2017, August 20: The National Shrine of Immaculate Conception Photo Safari

​Fee includes a $10 donation to the Shrine.

The National Shrine of Immaculate Conception, the largest Catholic basilica-style church in the United States, is a photographer’s delight. Located in northeast DC, the Shrine sits on magnificently landscaped grounds with a beautiful garden, fountain and statuary.

Our safari, led by architectural photographer E. David Luria, will first capture these outdoor scenes (provided the weather is good) and then move indoors with tripods and tungsten filters/white balance to photograph the soaring architecture of golden transepts and arches, little niches, altars and statuary that line the corridors of the Shrine.

At each point on our safari, techniques of composition, exposure and lighting will be addressed.

Any camera will do but for the best results, we suggest you bring a wide angle lens equivalent to about 28 mm and a telephoto of at least 100mm, You will need a sturdy tripod.

Class Limit: 10

What People Are Saying:

"David is a fabulous instructor. He provides just the right balance of easy-to-remember instruction in the beginning with appropriate individual guidance throughout the class. My confidence level has soared with just a few hours of his guidance."

"David Luria is very knowledgeable and easy to understand. I always learn a great deal in his classes."

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