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Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour

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icon3 days 3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

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.
  • 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
  • Explore the monuments and memorials on foot
  • Small-group tour limited to eight ensures individualized attention
Transportation between locations
Instruction materials on travel photography
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Departure Point

1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA

Departure Time

9:40 AM

Return Details

Massachusetts Avenue Northeast, Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC, USA
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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • There will be a 45-minute lunch break at Union Station (food and beverages are not included in price)
  • Tours depart in all weather conditions
  • There is a considerable amount of walking during this tour, and guests must be able to independently walk around the monuments and near the White House
  • Please include a contact phone number in the event the tour is canceled due to inclement weather Please include a contact phone number in the event the tour is canceled due to inclement weather
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Washington Photo Safari

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour.

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Great fun and learnt a lot
ronjohn2013
, May 2019
Had a great time with David and his assistant Laura, as a novice photographer with a Nikon D5000 I learnt more about my camera in the morning I spent with them than I had in the previous years I've had the camera and had a fun time as well. Would recommend and would do the longer trip if I return to Washington.
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This tour took us to Lafayette Park...
Diane R
, Sep 2017
This tour took us to Lafayette Park, The Lincoln Memorial, Viet Nam Wall, Korean War Memorial, and Union Station. We discussed various options using our cameras, and got some great composition tips. A nice walk around on a nice day. David knows a lot and is a good teacher.
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This a great tour to learn all about...
NATALIA A
, Sep 2016
This a great tour to learn all about your professional camera. He is very knowledgeable and teaches some of the tricks and angles to shoot your photos.
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I have owned my new camera for two...
Steve F
, Aug 2016
I have owned my new camera for two years and I learnt more in 6 hours from David than I have in the last two years of experimenting with my camera. The instruction was insightful, knowledgeable and constructive. David guided me through the use of the camera and how to view taking photos in a new way. I will make sure to use his services again when I'm in DC.
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We met David at the right time and...
James M
, Oct 2015
We met David at the right time and place and started with an introduction to the principles of composition, planning your picture and camera technique. Delivered in a friendly and humorous manner David made us feel welcome and at ease. Going around the monuments David point out that using monochrome on the statues and getting in close really delivers those memorable pictures. Lunch at Union Station was a lesson in long exposure pictures plus knowing how to apply the white balance to interior pictures. Overall this was one of the best photographic tours that I have done as we had a local professional photographer delivering great tips and showing us parts of DC that we would not have known existed.
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David, our tour guide and teacher...
Alan T
, Nov 2013
David, our tour guide and teacher, was excellent. I learned a lot about photography and we saw the sites as well. If you want to improve your enjoyment of your camera - this is a tour for you.
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Note that this is perhaps more a...
Craig H
, Jun 2012
Note that this is perhaps more a teaching safari than a tour covering most or all monuments. A novice or low-intermediate photographer will learn a lot. But, ideally, you will have several days AFTER the tour to visit your choice of monuments to get your photos.
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Really enjoyed this one. It was...
Kathleen R
, May 2012
Really enjoyed this one. It was nice to get instruction on how to improve my photographs. The only downside (a small one) was that we went to the same places I'd gone to on other tours I booked on this trip.

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