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Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour

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    This half- or full-day Washington, DC photo safari begins in the morning with a 45-minute orientation. Whether shooting as a novice or an expert, learn essential tips for capturing the best in every image, regardless of the type of camera being used — from a high-end DSLR to a smartphone, tablet and anything in between.

    Learn how to properly compose a photo and how to shoot in all lighting conditions. Master shutter speed, F-stop, white balance, ISO settings and more, if applicable. The hands-on guidance during this opening session is worth the price of admission itself. But that’s only the beginning. Now it’s time to put this valuable knowledge into good practice. And what better subject matter than the world-famous memorials and monuments of our nation’s capital?

    On the half-day tour, capture the morning light as it shines on the White House and Lafayette Square. Experiment with a variety of angles while taking pictures of the Albert Einstein Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Then get some action shots of bustling Union Station as pedestrians hurriedly come and go just before lunch time.

    On the full-day tour, enjoy the same morning photo experience, then grab a bite to eat at Union Station (own expense). After lunch, drive to the US Botanic Gardens to capture flowers and plants in a greenhouse, and photograph the adjoining US Capitol building in the afternoon sun.

    The tour then goes on  to the colorful and architecturally diverse Adams-Morgan neighborhood, as you try your hand at abstract photography. Continue on to the magnificent Washington National Cathedral. Here, you will learn how to photograph stained-glass windows and church interiors and exteriors.

    After the tour, your instructor drops you off at the nearby Tenleytown Metro station.
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    Reviewed July 2, 2019

    My 14-year-old son and I took the class a week ago and it was a fantastic way to spend a half day. We learned so much about how to take better photographs and the hands-on format was great! David is very knowledgeable, patient. He is...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Dina M
    Reviewed June 7, 2019

    I'm a beginner and David was so great as a tour guide and teacher. He's very knowledgeable about different types of cameras and kept everyone involved while moving at a steady pace. He didn't rush anyone and answered questions thoroughly.More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Michelle G
    PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2019

    we appreciate this review. Over the last 20 years, we have developed good familiarity with the menus of most cameras and can help clients get the best use of the camera features. This particular safari, Monuments and memorials, gives clients a chance to test their...More

    Reviewed April 4, 2019

    We still have a lot to learn about photography, but this photo safari was a great first lesson. We were a group of two. We started the safari sitting in a nearby coffee shop (to stay warm) and get the basics of shooting (aperture, F-stops,...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank CatarinaNo1
    Reviewed February 10, 2019

    If you are visiting DC this is a great way to see the sights and learn a little bit about your camera and take home some great memories. In my case, I live locally and I took a day off to see things about DC...More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    Thank Jeff S
    Reviewed January 9, 2019

    I have been taking pictures with sophisticated cameras for 50 years, yet learned a number of new techniques and tips beyond the basics. I particularly found the instruction on indoor photography without flash at Union Station and the National Cathedral was very helpful. As a...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank PhotoMan21
    PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2019

    We are so glad this client, an experienced photographer, enjoyed our full day safari, during which we seek to provide a variety of photo experiences in travel, portraiture, abstract, flower, architecture and interior church photography, the types of challenges people run into on their travels....More

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