Simply photographing an exotic location is easy, telling its story is considerably harder. This course, led by expert professional photographers, will cover creating, editing and selling top-quality travel images that make a statement. The emphasis is on finding your own particular style and improving on it. We cover everything from photographic basics up to concepts of composition and lighting, plus sessions on understanding digital equipment, relevant computer programs and markets for your work. Working in small groups you will have plenty of chance to pick our experts' brains on any aspect of photography.
Practical sessions will be followed by feedback and advice from our experts to encourage and inspire further improvement. The course is suitable for aspiring travel photographers whether you want to pursue a career in editorial work, supply a library, win prizes, publish books or simply improve your photographic abilities.
This highly practical course aims to teach attendees to take more professional pictures, tell visual stories, pitch work to publications, successfully interpret commissions, and establish a recognisable personal photographic style.
Topics covered include:
- Decent exposure: aperture, ISO and shutter speed for the traveller
- Finding your personal style
- Selling and marketing your work
- Working to a brief
- Pro-tips for post-production
- Lessons from master travel snappers
- Storymaking: finding, and creating, narratives
This course is for you if…
- You're an enthusiastic amateur hoping to make the break into professional photography
- You run or contribute to a travel blog and want to improve the quality of your images, and use them to tell better stories
- You're a keen traveller and want your camerawork to do your trips justice
Please note this course is not designed for novice photographers – all attendees should have their own SLR camera and be comfortable using it.
Kevin Rushby is a travel photographer, author and journalist. After finishing university in Newcastle in 1982 he bought a one-way ticket to Cairo – the start of a journey that would take him through Egypt, Sudan, Central African Republic, Uganda, Zaire and Kenya. He started working for newspapers and magazines while in Kuala Lumpur, and is the author of four acclaimed travel books – including Hunting Pirate Heaven (an investigation of 17th century pirate utopias in the Indian Ocean) and Paradise: A History Of The Idea That Rules The World. Kevin is Guardian Travel's 'Explorer' and a contributor to the Saturday Review. You can find out more on his website.
Andy Earl is a professor of photography at Norwich University and a leading professional for many years. Andy has worked in almost every aspect of the business from gritty adventure stories in the UK to album covers for Chinese rock stars in the backstreets of Shanghai.