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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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$89*
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife tours, Safaris, Outdoor Activities, Sightseeing Tours
Activities: Group tours/city tour
Owner description: Washington Photo Safari is the DC area's leading provider of...
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Type: Nature & wildlife tours, Safaris, Outdoor Activities, Sightseeing Tours
Activities: Group tours/city tour
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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Alexandria, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

A true beginner with a new camera, David kept it simple and answered all of my repeated questions and never lost patience with me. I left the lesson with a great deal of information and a better understanding of what taking a photo is all about. My camera can do so much and now I have a understanding of how... More 

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Georgetown, Guyana
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106 reviews 106 reviews
46 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

David truly has a passion for photography and DC. He definitely knows a lot about both. If you are at all interested in taking pictures go for a half a day (full day option too) with someone who will tell you things you didn't know about your camera and you'll see some things that you didn't know in DC. They... More 

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Winterville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

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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Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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111 reviews 111 reviews
38 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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50 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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