Travel Photography

From the challenges of gear and data backup to the creative and cultural rewards of shooting people, landscapes and details.
Upcoming Classes

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Please note: The May class will be held online. Attendees will be given Zoom login instructions for the live classroom sessions. Please see the “Online Class” tab for more information.

Many people buy new cameras and take classes just to get ready for a trip or to improve their travel photography in general. In this class we’ll cover a wide spectrum of questions, issues and photographic techniques that apply to traveling and shooting.

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Photographer Peter Poulides is uniquely qualified to teach this class. He started his photographic life in Athens, Greece while attending high school. He went on to shoot for Travel & Leisure magazine for several years, creating more than a dozen feature articles and several magazine covers. He also shot for Travel Holiday, Food and Wine, Smithsonian Magazine and several inflight publications. Early in his career he was named one of the top 100 travel photographers in the world by Travel & Leisure. His travel assignments have taken him around the world and he still has a long list of locations he plans to visit and shoot on his own.

Beyond being able to share your experiences with friends and family, travel photography gives you the ability to record your unique view of the world. The goal is not necessarily to come back with postcard perfect images of all the sites you visit. That’s what postcards are for! Learn to shoot what you really see, what draws your attention. Maybe it’s people, or food, or traffic signs, architecture, gardens, water or crowds. Travel is a personal experience and your photography should reflect your personality. A few great travel shots, printed nicely, can also solve most gift giving dilemmas!

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This class is for all levels of photographers using all types of cameras. Even though most of the shots we review will have been shot on a DSLR, the techniques discussed apply to all formats.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • How and what to pack for a trip
  • Airport security issues: getting through without delay
  • Battery, power and charger considerations
  • Data: how to keep your precious image files safe while you’re traveling
  • Software: choosing a program for editing your images and the pros and cons of editing on the road with a laptop
  • Tripod: yes or no, what type?
  • Bags, slings, backpacks, belts and rollers: how to carry your gear without getting hurt or bogged down
  • Telling the story: how to cover a location so that you get a good selection of images that delivers a “sense of place”
  • Mindset: how to let photography enhance your travel experience by being patient and waiting for the photo to happen
  • Scouting and perseverance: why returning to a location again (and again) might be worth it
  • Shaking it up: trying new perspectives, limiting your gear to enhance your creativity, maybe even shooting film once in a while!
  • People: how to approach your subjects, when to give up and move on
  • Letting your pictures shine: displaying your travel photos when you get home, making prints, creating books and slide shows
  • Long exposures: shooting in low light and getting those magic photos that are invisible to our eyes

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

This is not a hands-on shooting class so you don’t need to bring a camera, but do bring something to take notes with!

A perfect companion class to this is Shooting Panoramas.

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Although it may not feel like it right now we will one day be traveling again. Whether you’ll be traveling across town or to another continent, the tips you learn in this class apply to journeys of all sizes. The May Travel Photography class will be held online via Zoom. Each class will be live with the instructor teaching the same concepts as if you were taking the class at DCP.

The online class will be held over two evenings on May XX and XX from 6:30-8:30. The information covered will be the same as discussed on the Overview tab but we are adding an image review on the second night. We encourage all participants to submit 3-5 of their favorite travel images for a gentle critique and much needed walk down memory lane.

These classes will not be recorded or available after the class has ended.

Details

  • Cost per person for the series is $95 early registration (available until 7 days before the first class start date), $115 late registration. Register by April 30 to receive a 20% discount on all online classes. Use code DCPONLINE20 at checkout.
  • Login in to Zoom meeting at least 15 minutes before the class starts to become familiar with the program and work out any technical issues that may occur.
  • Classes start promptly at X:XXpm.
  • Each class is 2 hours long.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 20.

How will the online sessions be different from being in the classroom?
Like in the classroom, the online sessions are demonstration classes where you do not need to have a camera during the class.

Attendees will be on mute but can ask questions through various methods on Zoom, such as the chat feature. If there is a specific question the instructor can answer those questions after the session has ended or by email. Class handouts will be distributed through e-mail.

We encourage you to use the video feature when you join the Zoom class! It will help us feel connected and engaged as a class, even though we aren’t all in one place. To use the video feature, you will need a webcam.

Do I have to live in North Texas to take the online classes?
No! Have you always wanted to take a photography class with your friend or family member but you aren’t in the same location? This is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill with a buddy near or far.

For the May online class:
  • Cost per person is $95 early registration, $115 late registration. Register by April 30 to receive a 20% discount on all online classes. Use code DCPONLINE20 at checkout.
  • Login in to Zoom meeting at least 15 minutes before the class starts to become familiar with the program and work out any technical issues that may occur.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 20, minimum number to make a class is 8.

How to submit your images for the travel series review:
After registering for the workshop, submit your 3-5 travel images according to these guidelines:

  • Images must be JPEG. Images should be at least 2000 pixels across the longest side.
  • Filenames must contain your first and last name (johndoe-1.jpg, johndoe-2.jpg)
  • Submit via WeTransfer. You don’t need an account or any login information, just add your files. Enter our email address submissions@dallascenterforphotography.org and enter your return email address. Hit Transfer and you’re all set!

Your images must be submitted no later than 24 hours before the class starts.

For in person classes:

  • Doors open at 8:45am. Classes start promptly at 9am and ends at 1pm.
  • Classes may be held in the upstairs classroom, up one flight of stairs, no elevator access.
  • Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent lot at Electric Light & Power

Q: How will the online sessions be different from being in the classroom?
A: Like in the classroom, the online sessions are demonstration classes where you do not need to have a camera during the class.

Attendees will be on mute but can ask questions through various methods on Zoom, such as the chat feature. If there is a specific question the instructor can answer those questions after the session has ended or by email. Class handouts will be distributed through e-mail.

We encourage you to use the video feature when you join the Zoom class! It will help us feel connected and engaged as a class, even though we aren’t all in one place. To use the video feature, you will need a webcam.

Q: Do I have to live in North Texas to take the online classes?
A: No! Have you always wanted to take a photography class with your friend or family member but you aren’t in the same location? This is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill with a buddy near or far.

Q: What do I need to bring?
A: This is not a hands-on shooting class so you don’t need to bring a camera, but do bring something to take notes with!

Q: How will I know if the workshop makes or not?
A: If the workshop doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than 2 days before the scheduled class date.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: If you cancel 3-7 days ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive no refund or 50% transfer credit toward another similar class within 3 months of the cancellation date. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 48 hours of start time of the class or workshop. Full details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Peter Poulides

Peter is the director of Dallas Center for Photography and teaches several of the classes and workshops. In over 30 years of shooting assignments for national magazines and corporate/stock photography he’s learned a few things and likes to pass it on. His favorite student review is “You remember what it’s like to not know”.

He also works one-on-one with clients to further particular shootings skills, organize their photos with Lightroom or work on projects like books and exhibitions. He still shoots occasional commercial jobs but is busy with personal book projects and running the expanding DCP.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have cancelled or rescheduled all in-person classes, events and gallery shows. We are now offering online classes here and will be adding more soon!