Meet your guide in the heart of the National Mall, by the Madison Drive entrance to the National Sculpture Garden. Start with a 30-minute orientation on travel and portrait photography: how to use get the best images, understand f-stops and shutter speeds, choose just the right lens and adjust your technique for people and architecture. Your Paris-trained guide is a professional architectural photographer, so this the perfect time to hone your building photography.
Snap a frame or two of the National Gallery of Art, then board the DC Circulator for a ride to the Jefferson Memorial, where you’ll find a perfect view of the White House across the Tidal Basin. Continue to the Lincoln Memorial to train your lens on the Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument, then turn your camera on the moving Abraham Lincoln statue.
Make a final stop at the quirky Albert Einstein Memorial for a fun photo in front of the scientist’s 12-foot (3.6-meter) likeness, then keep exploring the city on your own. At each location, get tips on composing your shots and using your camera settings; a DC Circulator comes about every 10 minutes, so you have plenty of time at each location.