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Skill sets

Having the skills to capture the best images is as important as knowing what you want to capture. We customize hands-on guidance based on each participant’s respective skill level utilizing whatever type of camera you have.
Travel Photography
Never miss a moment while traveling whether it’s to the Taj Mahal or your local zoo. This skill set area focuses on developing your abilities to see photographic moments in the extraordinary as well as the mundane and reflect the spirit of a destination in a single moment.

Monuments and Memorials: Travel Photography -- Full Day

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $185.00 upcoming dates
Is your camera smarter than you?  Are you confused by all those weird "Av," "Tv" "S", "A" or "P" choices on the mode dial, causing you to take refuge on "Auto?" Are you only
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Monuments and Memorials: Travel Photography -- Half Day

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $89.00 upcoming dates
Is your camera smarter than you?  Are you confused by all those weird "Av," "Tv" "S", "A" or "P" choices on the mode dial, causing you to take refuge on "Auto?" Are you only
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F-Stops and Shutter Speeds: make this relationship work for you

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $84.00 upcoming dates
Going on a big trip with your new camera? You MUST do this safari before you go!
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Hillwood Gardens and Museum

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $89.00 upcoming dates
The gardens of the late Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriwether Post are among the most beautiful gardens in the Washington area. Adjoining the very elegant and popular Hillwood Museum in upper northwest Washington, the
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Monuments and Memorials: Travel Photography - Half Day

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $89.00 upcoming dates
Is your camera smarter than you?  Are you confused by all those weird "Av," "Tv" "S", "A" or "P" choices on the mode dial, causing you to take refuge on "Auto?" Are you only
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Georgetown by Land and Sea

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: per person $79.00,
1 person, 1 non-photographer $91.00,
upcoming dates
This Safari gives you the best vantage points and times of day for photographing Georgetown’s unique architectural gems!
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Faces, Not Places!

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $74 upcoming dates
This safari is offered through our partnership with Capital Photography Center.
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Faces, Not Places!

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $74 upcoming dates
This safari is offered through our partnership with Capital Photography Center.
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The National Mall Experience: A Photo Safari By Circulator Bus!

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: Participant $84.00,
Accompanying spouse or child $5.00,
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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!
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U.S. Naval Academy Photo Safari

Instructor: Steve Rosenbach Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
On this Photo Safari, we will tour and photograph the grounds and selected buildings of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Your Photo Safari leader will take you to some of the
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Alexandria and Old Town

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $69.00 upcoming dates
Alexandria is a photographer’s paradise, so our safari will begin at the waterfront, move on to the Torpedo Factory area with its marina, the jugglers, the paddleboats and musicians, and then up King Street
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National Airport Safari

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport provides many opportunities for good exterior and interior architectural photography. 
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Baltimore's Mount Vernon Photo Safari

Instructor: Steve Rosenbach Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
Mount Vernon is one of Baltimore’s oldest and most fashionable neighborhoods. Centered on Baltimore’s 1815 Washington Monument, four small, formal parks radiate to the cardinal points of the compass, and beautiful, classically-designed buildings line
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EARLY Morning at the National Zoo!

Instructor: David Sendzul Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
The very best times to capture the animals at the National Zoo in your camera are the morning hours when they come out of their cages and dens.  Nature and wildlife photographer David Sendzul,
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Street Photography at DC’s Monuments: The Photojournalist’s Approach

Instructor: Essdras Suarez Price: $129.00 upcoming dates
A photojournalist is a visual storyteller.  And as such, we tell stories with a series of photos and one photo at a time.  
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Twilight at The Yard--Capitol Riverfront

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
In keeping with our tradition to only take you to the BEST places in Washington DC for pictures, we now introduce a new venue of photographic delight--a totally transformed neighborhood in southeast DC known
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Union Station Reborn Photo Safari

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
Hooray! Union Station has finished its 5-year multimillion dollar cleanup and renovation program after the 2011 earthquake, all the scaffolding and wraps are gone, the place looks beautiful!   The cracks in the ceiling’s
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Franciscan Monastery Photo Safari

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $84.00 upcoming dates
If you have not been to the Franciscan Monastery, you are in for a treat! A little bit of Europe right here in DC, it is one of the great hidden treasures for architectural
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Full Moonrise over the Arboretum: A Photography Workshop

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $60 upcoming dates
This photo safari has been arranged by Friends of the National Arboretum.   
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Camera Specific
Put your camera through its paces by delving deep into its multitude of functions and capabilities. Using the city as the classroom, instructors show you the many quirks and unique personality of your specific camera model, particularly Canon, Nikon and smartphone users.
Function & Technique
Your camera is a magic machine, a device capable of seeing in the dark, disappearing people, freezing wings of hummingbirds and much more! Manipulating your camera to achieve specific effects is possible; you just have to know the right buttons to push and “speak” the right language.

