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Washington Photo Safari

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Address: 1661 Pennsylvana Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20006
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. Over 31,600 amateur photographers have been trained on 4,500 safaris by Washington Photo Safari since 1999, 8,900 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, and it was recently featured in a full page article in the Sunday Travel Section of the Chicago Tribune.
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I wanted to get the best photos of the cherry blossoms but needed the extra incentive to get up and out before sunrise. This was a great option. The instructor taught me a few things I did not know. It was probably the most crowded day Wash DC has ever seen so I eventually lost the group in the crowd... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

My 10 year old son & i love doing these types of tours. You get info on the monuments & memorials as well as practice, assistance & tips for getting great pics. You start with a 45 minute orientation about how to get off of automatic & use manual settings to get good pics of architecture as well as people.... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

David was an excellent instructor. I've lived in the DC Metro Area since September 2012, and thought I'd visited all the tourist highlights. Two monuments were right across the street from places I've seen ten times! All the while, David is providing instruction and coaching. It's a fun way to see some sights, learn, and capture some great photos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

David is very knowledgeable and knows what to teach novice photo enthusiasts so that F stops and ISO make sense!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Stephen is truly a professional. I am a history buff with a passion also for architecture and historical buildings. Annapolis, Md. has them all. In my humble opinion, it is always good to have a knowledge of the subject you're shooting. The combination of a walking tour, historical data, architectural designs and perfect lighting made this one of the best... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

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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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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