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Washington Photo Safari

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Address: 4545 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite #620, Washington DC, DC 20008
Phone Number: +1 202-669-8468
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Activities: Group tours/city tour
Description: Washington Photo Safari is one of the country's leading providers of...
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 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 itineraries. Since 1999, over 32,800 amateur photographers have been trained on 4,500 safaris by Washington Photo Safari, 9,000 of them as repeat clients returning for two or more of the 140 safari itineraries that we offer. 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 in Paris at the Parson School of Design with a protege of Henri Cartier Bresson.
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Photosafari: Shooting D.C. with a master photographer!

When we enrolled our 12 year old daughter in David Luria's Photosafari in D.C., we were skeptical at worst, and curious at best. But once David introduced himself to us, we knew... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
Lou D
Bayside, New York

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Bayside, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

When we enrolled our 12 year old daughter in David Luria's Photosafari in D.C., we were skeptical at worst, and curious at best. But once David introduced himself to us, we knew we would be treated to the eye-opening knowledge and artistic insight of this talented man. He was not only a remarkable instructor, but a great tour guide as... More 

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Gasport, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

My husband and I signed up for the night safari. Mr. Luria was very knowledgeable about using the camera to achieve the pictures we wanted. He knew the right twists and turns to get the perfect picture. Mr. Luria was very patient and willing to wait until we got it just right. I learned tips and tricks that I will... More 

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Rockland County,NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

If you need help with your night photography attending the workshop The monuments at night is tailor made for you. There were nine in my group and everyone got the help they need to take better photos.

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Klamath Falls, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

If you are visiting DC and want to take spectacular pictures, you have to sign up for one of these Safaris! We went with the director (E. David Luria) and learned so much about taking pictures, how to use our camera and a little DC history lesson along the way. We ended up with phenomenal pictures, that WE took ourselves... More 

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Lanoka Harbor, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This Washington Photo Safari was one of the highlights of my recent trip to D.C. I accompanied my husband on his business trip and I wanted to indulge my new photography hobby. David was an excellent instructor and he really knew his way around the city. I learned valuable photography tips and I learned about the monuments we photographed. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We ventured on this tour after following their blog for quite some time. The photographer is an amazing teacher, because my photos rock and I am a terrible photographer. He loves what he does and it shows. It seems that the transportation company, Tripper Bus and the Washington Photo Safari offer some joint discounts. I was able to get a... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

On the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, a once in a lifetime flyover of more than 50 WW II aircraft occurred over the Mall and the World War II Memorial in Washington DC. Washington Photo Safari offered an onsite photography workshop at the Netherlands Carillon. It was one of the better places to take pictures of both the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

David did excelent job in explaining what can be done to get the very best picture at the different locations we visited. The quick explanations he provided in the beginning of the photo safari were also very helpful. If you want to learn photography and have a good time in your trip to Washington, I recommend taking this tour.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I join a sunrise cherry blossum at april11 ,2015 .I was disappointed.Good introduction , nice staff However in my view ,this tour suit for the very beginner.I expect the tour guide supposed to take me to best spot for shot instead of just lead me walk around tidal basin.

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

We apologize to this client for not providing enough personal attention and direction to the best cherry blossom views. April 11th was the first day of peak blooms, the sun was out, the sky was beautiful and our group was large, making it harder to provide the pointers this client deserved. We will be happy to have this client participate... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I took two safaris and was disappointed in both. The first one, Cherry Blossom Fireworks, started out well, with a 15-minute talk about how to photograph the fireworks. I was very pleased with the instruction, except that we were told to try all the white balances, rather than being told which one might be best. That was the last I... More 

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

We share this client's disappointment with the lack of "cherry blossoms lighting" on the buildings selected for this nighttime safari. "City in Bloom" is a citywide program of pink lighting in which buildings can voluntarily participate. Buildings that were advertised in Festival publications to have pink lighting did not display the lights this year. so we turned this safari into... More 

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