|Travel Photography II
M. Thornton Duration: 4
Weeks Cost: US$169
Travel Photography I was such a fun course we decided to create and offer a more in-depth and deeper
practice of photography with Travel Photography II. Many of us have such a desire to get out into our
ever-shrinking worlds and capture all that we see and experience. With Travel I we learned some key
foundational elements of photography, traveling, and some of the technical things needed to help take our
‘travel snaps’ and turn them into solid travel images. Now we will be building off of those key lessons and
practices by strengthening and deepening our approach to the subjects we experience around us. Whether
we are on Safari or simply roaming through our hometowns, we will learn how to make the best images
possible, and ones that can convey a story and a sense of our experience of place.
You don't need to be a master photographer or well versed world traveler to make great travel photos.
Sometimes it's being in the right place at the right time, and having that camera in your hand. Other times
it's learning to find the image, or creating it out of nothing but technical skills with the lens and camera.
Many of us in Travel I discovered many new things and even a lot of new people as we were out on our
‘assignments’. It’s those experiences, those new discoveries, and those new connections that a lot of us
thrive on and gives us that “travel bug”! Now that we have developed a stronger understanding of our
cameras and some of the things that make our travel images stronger, let’s take that next step and be a bit
more committed and take a few more risks, and see what other new and exciting doors may open up to us!
Our Travel II course is geared towards those of us that have a good solid understanding of our cameras, as
well a healthy sense of curiosity. We will be building off the lessons in Travel 1 and applying them to help
as we push ourselves a little further with approach, time, repetition, and intention. Through a series of
exercises and assignments we will be building a stronger understanding of how to get our images to tell
more of a photographic story. Many of us can’t help but tell a lot of ‘back story’ to each image we share
with friends, but have you ever had some images that told the story for you? Have you ever made an image
so compelling and powerful that it made people beg you to tell the story of how you made it, what
happened, how was it? Those are the images that we are most proud of, and often come complete with
some really fun anecdotes as well! By the end of our four weeks together we will be able to see our images
unfold a narrative and illustrate a sense of place, person, or our very own unique experience.
Each week our lessons will incorporate short lectured text explaining principles and guidelines of story
telling, strong imagery design and composition, various approaches to some of the most common topics of
travel imagery, and anecdotal stories to illustrate the point. There will also be sample images accompanying
each lesson to help illustrate the concepts and approaches for you, with variations to try and explore on
your own, as well as technical pointers and explanations to use that will help make those stronger
photographs. Lesson assignments will be focused on capturing a person, place, thing, and event. The
assignments will be geared towards encouraging you to push closer, shoot more, be more inquisitive and
learn to show something that not everyone may have access to. Each assignment will be carefully outlined
to help easily follow guidelines ensuring that each principle can be both mentally and physically
experienced, with the result being an image you never thought of creating before.
This course will cover the following topics:
- Equipment and gear
- Planning and Prepping
- Time of Day
- Approaching a stranger
- Lens choices
- Choosing the right mode for the right moment
- Capturing a sense of people, places, things and events
- Really getting to understand your subject
- Capturing the moment without interfering
- Capturing the moment by being involved
- Dynamic Perspective
- Telling the story
- Dealing with rejection
- Being anonymous, or be in the middle of it all
- Language issues
- A camera with full manual ability
A strong understanding of your camera in the various modes, shutter speeds and f/stops, and an
internet connection to upload your images for critique.
A healthy sense of curiosity and wonder are a huge help, but not mandatory.
A variety of lens choices, or a lens that can cover a wide focal length range, (18-200mm)
Instructor: Alan M. Thornton
Alan M. Thornton has been an advertising, editorial, and fine-art photographer for 16 years, working with
such clients as John Deere, Land Rover, Nike, Apple, Hewlett Packard, and TV Guide, Improper Bostonian,
Tasteful Magazine, and Santa Fean. His company's current work involves classic and contemporary styled
portrait illustrations for advertising and editorial clients that are captured on location or in the studio, and.
Alan also integrates his fine art landscape and nature photography to help round out his business and to help
satisfy his artistic endeavourers.
Alan has also been a dedicated photographic educator and consultant for over 8 years for various
professional photographers, photographic workshop companies as well as photographic trade schools and
institutes. He has been on the faculty of Boston University's Center for Digital Imaging Arts in
Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., as well as for the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Western Mass.
He instructs on various topics from Location Portraiture and Studio Lighting to Business Fundamentals and
Editorial Story Building. Alan also performs his own workshops at the Newspace Center of Photography,
Connecticut Media and Photographic Institute, The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Sunglow Ranch
Workshops, and the International Center for Photography in New York. He currently serves as a consultant
and mentor for new professional photographers as well as established photographers to aid in creating a
stronger market presence and development of a distinct style and photographic approaches.
Alan balances out his roles as educator and editorial business with various photographic documentary
projects. Alan's current portrait project has taken him to Cambodia where he has interviewed and
photographed the Khmer Rouge survivors who testified in the countries war tribunal hearings. His previous
project took him to southeastern Turkey, where he explored the mountainous regions of the border of Turkey
and Northern Iraq in pursuit of making large-format black-and-white portraits of the nomadic Kurdish people
who live there. His work has been featured with Hewlett Packard, which has earned him the Prestigious
Photographer sponsorship, as well awards from The Center For Fine Art Photography and the IPA Merit
Awards for his travel and documentary work.
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