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Inspiring excellence
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Six days to transform your photography

Day 3: The Human Drama
SHARPEN your portraits of people and their lives.

CAPTURE the colour and action of festivals.

SEE how to turn city sights into compelling photos.

DEVELOP confidence in getting up close and personal.

What's in the course?

This fascinating one-day course for dedicated hobbyists and aspiring professionals features internationally renowned photographer Michael Freeman, travel photographer of the year Julian Love and editor of Outdoor Photography magazine Steve Watkins.

The course introduces and develops the creative and technical skills that will help you to take exceptional photos that capture the essence of the people, cities and festivals that you encounter on your travels. From nailing your compositions and exposures, to using ambient light and getting the most out of your camera gear, this course explores the essential techniques for making the most of your travel photography.

Weather permitting, the day includes a mentored shoot in the heart of London. It also offers detailed and supportive feedback on your work, which you are encouraged to bring along for comment.

Sessions are extensively illustrated with clear and insightful presentations featuring inspiring imagery, and are designed to engender an informative and encouraging atmosphere. The tutors are top professionals who willingly share their experience and expertise.

This is Day 3 of our six-part series for photographers at improver or advanced level. It works on its own, but you might also like the rest of Shoot Travel Photos Like The Pro's.

Expert tutors

Course leader
  • Steve Watkins, the editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine. A top travel photographer of 20 years' standing, Steve has photographed worldwide for the bestselling BBC books series "Unforgettable Walks To Take Before You Die", and is photographic director of the Travellers Tales Festival.

Special guest speakers
  • Michael Freeman, one of the world's leading photographers, author of 120 photo books – including 50 books on the practice of photography, which have become standard works. Michael has been a leading photographer for the Smithsonian Magazine for three decades, undertaking more than 40 assignment stories for them.
  • Julian Love, Travel Photographer Of the Year 2006 and a past student of Travellers Tales who has successfully turned professional.

Early booking discount

Enjoy a 10% discount on all prices if you book six weeks ahead! Early booking price for one day is £85 instead of £95, so book ahead and learn for less.

This series of six workshops at weekends offers advanced-level tuition for dedicated hobbyists and aspiring professionals. Each workshop focuses on a hot topic in travel photography, and can be taken alone. Completed in full, the series gives a superb platform for taking your travel photography to the next level. Details

A personal assessment of your pictures, available only to Travellers' Tales students. This one-to-one service is provided online after the course, at your own convenience. Simply add a critique to your shopping cart and you can email us 12 of your favourite travel photos after the course. Our expert tutors will return a detailed written critique within two weeks.

Pictures by course leader Steve Watkins.


COURSE BOOKING Six days that can be taken together or on their own

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Critique instructions will be emailed after the course

On Friday, 14 December 2018:
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Learning level
  • Suitable for improvers, dedicated hobbyists and aspiring professionals. Beginners also welcome.
  • Suitable for those shooting for fun or for publication.
  • Camera experience expected at a reasonable level, complex gear not essential.

Booking notes

Getting there
  • Our venues are in central London, with good public transport links. Off-street parking is not available.
  • Full joining instructions will be emailed to you a fortnight before the course. We do not give out our venue names until after booking.
  • Sessions run from 1015-1700 each day. Doors open at 1000 and classes start promptly.