographers in 20 other US cities set up similar programs.