Speaker Night 2022-11-10: “Early Light and the Golden Hour in DC” – David Luria

Thursday, 10 November 2022, 7 PM – 9 PM
Zoom meeting

David will present “Early Light and the Golden Hour in DC”, an illustrated slide talk showing where all the best pictures are when the sun is low, the light is soft and golden.

He is a professional architectural photographer and founder of the award-winning Washington Photo Safari program (http://www.washingtonphotosafari.com).

Since the program began in 1999, David and his 11 fellow instructors have trained over 40,600 amateur photographers from 50 US states and 70 countries in camera usage for 29 different areas of photography, such as travel, architecture, nighttime, portraits, event, street, nature and wildlife photography and in Lightroom and Photoshop post-processing techniques. Training an average of 5 photographers every day, 365 days a year for 22+ years, his 6,250 + small-group safaris have taken place in 186 different locations in 30 cities of 11 states and 8 countries around the world, including photo cruises in the Caribbean and in Europe. Keeping overhead low, this entire operation is run by David and a website assistant. He can be contacted at edaviduria@juno.com

David’s Washington Photo Safari has received hundreds of 5-star reviews on all major search engines, and it benefits from high customer loyalty, with about one-third of all his clients, 12,400 people, coming back as repeat customers, year after year, 800 of them participating in an average of 9 safaris apiece. In 2019 it was ranked among the top two Best Photography Services in the DC Area by the readers of DC’s City Paper. Trip Advisor now ranks Washington Photo Safari at No. 3 out of 91 outdoor activities in DC. David is also the author of a 130-page ebook entitled “Washington Photo Safari’s Guide For Amateur Photographers,” with helpful tips in 29 areas of photography.

Born in Hamburg, David is a Holocaust survivor who barely escaped Nazi Germany with his family on the last ship from Hamburg to New York City in December of 1938. Raised in New York, David has lived in his adopted city of Washington DC for more than 50 years, and so he claims to know where all the good pictures are! He has photographed over 3,500 apartment, hotel and restaurant properties in the DC area, plus dozens of events and conventions, and he is a frequent speaker at local camera clubs, including that of the National Press Club in Washington DC. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators. and a founding member of the Association of Independent Architectural Photographers. His website is www.edavidluriaphotography.smugmug.com

David also spent 25 years as a Volunteer Information Specialist with Travelers Aid at Reagan Washington National Airport and currently volunteers his time as the official photographer for DC Veterans for Statehood, and DC Vote, and as president of the Brandywine Tenants Association in his Washington DC apartment building..

A political science honors graduate of Amherst College and a US Army veteran, David is fluent in Spanish, French, German and English, served 3+ years in the Army during the Cold War in Germany, spent 34 years as a senior executive working for international non-profit organizations like CARE, Inc, which included 6 years in Colombia and Panama, and studied photography with a protege of famed French photographer Henri Cartier- Bresson at the Parsons School of Design in Paris, France. He claims his proudest achievements are his 3 children and 4 grandchildren and the fact that he has enabled tens of thousands of people to experience the joy of photography.