Capitol Hill in Washington, DC happens to be one of the city’s best places to learn the techniques of travel and architectural photography!
This 3 ½ hour photo safari, offered on Sunday afternoons, and led by professional photographer David Heckman, takes you to all those familiar locations that you have seen on postcards and he teaches you to take your OWN postcard-quality pictures, a very useful skill to have before you take your next trip!.
The safari begins with a 45-minute travel photography orientation, giving you tips in basic architectural photography, F stops, shutter speeds, ISO settings, outdoor portraiture, and at Union Station, interior photography without flash or tripod . While you are taking the pictures, Mr. Heckman gives you hands-on guidance on how to make those images even better!
The workshop will first focus on the magnificent interior and exterior architecture of Union Station where, among other tips, Mr. Heckman will show you how to make all the moving people in that station DISAPPEAR and how to turn your friends, children and political enemies into GHOSTS! How cool is THAT?
He then takes you to the nearby Thurgood Marshall Judiciary Building, resplendent in the afternoon sun, followed by a climb up Capitol Hill to photograph the Supreme Court and Library of Congress buildings and the newly redesigned East Front of the Capitol. Office Buildings! And, as an added bonus he takes you inside the beautiful US Botanic Gardens with its gorgeous displays of orchids, flowers and many plant species.
The safari then ends up by capturing the late afternoon sun as it falls on the west face of the US Capitol building, site of every Presidential Inaugural, on the unique statuary of Ulysses S. Grant and the Union Army Soldiers in front of the US Capitol building, on the adjoining poignant Peace Monument, and finally on the nearby Capitol Reflecting Pool.
By the end of the safari you will be much more familiar with all the functions of your camera and with the basic principles of good photo composition AND you will understand why Capitol Hill is such a beautiful location.
We do recommend this safari as an introduction to all the other safaris on our calendar, just like the Monuments and Memorials safari that we offer every Saturday and Wednesday. Advanced and professional photographers will appreciate Mr. Heckman’s extensive knowledge of all the best photo sites and camera angles on Capitol Hill and in Washington.
See: Basic Tips (PDF) in travel photography we cover on this Safari!
Meet at Old Town Trolley Desk inside Mass Ave entrance (Main Entrance under the large arrival/departure board) to Union Station (101 Massachusetts Avenue NW). Union Station is on the METRO Red Line, there is also parking available in the Union Station garage and free parking is available on adjoining streets on Sundays (SAA Permits Parking is open to all).
Advance reservations required. Safari groups are generally 6-10 people only. Suggested as preliminary course before taking special any safaris. Open to any photographer at any skill level with any camera, film or digital. No tripod needed on this itinerary. Afternoon session ends at 5:00 pm near the Capitol Reflecting Pool, a 6 minute walk from Union Station
David Heckman is a professional working photographer who specializes in events, travel, architectural and portrait photography. He has studied at the Washington School of Photography and is a "GRADUATE" of the Washington Photo Safari. Mr. Heckman's current focus is on family and pet portraiture for private clients as well fine-art studio work.