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Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour

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    What to Expect
    This half- or full-day Washington, DC photo safari begins in the morning with a 45-minute orientation. Whether shooting as a novice or an expert, learn essential tips for capturing the best in every image, regardless of the type of camera being used — from a high-end DSLR to a smartphone, tablet and anything in between.

    Learn how to properly compose a photo and how to shoot in all lighting conditions. Master shutter speed, F-stop, white balance, ISO settings and more, if applicable. The hands-on guidance during this opening session is worth the price of admission itself. But that’s only the beginning. Now it’s time to put this valuable knowledge into good practice. And what better subject matter than the world-famous memorials and monuments of our nation’s capital?

    On the half-day tour, capture the morning light as it shines on the White House and Lafayette Square. Experiment with a variety of angles while taking pictures of the Albert Einstein Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Then get some action shots of bustling Union Station as pedestrians hurriedly come and go just before lunch time.

    On the full-day tour, enjoy the same morning photo experience, then grab a bite to eat at Union Station (own expense). After lunch, drive to the US Botanic Gardens to capture flowers and plants in a greenhouse, and photograph the adjoining US Capitol building in the afternoon sun.

    The tour then goes on  to the colorful and architecturally diverse Adams-Morgan neighborhood, as you try your hand at abstract photography. Continue on to the magnificent Washington National Cathedral. Here, you will learn how to photograph stained-glass windows and church interiors and exteriors.

    After the tour, your instructor drops you off at the nearby Tenleytown Metro station.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Tour departs from the Renwick Gallery, located at 1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Departure Time
    9:40 AM
    Duration
    3 days
    Return Details
    Half day tour ends at 1:15pm at Union Station (red Line)
    Full day tour ends at 5:15pm, at Tenleytown Metro (Red Line)
    Inclusions
    • Transportation between locations
    • Instruction materials on travel photography
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pickup ad drop off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • There will be a 45-minute lunch break at Union Station (food and beverages are not included in price)
    • Tours depart in all weather conditions
    • There is a considerable amount of walking during this tour, and guests must be able to independently walk around the monuments and near the White House
    • Please include a contact phone number in the event the tour is canceled due to inclement weather Please include a contact phone number in the event the tour is canceled due to inclement weather
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    David Luria is an outstanding tour guide and instructor. An excellent professional photographer and professional guide. He presents complicated photography instruction in a highly accessible and friendly manner, and provides interesting background on the objects of our
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    Response from washphotosafari, Owner at Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour
    Responded 9 Dec 2019
    We appreciate these comments. We feel that the more a person knows about the subject, the better their pictures can be. For example, knowing that the three soldiers in the Three Servicemen Statue who are looking at the Vietnam Memorial are seeing their own names on the wall helps to make one's pictures more dramatic.
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    I was expecting to join a bunch of photographers and was pleasantly surprised to find myself as one of a few, so we all got individual attention based on our skill level. I liked the handouts, the practical hands on learning, the expertise, and the DC National Mall subject
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    Response from GlobeTrotting713406, Owner at Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour
    Responded 7 Nov 2019
    We try to give as much individual attention as possible to each of our clients. Photography is a very personal thing, everybody has a different skill level, we tailor our instruction to the neds of the client.
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    This was a great day: i learnt so much about photography, the right angle, the right composition, the right settings on my camera and what to avoid, but also saw Washington from an insider's view, and last but not least got to know some amazing pieces out of the great life story
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    Response from GlobeTrotting713406, Owner at Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour
    Responded 7 Nov 2019
    We appreciate this reviewer's comments. Washington is indeed a beautiful city, making it all the more easy to teach photography in such a lovely setting. David, who has been taking pictures since the age of 7, loves to share his joy of photography with his clients.
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    My 14-year-old son and I took the class a week ago and it was a fantastic way to spend a half day. We learned so much about how to take better photographs and the hands-on format was great! David is very knowledgeable, patient. He is a great instructor! As someone who has
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    I'm a beginner and David was so great as a tour guide and teacher. He's very knowledgeable about different types of cameras and kept everyone involved while moving at a steady pace. He didn't rush anyone and answered questions thoroughly.
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    Response from PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour
    Responded 6 Jun 2019
    we appreciate this review. Over the last 20 years, we have developed good familiarity with the menus of most cameras and can help clients get the best use of the camera features. This particular safari, Monuments and memorials, gives clients a chance to test their skills on the most iconic memorials in DC, with help from a professional photographer looking over their shoulder as they take the pictures!
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    Connie S
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    239
    So excited about what I learned!
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    Beerking1
    King George, Virginia
    51
    Great phography instruction, by an awesome guide!
    David Luria is an outstanding tour guide and instructor. An excellent professional photographer and professional
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    Individual attention in small group photo safari of DC icons
    I was expecting to join a bunch of photographers and was pleasantly surprised to find myself as one of a few, so
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    Lisa F
    10
    Awesome Experience!!
    I attending the Early Morning at the Zoo safari in mid-October and it was awesome! My instructor, Julie Gould was
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    aphotoaday
    11
    Learn more in one day than in years before with David
    This was a great day: i learnt so much about photography, the right angle, the right composition, the right
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    Ed C
    Arlington, Virginia
    369129
    Another Safari - more things learned.
    I took their "F-stop and Shutter Speed" safari. We met at one of the Smithsonian's gardens. The safari started
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    AndrewK0162
    London, United Kingdom
    10
    Fantastic teacher who passes on a wealth of experience
    Highly recommended. I was stuck in DC between meetings with time to spare and as a budding photographer I thought
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    bharagan
    Annapolis, Maryland
    72
    Washington Photo Safari
    Julie Gould, our trainer, did an excellent job of providing detailed instructions to a group that included both
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    Kaypea53
    maryland
    43
    Great experience!
    I am a longtime Washington area resident and amateur photographer; like many locals, I don't often go into DC
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    Dina M
    10
    Fantastic way to see DC and learn how to take better photos!
    My 14-year-old son and I took the class a week ago and it was a fantastic way to spend a half day. We learned so
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    Suzanne E
    70
    Perfect for All Levels of Photographic Expertise
    As a resident of the Washington area and an enthusiastic amateur photographer, I've taken over a dozen of David
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    mlynchie2
    10
    History and Instruction Rolled Into One
    I have attended many of David's safaris and am amazed at all the knowledge you gain from him. Not only about
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    Michelle G
    10
    Great Way to Learn and See the Sights!
    I'm a beginner and David was so great as a tour guide and teacher. He's very knowledgeable about different types
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