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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 #13 of 109 activities in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Reston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

My wife got me the Cherry Blossom Photo Safari as a gift. This was at least the 5th outing I have done with Washington Photo Safari. They are always instructive and enjoyable. We had reserved this one months in advance, and as it turned out, the weather was cool and cloudy and the cherry blossoms had not bloomed yet. Still,... More

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Kinsale, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed the Cherry Blossom photo safari. You're guaranteed to learn how to utilize DSLR features that you've probably never used before (unless you're a pro). Learn a little - shoot a lot! Learn a little more - shoot a lot more! That's how the morning went with each new nugget of information adding to the last and resulting in... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I had a great time. I'm already an intermediate user of my DSLR so I didnt need much of the technical instruction but I did appreciate the guides pointing out interesting historic spots and vantage points for pics, etc... I would suggest allowing AMPLE time to get to the meeting location if you attend during a major festival in DC.... More

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Virginia
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Not only did David give us excellent tips about how to make better photos, he also seemed to be familiar with many camera brands and was able to help us figure out how to do things when the owner's manual had skipped a few steps. Very interesting seeing well known sites though the eyes of a professional photographer...I'll never look... More

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

We are so glad this client enjoyed the photo safari and found it helpful to improving her skills in photography. Having hosted over 29,500 participants in the past 15 years, our instructors know most of the menus of all the cameras and can explain exactly what DOES that little doodad do? Our approach is hand-on training, giving instruction while the... More

Columbia, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

For me a specialized camera re-familiarization was needed. "The practical get out and shoot" Safari specializing in Nikon models has helped me to get back on track after a time of inactivity. Professional "hands on" help and instruction were ever present during the session.

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Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

I saw lot of attractions,National History Museum,the Monument,and the White House ,I went to the great mosque of Washington too

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

attended a half day monuments and memorials tour in November, and absolutely loved it. I take lots of pictures, and have always wanted to learn more about the different functions on my DSLR camera and how to use them to take better photos. This was the perfect opportunity to do so... Learnt a lot in this tour. Definately recommend

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

The Photo Safari was an all day event; well worth the time and money. This time I signed up for a 4 hours private session with David and loved it again.

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Dakar, Senegal
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26 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013 via mobile

I went for a day safari 6 years ago and loved it and learned many things that I kept in my mind and that bettered my photo taking capabilities. This time I signed up for a 4 hours private session with David and loved it again. I feel that through David I gained a new friend in my DSLR, even... More

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