Travel Photography

Arlene Collins
Teacher : Arlene Collins
Category : Intermediate, Advance
Travel Photography
  • Duration : 90 days

Course Brief :

Have you ever heard yourself saying ‘it looked better in person than in this picture’ when sharing photographs of your journeys with friends and colleagues?  The pictures we make while traveling or on holiday are our visual memories of the places we've visited. We want those images to have impact and tell a story of our journey in a way that holds the interest of the viewer.  With this online photography course instructed by professional travel photographer and travel photography workshop leader, Brenda Tharp, you'll take your photography beyond "snapshots" and learn to tell the story of your travel experiences in well composed "Photographs."

This online travel photography course is designed to help you compose the strongest pictures you can, to see and capture the daily moments of life, to approach and photograph people in a meaningful way, to express the essence of a place, and to create complete stories of your travel experiences - in pictures. You’ll learn simple, key concepts that, when applied, will have you making stronger travel photographs, no matter where you journeys lead you.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Create a captivating, informative visual story of your travels or holidays
  • Make storytelling environmental portraits
  • Create engaging travel scenes
  • Capture candid moments of people interacting
  • Find and photograph storytelling details
  • Work successfully in low light situations


What you will need:

  • Digital SLR or mirror-less compact camera with interchangeable lenses (film is also fine, but you'll need to scan images for upload to the TCI website)
  • Selection of lenses ranging from wide-angle to telephoto (a good range is 16-35mm to 200-300mm) 
  • A lightweight yet sturdy tripod (certain parts of lenses will require it)
  • Computer with photo-processing software (e.g. Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop)
  • Self-motivation to get the most from this instructor-interactive course

Instructor :

Arlene Collins is a New York City based photographer specializing in documenting remote cultures and changing civilizations around the world. 

Since 2000 she has produced and lead international photography workshops to destinations such as Papua New Guinea, Iran, Kamchatka, Russia, Greenland, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. She also lectures at home and abroad and consults privately with a number of clients on location lighting and how to photograph in the most challenging lighting situations. 

Collins recently co-curated the Second Image of the Silk Road Photography Biennial of Tianshui, China, where she exhibited photographs from her travels along the Silk Road and participated in symposiums discussing her work and current photography issues. She has lectured and taught workshops in Lahore, Pakistan, at ROSPHOTO the Russian State Museum of Photography in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Centro de la Imagen, in Mexico City, the Fototeca Center in Havana, Cuba, the Istanbul Center of Photography, Turkey, the Three Shadows Center for Art and Photography in Beijing, China, and in Yangon, Myanmar. 

She has created several long-term photography essays, including Boxing photographed in New York City, Moscow and Bangkok, and essays on the Rodeo in New Jersey, the Voodoo trail in Togo and Benin in Western Africa, Chernobyl’s #4 nuclear reactor and the abandoned city of Pripyat, Ukraine, The Birqash Camel (Souq al- Gamaal) Market in Cairo, and A Hamer Bull Jumping Ceremony in the Southern Omo Valley, Ethiopia. She continues her international travels adding to her ongoing photographic essay on “UNESCO-designated” World Heritage Sites. Her photographs from North Korea were featured on L’Oeil de la and presented at New York Photo Salon. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of the City of New York and the Brooklyn Museum. 

In New York City she has taught in the Photojournalism and Documentary Program at the International Center of Photography and for 11 years produced and led ICP’s international travel photography workshops. Presently, she is an Associate Professor of Photography at Parsons School of Design.

For more of Arlene's work, visit her website.  Also, follow Arlene on Instagram.


Reviews :

When you can't attend one of Brenda's wonderful on-location workshops, learning Travel Photography from her online and interactively is definitely the very best thing. Brenda offered both excellent and informative critiques of my work, and helpful, supportive advice throughout this enjoyable online course. For those fans of Brenda's teaching (and there are many of them out there) this course is a most worthy investment. Bravo Brenda!

- By Christina A. McFaul

As a travel photographer and teacher of the genre, Brenda Tharp is simply the best. Can't join one of her excellent workshops somewhere in the world? Then this is your go-to destination for moving travel photography to the next level. Brenda is online fun and absolute value for the money. Don't miss your departure - right here at TCI online. Thanks so much Brenda.

- By sarah cowan

Brenda Tharp is the consummate professional when it comes to travel photography. I have yet to join her in the field on one of the wonderful photo tour destinations she travels to, but until that time, I'm well prepared (due to this great course) for the journey. Brenda's a gifted teacher, as well as a photographer. Until you board that plane, this online travel photo adventure with Brenda is the arm chair way to learn (and enjoy) travel photography.

- By Edie Clifford

Next best thing to being there. Can never find time to make one of Brenda Tharp's on-location workshops, so gave this a try. Fantastic! An online course that I truly enjoyed. Learned what making great travel photos is all about and will apply it all on my next long holiday - hopefully in Thailand!

- By Ingrid Maier

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