March 2, 2013: National Cathedral “An Insider’s View” Photo Safari

​​This class is sold out but you may be interested in the Franciscan Monastery Photo Safari offered on April 14.

Fee includes $10 donation to Friends of the National Cathedral.

One of the most beautiful churches in Washington DC, Washington National Cathedral took 90 years to build and was only finished 20 years ago. National Cathedral offers great opportunities for exterior and interior architectural photography.

Our safari begins with an orientation by architectural photographer E. David Luria and by Cathedral docent and acclaimed photographer Andy Bittner. We are then led by Mr. Bittner to locations inside the Cathedral not open to the public, and we teach you how (and how not) to photograph stained glass windows and church interiors without flash. We then move outdoors to catch exterior views of the Cathedral, with special emphasis on maintaining straight verticals.

At each point on our safari David will review techniques of composition, exposure and lighting. Any camera will do but for the best results, we suggest you bring a wide angle lens equivalent to about 28 mm in 35 mm format, 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 some of the interior shots, you will need a sturdy tripod.

Don’t get discouraged if it is cloudy or rainy that day. Cloudy is good and provides evenly lit scenes and rain gives us nice reflections on the sidewalks.
Class Limit:  10

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

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