Photographing DC

DC Sunset

Chris Scholl sent us his Guide to Shooting Washington DC, which in and of itself is interesting, both for what it chooses to recommend, and what it chooses to ignore.

It focuses primarily on the usual places, the Mall, Embassy Row, Dupont Circle, the Museums and the monuments. Where’s the love for places like Lincoln Park in Capitol Hill? Old Town Alexandria? Union Station? Nothing at all in Southeast? Hains Point (at least til the Emerging Man is moved…) and Rock Creek Park (especially that bridge!) are left off the list.

I love this town’s incredible photographic wealth, and to see most of it ignored in a guide is frustrating. But, there are some great tips about how to shoot in this town which can be applied all over the place. Get out, explore, photograph this town. It’s pretty. It deserves it.

4 Comments so far

  1. Christopher Scholl (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 6:06 pm

    Uh-oh. I am being called on the carpet for not listing enough great spots in Washington. Well, you are absolutely right.

    There are many great spots that I did not include and your suggestions are great ones. Lincoln Park, Old Town – all of them. But I can think of a bunch more that aren’t on my list, or yours. The problem :-) with this city is it’s got way too much to offer for photographers!

    In my defense, I did write that “…this post should not be considered my last effort on the subject…” since I knew it was far from a comprehensive list.

    So… you’re absolutely right. But hey, at least we both love this city, right?


  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 6:11 pm

    Chris, your guide’s a great “tourist’s guide to DC, but I think for all of us who live here, an insider’s guide sequel would be awesome, and I’m glad to help.


  3. dan (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 6:35 pm

    The ’emerging man’ is named “The Awakening”


  4. Christopher Scholl (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 6:37 pm

    Actually, Tom, that’s a great idea. You’re right – my list was pretty much aimed at out-of-towners (who make up most of my readers).
    But it would be cool to assemble a great list of favorite and little-known photographic locations in the city. I suspect your readers might be great for that if you ask them for ideas. If you do that, I’d definitely write a follow-up with a link on my site to what you found. There are just so many great things to photograph in DC and I bet it would be a pretty great guide!



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