Travel Photography Masterclasses
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For a taster of what to expect, browse the details of the 2020 classes below.
Led by a professional travel photographers, Steve Davey and Paul Goldstein, these two-hour masterclasses will help sharpen your skills, iron out bad habits and give you a better understanding of your camera’s functions to enhance your travel photography.
These masterclasses have a anecdotal and conversational style, offering you a wide range of tips to help you plan and carry out a photographic mission to a wide range of destinations.
You'll even have the opportunity to submit your own photos to the course leader and receive personal feedback as part of each session. Class sizes are limited and do sell out so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Travel Photography Masterclass Host
Steve Davey is a photographer and writer whose work has been published in magazines and newspapers all over the world. He is the author and principal photographer of the internationally best-selling Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die which has sold over 300,000 copies and has some 30 co-editions around the world. Followed by Unforgettable Islands to Escape to Before You Die which involved Steve catching 99 flights in a year and flying the equivalent of over seven times around the world - both published by BBC Books. Steve has recently authored Around the World in 500 Festivals and a second edition of Footprint Travel Photography, the leading guide to travelling with your camera. You can find Steve's current work here, often updated from remote locations on the road. You can also find archived galleries of Steve's recent work here.
Wildlife Photography Masterclass Host
Paul Goldstein is an award-winning wildlife photographer and guide and has worked for Exodus for 16 years, with over 20 years in the industry. He lectures throughout the year about wildlife, photography and conservation. His real expertise however lies in wildlife photography, Africa and the Polar regions. Paul is one of very few people that has spent time with all five of the BBC's ‘Dynasty’ luminaries. Several chimp safaris, literally years with lions, two fabled expeditions to Emperor penguins and wild painted dogs throughout Africa.
INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY
With Steve Davey
Camera manufacturers sell you on the myth that all you need to do to take great pictures is to buy a good camera, yet many people are disappointed by the results that they come back with! This workshop will take you through the basic of photography and camera skills. We will show you how to travel as a photographer, and when is the best time to take pictures. We will simply outline some of the reasons why your pictures go wrong, and how you can look at how you can get the most out of your camera, and the modes that it offers.
The course is meant for those with any camera, whether a smartphone, compact camera, a mirrorless camera or an entry level DSLR used on automatic. It will teach you how to improve your pictures without getting overly technical, but will touch on some of the technical basics. It will encompass improving exposures and colour balance, using picture scene modes, camera use and simple composition.
Things that we will cover include:
• How to seek out pictures and travel like a photographer
• Technical basics and how to achieve them with your camera
• Simple post-processing to improve your pictures.
ADVANCED DSLR & MIRRORLESS CAMERA SKILLS
With Steve Davey
Modern DSLR and Mirrorless cameras are excessively complicated. If you read the camera manual it will tell you every single function on the camera; it won't tell you which functions you actually need to use. The result is that many photographers get bogged down with technology, and creativity suffers.
Steve's skill and experience at explaining even the most complicated aspects of photography will help you to regain control of your camera so that it doesn't get in the way of your picture taking. It will cover all of the technical aspects of photography, but in such a way that you will be soon have your camera working for you, and not against you.
This workshop will teach you many of the advanced skills employed by professional photographers, and will include shooting in the RAW format, advanced focussing, improving exposures and managing white balance.
On this comprehensive workshop, you will learn:
• The benefits of shooting RAW and white balance
• Achieving sharper pictures and perfect focus
• How to read a histogram and get perfect exposures.
TELLING A STORY WITH COMPOSITION
With Steve Davey
As well as being an art form, photography is a means of communication. Being able to see pictures and capture your vision with your camera is one of the greatest skills you can develop as a photographer. Largely independent of your equipment, this workshop will look at how to previsualise your pictures and then proceed to tell a story in a single picture. We will look at the compositional techniques and tools that you can use to make your pictures more effective at communication and visually complex.
We offer ways for you to see and create pictures in the first place, and then how to exploit the characteristics of your camera to capture them in a visually interesting way. We will also cover the rules of composition and how you can make your pictures more visually balanced.
