The Art of the Travel Photo Essay

with Mark Edward Harris

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Course Description

Do you aspire to create an emotionally compelling series of images that tell a cohesive story about a particular place and time? This four-week online workshop equips novices and pros alike with the skills and confidence to generate effective travel/documentary images and present them in the form of a well-defined, artful photo essay.

Each session begins with a lecture by award-winning photographer Mark Edward Harris, who offers tools, techniques, and inspiration. He covers topics including camera technique, story development, on-location lighting, and marrying photographs with the written word, as well as digital workflow strategies and real-world tips for navigating the photography market.

Participants are encouraged to bring to the first class 10 favorite travel-related images from their existing portfolio, saved as JPEGS (2,000 pixels on the long side). Then, from the second session onward, they present their developing travel photo essays, receiving valuable feedback that can be incorporated into their projects while they put theory into practice.

As Mark shares the preparation, concepts, and techniques necessary to create professional-looking travel photo essays, you discover how to make—and curate—inspirational images that far transcend the simple “I was there” photograph.

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download and select images using image editing software for class sessions.


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Storytelling, Travel Photography
Mark Edward Harris

Mark Edward Harris has traveled to more than 100 countries on all seven continents. His award-winning editorial work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, and other publications. He has won CLIO, ACE, Impact DOCS, Sports Photographer of the Year Gold, Aurora Gold, and IPA awards. Mark is a StellaPro Champion of Light and a Think Tank Pro Team member. His books include Faces of the Twentieth Century: Master Photographers and Their Work, The Way of the Japanese Bath, Wanderlust, North Korea, South Korea, Inside Iran, The Travel Photo Essay: Describing a Journey Through Images, and The People of the Forest.

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