The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons

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Joel Sartore,
National Geographic Photographer
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What Will You Learn?

  • Discover the three most important rules of photography - all while exploring famous photogenic locations.
  • Get tips on taking dynamic portraits of individuals and groups.
  • Explore how your photographs can tell a story - and why weddings are a great place to practice storytelling skills.

Course Overview

The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons
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6 lectures
 |  Average 27 minutes each
  • 1
    Getting Beyond the Postcard
    Light. Composition. Something interesting. Start the course in the field with Mr. Sartore to learn how important these three rules of photography are, particularly when you’re on the road. Visit Saint Lucia, Moscow’s Red Square, and other famous locales to learn how you can get beyond the typical postcard and create images that are truly your own. x
  • 2
    Light—Early, Late, and in Between
    Now watch as horseback riders are photographed in the surf at sunrise in this lesson that demonstrates how to handle changing light, build pictures from the background forward, react quickly in the moment, and use the reflectivity of water. Move to a beach house setting to learn how to shoot in harsh midday light, then return to the surf late in the day to experiment with slower shutter speeds and panned action. x
  • 3
    Faces and Places
    For memorable photos that provide a sense of time and place, you must add life, be it people or animals. Get tips on taking dynamic individual and group portraits, from directing your subject’s wardrobe to using near/far perspective. You’ll also learn when to reach for a telephoto lens and the advantages and drawbacks of using flash. x
  • 4
    Local Attractions and Unexpected Delights
    How can you capture local flavor in your photographs? What’s the secret to shooting in low light? Get tutorials on tailoring your approach to your surroundings and crafting close-ups in dark light by boosting ISO or using a tripod and cable release. Explore the benefits of changing your vantage point and shooting on overcast days. x
  • 5
    Interiors and Exteriors, High and Low
    How can you capture the beauty of historical buildings and other structures? How can you reveal the majesty of a landscape? Learn techniques for shooting exteriors and interiors such as focusing on architectural details and repeating patterns, changing your angle or perspective, and using framing devices and leading lines. x
  • 6
    Storytelling and Serendipity
    You can do your research, but for a photograph to tell a story, you still need serendipity to intervene. Consider how in-the-moment thought and creativity, combined with compositional techniques such as the rule of thirds, can lead to more intriguing images. Learn what to focus on at weddings and why they’re a great place to practice your skills. x

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Joel Sartore

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Joel Sartore
National Geographic Photographer
Joel Sartore is a professional photographer and a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. His assignments have taken him to some of the world's most beautiful and challenging environments and have brought him face to face with a diversity of wildlife in all 50 U. S. states and all seven continents. He was recently named a National Geographic Fellow for his work on The Photo Ark, a multiyear project to document...
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The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 118.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! Wonderful refresher and inspiring course for the newly professional or advanced amateur!
Date published: 2019-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful This is truly a great course. It helped me so much to think of photography in a different way and taking interesting photos rather than a typical postcard photo. I highly recommend.
Date published: 2019-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I have three photography courses from “Great Courses” and they are all very good. I would recommend these to all folks learning photographic technics no matter their level of expertise. Great course !!
Date published: 2019-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for a beginning photographer The course would be great for a beginning photographer, or someone who shoots only snap shots on vacation.
Date published: 2019-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the course Always great to be instructed by a professional in his field. Never stop learning.
Date published: 2019-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Art of Travel Photography I bought this three weeks ago and just finished today. I enjoy Joel Sartore's approach to photography! It makes so much sense and he explains things very well. He makes it sound so easy; and with him teaching the course, it is!
Date published: 2019-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course This course covers so many great details needed for good photos. Good investment.
Date published: 2019-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Art of Travel 6 Expert Lessons I am a want-a-be photographer and welcome all the hints and lessons give by the National Geographic Photograpers. Thank you Great Courses!
Date published: 2019-03-18
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