Virtual Photo Workshop: Cherry Blossom Edition

Washington, D.C.’s famous cherry trees are nearing full bloom. Last spring, Nat Geo Travel took you there in real time with Dan Westergren, the head of photography for Traveler magazine, leading the way.

Dan went down to one of the District’s most photogenic spots—the Tidal Basin—to capture this world-class capital city in all its springtime glory and offer practical tips about how to leverage light and composition when you’re trying to get the perfect shot of these iconic—and fleeting—blossoms.

Watch the video now:

Follow Dan’s adventures at Nat Geo headquarters and around the world on Twitter @dwestergren and on Instagram @danwestergren.


  1. Mike Kandel
    Washington DC
    April 15, 2014, 4:01 pm

    If for nothing else than to say I tried, here is a link to a collection of my shots from this year’s peak bloom on the Tidal Basin. They are, in mine and friends opinions, worth a look.

  2. Agata
    April 14, 2014, 2:59 am

    Well, I was lucky to visit Washington DC just when all cherry trees blossomed! But it is tricky. Especially if you buy your ticket way in advance!

  3. Patti Fox
    San Diego, California
    April 11, 2014, 6:57 pm

    I can be there and enjoy the Cherry Blossoms even when I can’t!

  4. jenny
    Baltimore md
    April 11, 2014, 8:06 am

    I will be going there on Monday to see the cherry blossoms, what suggestions (settings) do you have to use on a cloudy day.

  5. Sue Ago
    April 11, 2014, 7:56 am

    Having trouble joining ant suggestions

  6. Will Brinkerhoff
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    April 11, 2014, 7:55 am

    Hey! I’m a freshman in High School and am really into photography. I just was in DC yesterday and took pictures of the blossoms and visited the nat geo museum. What are ways that I can get involved in National Geographic? What did you do during/after high school to end up with a job here?

  7. AtmeTV
    April 9, 2014, 3:43 pm

    Here’s a good warmup video

  8. Nicola Hilditch-Short
    April 9, 2014, 11:00 am

    I went to DC in June and it really is a great place to visit, we came over from our break in NYC (where we got married!) for a sort of mini honeymoon before jetting off to Japan. I would love to have come during the Spring, same with Japan! But I loved these trips so much I imagine I will be coming back for more. Such a different vibe to NYC.