Going wild: They always say never work with animals, and with good reason — the creatures of our world never seem to want to play ball. It’s certainly true if you’re trying to get a killer shot of a snoozing lion, or want to show the intricacy of a flitting butterfly. Come along for some pearls of wildlife wisdom and plenty of advice on how you can make the most of the natural world.
Epic scenes: Mother Nature’s the perfect muse, but showing her true beauty through the art of the photography is never quite as easy as it seems. Lighting, weather, accessibility — there are plenty of obstacles stopping you from getting that prize-winning shot. If you want to master the science of shutter speeds, know how to manipulate the light, or simply want a spot of inspiration, then look no further.
Under the skin: “Can I take your picture?” For some photographers, such a question might fill them with dread. But should taking a person’s portrait be such a moral minefield? Are there any lines you shouldn’t cross? And once they’ve agreed, how do you tackle the technical side of things? Listen up for advice on how to photograph the faces that make travel such a meaningful experience.
Street talking: In the ever-changing hustle and bustle of our urban landscapes, you’re almost spoilt for subjects. From elaborate architecture to fast-paced pedestrians, the streets provide endless inspiration. But where do you start, and how do you perfect your picture? If you’re keen to find out, come along and get the lowdown on snapping cities.
Get your kit on: You can fritter a fortune on kit, so it’s crucial to spend your money wisely. And remember — you can only carry so much gear when you’re out in the field. Get the word on what to bring, how to use it and how to set up from the professionals who know the world of tech inside out.
Follow me: The ‘I’ word. There’s no denying Instagram’s prevalence these days, whether you use it or not. Perhaps you’re a clueless first-timer who needs a crash course, or a ’grammer looking to make the most of filters and hashtags. Whatever your profile, come along to hear about the pros and cons of social media’s big-hitter. We’ll also be bringing our new brand, National Geographic Traveller Food, into the session by sharing tips and tricks when photographing food and the eating culture on your travels.
Chris Hudson, art director, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Chris has been the magazine’s art director since day one, overseeing all the show-stopping photography and design that brings the title to life.
…plus a whole host of award-winning photographers:
Kiran’s portfolio covers streetscapes and urban photography, as well as portraits from his travels both at home and further afield. @kiranbcox
Alecsandra is an award-winning portrait and storyteller photographer who was worked with The Guardian, BAFTA, and National Geographic Traveller, using the power of people to tell a story. @alecsandraralucadragoi
Harry is an award-winning wildlife and travel photographer, having travelled to over 60 countries on commissions. skeggsphotography.com
Matt is an Instagram pro, having worked with some of the country’s leading chefs, foodies and food photographers and has his finger on the pulse of the ever-powerful social network. @matt_inwood
Travel writer and photographer Nori was the British Guild of Travel Writers’ Photographer of the Year in November 2017, and has previously won travel landscape and portrait awards in the UK and abroad. norijemil.com
Tim is a professional fine art photographer and adventurer, inspired by the beauty of extreme environments and the wild places of our planet, having covered the likes of Pakistan and Alaska. timtaylor_photography
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