Online Class

The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons

by The Great Courses

Capture your adventures with magazine-worthy photos.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom

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Learn how to take compelling travel photos from award-winning National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore! He'll share his tips for harnessing light, composing great shots and choosing interesting subjects for images that reflect your unique creative perspective.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting Beyond the Postcard
Meet pro photographer Joe Sartore and start by learning how important the three rules of photography (light, composition and interest) are, especially when you're on the road.
2. Light: Early, Late & in Between
3. Faces & Places
4. Local Attractions & Unexpected Delights
5. Interiors & Exteriors, High & Low
6. Storytelling & Serendipity

Recommended with this class

  • Digital or film camera

Taught by

Joel Sartore
Joel Sartore
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. Recently, Joel was named a National Geographic Fellow for his work on The Photo Ark, a multi-year project documenting the world's biodiversity. In addition to his work for National Geographic, he has contributed to a variety of widely read publications, including Time, Life, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated. A noted author and worldwide lecturer on photography, Joel has written several books that highlight his craft and work, including RARE: Portraits of America's Endangered Species.

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