$138 USD per device. 4 programs, held weekly. Enroll in all 4 or choose only the ones that interest you. Each program is 60 mins, including time to ask questions and exchange ideas. Suitable for all ages, no background required.

  • Wednesdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26 at 1:30 pm EST

Travel Through the Lens connects photography with discovering the world. We’ll look at great travel photographers of the past, and living photographers of the present, who continue to search the globe for creative inspiration. Their techniques and passions will inspire you with fresh perspectives on your own travel photography. Your photographer-instructor will also share her tools, tips, and resources to give you more confidence as a photographer, to travel more meaningfully, and to organize and edit your visual memories like the pros do.

Your educator Jessica Watson, is an artist based in Providence, RI. She holds an MFA from Bard’s Graduate School of the Arts. When she is not taking photographs, she runs a family photo archiving and retouching service. Her best photographic memories were created in Tunisia, Turkey, and Cuba. She looks forward to getting back on a plane soon, with her camera. In the meantime, she is capturing the natural world and her sometimes cooperative kids.

Travel Through The Lens: A Series features:

A Globe-Trotting Photo History


From the moment photography was invented, innovators used it to capture their travel experiences. This program will explore the social and technological developments that made travel photography possible. Beginning with photography’s 19th-century French origins, with the work of Nicéphore Niépce and Louis Daguerre, we’ll follow the journeys of other pioneers like Maxime du Camp, Pierre-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, and Samuel Bourne. By the 20th century, no one could dispute that photography was an influential way to shape the art of travel.

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Get Inspired by Photographers


Contemporary photographers have access to countless digital images at their fingertips. However, many artists still nourish their creativity by traveling far afield to shoot. Talented photographers can capture the unique ambience of a place and make us see it in a different light. We’ll start by looking at the ground-breaking work of greats like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Mary Ellen Mark, and then consider a few more experimental approaches to the genre. Learn about the motivations, approaches, and techniques artists use as a way to inspire your own photography.

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Pro Tips For Taking Photos


Most of us have a camera or camera phone that we use while traveling. Taking pictures is a central part of our vacation experiences.  But have you ever spent too much time taking your photographs only to be slightly disappointed that the images didn’t capture all you felt? How can we take photographs in a more meaningful and deliberate way, that also leaves us time to experience where we are?  In this program, you’ll learn how to focus your gaze, so that your pictures reflect what matters most to you: telling your unique story. Get both practical tips and aesthetic inspiration for creating memorable images, for your next trip.

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Making Meaningful Memories


Many of us return home from a trip with wonderful photos to share, but perhaps overwhelmed by the quantity. How do we preserve their unique qualities after returning to our daily routines? How do we keep those rewarding memories fresh in our minds? Learn how to organize and edit your existing travel photographs at home, with pro pointers on selecting the images that matter to you the most. You’ll see which viewing formats may best fit your needs. We’ll also explore different methods for creating albums and archives that you can easily do yourself. Share and enjoy your photos, to make those memories matter even more.

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