Washington Photo Safari

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In a Nutshell

  • Learn basic travel photography
  • Variety of itineraries
  • Photograph classic DC sights
  • Experienced instructors

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Nov 20, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Redeem starting 11/20. Registration required at least 72 hours in advance. 24-hour cancellation notice or Groupon is forfeited. Must bring camera. Not valid for Cherry Blossoms Photo Safari. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

A photographic memory is a blessing and a curse: you can remember everything, but you can't change the trial memories to make it so you were the one with the gavel and the wig. Let your memories embellish the past, but capture the truth for your records with today's Groupon: for $38, you get one half-day travel photography workshop from Washington Photo Safari (up to an $84 value).

Paris-trained photographer E. David Luria has constructed dozens of adventurous itineraries designed to provide a hands-on introduction to travel and architectural photography. All beginners' tours start with a thorough introduction to basic photography, including handy tips about picture composition, lighting, and exposure for both digital and film-based light boxes. The wildly popular Monuments and Memorials tour ($79; $84 in 2011) gives safari-takers an aperture's eye view of classic DC sights including the White House, the Lincoln and Vietnam memorials, and Howard Taft's favorite hot-dog stand. Take a presidential stroll along the 17th street corridor on the White House and Neighbors safari ($74; $79 in 2011), or snap exclusive shots of St. Matthew's Cathedral without the use of flash bulbs or x-rays ($74). Peruse the calendar for a complete list of offerings.

In his shutter-happy heydays, E. David Luria's photographs have graced the pages of TIME, Prevention, and Washingtonian magazines. Luria's light renderings also appear in Washington DC Visions, a full-color photography collection. He and his talented team of instructors have telepathically transferred their photographic prowess to more than 20,000 students collectively.

Reviews

Four TripAdvisors give Washington Photo Safari an average rating of four stars. Two Yelpers give the tour an average of 3.5 stars.

  • Yes, this is not for the advanced photog, but a great way to explore your camera's capabilities. David is very personable and knowledgable [sic] about many camera models and provides individualized instruction. He provided fun and easy instruction. We both recommend this trip. – travelfamily99, TripAdvisor
  • I learned a ton from the Corcoran Gallery safari…Mr. Luria's philosophy, I think, is to try lots of different angles and techniques, because the beauty of digital photography is that you can make lots of mistakes. – angela n., Yelp

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, 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.

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    Washington Mall

    1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW

    Washington, DC, District of Columbia 20006

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