On the Move! Travel Portraits and Street Photography

On the Move! Travel Portraits and Street Photography

Whether you have a compact camera or the latest DSLR, you can achieve stunning images.  Photographers take most of their pictures ‘on the move’ – travelling around town, overseas or in the outback.

This workshop covers travel genres of landscape, people, urban and wildlife and provides ideas, tips and practical techniques for dealing effectively with travel and street photography.  Includes a theory session, a practical shoot on location plus a review and critique session.

Travelling overseas, interstate or to an outback country town provides fresh visual stimuli and motivation for photographers.

Your travel images will benefit from an appreciation of light.  Standing in the right place at the right time of the day are simple but overlooked factors.  We discuss apps to help you to be in the right place at the right time.

Street photography was popularised by the likes of Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau and is currently making a resurgence.  This workshop will show you how to ‘zone’ your camera just like the pro street photographers.  Issues of copyright, talent release and protocols in respect to street photography are covered.

Choosing the right camera and accessories is helpful in both travel and street photography.  However don’t need to carry a bulky DSLR, tripod and extra lenses.  Small high-end mirror-less cameras and even smaller light-weight compacts are capable of producing high quality images.

Travel photography requires interpersonal as well as photographic skills.  Getting your gear through airports, embracing local customs, befriending people and learning key phrases in the local language will all help you to achieve more powerful images.

It’s advantageous to use cameras and lenses suited to your genre – landscape, wildlife, people or street.  This workshop examines equipment choice, insurance, security, back-up and maintenance.  Some new, light-weight, high-end digital compacts can outperform DSLRs and are less intrusive. The best of the high-end compacts for travel will be reviewed in the workshop.

Image: Cartagena, Colombia by Dale Neill.

This course will include:

Cameras and accessories

  • Light-weight compacts
  • High-end mirror-less compacts
  • Shock-proof and underwater cameras
  • DSLRs
  • Best lenses for wildlife and sport
  • Best lenses for landscape
  • Best lenses for people photography
  • Specialist street photography cameras/lenses
  • Which zoom lens?
  • Zoom versus prime lenses
  • Best camera bags for travel
  • Do I need a tripod?
  • How much memory do I need?

Camera skills for the travel and street photographer

  • Carry a small camera (and a large memory card)
  • Leave your tripod home for people and street photography
  • Using your fastest lens
  • Using a high ISO in low light
  • Using Aperture Priority and Bracketing
  • Quiet shutters for sensitive locations
  • Using a single focus point
  • The advantages of wide-angle lenses
  • Focus on the eyes

Preparation and planning

  • Researching customs and protocols
  • Getting through Australian & overseas Customs
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Camera bag and security
  • Advantages of travelling alone
  • Developing a visual plan (storyboard) before departure

On the Move

  • Befriending your subject
  • Choosing your local guide
  • Using useful phone apps
  • Learn key words and phrases
  • Dust and sensor cleaning on the road
  • Photographing food
  • Be your own camera technician


  • Time of day
  • Direction of light
  • Foreground and background
  • Sunrises and sunsets
  • Atmospherics
  • Deserts
  • Humans or wildlife in landscapes
  • Urban landscapes
  • Post production
  • Shooting iconic landmarks


  • Patience is a virtue
  • Extremes of heat, wet and dust
  • Backgrounds
  • Shutter speeds
  • Battery power
  • Photo etiquette – respect for wildlife

People photography

  • Camera choice
  • Lens choice
  • Avoiding the cliché image
  • Techniques for developing friendship and trust
  • Types of travel or street portraits
  • Aspect ratio
  • Environmental travel portraits

Street photography

  • Camera and lenses choice
  • Zoning your camera
  • Candid ‘aware’ or 'unaware'
  • Observation of lighting
  • Separation techniques – focus, colour, tone
  • Developing a theme
  • The narrative street photograph
  • Legal requirements
  • Informal 'norms'

This course is suitable for the widest range of cameras, from the simplest compact to the most advanced DSLR.  Travel photography is far more about the way you plan, prepare and think about your subject than about the equipment.  However ‘On the Move’ is not a Beginners course.  Participants will get more out of this workshop if they have completed ‘Get the Most out of your Digital Camera’- Beginners or have a sound working knowledge of their camera.

Please bring your digital camera, lenses, camera accessories, tripod (only if you have one), camera instruction manual, EMPTY 4MB memory card, fully charged batteries, notebook and pen.

This course will be held at the University Club of Western Australia.

Lunch will be provided on the Saturday and is included in the cost.  

If you have any special dietary requirements please email our staff on info@universityclub.uwa.edu.au once you have booked.

Date: TBA
Location: UWA Extension & Fremantle
Cost: 0.00