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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: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Washington DC, DC 20005
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I took the full day tour Monuments and Memorials tour with David yesterday. It was a great hands-on experience with an experienced photographer and knowledgeable guide. David listened my experience and skill levels and tailored his guidance accordingly. He has many tips and tricks for...More

Thank Slider7007
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We especially appreciate this client's review. For this particular client we made an exception to our usual policy of cancelling when registration is low. He was our only client that day but we took him on the safari because he came all the way from...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

David Luria knows well how to shoot great pictures and shares that expertise with safari members in the most helpful way-- and with great humor, and great historical context about the various DC sights visited along the way. Can't recommend highly enough!! Ellen GMore

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PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We appreciate this reviewer's comments. By injecting a little humor into the lessons, we try to take away the fear that people have about their cameras while we show how they can be the boss, not the victim, of their cameras. And when visiting monuments...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you already know what F Stop, ISO, Shutter Speed are, but still consider yourself a novice, David's teaching really helped me understand better what I can do with them. I have plenty of experience and know my camera, but sometimes feel unsure about settings....More

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PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We thank this reviewer for her comments. For us as teachers it is always enjoyable to meet a person who is already experienced with her camera because we can add to her knowledge about her camera. On nighttime photography , for example, we can teach...More

Reviewed 23 August 2017

I went on an early morning zoo trip with just one other person plus the instructor. Very helpful insights into how to get great pics of the animals, and some great ideas for me about where to learn more about my camera. I really enjoyed...More

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PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

We appreciate the comments of this client, who has now begun to experience the joy of photography by learning to take pictures at the Smithsonian National Zoo, under the guidance of professional nature photographer David Sendzul who knows where and when all the most photogenic...More

Reviewed 4 August 2017

I just attended my 5th Washington Photo Safari, this one a half-day tour of Washington Monuments. I cannot say enough good things about David Luria. He is a terrific instructor, a great photographer in his own right and has an excellent knowledge of each of...More

1  Thank stevetunley
Reviewed 31 July 2017

Although I have resided near Washington for over 40 years and have visited the National Zoo many times with a camera,yesterday's "photo safari" with our guide David produced a fantastic set of photographs. David knew where and when to shoot each animal for fabulous photographs....More

Thank schretter
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

As this client points out, our instructors at Washington Photo Safari bring years of local shooting experience to our photo safaris. They know when, where, what, and how to get the best shots at every location and share their expertise while the client is taking...More

Reviewed 31 July 2017

I just attended the Washington DC National Zoo safari. This was my sixth or seventh event with Washington Photo Safari. I keep coming back for another safari when I notice they have a new interesting subject. The instructors (I've had several) are all very experienced,...More

1  Thank xxWashDCLocalxx
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

We are very pleased that this client enjoyed our safari at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, one of 140 different safari options offered by Washington Photo Safari. Our instructor, David Sendzul, a specialist in wild animal photography , spends a lot of personal time at the...More

Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

The day started with a theoretical and practical session learning the features of my camera over a cup of coffee. Playing with apertures and shutter speeds making people in the coffee shop disappear was great fun! We then went on a tour of Washington taking...More

Thank Serge O
Reviewed 10 July 2017

I took David's Safari tour in the spring of 2005, and I happily ran into him and his group last Saturday at the Library of Congress during my vacation trip to DC. All great memory came back to me. He was extremely skillful on photography...More

Thank Wei C
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

We are delighted that this client has found our tips useful and has used them over the past 12 years since he went on one of our safaris. Our photo safaris stress technique: how to use your camera to get the best images, and we...More

Reviewed 16 June 2017 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

Thank Emma A
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Cathy Z
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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
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
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