On this workshop you will get a number of real world hints and tips from a working professional photographer, and you will learn:
• How to see pictures and work out what you want to photograph
• Creating pictures by exploiting viewpoint, angle and lens choice
• How to take more visually balanced pictures by following rules of composition.
SHOOTING TRAVEL PORTRAITS
With Steve Davey
One of the best things about travel for many people to see the lives of the people you meet on the road, yet many photographers get intimidated about approaching strangers, and just end up stealing a shot from afar. They rush a shot without any thought or creativity then hurry away before they get confronted. This means that they have a bad experience of the whole process, and crucially so does the person being photographed. It also means that they come away with disappointing pictures: with little or no feeling or empathy.
This exciting photography workshop will outline the technical and creative decisions you will need to make when shooting a portrait. By making these decisions in advance - before you approach someone to ask permission – you can be more relaxed and creative. We will also look at the best ways to approach people and how to go about the mechanics of shooting different styles of portrait. Crucially Steve will share his own technique for achieving engaging eye contact.
We will also take an extensive look at candid/street photography, and how to take pictures without permission, but crucially without causing offence.
Illustrated with many of Steve's pictures from around the world, this Masterclass will include:
• How to see pictures and previsualise your portrait style
• Approaching people and achieving eye contact
• Techniques for non-invasive street photography.
Photograph like a Pro
You don't have to be an aspiring professional photographer to be able to learn a great deal from the approach of a professional photographer to travelling and taking pictures. As a keen photographer you can learn a lot from their approach, skills and equipment choices, which will help to make your next holiday a photographic success: if you are hoping to make a career out of photography, then this masterclass will help you to avoid many years of learning the hard way!
Things we will cover include:
• Planning and researching a trip
• Gear issues and how to pack and get your gear on a plane
• Keeping safe, and how to act and behave whilst on the road.
Capturing a Sense of Place
Many travellers like to document their trips and the places they visit on social media – whether to keep in touch with friends, or to try to achieve a significant following in order to try to turn their travels into a career.
The most effective pictures for social media will convey a sense of place and will involve the photographer engaging with their destination as much as they try to engage with their social media following! This will involve travelling in a more engaging way, but also shooting your pictures with a particular idea in mind. We will look at ways that you can shoot more engaging pictures, taking in a number of different disciplines, including food, wildlife and people.
This masterclass will draw on some of the points from our other workshops, but in a non-technical way that will give you many ways to improve your pictures - whether you are shooting with a smartphone all the way up to expensive professional equipment. We will look at how to travel better as a photographer, what and how to photograph, composition and simple ways to improve the quality of your pictures.
We will also have a quick look at how to best upload your images to the internet and to make sure that they are found and engaged with by the wider world.
Things that we will cover include:
• How to establish out your own sense of place
• Creative skills to capture a sense of place
• Uploading images to social media
MAKING TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY PAY
With Jamie Marshall
If you ever wanted to try to make some money with your travels, but had heard that the stock photography market was dead, then you need to come along to this workshop. Jamie Marshall is a part time travel photographer who balances a full time job with regular overseas trips where he shoots stock photography for a number of libraries, and still manages to make a good income in today's difficult times.
Jamie will help you with all aspects of the business, including what pictures to take, model releases and successful keywording of your pictures.
Wildlife Photography: Capture the Moment
With Paul Goldstein
Award winning wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein takes budding wildlife rookies and veterans through a rigorous class to enable them to catch the moment and get close to the wildlife grail.
Paul is described by the Sunday Times as being 'preposterously vivacious' and being of ‘psychotic gusto’, they also say his advice is ‘rarely sugar-coated’, so come along to this session if you are brave enough. Paul is not interested in exhaustive processing of images, safe, chocolate box portraits or indeed the geek-like approach by many regimented ludicrously camouflage-clad nerds. What he does is deliver, and his burgeoning army of followers over many years is testament to this.
If you want to become a better and more ambitious wildlife photographer, don’t miss this opportunity.