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.
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!
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.
- Cost per person is $95 early registration, $115 late registration.
- 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.
- Advance registration and payment is required.
- Maximum number of students is 20, minimum number to make a class is 8.
- Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent lot at Electric Light & Power.
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 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.