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Address: Washington DC, DC 20005
Phone Number: +1 202-669-8468
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wed 9:30 am - 5:15 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 6:00 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 33,600 amateur photographers have been trained on 4,800 safaris by Washington Photo Safari, 9,200 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, smoke photography, 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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Photo Safari Workshops exceeded my expectations

Photography has been a long-time passion of mine. The Cherry Blossom Festival brought me to DC for the workshop. Then I took Abstract Art, Fireworks on Emancipation Day and a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2016
Sparta, New Jersey
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Sparta, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Photography has been a long-time passion of mine. The Cherry Blossom Festival brought me to DC for the workshop. Then I took Abstract Art, Fireworks on Emancipation Day and a personal business course from Mr. Luria. His has a great ability to inspire, transfer his eye for composition and his knowledge of the camera. Best of the best and worth... More 

Thank Pamellot
Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

I love taking pictures and I discovered photo tours on trip advisor. I have done them in Kauai and in Istanbul. Hawaii was more like lets take you to cool places to shoot. Istanbul was a few hours with some assistance but my day with David taught me soooo much!! He did so much more than just take you around... More 

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

We founded Washington Photo Safari in 1999 because Washington DC is one of the most photogenic cities on the planet. It has everything a photographer could want: not only does it offer free access to beautiful architecture, historic structures, incredibly lovely houses of worship, nighttime cityscapes, and impressive monuments, but it also has waterfalls, fountains, fireworks, zoo animals, and ethnic... More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

I've taken three safaris and am signed up for my fourth. On each one, attendees have been of mixed skills. Those unfamiliar with any way to shoot but on full AUTO learn how to make use of their camera controls to take better pictures. The more experienced gain insights that will improve the end products. The safaris (the ones I've... More 

Thank Passante_711
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this review

We appreciate this review by Passante 711, especially because it comes from a client who is eager to learn about all the features his camera has to offer. Nothing makes a teacher happier than helping clients discover their "Aha! So THAT's what that button does!" moments, opening up new possibilities for them in photography More 

Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

I actually purchased this trip for my father at a charity auction. He loves to take photos but he's pretty much a "point and shoot" guy. I decided I would go with him and break out my old DSLR which was gathering dust in my closet. I'm also a total noob and have received no real instruction on how to... More 

Thank Sean S
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this review

We appreciate this review from Sean. it highlights the fact that our approach to photography instruction is very individualized, hands-on, one on one. Our typical group size is 5-7 people, so we can give enough individual attention to each person according to that person's skill level. We look at the picture you have just taken in Manual Mode and we... More 

Olney, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

The WPS - Baltimore Mount Vernon Photo Safari on May 7, 2016 hosted by Steve Rosenbach was a great experience!  We toured the Mount Vernon Place and the Washington Monument, the Peabody Institute, and the Baltimore Basilica. Steve knows the history of the area thoroughly and enjoyed sharing it with the group. Steve is also an accomplished photographer and was fully... More 

Thank Conrad H
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this review

We are fortunate to have Steve Rosenbach as one of our instructors. In addition to being a creative photographer, he is very friendly, outgoing, and helpful to his clients, showing them how to frame images they never knew were there! He also knows where to find all the best pictures in Baltimore and in his hometown of Annapolis, saving experienced... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

This is a must tour for any photographer and any level. David's knowledge not only of photography, but Washington in general alone is a reason to take this tour. Does not matter you level of photography. I consider myself an advance amature-semi professional and I learned a lot from David. Next time I am in Washington, I will sign up... More 

Thank John E
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this review

We appreciate John's review. which highlights the safari itself and David Luria's knowledge of Washington DC. A city kid at heart, David grew up in New York City, lived in France, Germany, Colombia and Panama before moving to DC in 1970. The nation's capital has become his adopted city. He calls it" One of the most photogenic cities in the... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

Today I want to give a big shoutout to the Washington Photo Safari! I did the half day Monuments Tour with David yesterday and it was probably one of the best tours I've ever been on. David shared a wealth of knowledge, teaching us how to properly use our cameras, compose better images and take pictures that have meaning and... More 

Thank Maria H
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this review

This is high praise indeed, coming from a professional travel writer. We are so pleased she enjoyed the safari. People love to take pictures when they travel, and photo tour companies like ours ( which now exist in about 30 cities around the US) know WHERE the best pictures, and HOW and WHEN to take them. By participating in a... More 

Phoenix, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

This is a great class for anyone who wants to sharpen their photography skills and see Washington, DC at the same time. I took an all day workshop that started with a focus on how to utilize the various features on my camera and improve the composition of my pictures. Then we went out into the city and got to... More 

Thank Deborah S
Burke, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

Washington through the lens (camera lens) should be with Washington Photo Safari! The morning of our Photo Safari in Washington I was so excited. And I was not disappointed. Not only did I learn great information about my camera and how to use buttons and dials I had not touched before, but I also experienced new sights and history of... More 

Thank Sandra W
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this review

Although we do not bill ourselves as a guided tour, but rather as a photo workshop, we still give our clients plenty of historical and background information on each of the monuments that we visit. For example, at the Korean War Veterans Memorial, we point out the fear etched in the faces of these young soldiers patrolling in squad formation... More 

Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

This was a great class! My sister and I took the safari to help get us off "auto" and it definitely helped. We learned so much. I would love to take another class the next time I visit Washington DC.

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

It always makes a teacher happy to have enthusiastic clients, like these two sisters, eager to learn and improve their photo skills. More 

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