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

Real Estate and Architectural Photography

Real Estate and Architectural Photography

Good pictures sell houses and condominiums via the web, or in brochures and publications. This class, designed for people wishing to photograph their own homes or real state agents shooting listed properties, is taught by professional architectural photographer, E. David Luria, and will take place in a private home, providing hands-on training in exterior and interior architectural photography.

Any camera will do, but for best results we recommend an SLR camera of at least 10MP, wide-angle lens (10-20mm for digital DX SLR's, 12-24 mm for full frame/FX SLR's), circular polarizer filter, auxiliary bounce/swivel flash unit, tall, sturdy, heavy tripod with adjustable head, bubble level for horizontal/vertical readings.  Camera should have ability to adjust shutter speed, aperture, ISO and to work on Manual mode.

Topics include:

Exterior Photography:
- how and when to shoot exterior views of homes, based on the position of the sun
- how to shoot north-facing homes that are always in shade
- color filtration/ white balance and exposure tips for exterior photography
- how to use flowers trees and bushes to enhance the exterior views;
- how to keep exterior vertical lines perfectly aligned with the vertical edges of camera viewfinders
- twilight vs. daylight for shooting of exterior views
- how to eliminate cars and people from exterior views without Photoshop

Interior Photography:
- how to choose lenses for interior photography
- camera angles for interior shooting
- how to shoot furnished, and unfurnished, interiors
- how to achieve extreme or shallow depth of field in image focus
 -how to highlight interesting built-in interior details such as sconces or door hardware
- how to balance indoor light with outdoor sunlight to avoid overexposed window views
- how to extend the range of your flash unit and how to light up adjoining rooms
- how to achieve correct exposure on interior photography
- how and when to shoot using only the existing ambient light
- how to choose correct white balance settings for interior photography
- how to shoot interior views at twilight

E. David Luria has photographed over 2,600 apartment building exteriors and interiors as official photographer for the Washington Post's Apartment Showcase Magazine, and he has served as contributing photographer of luxury homes for Washington Spaces Magazine. His images of Washington DC landmarks appear in over 100 publications, on guidebooks and postcards sold throughout the DC area. Three of his DC images appear on the 2015 Calendar of the US Capitol Historical Society, including the calendar's cover photo.

Prerequisite: One should have some familiarity with exposure basics and know how to set the ISO, shutter speed and aperture. We will not be able to introduce you to this material at the class. 

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: January 28 2018

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM




749 Butternut St NW, Washington DC, 20012

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Cancellation Policy:

  • A refund or a credit towards another class (less a $20 processing fee) can be given if cancellation notice is given more than 5 business days from the scheduled class.
  • If there is no cancellation notice, or it is given 5 business days or less, no refund or credit will be given.
  • Requests to reschedule a class will incur a $20 processing fee provided notice is given more than 5 business days prior to the class. If request to reschedule is given less than business 5 days prior to the class, no refund or credit will be given.
  • If Capital Photography Center cancels or postpones a class due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future class.