• Make More Than
    Snapshots & Postcards

    "When you travel, you want to feel like you’ve got a shot at making photographs that communicate the wonder of those amazing places and experiences. You want to feel like you know where to begin and how to approach the new place you're experiencing.
    You want to feel like you're not spending all that money only to come home without the photographs you dreamed of. And you want to feel less freaked out about what gear to bring, how to approach people, or how to be more creative instead of resorting to the postcards and snapshots that are the obvious and easiest photographs to make. You want to be proud of the photographs you're making.
    Everyone I know feels this way; I used to, as well. But after years of assignment photography and personal work on all seven continents, I developed an approach that made that feeling—and coming home with much stronger work—far more consistent. My work became easier and more reliable. It’s not a formula or a recipe; it’s a set of ideas and priorities that allows me to focus, to go deeper, and to ease up on my expectations and to be more creative. It’s an approach that helps me to create bodies of work full of images I’m proud of. And as I have taught this same approach in my workshops around the world, it has given that same freedom, confidence, and stronger photographs to my students. The Traveling Lens will teach you this approach and change the way you travel and make photographs."
    -David duChemin
    World & Humanitarian Photographer
  • If you've ever traveled and felt totally overwhelmed and wondered where to even begin with your photography, you're not alone.


    There's a way to approach this with more freedom, less fear, and greater focus. There's a way to travel without the need for new gear or the nagging fear of missing out, and to make stronger, more authentic photographs and bodies of work while having deeper, more immersive travel experiences.


    My name is David duChemin. I'm a world & humanitarian photographer with years of challenging assignment and personal work on all seven continents in places as diverse as the Mongolian steppes, the Ecuadorian Andes, the back alleys of Old Cairo, the desert towns of Rajasthan, and 55 other countries. The Traveling Lens is my way of teaching my own approach to seeing and photographing places and cultures in a deeper way—one that pushes past the postcards and snapshots.


    Filmed while on location in the ancient city of Varanasi, India, The Traveling Lens is designed to teach you the ideas and practices from my sold-out MentorSeries Workshops in a way that allows you to take the course on your own time, in your own space (and for a fraction of what my international workshops cost), making these ideas more accessible than ever.


    The Traveling Lens is divided into 20 lessons that are easily accessed online on almost any device, all of them with video and written components as well as corresponding transcripts & audio files for those who prefer to read or listen to the lessons.


    Unlike many online courses, the content is always yours, and can be done at your own pace. Start in a month when you have the time and do a little bit every week for a year, or start now and take a sleep-deprived week to complete it; it's up to you. The course does not expire and you will never lose access.


    In addition to the lessons, The Traveling Lens comes with great bonus resources, including three Making The Image videos, and six eBooks, three of which I created just for this course: Along the Ganges, the monograph of photographs I made while filming The Traveling Lens; Bodies of Work, an exploration into the why and how of creating powerful, cohesive images that work together; and Essential Travel, designed to distill the best of my wisdom from year of travel. It also includes access to my Vision-Driven Mentoring Community, future discounts, and a 30-day better-than-risk-free guarantee.

  • 20 Lessons That Will Change the Way You Photograph Your World


    Getting There

    Three lessons, including an introduction to the course and a thorough discussion of gear and preparation for traveling as a photographer, plus a complete unpacking of my camera bag for the India trip.



    Exploration Before Expression

    Five lessons covering the need to be present, spend the time, overcome expectations, the important concept of taking and working with a visual inventory, getting lost, and learning to create sketch images as part of the discovery process.



    Themes and Constraints

    Module Three addresses the importance of choosing and pursuing a central idea or theme around which your photographs will work, and the importance of choosing and working with intentional constraints to bring unity to your images and a starting place to your process.


    Working With People

    An extended lesson about working with people—one of the biggest challenges for all photographers, no matter how seasoned. Explore approaches that set you up for the greatest chance of success with the least amount of fear.


    Composition Matters

    In three lessons, Module Five explores the compositional priorities that will make your work stronger—particularly the recognition and use of light, the importance of moment, and the powerful role of stories.


    Three More Powerful Tools

    Explore three more ideas that are central to my own work and the creation of stronger, more compelling images: learning to simplify and isolate, learning to get closer, and the importance of having something to say.


    Workflow: Field & Home

    In the final two lessons, I discuss my approach to workflow, editing, image backup, how to allow your work to speak to you, and creating intentional bodies of work in order to get past postcards and snapshots.

