Course Description

Create high-impact travel images of people, cultures, architecture, food, still lifes and scenics, and produce compelling photo essays with strong storylines in this exciting course. Through lecture, class presentations, location photo shoots, and assignments, students will learn best practices in image capture, composition, lens choice, camera menu settings, use of reflectors and best equipment choices for travel photography.  

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Produce high-impact travel images covering people, cultures, architecture, food, still life and scenics 
  • Research locations and travel safely
  • Create photo essays with a strong storyline
  • Process their images in Adobe Lightroom and successfully archive their travel photographs


Chuck Place is a highly successful commercial and editorial photographer with more than thirty years of experience. His images have appeared in National Geographic, Sunset, Islands, Time, Westways and Smithsonian magazines, as well as many other leading publications. His corporate and institutional clients include Patagonia, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Biltmore Hotel and the University of California, to name a few. He has worked with a wide array of major book publishers, from Prentice Hall to Lonely Planet. An outstanding educator, Place taught for twelve years at Brooks Institute.


With fresh, exciting courses in photography, Brooks at UCSB seeks to stimulate, inspire, and energize students. Whether for school projects, business presentations, or just to express ideas in more creative and unique ways, these hands-on classes are taught by former faculty members of Brooks Institute of Photography, and special guest instructors. For more information, visit ernestbrooksfoundation.org.

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