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

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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 don’t have a working online Portfolio, and/or if most of the questions below apply to you, you should consider the Fundamentals course:

  • How do I get off of Auto?
  • How do I take more control over my images, creatively?
  • What is exposure, and how do aperture, shutter speed, and ISO relate to it?
  • What are the best lighting situations to take photos in?
  • How do I correct when photos are coming out too bright or too dark?
  • What do I need to know about basic compositions?
  • How can I improve my focus?
  • How do I read a histogram?
  • What are the different genres of Travel Photography?
  • What should I be looking for when I edit my images?
  • How do I take my best photos and make a Portfolio?

The Fundamentals course will get you confident with your camera, help you create your online Portfolio, and give you the foundation you need to break into and pursue Travel Photography as a hobby or the start of a new career. Whether you travel a lot, or a little, this course will help you take creative control of your images!

If you have a working portfolio and photographic experience, and if you’re comfortable with most or all of these terms and ideas, consider the Advanced course:

  • The Exposure Triangle
  • Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO
  • Over and Under Exposing
  • Rule of Thirds
  • Focus and Recompose Method
  • Shallow, Medium, and Deep Depth of Field
  • Familiar and Comfortable with the basics of Lightroom and Photoshop
  • RAW vs Jpeg
  • The Basics of Social Networking
  • Selecting and Curating Your Best Work

The Advanced course will focus on storytelling and the art of the Photo Essay, advanced compositions, advanced editing, advanced researching and planning, making money, pitches, press trips, working on location, and publications — and much more. It won’t, however, spend much time reviewing or teaching the above topics, which are covered in the Fundamentals course.

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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    • 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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