Have you ever daydreamed about taking a trip with a National Geographic photographer and learning to shoot on location? Well you don’t have to dream about it. National Geographic Expeditions offers photography trips to Costa Rica, Morocco, British Columbia, Bhutan, Alaska and Galápagos with some of our top photographers. The expeditions last eight to 12 days and are designed for photographers of all levels.
Autumn DeLellis of Greensburg, Pennsylvania is a professional photographer who recently took the Morocco Photography Expedition with National Geographic photographer Massimo Bassano. Her photo (above) of camels at sunset in the Sahara was one of the finalists in the Expedition Moments Photography Contest. Autumn wrote a blog post about how she almost missed the shot:
We had just spent the most amazing day in the Sahara riding camels into the sand dunes and photographing the sunset. We rode back to the Berber camps, arriving at the tail end of dusk, with just a bit of light on the horizon. The camels were resting from the trek, and everyone was preparing for dinner. My fellow traveler Andree and I saw an amazing opportunity to capture a unique shot. I dashed to my tent to grab my flash from the camera bag because I wanted a backlit highlight around the camel for some definition, instead of the traditional silhouette that you commonly see. I hadn’t packed my wireless remote to trigger the flash though, so I had to think creatively. I knew if I slowed down the shutter speed slow enough, I could time out a manual push of the flash at the same time the shutter would be open, in order to record the burst of light. However there were no other photographers in my group present that were able to hold and “fire” the flash on my cue, so I asked one of the Moroccan Berber guides that was with us to help me out. At this point, I had only minutes of light left in the sky for a miraculous photograph, so I was rushing this process…
Read the rest on National Geographic Expeditions’ blog, Field Notes.
The 12-day photography trip to Bhutan leaves in September.
Want more intensive instruction? Check out our Weekend Photography Workshops in Chicago, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco, Tucson, Santa Fe, and our hometown of Washington, D.C. Here’s some background on the photographers and the trips they lead.
For more info: National Geographic Expeditions