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Washington Photo Safari

1661 Pennsylvana Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20006
+1 202-669-8468
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Ranked #11 of 124 Activities in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: 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... more » 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. « less
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Springfield, Illinois
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50 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 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
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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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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My wife and I took the full day "monuments" tour and it was absolutely fantastic. We both love taking photographs, but we're not experts by any means. By the end of the day we were comfortably taking pictures in full manual mode and they look great! Mr. Luria is a great instructor and tour guide. His knowledge of DC is... More

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was a brilliant trip and experience to Washington DC. Other interesting places along the way. White House, Capitol Hill, Madam Tussads.museum of presidents and Air and Space Museum.

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Arlington, Virginia
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15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I have taken several nighttime pictures recently and have not been happy with the results. When I discovered this tour I immediately signed up for their "Fourteenth Street at Night" tour. We met just before sunset and proceeded to spend the next two hours taking pictures along the street. I ended up taking some 60+ pictures, some good and some... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I would highly recommend Washington Photo Safari. Whether you're a seasoned shooter with a big DSLR, or are simply looking to get your point-and-shoot off auto, WPS is for you. David Luria is excellent at gauging your skill level and giving you the appropriate hints and advice. The tour is a good mix of practical exercises and "tour guiding" from... More

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