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.
Adventures for Creative Tourists helps DC visitors explore the city's more artistic side. Tour guides lead groups to museums and art galleries across the Georgetown and Dupont Circle neighborhoods, helping them get a deeper look at the area's art than what you can find on the mall. Though, if you do want to see the top museums, custom tours can help you explore the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, Portrait Museum, the Anderson House Museum, and the Kreeger Museum. Tours include the option to upgrade to transportation and an option to stop for meals so that you don't feel tempted to nibble on a still-life bowl of fruit.