With an interest in photography, a LivingSocial deal for PhotoTour DC caught my eye last fall. My boyfriend purchased the deal for us hoping we could capture DC during White Cherry Blossom Festival. Busy schedules took over and we opted for a Sunday in Annapolis, one of our favorite cities. We drove up last Sunday morning, relaxed, brunched on the water at Pusser’s and shopped on Main Street before beginning our 2 PM class.
What is PhotoTour DC?
It’s a sightseeing experience with photography instruction and I absolutely recommend to everyone whether a native Washingtonian or a new resident. In fact, I recommend it equally to all – you gain a greater appreciation for the area no matter how long you’ve been in the Nation’s Capital. Skill levels of the photographers range from beginner to intermediate. We didn’t have any “expert photographers” in our class, but they welcome photographers of all experiences to join their tours. On a narrative tour, you’ll learn a background about the neighborhood with hands-on instruction on photography.
Where do they photograph in DC?
Anywhere you can imagine in the DC area. Their signature excursions include Abstracts in Adams Morgan (for DC’s ethnic culture in this 1950’s neighborhood), Anchors Aweigh in Annapolis for (the historic architecture in Maryland’s capital and nautical theme on the water) and DC Icons (monumental symbols of the Nation’s Capital).
Specialty excursions include Majestic Great Falls of Virginia, Historic U Street corridor, Unforgettable Cherry Blossoms in the Spring, Snowy blanket on the National Mall, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Photo Tour, Washington National Cathedral or Georgetown to name a few.
What did we like most?
It was an intimate group. I initially envisioned a large herd of people with cameras following around an instructor but it was a small intimate group of 8 which was considered “Sold Out.” I also didn’t expect to leave with so many photos worth sharing. Our instructor took us from the harbor, down Pinkney Street, State House Circle, Church Circle, Main Street, and the Eastport Bridge and through the marina.
Since the photo tour, I now have an interest in managing a full-time blog with just photos from my travels. We both learned an immense amount about our cameras by shooting for 4 hours with a professional photographer who could instruct us and answer questions.
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