This safari is offered through our partnership with Capital Photography Center.
After giving an orientation on the basic techniques of nighttime photography, Instructor E. David Luria will take you to the most photogenic areas on the western end of the National Mall.
We will begin our walk along the Mall at the Lincoln Memorial with its majestic statue of President Lincoln. From there we’ll walk along the Mall and visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Three Servicemen Statue, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial and if time, the whimsical Albert Einstein Memorial.
At each location on this safari, David reviews exposure, how to shoot at night WITHOUT using a flash, white balance settings and how to achieve interesting composition with close-up detail that truly brings out the meaning of each memorial and statue.
These Memorials photograph MUCH better at night than in the daytime and this safari will help you achieve beautiful, postcard-quality images of the nation’s Capital. Great for black and white photography too!
What to Bring: A STURDY tripod is a must! Your camera and lenses in the range from 18 to 100mm, along with memory cards and extra batteries. A small flashlight can be helpful to find the settings in the dark.
This Safari begins at the Lincoln Memorial. The closest Metro is the Foggy Bottom Metro which is about a 3/4 mile walk. There is metered street parking available after the 6:30 rush hour.
“I took your Monuments at Night Photo Safari last night. I’ll never take pictures in daylight again!”
REGISTRATION: This safari is being offered by our partner, Capital Photography Center and registration is made through their site. Please click on "Book Now" and follow the registration instructions.
E. David Luria is a professional architectural photographer trained in Paris by a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson. His work has appeared in over 100 publications, and his images currently appear in the annual calendars of the US Capitol Historical Society, including one on the cover. His Washington Photo Safari program, with a 5-star rating and annual Certificates of Excellence from Trip Advisor, has trained over 34,000 amateur photographers on 4,900 + photo safaris since 1999.