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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 our nation’s capital while a professional photographer provides instruction and tips for taking better pictures. Transportation between locations and instruction materials on travel photography included.


  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Washington DC Photo Safari: Monuments and Memorials Tour

Learn how to take amazing photos!

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 culturally diverse Adams-Morgan neighborhood to experiment with abstract photography. Continue to the stunningly beautiful Washington National Cathedral, one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere in the US. Learn how to photograph its stained-glass windows as well as the inside and outside of the church.

Finally, finish up at the Marine Corps War Memorial, better known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, across the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia. Capture images of this iconic statue against a backdrop of the Washington Monument and the US Capitol.

The tour ends with a drop-off at the Rosslyn station.

Customer Reviews

Diane R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

James M

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.

Alan T

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.

Steve F

4 star rating: Recommended August 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.

Craig H USA

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.

Kathleen R USA

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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