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PHOTO 226 — Travel Photography: Around the Corner and Around the World

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wed/Sat/Sun
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Apr 19—May 31
Time: See below
Drop Deadline: May 2
Units: 2
Tuition: $525
Instructor(s): Joel Simon
Limit: 20
Status: Open
Please Note: Class sessions: 7 Wednesdays, April 19 – May 31, 6:30 – 9:00 pm; One-on-one field sessions: Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and May 21
On-campus course
See below
Apr 19—May 31
7 weeks
Drop By
May 2
2 Units
Joel Simon
Please Note: Class sessions: 7 Wednesdays, April 19 – May 31, 6:30 – 9:00 pm; One-on-one field sessions: Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and May 21
This course will explore how to translate the fundamentals of photography into work that conveys a sense of place. We will discuss how to create expressive landscapes, environmental portraiture, and photographic essays that reveal your unique impression of a destination. You will learn how to do preparatory research, select and pack equipment appropriate for your destination, improvise on the road, anticipate action, and apply familiar rules of composition to unfamiliar scenes. Additionally, you will explore how different focal lenses portray scenes in different ways, and how shutter speeds and apertures can be used to create your unique interpretation of time and space. You will learn how to use people or other elements to show scale, photograph in low light, capture action and activity, and make images from different perspectives. Integrating digital tools, we’ll cover how to store content while traveling as well as editing, archiving, and sharing photographs once you return home. Through carefully chosen nearby field assignments and completion of a personal project, we will work to develop your unique photographic vision, whether you plan to travel around the corner or around the world.

This course is open to photographers of all levels, although some prior experience with photography and computers is expected. The course includes a one-on-one field shooting session with the instructor on May 20 and May 21, to be scheduled after the course begins.

Joel Simon, Photographer

Joel Simon studied photography under Leo Holub at Stanford and worked as a photography instructor and photodocumentarian for Stanford Travel/Study for twelve years. He has led more than 100 educational travel programs for clients including Stanford, the Smithsonian, World Wildlife Fund, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.