Lectures & Workshops

Steve Watkins is available for lectures on his travels and work and for conducting travel photography and travel writing workshops. He has extensive experience in public speaking, having given lectures at all of the major UK travel and outdoor shows, including Destinations, Adventure Travel Show, World Travel Market, Independent Traveller's World and The Outdoors Show. He has also spoken at many literature and arts festivals, including Way with Words at Dartington, Lincoln Book Festival and the Salisbury International Arts Festival. Steve often uses a multimedia approach to the lectures, with music and location sound, when available. See the full lecture list.

He has conducted travel photography and writing workshops around the UK and regularly sits on the travel photography and writing panels at major travel shows. He is also writes a regular photo column on travel photography for the prestigious Traveller magazine. Please contact us for information on fees and availability for lectures and workshops.

Steve is often asked at workshops and lectures about his favourite books and camera gear, so he has put together a book and gear list of those titles and bits of gear he personally recommends.

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Travel Photography Workshops & Seminars 2012

Steve Watkins tutors for Travellers' Tales, the UK's leading provider of travel writing and photography courses and seminars. Set in beautiful locations in the UK and overseas, the courses are designed to provide personal, small-group tuition in a creative environment.

Current 2012 dates for courses and seminars with Steve are:

June 16th 2012 - London
Course: Take Better Travel Photos (Travellers' Tales)
The course will take you through the basic fundamentals of travel photography, from taking control of your camera to a solid foundation in getting your exposures spot-on and seeing powerful compositions. You will discover some easy to remember methods for making sure you get travel photos to be proud of, learn some foolproof ways to approach people on your travels for portrait pictures, and find out how to see powerful landscape photos within a grand vista. Weather permitting, the course allows time for an informal shoot. It also offers detailed and supportive feedback on your work, which you are encouraged to bring along for comment. The course is run in conjunction with Take Better Travel Photos magazine, and the other tutors will be Dan Linstead, editor of Wanderlust magazine, and travel photographer Julian Love.
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June 17th 2012 - London
Course: Make The Most Of Digital Photography (Travellers' Tales)
The course is designed to help you to develop confidence in enhancing and printing your photos, as well as giving you great insights into how to turn your holiday photos into stunning photo books and calendars. The course will cover the best options for photography software currently on the market (including some that are free of charge), give you an introduction to the fundamentals of enhancing your images, offer an overview of the amazing ways you can now share your images with friends and family, including on sites such as Facebook and Flickr, and advice on how to start your own photography blog or website.
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June 23rd 2012 - London
Course: The Human Drama (Travellers' Tales)
The course introduces and develops the creative and technical skills that will help you to take exceptional photos that capture the essence of the people, cities and festivals that you encounter on your travels. From nailing your compositions and exposures, to using ambient light and getting the most out of your camera gear, this course explores the essential techniques for making the most of your travel photography. Weather permitting, the day includes a mentored shoot in the heart of London. It also offers detailed and supportive feedback on your work, which you are encouraged to bring along for comment. Guest tutor for this course is one of the world's leading travel photographers and author of several bestselling photography technique books, Michael Freeman.
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June 24th 2012 - London
Course: Shooting For Publication (Travellers' Tales)
This is the course you need to get your work out there - whether in travel magazines, via stock libraries, or by creating your own photo books and online galleries. It introduces you to the world of shooting travel photographs for publication and looks in depth at everything you need to succeed. The day offers the inside track on how the market works and how to approach editors and buyers. There is a demonstration of how to build individual images into a photo-story or personal project, advice on how to place your work with magazines and photo libraries, and insight into how to create your own online gallery. Weather permitting, the course includes a mentored shoot that focuses on preparing a set of images that editors could buy. It also offers detailed and supportive feedback on your work, which you are encouraged to bring along for comment. Guest tutor for this course is seasoned travel photograpehr, Doug MacKinlay.
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Contact Travellers' Tales directly for further information, course fees availability and booking. More courses are planned for 2012, and details will follow shortly.


Lecture Schedule 2012

Lecture List - a full list of currently available lecture subjects, covering travel, adventure sports, photography and writing. Lectures can be tailored to suit most time slots and presentation formats.