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Better Travel Portraits with Steve Davey


When I speak to people about their trips, it is the locals who make the experience special for them: yet many struggle to come back with portraits that they are happy with.

Many people though get intimidated: by the people they are photographing, and the technical considerations and just end up stealing a shot from some middle distance. They just point and shoot, without any creativity then hurry away before they get confronted. They have a bad experience of the whole process, and crucially so does the person being photographed. It also means that they come away with disappointing pictures: with little or no feeling or empathy.

This exciting photography workshop will start with an illustrated presentation, outlining the technical and creative decisions you will need to make when shooting a portrait. By making these decisions in advance - before you approach someone to ask permission – you can be more relaxed and creative. We will also look at the best ways to approach people and how to go about the mechanics of shooting different styles of portrait.

We will then have extended practical session where you will get the chance to put these skills into practice, before having a critique sessions to see what everyone has achieved and make suggestions for improvement.

Cost of this course: 90

85 if booked in conjunction with another course (or two people booking together)

Dates for this Course

Not currently scheduled

Taking great shots of the people you meet on your travels a hard skill to learn, yet this workshop can take you through all of the technical, creative and practical decisions you will need to improve your travel portraits!

What will I learn on this course?

• Previsualisation

Choosing your portrait style

• Technical preparation

Varying angle & viewpoint

• Lens choice and crop

• Composition and mise en scene

• Fill-in flash

The art of approaching people

Mechanics of shooting portraits

• Candid photography

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Steve Davey is a professional photographer and writer based in London. For the past twenty years he has photographed people, places, cultures and festivals in some 84 countries for a range of books, publications and websites worldwide.

Steve has recently published Footprint Travel Photography, the leading guide to the subject and has launched the Better Travel Photography range of international photography tours. Steve also writes regular travel photography features for various publications and websites around the world. To see more about Steve click here...

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Better Travel Photography was created by Steve Davey to celebrate the art of travel photography and to help people improve their travel photography skills and get more out of their travels. Some of the highlights of the site are image galleries, travel photography features and 501 Travel Photography Tips. This site also features Steve's exclusive range of travel photography tours.

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