1st Edition

The Travel Photo Essay
Describing a Journey Through Images

ISBN 9781138200210
Published September 18, 2017 by Routledge
274 Pages 200 Color Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

Successful travel photographers have to wear more hats than perhaps any other photographic genre. In a single travel photo essay they are at times architectural photographers, food photographers, music photographers, car photographers – the list encompassing every possible type of photography.

The Travel Photo Essay teaches the reader the necessary techniques to create cohesive professional travel stories, using images that go far beyond "I was here" photographs. From the establishing shots to the equipment list, this book discusses the techniques and concepts necessary to create professional looking images in various genres, including portrait photography, landscape photography, wildlife photography, food photography, documentary photography, sports photography and more. Covering issues such as lighting, writing, workflow and the travel photography market, award-winning photographer and writer Mark Edward Harris explains how to marry photos with words, telling a cohesive story through a series of photographs.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Concept

Chapter 2: Building Blocks of the Travel Photo Essay

Chapter 3: Compositional Elements and Key Concepts to Master

Chapter 4: Getting Technical

Chapter 5: Lighting on Location

Chapter 6: The Travel Photo Essay: A Brief History

Chapter 7: Case Studies

Chapter 8: Wearing the Many Hats of the Travel Photographer

Chapter 9: The Written Word

Chapter 10: Getting the Most Out of Our Files: Workflow and Post-Processing

Chapter 11: The Travel Photography Market


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Mark Edward Harris started his professional photography career after graduating from California State University, Los Angeles with a Master of Arts degree in Pictorial/Documentary History. His assignments have taken him to 95 countries on six continents with his editorial work appearing in publications ranging from Vanity Fair, LIFE, and Time to GEO, Conde Nast Traveler and The London Sunday Times Travel Magazine as well as all the major photography and in-flight magazines. His award-winning books include Faces of the Twentieth Century: Master Photographers and Their Work, The Way of the Japanese Bath, Wanderlust, North Korea, South Korea, and Inside Iran.