Best Photo Spots in Washington DC

Monuments at the National Mall

I know this may be a redundant post but just wanted to throw in my photos of the National Mall. I don’t think you can ever get enough of the National Mall and all of its glories. Tripods are allowed in all areas of the National Mall except for the…

War Memorials

I love coming down to the war memorials late at night because you can really feel the gravitas. Tripod is a must, especially if you’re doing any sort of night photography. Please be respectful when setting up to take a shot. I’ve seen too many photographers exhibit an unbelievable level…

Smithsonian National Zoo

This is probably the closest you’ll get to wildlife that is not bear or deer in the DMV area. I took all of these photos with a 70-200 mm f/4L lens and even with the lens wide open, I still found myself having to shoot above ISO 800. If you…

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The great basilica in Washington D.C. If you’re into church architecture, this place is a must. Beautiful stained glasses, grand chapel, the whole package. Tripod and flash are NOT allowed. BUT! you can take one of those Joby Gorilla pods and get away with taking pictures. That’s how I took…

Tidal Basin

Needless to say, Tidal Basin during the Cherry Blossom Festival gets very VERY crowded. Best time to photograph would be around 7 AM during a weekday, when DC residents are working and tourists are asleep. Tripods are allowed but actual use may be challenging if you go during a peak…

Smithsonian’s National Zoo

I find the Fall, Winter and early Spring the best times to travel to the zoo. The cooler weather makes the animals a bit more active especially the Red Pandas, Giant Pandas and Tigers, and cooler weather can sometimes deter the otherwise stifling crowds.

National Mall

The National Mall area remains very active from dusk to after dark, with many visitors enjoying the views of the memorials and surroundings well into the night. It is a great time for photography as well with the warmer colours and low angle of the setting sun, backlighting opportunities, and…

Smithsonian National Zoological Park

One of the best things about Washington D.C is countless number of public attractions. A day trip to the zoo is a must, especially if you have a soft corner for giant pandas. They are quite shy animals so you will have to be quite patient to catch a glimpse of…

Great Falls

The great falls is on the north side of Washinton DC. It is a part of the Potomac river, which goes over the Mather gorge. The narrow gorge causes the river to speed up and crash through creating scary but extraordinary floods of water. This creates some spectacular and exciting…

Library of Congress

This place is probably in every tourist guide talking about Washington, for a good reason. As a photographer (and as a tourist), you shouldn’t miss an opportunity to go there. The building (outside and inside) is wonderful. Depending on the time you have, you can peak a guided tour or…