Travel Photography Seminars
Our photographic seminars, led by professional photographer Steve Davey, will inspire you to create pictures that you are proud of, not just records of the fantastic places you travel to. Choose from one of the following half-day courses (show entry is included) for only £55. Plus, everyone attending our new seminars will receive a free copy of Footprint's European City Breaks, worth £14.99, so once you've been inspired to take better travel photos you can plan a trip to some of the world's greatest cities and start practising!
Pre-booking for our photography seminars has now closed so please book a ticket at the show box office on the day you attend the show. We have limited availabilty on our courses so cannot guarantee spaces will be available.
• Introduction to your DSLR: Saturday 2 February, 10am - 1.15pm
Many people struggle to master their cameras most simple functions, yet by following these ten simple rules you can instantly improve your pictures without needing to read all of your camera manual! You will learn a number of things, including:
- How to adjust your camera settings
- Getting better exposures
- Improving your composition
- Seeing better pictures
- Travelling with your camera
- Adding to your camera kit
• Advanced DSLR: Friday 1 February, 10am - 1.15pm & Sunday 3 February, 10am - 1.15pm
If you buy a DSLR but leave it on AUTO and only shoot JPEGs then you are not getting the most out of your camera. There are a number of settings that you can experiment with to wrestle back control and shoot more creative pictures. We will look at getting better exposures and mastering the shutter speed and aperture settings to achieve more creative pictures. It will also cover shooting in the more versitile RAW format, which allows you to spend more time thinking creatively when taking pictures.
Mastering these advanced skills will also mean that your camera will become a part of you as a photographer, and not get in the way of the photographic process. Different techniques that you will learn include:
- Using the higher quality RAW format
- Getting better exposures and reading histograms
- Simple RAW processing workflow
- Understanding white balance.
- Choosing between aperture and shutterspeed
• Mastering Composition: Thursday 31 January, 2pm - 5.30pm & Saturday 2 February, 2pm - 5.30pm
It doesn't matter what camera you have, you can improve your photography by mastering the composition in your photographs. In this course you will learn:
- Previsualising and seeing pictures
- Selecting angle and viewpoint
- Lens Choice & subject distance
- Telling a story in a single picture
- Rules of composition
• Shooting travel portraits: Sunday 3 February, 2pm - 5.30pm
The local people you meet on your travels are the highlight of any trip, yet many people struggle to photograph them successfuully. Some people struggle to ask people for permission, opting to snatch a picture surreptitiously: producing poor pictures and bad interactions with local people. Photographing in this way can also lead to hassle and abuse. Some people do ask, but rush their shots and coming away with a picture who looks posed and stiff, or is flashing a cheesy smile.
This course will look at all aspects of photographing people on your travels. When to ask and when not to ask. We will look at the different styles of portrait that you can shoot in and look at some of the tips that professionals use to get meaningful and expressive portraits, whilst enjoying better social interactions. We will also cover how to approach people and all of the camera settings that mean you can concentrate on the subject of your picture and not your camera.
The course will feature an illustrated talk, a brief practical workshop, a review session where you can get comments and suggestions on your own work and a question and answer session. You will learn about:
- Styles of portrait
- Previsualisation and preparation
- Approaching people
- Camera settings and techniques used by the pros
To book your ticket to one of the above half-day courses (show admission is included) visit the show box office on the day you attend. Please note, availability cannot be guaranteed when booking on the day.
Travel Photography Seminar host - Steve Davey:
Steve Davey is a photographer and writer based in London. He is the author of the internationally bestselling Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die (BBC Books) which has sold almost 300,000 copies in some 30 language editions. Steve recently published Footprint Travel Photography, the leading guide to travelling with your camera. To compliment this book, Steve launched an exclusive series of travel photography tours and courses to some of the most exotic and photogenic parts of the world.
Steve is a great believer that whilst you do have to work at getting great travel pictures, this need not be a chore. Travel Photography is the perfect way to get more out of your travels and to meet and interact with the people that you encounter along the way. As a photographer, you will quite simply see more, do more and enjoy more than if you were travelling without a camera. The key though is to be familiar with your equipment and some of the technical aspects of photography. This will free you to concentrate on the creative aspects of your photography. This is where these courses cn help with your photography: they will look at some of the technical aspects that you should master and take you through your creative choices so that you can come away with imaginative pictures that you can be proud of.