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Travel Photography: The Essential Guide

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Photograph the unique beauty of any locale like a pro!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Jad Davenport

How it works

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Class Overview

Discover the professional secrets of National Geographic photographer Jad Davenport and start taking captivating photos that tell the story of your travels! Set yourself up for success with Jad’s tips for travel gear, planning a shot list and overcoming bad weather. Learn to create high-quality images anywhere with four key elements of design, and discover the most magical time of day to take your shots. Jad shares composition techniques for everything from iconic landscapes to small details, and reveals his tips for approaching and photographing locals with ease. Plus, you’ll learn to how to curate your images, creating a memorable narrative you can’t wait to show off!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting Ready
Meet your instructor, National Geographic Creative photographer Jad Davenport, and discover what goes into planning and preparing for a successful travel shoot. Jad shares how he makes the switch from tourist to photographer as he creates his own travel assignments: researching his destination, creating a theme and making a shot list and schedule. Then, take a peek into his pared-down gear bag as he shows you what lenses and equipment are must-haves and which pieces you can leave at home.
2. Making Pictures With Intention
3. Composition: The Artistic Eye
4. Unique Perspectives
5. Using Available Light
6. Capturing Moments
7. Artful Presentation

Recommended with this class

  • DSLR camera (instructor uses Nikon D800)
  • Tripod

Taught by

Jad Davenport
Jad Davenport
Jad Davenport is a photographer, author and filmmaker with National Geographic Creative. His cover and inside story for National Geographic Adventure in 2004 were the magazine’s first shot with a digital camera. Jad’s 30-year career as a travel photographer has taken him to all seven continents and more than 150 countries, and his images have appeared in publications from Islands and Outside and to Audubon and Coastal Living. Jad strives to create images that celebrate the beauty of the world and he’s thrilled to share his experiences and expertise with the Crafty photography community.

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