Seminar : The Travel Assignment

Photograph by Jim Richardson Photograph by Jim Richardson

Now you can learn how National Geographic photographers create
those outstanding pictures. National Geographic photographers, Jim Richardson and Dan Westergren share the secrets behind capturing the most memorable images—from technical know-how to the instincts that guide their choice of subjects to shoot. See examples of published images and why they became the top selects.

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Topics Covered

  • Shooting for a Story

    Train your eyes to look for photos that tell a story. You can prepare yourself by researching the local culture and landscape before you go. You'll see examples from stories that were shot for specific assignments and hear how you can best capture a sense of place to bring home.

  • Photographing People

    Photographing people can be intimidating once you get up close. Learn how to capture their character and the special moments in their lives while making it a rewarding experience for both of you. Find out how to connect with your subjects so you will be able to transform ordinary candid shots into extraordinary images.

  • Bringing Back a Sense of Place

    Great photographs bring back sensations that trigger your memories and communicate the essence of the place you visited. Research your destination and immerse yourself into its culture. Knowing what to shoot and how to portray it will help you more powerfully express your ideas photographically.

  • Photos We Love and Why

    See and hear about the most basic elements needed to achieve any successful image—from the importance of defining your subjects to incorporating shapes, colors, and textures, to how the use of light can influence a photo. Our pros will share favorite photos that embody these skills.

  • The Technical Side

    Learn how professional photographers bring their images to life with drama and flair by using special lighting techniques. Explore the best ways to shoot using the sun's natural light, how to deal with challenging weather conditions, varying exposure, and when to use your flash.

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Fall 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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  • Workshops


    - Photo Workshops -

    Led by National Geographic photographers and instructors, our weekend and weeklong photo workshops feature hands-on instruction and assignments in the field. Or take your camera on the road with destinations ranging from Galápagos to Bhutan.

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