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Washington Photo Safari

Washington DC, DC 20005
+1 202-669-8468
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Washington Photo Safari is one of the country's leading providers of amateur photographer instruction. Established in 1999, it was the first program of regularly scheduled local photo safaris in the nation. It teaches the techniques of photography by taking visitors and local residents on half-day and full-day outdoor photo shoots around key sites of the nation's capital and other cities, while an accompanying professional photographer offers participants extensive tips in the use of several camera models, image composition and design, proper exposure and lighting, and posing "models" to the best effect. Washington Photo Safari provides hands-on photography training field trips with a team of 11 professional photographers giving instruction to hundreds of clients every month on local and domestic outdoor itineraries. Since 1999, over 33,600 amateur photographers have been trained on 4,800 safaris by Washington Photo Safari, 9,200 of them as repeat clients returning for two or more of the 140 safari itineraries that we offer. Washington Photo Safari provides hands-on instruction to amateur and professional photographers in such techniques as travel, architectural, nighttime, real estate, portrait, child, food and product work, water drop, long-lens nature work, stacked focus, smoke photography, green screen and studio use, composition, museum interior and artwork, abstract, multiple exposure, and event photography. Due to favorable customer reviews. Washington Photo Safari has received three certificates of Excellence from Trip Advisor in 2013, 2014 and again in 2015, and was recently featured in a full page article in the Sunday Travel Section of the Chicago Tribune. Its founder and director is E.David Luria, an architectural photographer whose work has appeared in over 100 publications and calendars. Fluent in Spanish, French, German and English, Mr Luria is a US Army veteran, an honors graduate of Amherst College, and received his photography training through the New York Institute of Photography and in Paris at the Parson School of Design with a protege of Henri Cartier Bresson.
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Washington DC, DC 20005
+1 202-669-8468
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friend and I joined David on a morning's tour and tuition. We had a great time, and David was wonderful. So much to learn, so much to see, and a lasting influence on technique and process. If you are any kind of shutterbug, treat...More

1  Thank Emma A
Reviewed 13 May 2017

So, I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm not the creative one in the family. I am a 'point and shooter' and proud of it. I have had 35 mm and digital cameras with some dabble in camera theory since the mid 1960's. All fine,...More

Thank gmwong8
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2017

We always enjoy having people who come on our safaris who, like George, tell us they are not REALLY photographers and who apologize for their little point and shoot cameras. In the end, we find that they really DO enjoy photography and all they need...More

Reviewed 12 May 2017

I have been to three photo safaris in Washington D.C. and one in Annapolis over the past few years. I always learn something new even though I have been practicing photography since the early 1970s. Recently my wife has decided to learn photography and while...More

Thank Bob Y
Reviewed 1 May 2017

I participated in the half day Monument Safari and was delighted with the experience. There were 4 of us in the group and David took the time to assess our individual levels and goals. He provided a great introduction to photography that early on helped...More

Thank jsc1962
Reviewed 25 April 2017

I have always been interested in photography but never took the time to learn much about it until now. David Luria is a wonderful instructor. He not only makes the class informative he also makes it fun. The first class I took with David was...More

1  Thank CD B
Reviewed 5 April 2017

I participated in Washington Photo Safari photo session along the Tidal Basin in DC in March. It was an excellent session. David L. provided a handout with a lot of photo tips, provided many tips along the way, and provided one on one help with...More

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Reviewed 22 March 2017

We did a full day photography course and were delighted with the day and how informative David is. My boyfriend is more experienced at photography than me but we both got a great deal of useful tips and information! I am a total beginner and...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2017

I received this tour as a b-day present and it was really a great experience. David is a photography guru -very informed, patient, and passionate. The class was very personal as well, as David took time to know all of us and tried to personalize...More

Thank 1Adea
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2017

We always feel it is important to make our instruction tailored to the specific needs and interests of each client. Some are more skilled than others, they have a good artistic sense but need more help with the technology of their cameras. Others are strong...More

Reviewed 10 February 2017

I signed up for the Monuments and Memorials: Travel Photography - Half Day course in order to learn the basics of my newly purchased DSLR camera. I ended up being the only one on the safari that day and got a private lesson in photography...More

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PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2017

We always enjoy teaching clients like this one who are new to their cameras because they take such joy in discovering all the things a good camera can do, even more effectively than a cell phone!

Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Booked this tour as surprise for my girlfriend, who had always wanted to learn how to do more with her camera. Despite it being a freezing cold December morning, David walked and drove us around the sites all while sharing tips and techniques for taking...More

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Cathy Z
I would like to take this safari this year but am concerned about the amount of walking. I have bad knees and walking long distances is difficult at best. What is your opinion of this and thanks in advance.
9 February 2016|
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Response from Ed C | Reviewed this property |
Good Evening I would agree with the above answer - call them at 202-669-8468 - ask for David. Their most popular safari is along the mall and yet they still go most of the places by car. The most significant walking is... More
Is the restaurant open for regular evening dining? The website only mentions special occasion dining like holiday brunches, and there's no listing of restaurant hours.
18 September 2015|
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Response from PhotoSafariDC | Property representative |
This question has been directed to the wrong site. We are a photography training program, not a reataurant
Camera gear gets heavy and I don't want to be lugging gear around I shouldn't have packed - but doing this trip will be a one-off experience for me and I want to give myself the best opportunity I can to take great shots - and make sure I don't get to the situation that I realise I would have brought something with me if I'd known in advance. Specifically - what's the ideal camera gear to bring on the Monuments and Memorials safari? (lenses,tripod?) And, as I can't see answers to your sample questions, which I think are good ... Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel? and How should I dress for this tour?
25 August 2015|
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Response from PhotoSafariDC | Property representative |
Hi There Bring just one camera body, and lenses that cover wide angle (about 18mm) to long (270 or 300), no macro or other lenses needed, no tripod. External flash comes in handy too. If you are staying for the full day... More