Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour

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Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour information and booking

Departs from
Tour departs from the Renwick Gallery, located at 1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Returns to
Half day tour ends at 1:15pm at Union StationFull day tour ends at 5:15pm, at Rosslyn Metro (Blue/Orange Lines)
Time of departure
Half day tour departs at 9:40am on Wednesday's and Saturday'sFull day tour departs at 9:40am on Wednesday's
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Confused by all the dials and menus of your camera? Would you like to get away from "auto" and learn to use all the features of your camera when you travel? This Washington DC photography workshop with a professional photographer provides tips on architectural and travel photography, outdoor portraiture, and interior photography without flash, while taking in DC's most popular monuments and historic buildings. Choose from a half-day or full-day session on this small-group tour, limited to eight to ensure a quality learning experience.

Your half- or full-day Washington DC photo safari begins in the morning with a 45-minute orientation. Learn essential tips for capturing the best possible qualities in a photo, including aesthetic principles like composition and lighting. Master your shutter speed and F-stop with the assistance of your expert instructor, who will provide hands-on guidance. Whether you’re a novice or expert, these tips will help make great photos even better.
Half-day option:
After your informative orientation, set out for the enchanting sights of Washington DC to test your new skills with your guide. Capture the morning light hitting the White House and Lafayette Park. Try snapping experimental angles of the the Albert Einstein Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Memorial. Take some action shots of Union Station as it gets busy right before lunch time. After the tour ends, continue with your new knowledge on your own photo safari.
Full-day option:
This option includes the same morning session as above, but after lunch at Union Station (own expense), continue to even more sights to hone your new skills. Drive to the colorful and architecturally diverse Adams-Morgan neighborhood, as you try your hand at abstract photography. Continue on to the magnificent Washington National Cathedral, one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere in the US. Here, you will learn how to photograph stained-glass windows and church interiors and exteriors.
Finish up at the Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial across the Potomac in Arlington, VA, with its extraordinary postcard view of the monuments in Washington DC. Your tour ends with by photographing the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Capitol, all aligned neatly in your viewfinder and shining in the afternoon sun.

What's included

  • Transportation between locations
  • Instruction materials on travel photography

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup ad drop off