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When traveling, most folks carry a camera to capture shots of their destination instead of buying multiple postcards to show family and friends. In order to take more compelling travel pictures, it would be a good idea to watch the TV series The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons. A National Geographic photographer will guide viewers through basic rules of photography that include composition, light, and other topics. For example, there are several times of day you can take a photograph, but there is a better time to take a shot be it at sunrise, sunset, or the middle of the day.

The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons is a Documentary & Biography series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on September 27, 2013.

The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons is available for streaming on the The Great Courses website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, The Roku Channel online.

The Great Courses
1 Season, 6 Episodes
September 27, 2013
Documentary & Biography
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The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons Full Episode Guide

  • You can do your research, but for a photograph to tell a story, you still need serendipity to intervene. Consider how in-the-moment thought and creativity, combined with compositional techniques such as the rule of thirds, can lead to more intriguing images. Learn what to focus on at weddings and why they're a great place to practice your skills.

  • How can you capture the beauty of historical buildings and other structures? How can you reveal the majesty of a landscape? Learn techniques for shooting exteriors and interiors such as focusing on architectural details and repeating patterns, changing your angle or perspective, and using framing devices and leading lines.

  • How can you capture local flavor in your photographs? What's the secret to shooting in low light? Get tutorials on tailoring your approach to your surroundings and crafting close-ups in dark light by boosting ISO or using a tripod and cable release. Explore the benefits of changing your vantage point and shooting on overcast days.

  • For memorable photos that provide a sense of time and place, you must add life, be it people or animals. Get tips on taking dynamic individual and group portraits, from directing your subject's wardrobe to using near/far perspective. You'll also learn when to reach for a telephoto lens and the advantages and drawbacks of using flash.

  • Now watch as horseback riders are photographed in the surf at sunrise to learn how to handle changing light, build pictures from the background forward, react quickly in the moment, and use the reflectivity of water. Move to a beach house setting to learn how to shoot in harsh midday light, then return to the surf late in the day to experiment with slower shutter speeds and panned action.

  • Light. Composition. Something interesting. Start the course in the field with Mr. Sartore to learn how important these three rules of photography are, particularly when you're on the road. Visit Saint Lucia, Moscow's Red Square, and other famous locales to learn how you can get beyond the typical postcard and create images that are truly your own.