Travel Photography That Sings: From Documenting to Enhancing Reality

Would you like to create a visual record of your future travel experiences that will foster wonderful memories and impress your friends and family? Enhance your abilities as a photographer, regardless of your level of experience, expertise, and type of camera. Understand how to edit your images to suit your personal aesthetic desires. A variety of global locations, near and far, ranging from natural to urban environments, will be visually presented. We’ll focus on current thinking and practice in the art and techniques of travel photography. Your instructor will make extensive use of his own images to explain and illustrate the lessons.

A $50 discount will be applied automatically for adults 55+.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Rick Hulbert $170.00 0 Join Waitlist

Schedule clarification: This is a four-week online course. It runs from Monday, November 8 to Friday, December 3. Each week, all week, you can study that week’s material, post and respond to discussion board topics, and engage in course activities. You will participate in Zoom Meetings sessions each Tuesday from 10–11:30 a.m. Pacific Time.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Discuss the benefits of an image series
  • Define key principles of composition informed by the science of human vision
  • Describe your approach to photographing people in candid situations
  • Identify the benefits and liabilities of a RAW data file and a jpeg image file
  • Apply knowledge gained from the course to improving your photography 

Learning methods

Your online learning will include the following methods:

  • Reading academic and non-academic articles, and other resources
  • Participation in written discussions with other students
  • Participation in videoconference seminars
  • Hands-on photography in an optional assignment

For Liberal Arts for 55+ Certificate students: you will write a reflective essay.


Week 1: Storytelling in travel photography

Characteristics common to music and photography, considering the power of an image series, key compositional principles.

Week 2: The power of intention in travel photography

Responding to the sciences of human vision, from scenic grandeur to discovering the details. Basic and advanced camera settings.

Week 3: Including people or wildlife in your travel photography

Documenting a slice of life, discovering a stage set and waiting for the actors to come on stage. Capturing the spirit of place, an identifying characteristic of a particular location.

Week 4: The art and science of image editing

Maximizing flexibility in image editing. Working with selected student-submitted RAW data files and jpeg image files. Working with tone, colour, contrast and special effects.

Books, materials and resources

You will access course resources using SFU’s online course management system, Canvas.

Technical requirements

This course is delivered using SFU's online learning system, Canvas. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.  

To get the most out of this online course, you should be comfortable doing the following:

  • Using everyday software such as browsers, email and social media
  • Navigating a website by clicking on links and finding pages in a menu
  • Downloading and opening PDF documents
  • Posting, replying and uploading images to a discussion board
  • Participating in videoconferencing sessions

You will be participating in videoconferencing using Zoom Meetings. For this, your computer needs to have a camera, microphone and speakers or headphones. Your computer software should be up to date with the latest available operating system and browser versions.

Accessing your course

  • A few days before the course starts, we will email you more information about the course and how you'll access it. You will also receive an email inviting you to access the Canvas learning platform (click on the link in the invitation to join the course). Once you’ve accessed Canvas, you can begin exploring the platform on your own. The full course will be accessible on its start date.
  • We’ll also host a virtual drop-in time on Zoom Meetings a few days before the course starts. This will give you a chance to check that you can access Zoom Meetings, and that your computer’s camera and microphone and speakers are working properly.

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