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MatadorU Travel Photography Program

MatadorU specializes in teaching the craft of creating travel media through writing, photography, and filmmaking. MatadorU is the most comprehensive online travel journalism school in the world, covering diverse topics from building skills in your chosen medium, to creating and marketing your personal brand.
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What is the MatadorU Travel Photography Program?

The Travel Photography program at MatadorU was created to serve a variety of people. Whether you’re already a pro travel photographer looking to take advantage of our active community of photojournalists, access to paid freelance photography jobs, and press trips for free travel, or someone just getting started with a DSLR camera and wanting to build a career in digital photography, our course is for you. This program and the growing community of thousands of travel journalists we are building will help you take better photos and network with other photographers and editors, as well as brands and destinations. In addition to the nuts and bolts of becoming a better travel photographer, you’ll learn about personal branding, how to build a profitable photography website, and how to pitch editors — the full skill set for a career you’re actually passionate about.

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Save up to $250 by enrolling in more than one of our courses

  • Lifetime access
  • Faculty feedback
  • Test drive for free
  • Travel Photography

    Travel Photography

  • Travel Writing

    Travel Writing

  • Travel Filmmaking

    Travel Filmmaking

Total Cost:
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Complete MatadorU Travel Photography Curriculum Online

1. From early origins to today’s innovations and opportunities

  • A brief history of travel photography
  • Enter the professional travel photographer
  • Pitching to magazines, newspapers, and websites
  • Libraries, stock, competitions, and the rest
  • Assignment & recommended reading

2. Equipment

  • Camera types and formats
  • Lenses
  • Flash units
  • Filters
  • Tripods other camera accessories
  • Laptops and external storage devices
  • Assignment & recommended reading

3. Aperture, shutter, film speed, exposure, focus

  • General camera settings
  • The shutter
  • Apertures and DoF
  • ISO / film speeds
  • Learning how to focus
  • Exposure and metering
  • Assignment & recommended reading

4. Composition, lighting, color, filters

  • Composition
  • Light
  • Artificial light / flash
  • Color temperature
  • Shooting in Color
  • Filters
  • Assignment & recommended reading

5. Types of travel photography

  • Outdoor / landscape photography
  • Night photography
  • People / portraits
  • Nature / wildlife photography
  • Documentary photography
  • Assignment & recommended reading

6. Editing: Post processing and image enhancing software

  • Lightroom and Aperture: Working with RAW files
  • Photoshop and Elements
  • Managing your portfolio
  • Assignment & recommended reading

7. How to get paid photography assignments and manage them for maximum productivity

  • Understanding how the publishing industry is evolving
  • Getting into a publication mindset
  • Publishing vs. self-publishing, money, and legal matters
  • Assignment & recommended reading

8. How to plan and prepare for a photography assignment

  • Planning and research
  • Packing gear, cleaning, and maintenance while traveling
  • Assignment & recommended reading

9. Myths vs. realities: What you need to know to make photography your career

  • Key qualities of successful travel photographers
  • In-house vs. freelancing and how to deal with burnout
  • Straight talk about earnings
  • Straight talk about ethics
  • Assignment & recommended reading

10. Building and keeping an audience online by mastering social media

  • Social media platforms and tools: The basics
  • Facebook: Profiles, pages, and edge rank
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Stipple
  • Flickr
  • 500px
  • Instagram
  • Other platforms of note: Tumblr, Pinterest, and LinkedIn
  • How to build your online presence with social media
  • Tracking performance with analytics
  • Assignment & recommended reading

11. How to capitalize on new media, SEO, and ads to monetize your blog and pay for your travels

  • Monetizing your blog and Google Adsense
  • Working with premium ad networks and how to negotiate contracts
  • How to sell your own ads
  • 8 steps to building a profitable blog that funds your travels
  • Assignment & recommended reading

12. Living the dream

  • Putting it all together and making the leap
  • Sources of funding (grants, competitions, etc)
  • How to extend your travel time
  • Managing mail, taxes, finances on the road, and final thoughts
  • Assignment & recommended reading

Testimonials

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Lily Girma

When I received an email announcing the launch of MatadorU, I just knew this was the course I had been waiting for.

Jeff Bartlett

Jeff Bartlett

My investment in MatadorU's Photography program has resulted in countless opportunities to apply my new craft.

Aloha Lavina

Aloha Lavina

MatadorU gave me a focus for a yearning to get back into journalism, but this time from the travel perspective.

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Kyle Ellison

In the first month of being enrolled at MatadorU I received more paying assignments than I had in the previous two years.

Join our online education community today!

Save up to $250 by enrolling in more than one of our courses

  • Lifetime access
  • Faculty feedback
  • Test drive for free
  • Travel Photography

    Travel Photography

  • Travel Writing

    Travel Writing

  • Travel Filmmaking

    Travel Filmmaking

Total Cost:
$0
You saved $0.00 by enrolling in 0 courses

What you get with every course

Curriculum

MatadorU offers college level courses that have all been made by industry leaders.

Feedback

Receive one on one feedback from MatadorU's faculty on select assignments, exercises, and labs.

Labs

Participate in our special labs and gain opportunities for more personal feedback.

Pro Modules

Gain access to one of a kind tutorials only available to U students.

Community

Join a network of thousands of other travel journalists - connect and collaborate.

Market Leads

A list of leads, press trips, contests and paid gigs.

Press Trips

Gain access to press opportunities for free trips across the globe.

Partner Offers

Discounts and offers MatadorU has negotiated on behalf of the student body.

Writing

Travel writing course outline.

Photography

Travel photography course outline.

Film

Travel filmmaking course outline.

Recognition from National Geographic Traveler Magazine

National Geographic Traveler, the world’s most widely read travel magazine, is looking to Matador to help us find new talent–writers, photographers, videographers and multimedia reporters. MatadorU has created a unique interactive program for those who wish to become travel writers that is very thorough. By learning the many and varied aspects involved in becoming a travel writer for both the online and print worlds, those new to travel writing will have a leg up.

Keith Bellows, Editor in Chief, National Geographic Traveler Magazine

Matador is more than just a high-quality online travel site. It is a great community of travel enthusiasts who mix expert advice and local knowledge through blogs, forums and destination pages.

Society of American Travel Writers

MatadorU has created a unique interactive program for those who wish to become travel writers that is very thorough. By learning the many and varied aspects involved in becoming a travel writer for both the online and print worlds, those new to travel writing will have a leg up.

Transitions Abroad

Join our online education community today!

Save up to $250 by enrolling in more than one of our courses

  • Lifetime access
  • Faculty feedback
  • Test drive for free
  • Travel Photography

    Travel Photography

  • Travel Writing

    Travel Writing

  • Travel Filmmaking

    Travel Filmmaking

Total Cost:
$0
You saved $0.00 by enrolling in 0 courses