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  • Location:Washington D.C., District of Columbia
  • Duration:Varies

Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour

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.


  • 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
  • Gain instant feedback as you take pictures
  • Explore the monuments and memorials on foot
  • Small-group tour limited to eight ensures individualized attention

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a cool opportunity to learn about composition and camera settings from a professional photographer. You can take pictures of attractions including the Lincoln Memorial, the Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial and the stained-glass windows of the Washington National Cathedral.

What You Can Expect

Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour

Learn how to take amazing photos!

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

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.



5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

My photo safari was beyond wonderful. I was looking forward to this tour so much and it was even better than I anticipated. The guide made the tour very interesting and informative and I learned photo techniques that I will use for the rest of my life.

4 star rating: Recommended June 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.

4 star rating: Recommended 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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