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Address: Washington DC, DC 20005
Phone Number:
+1 202-669-8468
09:30 - 17:15
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Sun 14:30 - 17:00
Mon 09:00 - 18:00
Tue 09:30 - 18:00
Wed 09:30 - 17:15
Thu 09:00 - 18:00
Fri 10:00 - 22:00
Sat 09:30 - 17:30
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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Perfect for photographers of all levels

I signed up for the Monuments and Memorials: Travel Photography - Half Day course in order to learn the basics of my newly purchased DSLR camera. I ended up being the only one on... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Allentown, New Jersey
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Allentown, New Jersey
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I signed up for the Monuments and Memorials: Travel Photography - Half Day course in order to learn the basics of my newly purchased DSLR camera. I ended up being the only one on the safari that day and got a private lesson in photography from David that day. Great experience! I knew next to nothing about photography beyond the... More 

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

We always enjoy teaching clients like this one who are new to their cameras because they take such joy in discovering all the things a good camera can do, even more effectively than a cell phone! More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Booked this tour as surprise for my girlfriend, who had always wanted to learn how to do more with her camera. Despite it being a freezing cold December morning, David walked and drove us around the sites all while sharing tips and techniques for taking better photos. We each felt we'd improved after just a half-day and now have a... More 

Thank adubyamouth
Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

We had a fantastic experience today with Washington Photo Safari. We had four people and Dave in our group. Dave is very patient and helpful; he provided a wealth of very useful information shooting photos in different atmospheric and lighting conditions . After many years of using my camera on the automatic setting, I finally feel ready to step out... More 

Thank nancydr56
Oakton, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

I took the daylong Washington monuments safari with our guide, David Luria on November 16, 2016. David combined deep knowledge of the sights with exactly the kind of hands-on photography instruction I needed. Great insights on manual mode photography, white balance and other topics that I just couldn't master from reading the manual. I'm a much better photographer now.

Thank charleskennedy75
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

I would highly recommend the Washington Photo Safari for anyone interested in enhancing your photography skills, no matter your experience level. David Luria provided personalized instruction and tips that I can really use to improve my technique. You will learn not only how to become a better photographer but many interesting facts about this amazing city. I can't wait to... More 

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

We appreciate this client's review. It highlights the fact that we try to give our customers opportunities to take better pictures of the monuments by understanding what each stature or memorial is about. For example, the Korean War Memorial in DC is a vivid demonstration of the face of war, showing what it is like for the folks at the... More 

Andover, Connecticut
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We were taken on a photo safari with E. David Lurie, who demonstrated his photograph skills by giving us beginner and expert level techniques. He was well versed in monuments and memorials and told us interesting facts as he taught us the steps in becoming a good photographer. Gloria and Steve

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Great Falls, Virginia
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

I have taken multiple photo safaris with David Luria over the past five years, and enjoyed every one. He is patient and educational for everyone, regardless of your expertise or equipment (even if you just have your iPhone!)! It is a unique was to see the wonders of DC, get walking exercise, get out in the fresh air, learn photography... More 

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Olney, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

E. David Luria knows how to help beginners control their cameras. More advanced users will get occasional technical hints. Everyone will get compositional advice. David has also given me one-on-one coaching. I have participated with Washington Photo Safaris for longer than I can remember. Here are some of my highlights. General safaris: architectural story-telling Outdoor environmental: portraits candid kids Indoor... More 

Thank Mark S
Rockville, Maryland
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

I recently went on the Safari "Washington from the Top of the Washington Monument. We started a bit before dusk and were at the top of the Monument for sunset. Wonderful views complete with instruction on how best to photograph them during the ever-changing light. I have done at least a dozen safari's with Washington Photo Safari and all are... More 

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

The fact that this client has been on a dozen of our safaris demonstrates that we provide a wide variety of interesting and photogenic venues for our photo safaris, something different every weekend. we offer a total of 140 different itineraries in the DC area, giving photographers an opportunity handle different challenges and lighting situations. More 

Greenbelt, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

I happen to live in the DC area, so am fortunate enough to have partaken of several Washington Photo Safaris. They cover most of the iconic locations in Washington, but include some of the lesser known places, as well. Often times, these are locations requiring special permission. You can be sure that from beginners to professionals, there is great value... More 

Thank gjkohn7
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this review

The Diyanet center Mosque is one of our newest venues for teaching architectural photography. Others include St matthews, St Nicholas, St Johns the baptist Russian Orthodox, the Franciscan monastery and Washington National Cathedral More 

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