Capital Photography Center | Photography Classes in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia

Early Morning Light At Washington National Cathedral

Early Morning Light At Washington National Cathedral

Those of us who live in the DC area are truly blessed to have right in our own backyard one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world: Washington National Cathedral.  Begun in 1907 with a cornerstone laid by President Theodore Roosevelt and finished in 1990 with a stone laid by President George H.W. Bush, this is the sixth largest cathedral in the world and an excellent example of Gothic architecture.
Although it suffered $25 million of damage during the 2011 earthquake, the cathedral is still a great place to hone your skills in architectural and church photography. And one of the best times to do it is in the early morning light. This is a great time to do interior shots of the Cathedral, especially in the winter months.  When the sun is low in the southern sky, its beams pour through the south-facing stained glass windows of the Nave, projecting a riot of colors from these windows onto the grey stone columns, walls, and floors of the cathedral.
This unretouched colorful photo of the southeastern Nave was done with a smartphone.  Imagine what you can get with a REAL camera! 

After the interior shoot, we will also have access to the adjoining Bishops Garden, from which we can get great shots of the cathedral structure in the golden hours of early morning light, best captured with a polarizing filter. 
Mr. Luria will also guide to doing your interior shots on the Manual exposure mode for best exposure and to creative use of your white balance menu (or the Kelvin scale if your camera allows it) for the best color rendition in the camera, thus avoiding extra steps in post-prooduction.

Bring your camera, wide angle and telephoto lenses, and a tripod for this early morning photographic adventure at Washington National Cathedral!

Class Limit: 10

What People Are Saying About David

“David, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the time and concern you have for your students.  You were born to teach!”

“The Safaris in DC are worth every penny and I would highly recommend them to others.  Even though I live and work in DC, David showed me a whole new way to see and photograph the monuments that I walk past everyday.  I got some great photos that I’m thrilled with!  I’ll be looking for more Safaris to take soon.”

Instructor: E. David Luria

E. David Luria

E. David Luria is a commercial photographer based in Washington DC specializing in architecture, editorial, event, food, art/still life and landmark photography.

A member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators, he has had his images of the National Capital Area appear in over 100 national and local publications and on calendars of the US Capitol Historical Society.

David is also founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari which, since 1999, has conducted 4,500+ photo safaris, training over 32,000 people in the techniques of travel, nature and portrait photography.

David is a graduate of Amherst College and studied photography in Paris with a protege of Henri Cartier Bresson. His work can be viewed on his website at

David teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

  • Capital Photography Center Photo Safaris
  • Photography As A Second Career
  • Travel and Vacation Photography
  • Washington DC, a Photographer's Paradise

Date: February 24 2018

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM




3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

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