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Washington Photo Safari

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Address: Washington DC, DC 20005
Phone Number: +1 202-669-8468
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2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed 9:30 am - 5:15 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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 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 32,500 amateur photographers have been trained on 4,670 safaris by Washington Photo Safari, 9,100 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, 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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It´s excellent to got you into the photo & camera world

I took this safari last week for half a day. To be fair and simple.. AMAZING !!! I bought my SLR camera more than 2 years ago and I was thinking of get rid of it... well guess... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2015
Lima Region, Peru

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Lima Region, Peru
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I took this safari last week for half a day. To be fair and simple.. AMAZING !!! I bought my SLR camera more than 2 years ago and I was thinking of get rid of it... well guess what..Now, after David´s safari, no chance that happens !! Really knows all kind of camera, how to work with them, and the... More 

Thank Balzac39
Boston, MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

I've taken a number of photo tours in other cities across the world and always enjoy the opportunity to see the sights with a local and learn a bit about their photography style and knowledge along the way. Sadly, this didn't match up to my previous experiences. After paying and signing up I got a nice email from David asking... More 

Thank KFerg
Maryland Line, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

In one word: TOTALLY AWESOME! I know, that's two words, but I couldn't help myself! My personalized, one-on-one external flash and camera review with David Luria was all that and more! He is a great teacher/instructor who took the time to answer every question I had and also showed me new things about my Nikon D90 camera I never knew.... More 

Thank 117jeraldb
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this review

One-on-one sessions like this are a great way to get individual instruction, specifically tailored to a client's particular needs. Here is a client who is REALLY enthusiastic about his hobby, which he is now turning into a profession. Nothing makes a teacher happier than an student who is excited and eager to learn. Working with Jerald was a pleasure and... More 

Scranton, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

First trip with Washington Photo Safari, I would highly recommend them. Instructor Sean Quentillian was informative and approachable. will be booking again.

1 Thank CBJ18424
Fort Worth, Texas
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

David Luria is a fabulous instructor who knows where the best places to take pics are hiding right before our very eyes! And he knows how to help participants develop inner creative talents because he's a gifted teacher! Not only are there treasures to capture in our Nation's Capital, but David helps us to develop skills that can be used... More 

1 Thank sandra r
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70 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

I recently took the Monuments and Memorials half day Photo Safari with David. He was an entertaining instructor who kept us engaged the entire time. He was knowledgeable and professional even though he had to repeat instructions for me multiple times. A previous reviewer remarked that he was a saint and I have to agree, although he had a wicked... More 

Thank windfair
Olney, Maryland
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

The Safari leader, Stephen Rosenbach, is very knowledgeable about the history and architecture of the buildings in Annapolis. He was able to tell us how the buildings would look in various lighting conditions.

Thank Mark S
Buffalo Grove, IL
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

David did an excellent job explaining, in understandable terms, how to do night photography. He also took us to great sites for night photography & showed us how to shoot in each location. I highly recommend this photo tour.

Thank Chuck_Ma
Rockville, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I've taken many Safaris over the years. It's a great way to improve your photo skills and experience and learn about Washington area sights. Yesterday I took the Frederick Barns, Farms, and Bridges Safari. The day started out cloudy and ended sunny so our wonderful instructor, Judy Reisman, taught us to deal with all light and weather conditions. And she... More 

Thank Nancy B
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this review

Judy Reisman, a professional photographer in Frederick MD, is one of our most popular instructors, offering workshops in nature, travel, and pet photography. Her creative eye helps clients find pictures they did not even know were there. Neither rain nor snow nor dark of night prevents Judy from finding a picture. If it rains, she shows her clients how lucky... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

I am on a 3-month visit to the US, and I thought it would be nice to take a photography workshop to benefit more from my stay. While researching, I came across several institutes that offer photography courses, workshops or safaris. However, I decided to go with Washington Photo Safari due to their high professionalism. I took 2 safaris with... More 

Thank yara_mikhael

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