Seminar : Spirit of Place

Monks resting at Bayon Temple, Angkor, Cambodia, photograph by Alison Wright Monks resting at Bayon Temple, Angkor, Cambodia, photograph by Alison Wright

This seminar will help you create meaningful travel photos with new depth by bringing a "face to the place" of your journeys. National Geographic photographer Alison Wright will share tips from her own worldwide travels—revealing how she connects with the universal human spirit in order to capture the unique essence of place. Learn how to make more memorable travel images, become more comfortable photographing people, and more confident navigating unfamiliar cultures. Your photography skills and travel experiences will both be enriched.

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Topics Covered

  • Finding Your Passion

    Discover the subject you like to photograph best when traveling. Whether people, landscapes, architecture, or markets—learn how to pinpoint and hone in on what you most enjoy. Then use the power of that passion to capture the true essence of a place with your own personal "voice".

  • Photographing Markets and Festivals

    Markets and festivals are often the reasons we visit certain destinations, but once we arrive they can seem overwhelming. Get tips on how to navigate crowds so the pictures you bring home capture the most interesting aspects and true experience of being there.

  • Photographing People

    Learn how to "make" a photo instead of "take" a photo when shooting portraits. Hear new insights on how to approach people, gain their trust, and make them feel comfortable. Find out what key elements to look for and include when creating an environmental portrait.

  • Capturing a Sense of Place

    See how to make more memorable photos by capturing the distinctive essence of people and landscapes you photograph. Discover how identifying and portraying the true, authentic quality of a destination, culture, or individual will result in images that tell richer, more meaningful stories.

  • Technique

    Deepen your understanding of working with natural light versus flash. Expand your ability to incorporate gesture, light, emotion, and color to create more powerful photographs.

  • Packing Tips

    Get practical advice on how to pack equipment compactly and efficiently, yet still make sure all your needs will be covered on the road.

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Spring Schedules 2015

  • Full-Day Series

    Full-Day Series

    - All-Day Seminars -

    Register now for one of our all-day seminars welcoming all levels of photographers, from beginners to professionals. Each covers a wide range of creative and technical subjects to improve your picture-taking skills.

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  • Half Day Series

    Half-Day Series

    - Half-Day Seminars -

    Learn basic to advanced shooting techniques and sharpen your skills in a shorter period of time with our half-day seminars.

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  • Scottsdale Weekend


    - Weekend Photo Workshop -

    Join National Geographic photographers Annie Griffiths and Dan Westergren for a hands-on photography workshop in Scottsdale, Arizona. Deluxe accommodations at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa. April 17-20, 2015.

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