Travel Photography Course

Many people own good cameras with an extensive range of technical capabilities which are rarely used. This course will provide our participants with skills so that they can advance their photography well beyond their current expectations.

Phototourism’s Travel Photography Course will comprise of five, 2.5 hour sessions with an optional Day Photo-tour for participants.

You will participate in practical studio and location exercises under the direction of our instructor, so you get a real hands on and workable photographic knowledge.

Check out the travel course details below.

5-Day Course Lesson Plan

Day 1 - Introduction to Travel Photography
  • On the first night we will discuss the fundamentals of cameras and photographic equipment. You will learn how cameras have developed and their basic functions. We will explain the difference between focal plain shutters and leaf shutters, how they work and their effect on your photography.
    You will get to understand the mechanics of aperture and its effects.
  • We will also look at what gear people have and make some recommendations for further purchases.
  • Basic photography instruction. How to get the best out of your camera.
  • Some basic lighting principles.
  • Alternative lighting techniques including painting with light.
  • The fundamentals of photographic composition.
Day 2 - Long Exposures/ Night Photography
  • Long exposures and working with tripods (or not)
  • Shutter speeds
  • Depth of field
  • Back/rear curtain sync
  • Remotes and different ways to achieve trigger release
  • ND Filters (Haida Filters talk)
  • Set home projects
  • Different focal lengths – what is the difference in the effects. When and what lens to use.
  • Slow and fast lenses – what does that mean?
Day 3 - Night Photography Review and Portrait Photography
  • Review home assignments and discuss
  • Explore portraiture indoor techniques and outdoor techniques
  • People in the street
  • Candid photography – long to wide lenses and shutter speeds
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • How to get invited in

Provide Home assignments

Day 4 - Action Photography
  • Fast exposure with flash during open shutter practical task.
  • Positioning for the shot. Getting to the best spot – 1 step left – camera on the ground or above the head
  • Focus tracking
  • Shutter speeds and depth of fields ISO
  • Continuous drive
  • Lens choices.
Day 5 - Equipment Options for Travel
  • Equipment options
  • Filter kits
  • Speed light options
  • LED Options
  • Reducing the weight
  • Back packs
  • Review
  • Travel hints
Join additional Day Tour option
  • Attendees join tour to put their new skills into practice
  • Great Ocean Road Tour – 2 days travel along the Great Ocean Road
  • Additional $400 includes travel and tuition. Accommodation and meals are extra.

Take Advantage of a Personalised Old-School Face-to-Face Course 

Advance Technical Support

We are passionate photography nerd who loves to go all technical with our photography knowledge. 

Fully-Equipped Professional Studio

Our studio is fully equipped & setup with professional grade equipments.

Small Study Group

Focused teaching with a maximum of 8 students per class so you have more opportunity for personalised learning.

Continuous Support After The Course

Join & access a wealth of knowledge of an exclusive group of like minded individuals.

What Our Past Students Says:

I have attended previous photography courses organised by others, this has been the one that has challenged and extended my knowledge of the topic by far the greatest amount.

The tutor has the ability to gently encourage the participants to identify and embrace the challenges of putting all of the factors together to achieving pleasing photographs.

I believe I have changed from a ‘snapper’ to more of a Photographer, this will be an ongoing journey but one I now relish much more than before my involvement with this course

Richard

I have been doing photography for 40 years, but I have learnt more in a few weeks of this course than I have over the entire 40 years.

Hette Thomas

It has been an incredible experience to learn from such an experienced and knowledgeable photographer. The tutor has had many years of experience and has really taken my photography to the next level.

The tutor is not only a teacher but a photographer who inspires his students. I would highly recommend his classes to anyone at any level. Absolutely brilliant!

Korina Pomeroy

Just completed the Yarra Valley tour with Rod, such an amazing tour, I am a local but was still introduced to parts of the Yarra Valley I didn’t even know existed. Such a full day filled with great spots! 5/5 f stops

Scott

If you are looking to challenge yourself and get out of ‘Auto’ and into manual mode with your DSLR camera, then I would highly recommend this 5-week course.
I now have a far better understanding of exposure, composition, control of flash lighting, depth of field, etc.
The course is very practical and hands on and benefits from the small group interactions and ideas.

Colin Stansfield

Las week, Were in group of 3 did Philip island tour with Phototourism and it was an incredible tour.
He took us to great spots and showed us techniques to get greats shots
Highly recommend this company

Oanh Duong

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course suitable for?

Suitable for anyone with a DSLR camera who would like to learn more photography technique so you can take better quality images during your travels.

To make the most of this course, it is highly recommended if you have an understanding of operating your camera in Manual Photography Mode.

We offer private one-on-one tutoring with travel photography instructor for people who would like additional help to get comfortable with Manual Mode before the 5 weeks classes starts. Many of our past students had a great experience with this course and become more comfortable controlling their Manual mode after the classes with us. If you would like to sign up for the private tutoring, check out our Beginner Course here.

What do I need to take with me on the day?

Be early! Make sure you arrive 10 – 15 minutes before the course start to make the most of the 2.5 hours.

Take your camera with battery fully charged, any lenses you have, your own tripod if you have one, battery chargers, and pen & paper/notebook. 

Tea & coffee will be provided. 

How late can I enrol in a course?

You can book for a course until up to 2 days before the course date. If you missed out, please choose a later date or sign up to our newsletter to receive update when the course will become available

What if I can't make one of the day on schedule?

If you’re interested but your schedule will not allow you to attend 1 – 2 session, please contact us so we can fit you into another class to make up the missed session. 

I can only use my camera in Auto mode, do you offer courses to learn Manual mode?

In order to make the most of this course, you should already be able to operate the basics of your camera in Manual Mode.

We offer private one-on-one tutoring with travel photography instructor for people who would like additional help to get comfortable with Manual Mode before the 5 weeks classes starts. Many of our past students had a great experience with this course and become more comfortable controlling their Manual mode after the classes with us. If you would like to sign up for the private tutoring, check out our Beginner Course here.

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