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Travel Photography

The Essential Guide

with Jad Davenport
Travel Photography
Photograph the unique beauty of any locale like a pro!

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!


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Lesson 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.


Lesson 2. Making Pictures With Intention


Lesson 3. Composition: The Artistic Eye


Lesson 4. Unique Perspectives


Lesson 5. Using Available Light


Lesson 6. Capturing Moments


Lesson 7. Artful Presentation

"I like the fact that the first lessons give you an idea of what to do before embarking on your travel. The instructor gives you ideas on how to build a photograph without making it look like a typical snapshot. The whole setting of the class is in a relaxed state giving you a chance to reflect on what's being presented."
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