Washington Photo Safari
Washington Photo Safari
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City ToursHistorical & Heritage ToursPhotography Tours
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:15 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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 photography by taking clients 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 hands-on extensive tips in camera use, image composition, exposure , and posing "models" to best effect. Recipient of Trip Advisor's Hall of Fame Award, Washington Photo Safari provides hands-on photography training field trips, instructing about 5 clients every day. Over 40,700 amateur photographers from all 50 US states and from 71 countries have been trained on 6,300+ safaris since 1999 by Washington Photo Safari, 12,600 of them returning as repeat clients. Voted among the Best Photography Services in 2019 by DC's City Paper, its motto is "See. Click. Learn."
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Stu C
Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I was on the WPS “It’s The Composition, Stupid !”: A Workshop Inside National Gallery of Art Renovated East Building. It was a great experience with David Luria. David spends time going over the components of good photographic composition as well as tips, tricks and rules of thumb. We then went to various exhibits to both identify composition components as well as practice taking pictures within a museum. David knows all the great and hidden gems of where to get a great photo! This was my 3rd outing with WPS and I look forward to many more to come!
Written August 8, 2022
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john m
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Aug 2021 • Family
Fantastic zoofari! Baby Panda, lions, tiger, lemurs, seals and more. Celebrated my father in laws 80th birthday with this treat. He’s a semi-pro but really loved the chance to hone his skills. I’m a novice and learned a ton! Julie, our guide, was great! She knew all the best spots and got us member access into the panda area before that was open to the general public. There was plenty of time at each stop to try different techniques and get advice. Julie sent out a guide in advance of the tour. It really helped us to prepare! The tour size was ideal. We met other enthusiasts and enjoyed the company. The tour loops around the zoo exhibits. There’s plenty of shade along the way and rest areas at each photo stop. It’s a great way to make your own memories before the pandas go back to China.
Written August 9, 2021
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Mark R
Virginia49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Washington Photo Safari offers a unique experience for photography in DC. David Luria will take you to DC’s landmarks and will give you great advice on how to photograph these iconic places. David’s Washington Photo Safari groups are always small enough that he has time to provide individual instruction throughout the session. I’ve done a number of these safaris with David and always learn something more about making better photographs.
Written March 11, 2020
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We appreciate these comments. We think it is important for each client to get enough individual attention on our group photo safaris
Written March 12, 2020
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Luis Granados
Washington DC, DC4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I did the Conowingo Dam eagle safari last weekend. It would have been better if I had more professional equipment, especially a large telephoto lens. However, even with my 16X zoom I was able to get a few ok shots, and the straightforward instruction we were given saved me a lot of wasted effort. The dam is a lovely spot, and I will definitely go back someday.
Written November 21, 2022
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Hawkhound
Towson, MD19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The photo safari at the Library of Congress was a terrific experience. David took time to get to know the participants and get a sense of their photographic interests and skill levels. He worked with each of us throughout the safari to hone individual skills that would be most useful based upon the interests we shared. The safari was more a personalized photography workshop set in a specialized location than a tour of a building. As we moved through the LOC, David gave us specific challenges, coaching, and guidance on how to improve our shots. There were first timers in our group as well as return clients, using everything from DSLRs and high-end mirrorless cameras to cell phone cameras. David worked with all with equal attention and graciousness, showing them how to get the most out of the moment. I would happily join another safari at one of the many other venues.
Written June 6, 2022
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Feistygal
Chevy Chase, MD317 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
David Luria is a very knowledgeable photographer who loves to share his passion with others. He is especially good with novices--unfailingly patient and happy to advice people on ways to capture good images. He also has a wide range of contacts so runs tours to places that individuals cannot access on their own.
Written August 29, 2021
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Mark S
Olney, MD6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
David Luria, the leader and owner of Washington Photo Safaris, is a professional photographer and an excellent teacher. He spends time working with beginning photographers and gives tips and pointers to everyone.

These "photo safaris" are a great way for visitors to the area to see some of the sights. I highly recommend Washington Photo Safaris to everyone.
Written October 21, 2021
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xxWashDCLocalxx
Washington DC, DC5 contributions
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Feb 2020
Another wonderful photography learning opportunity from David Luria and his Washington Photo Safari team! When I bought my first digital camera years ago, I participated in one of his Monuments and Memorials Safaris, and since then I've participated in quite a few more. Even though I think I'm fairly well versed now, I still learn something new each time. This was a great opportunity to experiment with photographing in the colorfully lit Washington National Cathedral. Thanks David!
Written February 14, 2020
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We are always happy to have customers like this return for new and different photo instruction experiences. About one-third of our 38,000 customers are repeat clients coming on two or more safaris. 700 of our clients have been on an average of 9 safaris apiece, 50 people have been on 25 safaris apiece, and two of our most dedicated clients have been on 65 of the 120 excursions that we offer.
Written February 15, 2020
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Mark R
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
David Luria is an excellent photography instructor who uses Washington DC’s iconic sites as his classroom. He will take you to many well known places and some hidden treasures in DC. In either case he will help you see these places in new ways and help you compose and capture these places with your camera. If you take a Washington Photo Safari you will receive great advice for taking better photos technically and artistically.
Written March 11, 2020
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Sharon V
3 contributions
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Nov 2023 • Solo
I participated with the Photo Safari at Conowingo MD, to photograph Eagles! It was a great experience and I learned so much from our Photo mentor, Sean Quintillian. He was very knowledgeable and patient with questions! The Eagles were not as busy on the river as we might have wanted, but the 4 hours spent there with Sean was still very worthwhile. He even demonstrated the best way to use a tripod for shooting the Eagles and gave tips on equipment, etc. Great day! Thanks Sean!
Written November 19, 2023
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