Travel Photography Course Outline

Travel Photography Course Outline

  • Unit 1
  • Unit 2
  • Unit 3
  • Unit 4

Unit 1 The Photographer’s View of the World

  • Lesson 1.1 The Fundamentals of Photographic Composition

    In Lesson 1.1: The Fundamentals of Photographic Composition, we start out by introducing you to the 5 travel photographers and industry experts who have helped NYIP put your Course together. We then begin to discuss some basic compositional techniques such as the rule of thirds and leading lines.

  • Lesson 1.2 The Genre of Travel Photography

    In Lesson 1.2: The Genre of Travel Photography, we begin with a brief history of travel photography as a specific compositional niche. From there, we move on to discuss its development throughout history, ending with a round-up of numerous ways in which it is explored today- from commercial to hobby.

  • Lesson 1.3 Travel Photography Equipment

    In Lesson 1.3: Travel Photography Equipment, we discuss some of the fundamental tools and devices specifically helpful when shooting travel photography. By the end of this lesson, you’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of specialized equipment while also becoming comfortable with the ability to shoot with whatever gear you may have at hand at any given compositional opportunity on a trip.

  • Lesson 1.4 Developing Your Eye as a Travel Photographer

    In Lesson 1.4: Developing Your Eye as a Travel Photographer, we’ll cover a variety of situations travel photographers encounter including how to handle crowds, overcome language barriers and use your photographer’s eye to see the possibilities in the world around you.

Unit 2 Working In the Field

  • Lesson 2.1 Lighting and Exposure

    In Lesson 2.1: Lighting and Exposure, we'll give you a rough overview of all the basic types of lighting that you can use when you make your travel photographs.

    Then we’re going to look at how professionals use different types of lighting to add power and emphasis to their pictures.

  • Lesson 2.2 Photographing People

    In Lesson 2.2: Photographing People, we'll cover a combination of working through the technical aspects of portraiture and different ways to approach a shot and the people you're working with, all to help get your shooting to a higher level.

  • Lesson 2.3 Photographing the City

    In Lesson 2.3: Photographing the City, we’ll start by discussing the 3 basic ways of working as a travel photographer in a city. From planning out a schedule of your day to finding unique ways to shoot commonly photographed scenes, this lesson will help you to master city photography on a professional level.

  • Lesson 2.4 Photographing the Outdoors

    In Lesson 2.4: Photographing the Outdoors, we begin with a review of preparation- things like what you should pack and how you should plan your journey. From there, we’ll discuss the compositional adjustments most suitably made for shooting things like natural landscapes, wildlife and the ocean.

Unit 3 Digital Workflow and Possible Paths

  • Lesson 3.1 Cameras and Lenses

    In Lesson 3.1: Cameras and Lenses, we’re going to start by going over digital cameras and how to put them to creative use. When you can completely control and master the manual functions of your camera, then we’ll start to think about the technical aspects of image capture and concentrate on composing beautiful and successful travel photographs.

  • Lesson 3.2 Camera Controls and Functions

    In Lesson 3.2: Camera Controls and Functions, we'll go over the functions that most cameras have and the ones that will be most instrumental in helping you capture excellent travel photographs.

  • Lesson 3.3 Workflow

    In Lesson 3.3: Workflow, we'll go over how to process your photos, choose the images to work with and edit them to fit your vision of perfect travel photos. Then we'll discuss what to do with these photos you’ve worked so hard on and what your options are. We'll detail how to market your photos and form a portfolio that reflects your brand.

  • Lesson 3.4 Possible Pathways

    In Lesson 3.4: Possible Pathways, we’ll talk about some possible career paths that you might take as a travel photographer, all of which are possible with the foundation this Course has given you. From shooting documentaries to capturing action at athletic events, we’ll explore which options could work for you moving forward.

Unit 4 Putting It All Together

  • Lesson 4.1 Defining Your Brand

    In Lesson 4.1: Defining Your Brand , we’ll discuss the branding, marketing and overall business side of travel photography — because once your images improve, who knows what new opportunities might open up for you.

  • Lesson 4.2 Taking It Online

    In Lesson 4.2: Taking It Online, we’ll discuss the tools that currently exist online that can be useful to photographers, and to travel photographers specifically. Although each photographer is different, we hope you’ll come away with a sense of how you can use some aspect of the Web to promote your brand.

  • Lesson 4.3 Marketing and Selling Your Photos

    In Lesson 4.3: Marketing and Selling Your Photos, we will introduce you to the potential avenues for generating income from travel photography and the ways in which you can put your work in front of audiences that matter: potential clients and agencies.

  • Lesson 4.4 Making a Portfolio

    In Lesson 4.4: Making a Portfolio, we’ll teach you to effectively develop a very carefully culled and curated assemblage of your photographs that you’ve chosen and edited to show something specific about your photography.