Skill level

  • Beginner to Intermediate

Course objectives

What you'll learn by the end of this course

  • How to find inspiration and create a specific photography project

  • How to plan and pack for a travel photography trip

  • Create interesting, thought-provoking photos using light, composition, and moment

  • Learn the elements of visual storytelling for stronger photos

  • When and how to use either color or black & white photos

  • Learn techniques for landscapes, street photography, and environmental portraits


What do you need?

  • A basic understanding of technical aspects of photography like exposure, aperture, shutter, and focus

  • A camera with which you can adjust aperture and shutter speed

Time to complete

How long will it take?

  • A minimum of two weeks, depending on how long it takes to do all lesson materials, tests, and complete assignments.

What's included in this photography course?

This isn't just a collection of videos!

  • 27 short videos

    Short, digestible videos demonstrate the module topic without extra fluff. Each video is accompanied by text & photos for the readers, as well as a PDF outline for download.

  • 9 tests

    Nine graded tests will reinforce learning. Do you need to go back and re-read something? These tests will let you know.

  • 8 assignments

    You'll complete and turn in eight assignments so I can provide you feedback on how well you've understood and are applying what you've just learned.

Payment options

Split it into two

Course curriculum

  • 01

    From Tourist to Travel Photographer

  • 03

    2. Travel Photography Basics

    • Creating an Itinerary

    • Gear. And More Gear.

    • Getting a Lay of the Land

    • Test: Travel Photography Basics

    • Download: Travel Photography Basics

    • Assignment: Travel Photography Basics

  • 04

    3. Travel Lenses

    • Which Lenses Do You Really Need?

    • Perspective Distortion

    • Changing Apertures

    • Test: Travel Lenses

    • Download: Travel Lenses

    • Assignment: Travel Lenses

  • 05

    4. Light & Composition

    • The Critical Elements of a Photo

    • Understanding Light

    • Using Geometry

    • Test: Light & Composition

    • Download: Light & Composition

    • Assignment: Light & Composition

  • 06

    5. Visual Storytelling Basics

    • Elements of a Story

    • Essential Photos for Story

    • The Decisive Moment

    • Editing a Story

    • Test: Visual Storytelling

    • Download: Visual Storytelling

    • Assignment: Visual Storytelling

  • 07

    6. Color vs. Black & White

    • When Should you Use Color vs B&W?

    • Elements of Color Photography

    • Elements of B&W Photography

    • Test: Color vs. Black & White

    • Download: Color vs. Black & White

    • Assignment: Color vs. Black & White

  • 08

    7. Covering All Subjects - Walkthroughs

    • Photographing the Landscape

    • Photographing the Towns

    • Photographing the People

    • Ethical & Legal Considerations

    • Test: Photographing Your Subjects

    • Download: Photographing Your Subjects

    • Assignment: Photographing Your Subjects

  • 09

    8. When You Don't Have Enough Natural Light

    • Long Exposures

    • Flash Photography Basics

    • Creating a Window Where There Isn't

    • Test: Not Enough Natural Light

    • Download: Not Enough Natural Light

    • Assignment: Not Enough Natural Light

  • 10

    Final Steps

    • One More Fun Final Exam - What Do You Remember

    • End of Course Survey

    • What's Next?

Your instructor

I have a unique background in education that started in the U.S. Air Force where I was an F-15E flight instructor for ten years and wrote F-15E training curricula. I continued to teach helicopter lessons after transitioning to civilian life.
But I soon discovered my passion was telling stories through photography. I'm now an accredited associate photographer with Photographers Without Borders and have worked on documentary projects around the world, and have also taught photography on three continents. I've been a professional photographer for nearly ten years, having been published in places like New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Tahoe Quarterly, and National Geographic Online. Photography is a joy that everyone should have access to, and I'd like to pass it on to you also!

John Peltier

Photography Instructor