Monuments and Memorials: Travel Photography -- Full Day

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $185.00 upcoming dates
Is your camera smarter than you?  Are you confused by all those weird "Av," "Tv" "S", "A" or "P" choices on the mode dial, causing you to take refuge on "Auto?" Are you only
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Monuments and Memorials: Travel Photography -- Half Day

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $89.00 upcoming dates
Is your camera smarter than you?  Are you confused by all those weird "Av," "Tv" "S", "A" or "P" choices on the mode dial, causing you to take refuge on "Auto?" Are you only
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A House of Cards: The Icons of Capitol Hill

Instructor: David Heckman Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
Deception? Intrigue? Conspiracy?  Capitol Hill is where it all takes place, and it’s also one of the city’s best places to learn travel and architectural photography! This Safari takes you to all the familiar locations
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F-Stops and Shutter Speeds: make this relationship work for you

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $84.00 upcoming dates
Going on a big trip with your new camera? You MUST do this safari before you go!
read more upcoming dates

Monuments and Memorials: Travel Photography - Half Day

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $89.00 upcoming dates
Is your camera smarter than you?  Are you confused by all those weird "Av," "Tv" "S", "A" or "P" choices on the mode dial, causing you to take refuge on "Auto?" Are you only
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Georgetown by Land and Sea

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: per person $79.00,
1 person, 1 non-photographer $91.00,
upcoming dates
This Safari gives you the best vantage points and times of day for photographing Georgetown’s unique architectural gems!
read more upcoming dates

Faces, Not Places!

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $74 upcoming dates
This safari is offered through our partnership with Capital Photography Center.
read more upcoming dates

Faces, Not Places!

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $74 upcoming dates
This safari is offered through our partnership with Capital Photography Center.
read more upcoming dates

U.S. Naval Academy Photo Safari

Instructor: Steve Rosenbach Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
On this Photo Safari, we will tour and photograph the grounds and selected buildings of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Your Photo Safari leader will take you to some of the
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Transcendental Photography: Elevating the Everyday

Instructor: Steve Rosenbach Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
"Taking something mundane, and seeing something transcendent in it is the high ground of photography," says master photographer Sam Abell.
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National Airport Safari

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport provides many opportunities for good exterior and interior architectural photography. 
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Baltimore's Mount Vernon Photo Safari

Instructor: Steve Rosenbach Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
Mount Vernon is one of Baltimore’s oldest and most fashionable neighborhoods. Centered on Baltimore’s 1815 Washington Monument, four small, formal parks radiate to the cardinal points of the compass, and beautiful, classically-designed buildings line
read more upcoming dates

EARLY Morning at the National Zoo!

Instructor: David Sendzul Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
The very best times to capture the animals at the National Zoo in your camera are the morning hours when they come out of their cages and dens.  Nature and wildlife photographer David Sendzul,
read more upcoming dates

Street Photography at DC’s Monuments: The Photojournalist’s Approach

Instructor: Essdras Suarez Price: $129.00 upcoming dates
A photojournalist is a visual storyteller.  And as such, we tell stories with a series of photos and one photo at a time.  
read more upcoming dates

Saint Matthews Cathedral Photo Safari

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $89.00 upcoming dates
Dedicated in 1913, the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle (which honors the patron saint of civil servants) plays a major role in the Catholic life of the nation’s capital. It is the seat
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Union Station Reborn Photo Safari

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
Hooray! Union Station has finished its 5-year multimillion dollar cleanup and renovation program after the 2011 earthquake, all the scaffolding and wraps are gone, the place looks beautiful!   The cracks in the ceiling’s
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BYOK (Bring Your Own Kid) Candid Photography Workshop at Stanton Park

