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 4.0 out of 5 by 113.
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
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay if you like fake, setup photography I was disappointed because the emphasis in this course seemed to be on how to hire people and bring props to photography locations in order to create interesting photos. I like to shoot what is there naturally. The idea of posing people and using props and creating situations that actually never would have existed but for your staging repulses me as phony. I know, not everyone feels this way, but if you do, you won't like this course.
Date published: 2019-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Useful tips I found a lot of useful tips to make better photographs on the go. The lessons present many different situations you are in when you are traveling and the tips given by Mr Sartore are easy to understand. I will watch those courses again before going on vacation!
Date published: 2019-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great update for me I took this course just after having followed Joel's Fundamental 1 lecture, perhaps too soon, having not managed to really test in depth everything from his previous 24 lessons, But I may always come back and rehearse the course now that it's in my list ;) Here, Joel goes deeper into the specificity of Travel Photography, with numerous examples, the course summarises and goes further into the subject of the last 12 sessions sessions of the Fundamental 1 course. Joel uses his family and friends to give some animation and human presence in his photos for the course, but as he tells us, if we do not have actors ourselves, now its up to us to be patient and to capture the special event with other visitors or the locals as they move by any great Travel subject shot. Joel's way of presenting is joyful and easy to follow. I highly recommend.
Date published: 2019-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I really enjoyed this series from Joel. I’m going try and make my travel photos more than the “I was there” type pictures.
Date published: 2019-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very basic I have been doing amateur travel photography for quite some time now, but I have never taken any photography courses. From this course I hoped to learn some useful tips and ideas. Alas, it would be more appropriate to call it "The Basics of Travel Photography" rather than "Art". The course revolves mostly around basic stuff like "be creative" and "take your pictures at sunrise and sunset". It does include a few more advanced pieces like using a telephoto lens to blur background, but you'll have to sit through a lot of very basic material to pick them up. On the other hand it does seem to assume familiarity with some basics like layering and rule of thirds. To underline how this course doesn't quite stand up to its promise, only a few of the photos the lecturer takes during the course look good straight out-of-the-camera. When they are shown to us again in the lesson summary, they are heavily post-processed, but post-processing is not part of this course. The presentation is good, although I found it a bit too repetitive. I liked the tasks at the end of each lecture, they were not too hard and really helped summarize the material.
Date published: 2018-12-22
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