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

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Apr 20—Jun 5
Drop Deadline: Apr 23
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $380
Instructor(s): Joel Simon
Limit: 35
Status: Open
Please Note: The full tuition refund deadline for this course is April 23 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is April 28 at 5:00 pm (PT)
Apr 20—Jun 5
7 weeks
Drop By
Apr 23
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Joel Simon
Please Note: The full tuition refund deadline for this course is April 23 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is April 28 at 5:00 pm (PT)
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 portraits, and photo 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. We will explore how different focal-length lenses portray scenes in different ways, and how shutter speeds and apertures can be manipulated to interpret time and space. Students will practice photography techniques such as using people or other elements to show scale, photographing in low light, capturing action and activity, and making images from different perspectives. We will also cover how to store photos when traveling, as well as editing, archiving, and sharing photos once you return home. Throughout the course, you will have opportunities to share your images online with others in the class. Integrating class themes and techniques actively into your photography, you will evolve your unique photographic vision, whether you plan to travel around the corner or around the world.

PHOTO 226 W — Travel Photography: Around the Corner and Around the World from Stanford Continuing Studies on Vimeo.


  • Course sizes are limited.
    You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 35 participants.

  • Frequent interaction with the instructor.
    You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.

  • Study with a vibrant peer group.
    Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.

  • Direct feedback from the instructor.
    Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.

  • Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
    Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.

  • This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
    To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. For more information on the online format, please visit the FAQ page.

While cameras with manual controls will provide more versatility, all cameras, including mobile device cameras, are welcome in this course.

Joel Simon, Documentary and Fine Art Photographer

Joel Simon studied with Leo Holub and has worked as an editorial and fine art photographer for four decades with documentary assignments taking him to nearly every country around the globe. His work has been published in Vanity Fair, Time, GEO, Condé Nast Traveler, the Chicago Tribune, and Sunset. His photographs can be viewed at joelsimonimages.com.