Take better travel photos

MatadorU’s travel photography courses will equip you with the skills and knowledge to create compelling and publishable imagery.

  • Faculty feedback on all course assignments*
  • Opportunities for one-on-one workshopping with editors
  • Access to paid market leads and press trips
  • Lifetime access to course material

What is the MatadorU Travel Photography Program?

MatadorU’s Travel Photography Program is made of two courses:

  1. Fundamentals of Travel Photography
  2. Advanced Travel Photography

Fundamentals of Travel Photography builds a strong foundation of primary skills centered around:

  • Unlocking the power of your camera
  • Understanding exposure: Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO
  • Creating compelling compositions
  • Taking advantage of the best lighting situations
  • Editing images
  • Putting a portfolio together and publishing it online

Advanced Travel Photography provides rigorous training in storytelling through photography and the business of being a professional photographer:

  • Compiling publishable photo essays that tell a complete story
  • Preparing for and working in the field
  • Advanced techniques in post-processing
  • Developing your brand, marketing it, and networking
  • Pitching editors and publishing your work

Which course is right for me?

If you can answer the following questions without too much difficulty, consider the Advanced course:

  • What is the exposure triangle and how does it relate to photography?
  • What is the difference between the basic and creative modes on your camera?
  • In which situations do you prefer to creatively over- or under-expose a shot?
  • What controls DoF? Which situations would you want a shallow DoF? A deep DoF?
  • Which features in Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop do you use most often?
  • What are the benefits of shooting in RAW versus JPG?
  • Which social networks should you be on to build your brand?
  • What financial revenue streams are available for working photographers?
  • What are the important elements in a photo caption?
  • How do you tell a compelling story through your images?

If you find the following questions more aligned with what you think about in your photography, you should consider the Fundamentals course:

  • How do I get more comfortable shooting in manual modes?
  • What is exposure, and how do aperture, shutter speed, and ISO relate to it?
  • What are the best lighting situations to take photos in?
  • What does white balance mean?
  • What makes for compelling compositions?
  • What should I include in my captions?
  • How can I improve my focus?
  • How do I read a histogram?
  • What should I be looking for when I edit my images?

Choosing the course that best fits your skills right now will help you stay engaged and keep you from feeling overwhelmed and frustrated.

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Save up to $600 by enrolling in more than one of our courses

  • Lifetime access
  • Faculty feedback
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    • how to craft a travel story
    • to become versatile with different story forms
    • how to develop your personal brand and following
    • how to pitch editors and collaborate with other writers
    • much more

    • how to unlock the power of your camera
    • exposure, composition, and lighting
    • organizing and editing techniques
    • how to compile your portfolio and publish it online
    • much more

    • different framing techniques
    • how to capture better audio
    • how to edit your travel films
    • how to build your brand and find work
    • much more

    • how to write on controversial topics
    • best practices when you're on assignment
    • pacing, structure, and transitions for longform / feature stories
    • how to thrive as a travel writer in the digital age
    • much more

    • how to tell a story through photo essays
    • advanced post-processing techniques
    • how to develop your brand and market yourself
    • how to pitch editors and publish your work
    • much more
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