Three-Day Safari in Washington DC: A Photographer’s Paradise in the Summer

The three-day photography package provides basic training in travel photography and includes all the major iconic memorials.

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We have it all: statues, monuments to the nation’s history, churches, museums, waterfalls, wild animals, a wide variety of architectural styles, and artistic graffiti!
So Washington Photo Safari, one of the nation’s oldest and largest photography training programs, has designed a three-day photography package that provides basic training in travel photography and includes all the major iconic memorials by day and by night, an afternoon at the Library of Congress, a morning at the Smithsonian national Zoo, and an insider’s view of Reagan Washington National Airport.

We have planned the three-day itinerary with special regard to people coming from out of town , allowing them to arrive in DC on Friday by noon check into a hotel and get to the first safari, and then depart on Sunday afternoon. Our last safari on Sunday even takes place at the airport!

Day 1: Friday, July 26
10:00 am to 12:30 pm – F stops and Shutter Speeds Training at the Smithsonian Castle. If you feel your camera is smarter than you, if you are only using $100 worth of the features on your $600 camera, if you go on trips taking 500 pictures in the hope that 10 will come out, this safari is for you. Taking place in the lovely gardens of the Castle, this safari features Washington Photo Safari director and professional architectural photographer E. David Luria training you to be the boss of your camera ($84)

5:30 pm -8:30 pm – Monuments at Night One of the best ways to see the most famous and historic monuments on the National Mall is through the viewfinder of your own tripod-mounted camera at twilight and at night, guided by professional architectural photographer E. David Luria.($89)

Day 2: Saturday, July 27
9:40 am to 1:15 pm – This is an opportunity to participate in our most popular safari, Monuments and Memorials, which instructor E. David Luria begins with a 40-minute orientation on travel photography techniques in Lafayette Park, followed by picture-taking at the White House. We then go by car to the National Mall for daytime shots of the Albert Einstein Memorial, and the Lincoln, Korea and Vietnam Memorials by day, ending up inside Union Station to discuss interior photography without flash or tripod and how to use slow shutter speeds to make moving people disappear or turn them into ghosts! (Transportation from site to site is provided by Washington Photo Safari) ($89)

2:30 pm to 5:00 pm – The Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress is one of the most beautiful buildings in the nation’s capital with its ornate interiors and grand staircases. We have timed our Library of Congress Safari so that the afternoon sun falls on the exterior and spills into the Great Hall interior. After an orientation on architectural photography, we’ll begin this Safari by photographing the fountains and the exterior of the building. ($74)

Day 3: Sunday July 28
7:45 am to 10 am – Sunday features an early-morning visit to the Smithsonian National Zoo, led by animal photography specialist Julie Gould, who knows where and when to get the best pictures of the tigers, the lemurs, the birds, the apes, and the panda bears, all of whom prefer to come outside in the cooler morning hours. For this safari you will want to bring your longest telephoto lens and a tripod or monopod. If you are planning a trip to Africa or other wildlife destinations, this safari will give you many tips on animal photography ($99)

2:30 pm to 5 pm – Our final safari in this three-day series gives you exclusive “insider and outsider access” with tripods to the beautiful Reagan Washington National Airport, designed by Cesar Pelli Architects and inspired by the ribbed domes of Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello. Les by architectural photographer E. David Luria, this safari guides you to exterior shots of the airport from the adjoining garage roof, and to close-ups of the built-in artwork at the airport. David also teaches you how to make all the moving passengers on the main concourse disappear with slow shutter speeds. It ends in the iconic Terminal A, the original airport terminal, with its Art Deco hallways and huge picture window view of the airfields.(If you are flying home from this airport, you can check your bags with the airline and then join the safari) ($79)

The three-day-package gives you a 22% discount off of the full $504 retail price!

  • Chevron down What to Bring
    • Camera
    • Lenses
    • Extra memory cards
    • Extra charged battery
    • Tripod
    • Flashlight
    • Accessories such as filters, remote release
    • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Chevron down Where to Meet
  • Meet behind wrought iron entrance gate to Enid Haupt Gardens at 10th and Independence Ave SW. Closest Metro is Smithsonian (Blue/Orange Line), one block away. In the event of rain, we meet inside Independence Avenue entrance to the Smithsonian Castle Visitor Center. Limited street parking available.

  • Chevron down Your Instructor
  • E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 36,000 amateur photographers – an average of 5 people every day, 365 days a year, since it was founded in 1999. Trained in Paris by a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mr. Luria is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators and has had his images of DC appear in over 100 publications, calendars, and postcards and on 30 magazine covers.