Announcing the Travel Photography Academy

Posted by on June 12, 2017

Travel Photography Academy

I’m pleased to announce the launch of the Travel Photography Academy!

The Travel Photography Academy is an online course I’ve been working on for the last 2 years.

When I started traveling in 2007, I knew absolutely nothing about photography. I did what many people did and purchased an expensive camera on the assumption that it would take better photos.

I was wrong. Very wrong.

Just two weeks into my trip I was in Hawaii and I could tell that the photos I was taking were terrible. My fancy camera wasn’t taking good photos. Recognizing the fact that I was taking bad photos was the start of a process which has taken me to where I am today. I slowly and incrementally taught myself about photography and how to become a better photographer. It took many years and 100,000’s of photos around the world.

As I traveled, I noticed that most people I encountered really had no idea how to use their cameras, and would often buy expensive camera gear on the assumption that it would take good photos….and it didn’t.

Photos are some of the most valuable things you bring back from a trip. They allow you to relive memories in a way which few other things can. If I was to be robbed, I’d probably give up my gear to keep the photos I took on the trip because I can always get new gear, but I can never get back the photos I took.

The Travel Photography Academy is a video-based course, much of which was shot on location in France and Spain, while I was out in the field shooting.

It covers the basics of photography including things like exposure and photo editing. However, unlike most courses I go into things which are specific to travel photography, This includes shooting on the road, how to shoot in museums and sacred places, dealing with photo backups while traveling, and a host of other topics.

We are also going to be adding content on a monthly basis. This will include new training modules, monthly webinars with the world’s greatest travel photographers, and recorded sessions where I edit photos from members and go through the thought process and technical aspects of processing images.

We’ve also lined up discounts for members with several travel and photography companies, and we have more we will be announcing over the next few months.

I’m offering everything for one, lifetime price of $495.

I’m very excited to be offing this course and am looking forward to helping you improve your travel photography!

The Danakil Depression: The Most Hellish Place on Earth

Posted by on March 31, 2017

The Danakil Depression in Ethiopia is one of the lowest, hottest places on Earth. Geographically, it is part of the African Rift which extends from the African rift lakes of Malawi and Tanganyika, up through the Red Sea and into the Dead Sea of Jordan and Israel.

Politically, it is part of the Afar region, which has suffered from separatist violence in the past.

Ecologically, it is an extreme desert located below sea level, with temperatures which reach 50°C (122°F) on a regular basis.

To top it all off, it is also home to a volcano with one of the largest, open pits of exposed magma in the world.

Despite all of this, however, people live in the Danakil Depression and manage to eek out of living in one of the most inhospitable places on the planet Earth.

This is what I saw.
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