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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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Teaching an old dog new tricks

So, I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm not the creative one in the family. I am a 'point and shooter' and proud of it. I have had 35 mm and digital cameras with some dabble in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

So, I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm not the creative one in the family. I am a 'point and shooter' and proud of it. I have had 35 mm and digital cameras with some dabble in camera theory since the mid 1960's. All fine, but not my cup of tea. So, for our trip in DC, my wife signed... More 

Thank gmwong8
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this review

We always enjoy having people who come on our safaris who, like George, tell us they are not REALLY photographers and who apologize for their little point and shoot cameras. In the end, we find that they really DO enjoy photography and all they need is just a little jolt, a little encouragement, and a few tips on how to... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to three photo safaris in Washington D.C. and one in Annapolis over the past few years. I always learn something new even though I have been practicing photography since the early 1970s. Recently my wife has decided to learn photography and while she has a pretty good artistic eye, some of the technical aspects have been eluding... More 

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Leonardtown, Maryland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I participated in the half day Monument Safari and was delighted with the experience. There were 4 of us in the group and David took the time to assess our individual levels and goals. He provided a great introduction to photography that early on helped each of us appreciate the opportunities that even this 4 hours session would provide. We... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have always been interested in photography but never took the time to learn much about it until now. David Luria is a wonderful instructor. He not only makes the class informative he also makes it fun. The first class I took with David was a night shoot. My camera skills were non existent and I was sure I was... More 

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Reviewed 4 April 2017

I participated in Washington Photo Safari photo session along the Tidal Basin in DC in March. It was an excellent session. David L. provided a handout with a lot of photo tips, provided many tips along the way, and provided one on one help with camera settings, etc. I look forward to participating in additional sessions in the future. Great... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

We did a full day photography course and were delighted with the day and how informative David is. My boyfriend is more experienced at photography than me but we both got a great deal of useful tips and information! I am a total beginner and had not ever used the different settings. A month later and I am using what... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

I received this tour as a b-day present and it was really a great experience. David is a photography guru -very informed, patient, and passionate. The class was very personal as well, as David took time to know all of us and tried to personalize the experience based on what we wanted to get out of it. Also learned a... More 

Thank 1Adea
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this review

We always feel it is important to make our instruction tailored to the specific needs and interests of each client. Some are more skilled than others, they have a good artistic sense but need more help with the technology of their cameras. Others are strong on the technology but feel they are weak in composition and artistry. Some are interested... More 

Allentown, New Jersey
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

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
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
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 

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