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

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Tues/Thurs
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 3 weeks
Date(s): Aug 8—Aug 22
Time: See below
Drop Deadline: Aug 11
Units: 2
Tuition: $560
Instructor(s): Joel Simon
Limit: 20
Status: Open
Please Note: Full schedule: Class sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 8 – August 22, 6:30 – 9:00 pm; Field shoots: Saturdays, August 12 and August 19, times to be announced in class; One-on-one sessions: Sundays, August 13 and August 20
Summer
On-campus course
Tues/Thurs
See below
Date(s)
Aug 8—Aug 22
3 weeks
Drop By
Aug 11
2 Units
Fees
$560
Instructor(s):
Joel Simon
Limit
20
Open
Please Note: Full schedule: Class sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 8 – August 22, 6:30 – 9:00 pm; Field shoots: Saturdays, August 12 and August 19, times to be announced in class; One-on-one sessions: Sundays, August 13 and August 20
This course will explore how to translate the fundamentals of photography in a way 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 will 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 for students of all levels, although some prior experience with photography and computers is required.

The course includes two field trips to local destinations. Field trip transportation will be the responsibility of the student. The course also includes a one-on-one session with the instructor (August 13 or 20), to be scheduled after the course begins.

Joel Simon, Photographer

Joel Simon 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, and the World Wildlife Fund.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.
DOWNLOAD THE PRELIMINARY SYLLABUS » (subject to change)