2017, April 2: Franciscan Monastery Photo Safari

​Fee includes donation to Monastery.

If you have not been to the Franciscan Monastery, you are in for a treat! A little bit of Europe right here in DC, it is one of the great hidden treasures for architectural photography, a 93- year old Byzantine-style church modeled after Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia.

Outdoors we'll enjoy many photo opportunities capturing the monastery, its arcades and beautiful gardens and sculptures. Moving indoors, learn the techniques of interior photography without flash and the use of color-correcting filters. 

Special emphasis of this safari will be on helping you achieve architecturally correct (i.e. straight verticals) photos of the Monastery and its courtyard. We will explore the magnificent sunken gardens with its flowers and its statuary. And when you see the flowers in bloom here, you will thank us for introducing you to this magical place! At each point on this safari will review techniques of composition, exposure and lighting.

Any camera will do, from point and shoot  to SLR. If using an SLR, for best results we suggest you bring a wide angle lens equivalent to about 28 mm, a circular polarizing filter, a telephoto of at least 100mm, and enough film or digital media and batteries for about 72 exposures, 400 or 800 speed. For the interior shots, you will need a sturdy tripod.

There is ample parking in the Monastery’s own parking lot across the street.  The closest Metro Stop is Brookland/CUA, about 6 blocks away.

Class Limit:  10

What People Are Saying:

“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 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  www.eDavidLuriaPhotography.smugmug.com.

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