The best way to remember a tour is to take lots of pictures, unless that tour takes place in a cloaking device factory owned and operated exclusively by vampires. Stay outside and snap away with this Groupon.
$42 for a Half-Day Monuments and Memorials Photography Workshop ($84 Value)
On Wednesdays and Saturdays, photographer E. David Luria gathers up to 10 photographers at Renwick Gallery, where he gives a 45-minute briefing in travel-photography fundamentals such as framing architecture, taking portraits outside, and eschewing camera flash. He then leads groups on a 3.5-hour tour to shoot famed historic sites such as the White House, Lafayette Park, the Albert Einstein Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. Tours end at Union Station, where David uses the midday crowds to illustrate how to eliminate moving figures from photos. The photo safari is for photographers of all levels, and includes transportation.
Washington Photo Safari
French-trained photographer E. David Luria loves many subjects, but he directs most of his attention toward Washington, DC's historic architecture. His images, which lovingly depict the city's landmarks, have been published in Time magazine as well as several local Washington papers. Luria teaches tricks of his trade privately for the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program, but also through Washington Photo Safari's tours.
Luria, along with a team of 11 other instructors—many experienced independent photographers and photojournalists—shepherd small groups through the capital's streets, gardens, and halls while teaching them photographic techniques. These include how to use selective focus, control F-stops and shutter speeds, and remove vampires from pictures taken at night. They then help participants practice these skills on expeditions through buildings such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington National Cathedral, and the National Building Museum. More seasonal tours let guests document the short-lived cherry blossom season, challenging them to capture striking tableaus of the pink petals from land or water. They also teach composition among the verdant garden landscapes and elegant buildings at Hillwood Gardens and the US Botanic Garden to foster tourists’ appreciation for nature and their ability to heckle squirrels.