A picture is worth a thousand words, making photographs and stick-figure sketches the easiest solutions to looming dissertation deadlines. Take advantage of efficient visual-communication strategies with today’s Groupon to PhotoTour DC. Choose between the following options:
- For $39, you get a 2.5-hour essentials photography walking tour of Washington, DC (up to a $79 value).
- For $49, you get a four-hour signature photography walking tour of Washington, DC icons, the Adams Morgan neighborhood, or Annapolis (up to a $99 value).
Led by second-generation photog Lynford Morton, PhotoTour DC combines the diverse sights of the DC area with photography instruction to conduct intimate tours of eight or fewer camera wielders. A hands-on camera lesson unfolds during the photography essentials excursion, as tour takers embark on a snap-happy afternoon stroll around the National Monuments, Capitol Hill, or Georgetown. Students of the lens begin by exploring the anatomy of their cameras before garnering invaluable shutter skills, such as snagging a postcard-esque shot, ensuring flawless exposure, and preventing immature legislators from photo-bombing every shot. A helpful tour guide coaches students as they capture the souls of historic landmarks while carving out their individual snapping styles.
Budding shutterbugs who opt for a signature excursion can choose to snap shots of DC's iconic monuments, such as the Lincoln Memorial, the William Henry Harrison Memorial Ice Sculpture, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Or learn the basics of abstract and travel photography while capturing the seaport town of Annapolis on film, from its 18th-century taverns to the sailing ships dotting the Chesapeake Bay. The Adams Morgan neighborhood tour transports image hunters to a colorful melting pot of cultures, ripe with photographic possibilities for up-close shots of vibrant farmers' markets and abstract portraits of centuries-old row houses. Along the way, a professional photographer dispenses camera tips, including the 10 Steps to Great Pictures, along with the historical and cultural significance of each sight. Complimentary refreshments keep clicking fingers limber and well nourished.
After the four-hour signature excursion, schooled photography students receive a cheat sheet chock-full of tour highlights and camera tips as well as feedback on their best photographs. A complimentary monthly newsletter, "FocalPoint DC," ambles into inboxes once a month, sporting more tips for capturing memories without a butterfly net and a mason jar and lists of the most photo-worthy places in DC.
Lynford Morton doesn't like to be called an instructor. Instead, he prefers photo coach. To Lynford, coaching more accurately describes his process of giving advice and support and boosting confidence in photographers as they actively snap shots of their subjects. His teaching method sticks to this sports analogy, as he first forms a foundation of photography principles—a playbook of sort. Then during hands-on sessions, photographers practice using techniques and calling audibles to get clouds into the right position. Since Lynford keeps most classes at a ratio of 1 to 12 or fewer, he can guide students with tips or illustrate a point with a teaching app on his iPad.
Lynford has always loved to tell stories with pictures. His father, a self-taught photographer from a village on St. Kitts, fueled Lynford's passion at an early age—which he later bridged with a photojournalism college major and a career in public relations. Now, he walks the historic streets of DC each weekend with troops of eager photographers anxious to tell their own visual stories.
Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown
1455 K Street Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia 20005