Instructor: Lauren Ackil Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
There is nothing more satisfying than taking and sharing good pictures of our children and grandchildren. This workshop, conducted right in a playground, looks at basic techniques of informal child portraiture and candid action
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Afternoon Light in Annapolis

Instructor: Steve Rosenbach Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
Annapolis is a little city with a long history. Settled in 1649, the commercial and social life of this beautiful little town has been centered on its picturesque harbor, which is also a major
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Real Estate and Architectural Photography

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $89 upcoming dates
This safari is offered through our partnership with Capital Photography Center.
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Composition at The National Gallery of Art

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $74 upcoming dates
This safari is offered through our partnership with Capital Photography Center.
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Franciscan Monastery Photo Safari

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $84.00 upcoming dates
If you have not been to the Franciscan Monastery, you are in for a treat! A little bit of Europe right here in DC, it is one of the great hidden treasures for architectural
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Georgetown at Night

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $74 upcoming dates
This safari is offered through our partnership with Capital Photography Center.
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“Just For Kids Chasing Squirrels” Photo Safari

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $59.00 upcoming dates
YES you can learn to take better pictures than your parents!  Bring your camera or phone and join us on this fun-filled safari to one of the best historic picture-taking spots in Washington:  Lafayette
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Full Moonrise over the Arboretum: A Photography Workshop

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $60 upcoming dates
This photo safari has been arranged by Friends of the National Arboretum.   
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Moving the Full Moonrise To Place It Over the Nation’s Capitol!

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $79.00 upcoming dates
Got a new camera?  Think you can take better pictures than the ones you see on the postcards?  Here is your chance to prove it by capturing  that traditional postcard-view of the three famous
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BYOK (Bring Your Own Kid) Candid Photography Workshop at Hayes Park

Instructor: Lauren Ackil Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
There is nothing more satisfying than taking and sharing good pictures of our children and grandchildren. This workshop, conducted right in a playground, looks at basic techniques of informal child portraiture and candid action
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Composition at The National Gallery of Art

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $74.00 upcoming dates
You cook a wonderful meal and your friends say: “WOW, that was GREAT!  Delicious!  What kind of OVEN did you use?  You must have a great OVEN!” You would be miffed, right?  Because you
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Portraiture & Live Action
The skill of capturing memorable portraits that reflect the unique nature of your subject is learned through practice and knowledge of the many variables at play. These safaris will improve your abilities to take posed and candid images and to stop motion in action shots.

Faces, Not Places!

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $74 upcoming dates
This safari is offered through our partnership with Capital Photography Center.
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Faces, Not Places!

Instructor: E. David Luria Price: $74 upcoming dates
This safari is offered through our partnership with Capital Photography Center.
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Beginner Indoor Portraiture

Instructor: Joseph Tessmer Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
This three hour, hands on workshop provides the background to achieve simple pleasing portraits using window light and affordable studio lighting equipment. Procedures to achieve the most useful lighting pattern and facial position are covered and
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Intermediate Indoor Portraiture

Instructor: Joseph Tessmer Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
You've seen classic portrait in books, magazines and websites.  Have you ever wondered how portrait photographers achieve that flattering look around the eyes and how they manage to have one side of the face slightly darker
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Beginner Outdoor Portraiture

Instructor: Joseph Tessmer Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
This three hour, hands on workshop provides the background to achieve simple pleasing portraits using natural light, on camera flash and simple reflectors. Procedures to achieve the most useful lighting pattern, facial position background selection are
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Advanced Studio Lighting

Instructor: Joseph Tessmer Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
This workshop expands on the techniques covered in Beginner and Intermediate Indoor Portraiture.  Participants will work with professional lighting equipment to achieve the classic portraiture lighting techniques to replicate the great master portrait artists. Techniques to
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BYOK (Bring Your Own Kid) Candid Photography Workshop at Stanton Park

Instructor: Lauren Ackil Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
There is nothing more satisfying than taking and sharing good pictures of our children and grandchildren. This workshop, conducted right in a playground, looks at basic techniques of informal child portraiture and candid action
read more upcoming dates

BYOK (Bring Your Own Kid) Candid Photography Workshop at Hayes Park

Instructor: Lauren Ackil Price: $99.00 upcoming dates
There is nothing more satisfying than taking and sharing good pictures of our children and grandchildren. This workshop, conducted right in a playground, looks at basic techniques of informal child portraiture and candid action
read more upcoming dates