When thinking about dream jobs for travelers there are two that come to mind; travel writer and National Geographic Photographer. Both of these jobs can take years of experience and a long list of well known contacts to get. But thanks to National Geographic Expeditions, you can at least get a taste of what it’s like to be a National Geographic Photographer.
National Geographic Expeditions has a series of photography workshops. These workshops take you to exotic destinations and let you study with some of the best National Geographic Photographers. Not only will you enjoy learning how to photograph outstanding locations, but the experts will also teach you other skills used by the pros such as; download, saving, organizing, and archiving images. The experts will also teach you a little about cropping, sizing, and manipulation of your photos.
In addition to the basic photography workshops, there are also some more specific types of workshops. These include photo essays and expeditions. The main difference between the expeditions and the basic workshop is that in the expedition trips you’re spending all your time in the field, while the basic workshops are usually day trips from your hotel.
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The National Geographic workshop locations vary from year to year. Rest assured though that you won’t be disappointed by any of the locals. Some of the current photography workshop destinations include:
- Mexico’s Ruta Maya
- Oaxaca, Mexico
- Santa Fe
- Sea of Cortes
One great thing about these workshops is that there is a limited number of people. This is to ensure that you can get personalized attention from the National Geographic photographer who is teaching your class. As you can imagine, these spots fill up quick so you need to book in advance.
Many of the workshops are seven days long and prices range in price from $2500 to around $4,000. These prices do not include airfare to and from your home city.
All of the National Geographic Photography Workshops require that all digital photographers bring their own SLR, laptop computer, and some sort of photo editing software. You are more than welcome to bring film cameras, but you won’t be able to get the all the benefits of the workshop.