Travel Photography Masterclasses
Led by professional 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 images. Class sizes are limited and do sell out so please book early to avoid disappointment.
There is limited availability on selected masterclasses - book in advance using the BOOK TICKETS button above or please enquire at the show box office when you arrive at Olympia London. Travel Photography Masterclasses are priced at £30 each, including entry to Destinations.
The 2019 Travel Photography Masterclasses schedule is now available and you can book tickets to all our exciting sessions below...
INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY
Camera manufacturers sell you on the myth that all you need to do to take great pictures is to buy a great camera, yet many people are disappointed by the results that they come back with. This workshop will 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 a 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. It will encompass improving exposures and colour balance, using picture scene modes, camera use and simple composition. You will learn:
- What functions to use in your camera and which ones to ignore
- How to improve your exposures and white balance
- Simple post-processing to improve your pictures
Thursday 10.15am-12.15am | Friday 3.30pm- 5.30pm | Saturday 3.30pm-5.30pm
ADVANCED DSLR SKILLS
Your DSLR is a complicated tool, but so often photographers find themselves having their camera working against them, rather than having it working for them. People often struggle with file formats, exposure and improving their pictures in post production.
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
- How to read a histogram and get perfect exposures
- Achieving perfect focus
Saturday 10.15am -12.15pm | Sunday 3.30pm- 5.30pm
TELLING A STORY WITH COMPOSITION
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 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 and visually complex. 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
- Techniques to employ to photograph the picture you visualised
- How to take more visually pleasing pictures by following rules of composition
Thursday 1.00pm-3.00pm | Sunday 1.00pm-3.00pm
SHOOTING TRAVEL PORTRAITS
One of the main reasons for travelling is to see the lives of the people you meet on the road, yet many people get intimidated when approaching people, and just end up stealing a shot from afar. They just point and shoot, without any creativity then hurry away before they get confronted. 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; as well as an extensive look at candid/street photography.
Thursday 3.30pm-5.30pm | Saturday 1.00pm-3.00pm
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.
CAPTURING 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.
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 or 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.
Travel Photography Masterclass Host - Steve Davey
These workshops are run by Steve Davey; who is a working travel photographer photographer and writer. Steve's work takes him all over the world photographing for a range of publications. Steve is the author of Footprint Travel Photography, the leading guide to travelling with your camera, which has recently been revised into an updated second edition; and the internationally best-selling Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die (BBC Books).