Learn the art of capturing incredible images with your camera on an unforgettable full day Washington photo safari in the company of a professional photographer. Whether you’re a keen photographer or just a cell phone snapper, you’ll love this full day voyage of discovery showcasing Washington’s celebrated highlights and secret photographic sweet spots.
Under the guidance of a leading Paris-trained photographer, you’ll visit landmarks including the White House, Lafayette Park, the Albert Einstein and more. You’ll learn extensive tips on image composition and design, proper exposure and lighting as well as how to pose “models” to achieve the best effect. You’ll even discover how to make moving people disappear at Union Station. Next up, it’s time to move on to the colorful Adams Morgan district for training on abstract photography as well as a chance to capture some of the most beautiful stained glass windows you will see in any church at the magnificent Washington National Cathedral.
Your trip concludes at the famous 76-foot tall Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, where you will duplicate the famous photograph taken by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal on Mt. Suribachi in 1945 and capture in your camera each of the six soldiers depicted in Clint Eastwood’s recent movie, Flag of our Fathers, against a backdrop of the Washington Monument and the US Capitol across the Potomac River.
From beginner to advanced amateur, any photographer will have a great learning experience. Safaris are conducted by Paris-trained architectural photographer E. David Luria. You will need to bring your camera and can also bring any lenses or manuals in your possession. Transportation is included in your package.
Tours take place on regular dates each week throughout the year. In the even of heavy rain, indoor locations are selected.
Tours meet outside of Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
This is a full day tour beginning at 9.40am and finishing at 5.15pm.
You’ll begin your safari with a 45-minute travel photography orientation, giving you tips in basic architectural photography and outdoor portraiture,
While you are taking pictures, you’ll receive hands-on guidance on how to make your images even better.
- Topics covered on the day include
- Holding the camera for maximum picture sharpness;
- Using selective focus to determine the subject of each picture using focus hold;
- Take the mystery out of F stops and shutter speeds
- Framing your subject using available flowers, trees, bushes and doorways;
- Keep your vertical lines as straight as possible for professional photos;
- Fooling your camera’s meter, using exposure lock, so that it gives you the - correct reading when facing backlit subjects or dark-colored subjects;
- Taking pleasing outdoor portraits in bright sunshine and in shade;
- Posing people you do know in front of famous landmarks and monuments;
- Taking pictures of people you do not know;
- Making moving cars and people disappear or turn into ghosts
- Using the fill-flash and cancel-flash features of your camera;
- Taking pictures inside of large interior spaces, like train stations, churches and museums, without using a flash or tripod;
- Taking close-up pictures of flowers and statues;
- Deciding when to use black and white vs. color;
- Putting strong composition lines and balance into your pictures;
- Controlling depth-of-field with aperture priority settings
- Using the other doodads on your camera you were afraid to try, such as white balance, exposure compensation, and shooting on the scary Manual setting!