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Washington Photo Safari

Address: 1661 Pennsylvana Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20006
Phone Number: +1 202-669-8468
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Ranked #13 of 186 Activities in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/city tour
Owner description: Washington Photo Safari is the DC area's leading provider of...
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Owner description: Washington Photo Safari is the DC area's leading provider of photographic 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 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 is now one of the country's largest providers of 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 itineraries. Over 30,800 amateur photographers have been trained on 4,300 safaris by Washington Photo Safari since 1999, 8,700 of them as repeat clients returning for 2 or more of the 140 safari itineraries that we offer. Due to favorable customer reviews. washington Photo Safari has received two certificates of Excellence from trip Advisor in 2013 and again in 2014.
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Winterville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The weather was bad and since I came out of town, we still went on with the class and it was very informative. I really enjoyed myself and all the tips I learned from the visit. I've taken two safaris with David and both have been excellent. He knows so much about the area itself. I definitely recommend this for... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

My husband and I really love this company - we have taken 3 or 4 of their classes over the past 4-6 years, and always find them very enjoyable and extremely useful, especially when taught by David Luria. They are short, to the point, interesting, and provide plenty of pointers in just the right amount to absorb.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I took the afternoon portion of the Monuments and Memorials Safari -- we visited the Adams Morgan area for a bit of abstract, the National Cathedral for indoor/outdoor photos (I've always wanted to learn the best way to photograph stained glass), and the Capital Christmas tree for a some night time photography. David is an excellent teacher and guide. He... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

David is a very good teacher and gives great tips. He brought us to a variety of places both outside and inside so that we could learn how to take pictures in various lighting situations as well as tips on how to pose people and shoot buildings. In addition to the great photo tips, he knows a lot about DC... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I went on the Monuments at night safari with David as guide. The weather was iffy, but we went along on the adventure, anyhow. David is great at seeing each of the attendees get the information they need at whatever level they are reaching for in photography. We had every level of photographer in our group, and in the end... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014 via mobile

David is a patient teacher, history buff, and a joy to spend time with. Time flew by and I learned a lot. I plan on attending his other workshops very soon.

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Gainesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

I attended the half-day memorials tour. We saw some sights that were new to me and I learned a bunch about using the advanced settings on my camera. I strongly recommend this for people who are novices with their cameras--David explained the Av, Tv, and P functions that were always somewhat confusing to me, as well as when to use... More 

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PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this review

We are delighted that this reviewer enjoyed the safari experience. Photography is such a great hobby, making us proud of ourselves when we create a good image. Our role as safari instructors is to help clients understand all the features of their cameras and learn important aspects of composition so that their pictures will be even better! This is why... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I really enjoyed the workshop on Monuments and Memorials. I signed up for the half-day session, but probably a full day is best if time permits. The instructor was very professional, patient, and fun! I look forward to another photo safari experience next time I'm in DC!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is a great way for anyone to enhance their photo skills. Mr. Luria is a fun and extremely knowledgeable instructor and tour guide. I attended the half-day monuments tour with my point-and-shoot camera. Some of my fellow classmates had very sophisticated equipment, and Mr. Luria worked with each of us at our level, giving focused and tailored advice. He... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Photo Safari was excellent! David was extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and he made the class quite enjoyable. I highly recommend.

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