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Travel Photography: Creative Storytelling

with Ian Shive

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About The Class

Capturing the culture and details from your travels

Whether you are an outdoor adventure photographer or you specialize in weddings, travel photography can round out your portfolio giving you a new creative outlet while adding new revenue for your business. Traveling is more than just seeing a beautiful skyline or view, it's about immersing yourself into the culture. In this unique course, outdoor photographer and filmmaker Ian Shive explains how to tell the story of your travels while capturing the daily details of your experience. He'll show you everything from capturing the mood of a cafe to photographing the people at the heart of the city, town or destination you are visiting. When it comes to travel photography the journey really is the destination.  

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Photographing Exteriors of Location

  3. 03

    Location Assessment

  4. 04

    Interview with Business Owner Ken La

  5. 05

    Portrait of Business Owner

  6. 06

    Environmental Portraits

  7. 07

    Scene Details

  8. 08

    Photographing Food

  9. 09

    Capturing Atmosphere and Space


Meet Your Expert

Ian Shive

Ian Shive is a photographer, author, film and television producer, conservationist, and innovative businessman.  He has worked with some of the most important outdoor organizations including the Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. ... read more

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  • Chris Miedema

    Chris Miedema

    March 2018

    I guess travel photography means different things to different people. I understood exactly where Ian Shive was coming from in this presentation and I found the information was extremely useful. I guess if you are looking for a video on how to photograph the Eiffel Tower, when traveling with family, this is not for you. If you wish to take back a deeper memory of a place, or wish to submit an article for travel publications, this series of videos would be more to your liking. I enjoyed watching Mr. Shive go through the process of documenting the cafe, its owner and its patrons. His general advice and strategies were useful to hear and see in action. He did provide some technical information on settings, although I did note he was in a well lit establishment. It would have been interesting to see how he would handle a place with less than ideal light. Overall, that is a small criticism. I very much enjoyed the flow of the videos and recommend them to anyone who is interested in seriously documenting the interesting locations they come across in their travels.

  • Marwa Elchazly

    Marwa Elchazly

    February 2018

    as the title is "travel photography" what came to my mind is walking through the street of a city, but it wasn't ... Ian Shive took "Salmon Bay Cafe" as a case study for traveling photography, through which he gave good tips for traveling/ magazine essay / telling a story in general. I've learned a lot about the effect of ISO and "handholding" the camera, tips for how to get the authentic story of a place and tell it with photo... It's not all you need about traveling photography, but it gives a good start and lots of valuble tips

  • Daniel Clifton

    Daniel Clifton

    October 2018

    I really enjoyed this course. I know some folks have criticized it as not being “travel,” but I would disagree. I think Mr. Shive offered us a look at how to go into a setting - in this case an restaurant - and pull the pieces together to find the images to best tell its story. In the way Mr. Shive demonstrates his method, I feel like I can go into a number of travel scenarios and come away with photos that really show the story. I can focus on single businesses or locations, or pull back and get a more comprehensive piece for a town or section of a town. With a little adjustment, I can see this providing a marketable service to local businesses.

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