Like with traditional photography classes and instruction, a travel photography workshop aims to enhance your skills throughout a specific journey. Its striking contrast relies on the location and how the travel photography workshop gets presented to its participants.
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Photography Tour and Workshop – Intensive Learning In-situ
I for one like the idea of maximizing the instruction and teaching in just a few days. Research studies have shown that condensing material in a few short segments provides a better comprehension and absorption by the students.
A travel photography workshop works in a similar fashion:
A lot of information is condensed in just a few days, and its main advantage is experienced with the direct access to the instructors and the unique setting.
This is no small thing, since the possibility to incorporate new knowledge, and immediately utilize it on the field helps the learning process tremendously.
Observing Rather than Viewing in a Travel Photography Workshop
The French microbiologist and chemist Louis Pasteur, known for the invention of Pasteurization, had a very interesting quote:
Fortune Favors the Prepared Mind
While on location, and sometimes due to the cultural distance and ethnology variation of our own culture, our eye and mind can observe things in a different and alternative way. This is a great thing, but one that can only be advantageous to the “prepared mind” as Pasteur calls it. By developing your skills: understanding of light, composition, field of view, depth of field, perspective, color theory, etc. You can prepare your mind for anything you might encounter.
The theory is applied to the practice directly. Without delay, without hesitation. The canvas, the environment right before your eyes, can serve as the training ground to explore your photography without interruptions.
Traveling to a distant land can be a great opportunity to enhance these skills. The cultural distance and differences can trigger many ‘happy’ discoveries as a result of an alternative environment.
Take Edward Weston famous “Excusado” photograph from 1925. Weston took this picture in Mexico, and although the toilet is shown as a massive sculpture, Weston was truly fascinated with its design.
He himself had never lived in a house with internal plumbing while in the USA. This experience made him think about his surroundings. Pushed him to observe other objects that possessed an inherited beauty which can only be revealed to the ‘prepared mind’.