David Smith is a professional photographer, travel writer and keynote speaker based in Vancouver, BC. He has traveled to over 80 countries with his cameras and is published worldwide and recently in USA Today Travel Online, The Wall Street Journal, Geo Saison, Budget Travel Magazine and Frommers Travel Guides.
He has over 10,000 images of world travel, ethnic life, lifestyle and cruise ship adventures in his Interface Images online gallery
His passions are the photography of ethnic people and culture around the world and sharing his photography passion with everyone. In the last few years he has traveled to 6 continents on photography and guest lecturing assignments and willingly shares photography tips, travels and photo stories in talks, multimedia presentations, blogs, articles and social networking sites.
David frequently lectures on digital and travel photography; travel adventures and world culture topics. He also tutors and teaches local digital photography classes and camera workshops for photographers at all levels at home between trips. He is represented internationally by stock photo agencies and his travel writings have been published internationally in magazines, books, websites, and newspapers.
He is a professional member of the Editorial Photographers Association and past President of the North Shore Photographic Society. His presentations are known to inform, entertain and inspire his audiences. He has published a Digital & Travel Photography Tutorial CD and a Travel Photography – Tips & Techniques video DVD oth ideal for all travelers and photographers at all levels. Visit his online collection of world fine art images and follow his Blog “Images – Connecting the World”
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All about travel photography tips and techniques. This 3 hour course comprises 7 video segments with comprehensive downloadable reference handouts of all presentation slides from pro world travel photographer David Smith of Interface Images in informative, entertaining and inspirational Style. Published in magazines, books, newspapers, and online, David lectures and teaches how to become a travel photographer worldwide at photo conferences, art galleries and on cruise ships. Most of this course was recorded in front of a live audience so useful Q&A activity is included. Humor and multimedia slide shows will keep your interest high and the easy to understand and amazing travel photography tips will amaze you.
There is also a course review in the form of a two page workshop. Follow these steps on how to become a travel photographer to practice changing your SLR or Point & Shoot camera settings and see the results.
Your instructor will answer all questions, give guidance to students on request and is available for private tutoring on a personal or Skype basis. From time to time, David's travel photography assignments may cause some delay in responding but he promises to reply to all when he returns.</p>
David Smith outlines how to capture market vendors and their wares in a picturesque fresh market in Kusadsi, Turkey. Use of light, interaction with people you don't know and photography style are described
Several of your instructors favorite travel photography teaching blogs are summarized. These Blogs are are great source of inspireation and ideas for impopving your travel photography
This powerpoint presentation given in January 2014 outlines what's new in digital photography - in cameras, smartphones, apps, software and editing techniques.
I felt the information presented was very basic and intended for audiences that knew nothing about photography. There were several key points that were presented and re-presented from one lecture to the next. The video quality was marginal as it appeared we were watching a video of a slide show at the time the talk was given (presumably on a cruise ship). There was one video where there was an annoying flare (from the video camera's light) across the screen so you couldn't really see what was being displayed all that well. David Smith did try to adjust this several times, but each time the video white balance auto-adjusted and the flare came back. The overall production quality was amateurish and the course was a "mishmash" of ideas that while useful, seemed not to follow a particular order. Some of the ideas about securing your photographic equipment were useful and the Visible Dust product for sensor cleaning was also helpful. David Smith is an excellent speaker, but he needs to completely re-vamp his presentation to one that is shot properly and touches on each subject as a separate lesson rather than a bunch of lessons repeating the same things. Please shoot in a studio and not in a cruise ship ball room. These videos reminded me of videos shot by parents at their kid's theatrical presentations at school. If you are interested in traveling via cruise ship and know nothing about your digital camera, you'll take away some useful information. If you're a bit more advanced, you'll find the presentation to be less informative.
I would recommend this course. David Smith's instructional style is engaging, easy to follow and very professional--while remaining very cognizant of his audience's needs. His ability to instruct is well honed. He makes the material very easy to follow and has completely taken me from someone who thought photography was too hard...to understanding how to become more professional. I am now shopping for a new camera. I have been truly inspired. This is a great hobby for me and I can't wait to get started. I have not traveled that much, but do love to photo nature, pets, etc. It is great that the course is provided in various formats including video, and PDF resources, making it easy to follow and easy to review. It is an asset to have access to the course, to refer to as I increase my skill level. Thanks for making this so good. When I started the course, I wondered how taking an online course could ever work on a topic like this but I have no regrets.
The video freezes. Some material is repeated. Poor quality.