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Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour

  • Half-day or full-day photographic tour of Washington DC
  • Get a 45-minute orientation on camera use and general photography from a professional photographer
  • Capture Washington DC's iconic sights, like the White House, Vietnam Memorial, Washington National Cathedral and more
Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour
From USD 89.00
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Half Day Photo Safari TourMost Popular
Take a half day tour, approximately 3.5 hours to the most popular monuments and historic buildings in Washington.
From USD 89.00
Full Day Photo Safari Tour
Take a full day tour, approximately 7.5 hours to the most popular monuments and historic buildings in Washington.
From USD 185.00
Want to know how to take better pictures while traveling? Want to become more familiar with a camera that may seem rather intimidating at times? Fear not, the answers to both can be found while exploring the sites and sounds of Washington, DC on this guided, small-group photo tour. Choose from a half- or full-day excursion, then visit the famous memorials and monuments of the US' capital while a professional photographer provides instruction and tips for taking better pictures. Transportation between locations and instruction materials on travel photography included.
What to Expect
This half- or full-day Washington, DC photo safari begins in the morning with a 45-minute orientation. Whether shooting as a novice or an expert, learn essential tips for capturing the best in every image, regardless of the type of camera being used — from a high-end DSLR to a smartphone, tablet and anything in between.

Learn how to properly compose a photo and how to shoot in all lighting conditions. Master shutter speed, F-stop, white balance, ISO settings and more, if applicable. The hands-on guidance during this opening session is worth the price of admission itself. But that’s only the beginning. Now it’s time to put this valuable knowledge into good practice. And what better subject matter than the world-famous memorials and monuments of our nation’s capital?

On the half-day tour, capture the morning light as it shines on the White House and Lafayette Square. Experiment with a variety of angles while taking pictures of the Albert Einstein Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Then get some action shots of bustling Union Station as pedestrians hurriedly come and go just before lunch time.

On the full-day tour, enjoy the same morning photo experience, then grab a bite to eat at Union Station (own expense). After lunch, drive to the US Botanic Gardens to capture flowers and plants in a greenhouse, and photograph the adjoining US Capitol building in the afternoon sun.

The tour then goes on  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. Here, you will learn how to photograph stained-glass windows and church interiors and exteriors.

After the tour, your instructor drops you off at the nearby Tenleytown Metro station.
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Reviews (20)
1 - 5 of 12 reviews
Reviewed 3 October 2018
Very good introduction to proper photography, while seeing amazing sights!

I'm a local to the area, and have enjoyed this tour immensely - even though I've seen the sights. It's great to get a hands-on how-to on your cameras settings so that you can take better pictures of your travels. There are interiors, exteriors, landscapes,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Carl505
Reviewed 28 September 2018
Two Tours, actually

There's a reason Washington Photo Safari gets so many great reviews. The locations, the background information on what you're seeing (very interesting tidbits about many of the monuments), and the technical advice on getting more from our various cameras. The morning tour included two ladies...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lee S
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

We thank this client for his review, and we appreciate his pointing out that our safaris are open to any person with any camera, including phones. The phones are getting better every year, and smartphone owners can learn s lot about composition and candid portrait...More

Reviewed 17 August 2018
Must do for Photographers of any skill level

Can't say enough about my experience with WPS. I opted for the 'Monuments and Memorials' half-day class and was impressed with David and his teaching style. Down to earth, funny, and patient. I liked the class so much that I stayed on for the afternoon...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank TexFrog07
Reviewed 19 April 2018
Fun Way to Learn Your Camera!

I'd just purchased a Nikon 3400 with multiple lenses and only knew the auto setting. David was a great Instructor for learning how to use my camera to take photos both outdoors and indoors. The 30 to 45 minute fundamentals instruction before we started the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Rosemarie B
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

We thank this client for her review. We always enjoy having a client like this experience that "Aha!" moment when she learns about a new function of her camera and sees how a camera is much more versatile than a phone! Getting off of "Auto"...More

Reviewed 3 April 2018
Fantastic Day!

Not only does David have fantastic photography knowledge and experience, but he is also a terrific Washington tour guide. David was happy to share photography tips as well as feedback and I can honestly say that my photography skills improved throughout the day. Thank you...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank suewest2018
PhotoSafariDC, Owner at Washington Photo Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

We thank this client for her review. Knowing a little background abut your subject makes your pictures even better! For example, knowing that the soldiers in the Korean War were so cold in 18 below zero weather that they had to urinate on their hands...More

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