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Travel Photography for Beginners: Let’s Talk About Light

Mariya Popandopulo, Photographer & Illustrator

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12 Videos (23m)
    • Class overview

    • Introduction

    • Morning light

    • Midday light - sun

    • Overcast and cloudy light

    • Rain light

    • Mixed light

    • Evening light

    • Shadow evening and sky light

    • Night light

    • Class project

    • Conclusion


About This Class


Once you become interested in photography it is really hard (sometimes almost impossible) to just walk around new places without your camera attached to your body.

You may end up seeing the whole trip through your lens (and on a computer screen afterwards). Which is not really a good thing, unless you are paid for your travel photographs.

So my advice is to find a balance. Don’t just spray and pray that something will turn out ok. It will, given you take a tons of pictures, but the point of traveling is to experience new places and you have to take your experience beyond your camera.

In order to do so, it is very good to know in advance a few practical techniques that will allow you to compose and capture images faster.

In these short and sweet series of travel photography classes I will talk about light, composition, making portraits and some other helpful tips you may find quite useful. I decided to break these topics into separate classes so it will be easier to digest.

So in this first class I will talk about the light! As you know light is extremely important in photography and although you can not control the natural light while you are traveling (yeah I wish I could) it is very useful to know what kinds of light you may encounter and how to deal with a given light situation.

So, press enroll button and lets dive in into the magic of light!

Oh, one more thing!

For those of you who are not on premium membership, here is a link for a free enrollment in this class =) There are 40 free places currently.

And for those who want to upgrade to premium membership, get 3 months of Skillshare Premium for only $0.99  Here is my link to use that offer.

Have a great day! =)

62 of 64 students recommendSee All

I have really enjoyed all Mariya's classes. They are clear and to the point, easy to understand while providing the information without being overly complex or technical. Thank you Mariya!
I highly recommend taking the four-class series. Together, these courses will give you an excellent background to taking memorable travel pictures with good light, compelling composition and interesting people. The final course is a summary of using the essential tools in Lightroom – very useful especially if you decide to shoot in RAW format. The presentation is pleasant, easy to understand and uses very appropriate visual samples to illustrate the instruction.
I love all of this teacher's classes! They're short, to the point and supported by beautiful examples.
Zuza Hicks

Designer, Sacramento, CA





Mariya Popandopulo

Photographer & Illustrator

Hi! My name is Mariya and I am photographer and illustrator based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

I never could quite decide what do I love more - photography or illustrations, so Im doing both =D

Here is my little photography blog

I also have illustrations portfolio on Behance

My preferred social media currently is Instagram (no surprise here =D)

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