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with Jad Davenport
Online Class

Travel Photography: The Essential Guide

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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!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h5m

Included in this Class

1. Getting Ready

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

2. Making Pictures With Intention

Discover the difference between taking and making pictures. Jad will show you how to recognize the four elements that create dramatic images: composition, light, color and moments. He'll preview each element and show you how to incorporate each one to build up a photograph.

3. Composition: The Artistic Eye

3. Composition: The Artistic Eye

Delve deeper into composition as you see how Jad implements the rule of thirds to create artful and impactful images. Learn to utilize leading lines and color to create entry and exit points in your photographs and discover how to separate your subjects from their background as you adjust focal lengths. Play around with repeating patterns and learn the best way to capture cities and buildings. Also, learn how to "crop with your feet" to refine your focus and edit out compositional noise.

Recommended with this class

  • DSLR camera (instructor uses Nikon D800)
  • Tripod