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Washington Photo Safari

1661 Pennsylvana Ave NW, Washington DC, Washington DC, DC 20006
202-669-8468
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Ranked #10 of 117 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 12 professional photographers giving instruction to over 250 clients every month on local and domestic itineraries. Over 28,800 amateur photographers have been trained by Washington Photo Safari since 1999, 8,200 of them as repeat clients returning for 2 or more of the 150 safari itineraries that we offer. « less
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Arlington, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Kissimmee, Florida
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Washington, DC National Mall has so much to see and photograph, daytime and/or nights. David Lauri will share his extensive knowledge of photography and places for the best shots. A wide variety of safaris of this area are available for all interest. Combine the enjoyment of Washington and photography for a great visit.

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NYC
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The last time I picked up a camera was 22+ years ago and that was film. I just recently brought a DSLR and now I am getting back into photography. I happened to going down to D.C. for the 4th of July weekend and saw this online from another photo link. I thought this would be an excellent refresher course... More

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Had a one on one tutoring session with David Luria. To say that it was a great experience would be an understatement. It was a combination of a great ability to explain with great clarity, concepts/techniques that ranged from critical basics to sophisticated. I learned more about my camera during the tutoring session that I learned from the manual and... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I have gone on photo safaris in the nation's capitol three or four times, and I have always learned something new. He's patient and a good instructor for beginner and intermediate photo enthusiasts. Last Sunday, I went on a photo shoot to National Airport just outside of the District of Columbia. I live in D.C. and have caught flights from... More

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philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Second time around with David and there is nothing but superlatives to describe the man and his teaching. Whether you're a novice like my dad, or a bit more seasoned like me, he makes you feel comfortable and teaches to your level. He always makes things interesting and his knowledge is impeccable. If your looking for a fun, stress-free class... More

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Quito, Ecuador
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Unfortunately they only last less than a week! but in Spring the whole city gives birth to all kinds of flower trees (dogwoods, tulip magnolia, etc) tulips, azaleas, daffodils, forsythia throughout the spring, followed by festivals and all kinds of interesting and grand events! DC is the Nation's capital and of course every American must come and see it's splendid... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I truley didn't know what to expect. Melanie made the learning more about my camera jsust too enjoyable. I remembered shots I had taken decades ago, applied what she had shown us and wished I could go back in time to retake teh shot. Though digital didn't exist back then, I tapped into teh old fire I had for photography.... More

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

We were delighted to hear that the photo safari with instructor Melanie Otto reignited this client's passion for photography. We see that as our job: helping people discover - or rediscover - the joy of photography by removing mystery from the camera. More

Reston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I had been with David Luria on a previous outing to Washington buildings and monuments so when we were offered a 2 for 1 on Groupon, I got my wife to come along. She's the artistic photographer and she got coached on a lot of technical details. I got coaching on composition and posing people to make great travel photos.... More

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