  • Exclusive Bonus Resources

    Aside from an incredibly robust course that pulls no punches and keeps no secrets, enrollment comes with some valuable resources that aren't available anywhere else.


    Along The Ganges PDF

    See the full collection of the final images made while filming The Traveling Lens. Along The Ganges is an exclusive PDF monograph of my personal work from Varanasi.


    Bodies of Work eBook

    This 100-page PDF eBook explores the benefits of creating cohesive bodies of work, and how to approach that process. Included are six case studies from my own projects around the world.

    Essential Travel PDF

    (Almost) 50 pieces of wisdom learned while traveling the world over the last dozen years. Making photographs is challenging enough as you travel, so give yourself the best chance of doing it while staying sane and safe.


    Making The Image Videos

    After returning from filming this course in Varanasi, I recorded three videos to walk you through the making of three of my final photographs, sharing my thinking and techniques with you from start to finish.

    Vision-Driven Membership

    A Lifetime Membership in The Vision-Driven, my private mentoring community. Full of thoughtful and respectful photographers, this is a rare place online. When you enroll in The Traveling Lens, I welcome you to join us and take part in those conversations.


    Alumni Discounts

    10% off all future online courses and mentoring sessions. My online courses and one-on-one mentoring will never be discounted or go on sale, but alumni always get a 10% discount (international travel workshops excluded).

  • What Photographers Are Saying

    "So much more than a ‘how-to’ of travel photography. It is a deep-dive into methods and processes to better tell your story. I learned as much about myself as I did about travel photography! David’s teaching style is incredibly approachable and effective. I learned real, usable methods for improving my travel photos and building thought-provoking bodies of work."
    ~ Celeste Walz

    "The Traveling Lens is a perfectly presented set of videos discussing topics that will make me better regardless of where I am. Without hesitation, David once again displays excellent communication skills balanced with his superb attention to detail to offer a very polished and enjoyable course to watch."
    ~ Stephen DesRoches


    "This course is the most engaging online course I have ever experienced. David's ability to connect through video is unparalleled. I found myself actually missing him in between my viewings. Not only is he incredibly knowledgeable, but he is also incredibly personable and somehow he manages to share that through the course. Not only will you learn, you'll genuinely enjoy learning!”

    ~ Chris Broderick


    The Traveling Lens demystified the process of travel photography for me. We’re always led to believe that there is some complicated secret recipe to compelling travel photography. I now realize that the recipe is simpler than I thought—and the ingredients are right in front of me. Feeling like I was sitting right alongside David in the field, he patiently and thoroughly explained to me his step-by-step thinking when visiting any given city—and suddenly—it all made sense!"

    ~ Daniel Stainer

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    Your Free Video Now

    We all have blind spots and habits that get in the way of our best shot at the best opportunities and strongest work. While you wait for the course to re-open, here are my own 10 personal mantras when I travel as a photographer. Just click the image of the iPad and tell me where to send it.

  • Any Questions?

    Q: I'm not really a technically advanced photographer; can I still take this course?

    A: I'm not a techie, either. Craft matters, and most of us need to keep getting better with our gear, but that's a long journey. The real work of travel photography has so much more to do with being present and creative and patient and knowing how to engage with people. I teach a process for creating cohesive bodies of work in this course, and you can do that at almost any stage in your growth as a photographer. If you can focus your camera and make a decent exposure most of the time, The Traveling Lens will take you miles ahead of where you are now.


    Q: What if I don't travel to exotic locations, like India?

    A: Exotic is over-rated. Don't get me wrong, I love it. But exotic is not what makes great images. In fact one person's exotic is another's backyard, so it's almost impossible to even define it. The approach I've developed can be used anywhere: around the world, or around the corner. Yes, there's one lesson on gear, and logistics, but the course is really about how we approach a place, and create a meaningful body of work, not about which tripod is best.


    Q: How do I access the course?
    A: On your laptop, tablet, or mobile device, you'll sign in to the course platform with login credentials you create. The moment you enroll, the entire course content will be available to you: all videos, creative exercises, and downloads. Boom! Right there for you. It's a self-paced course, so you go as fast or as slow as you like. Repeat lessons as often as you like. Once you're in, you're in—the course doesn't expire and you'll never be asked to enroll again if you want to repeat the material.Going on vacation? It'll be there when you get back. Can't start for a month? It'll be waiting for you. This is an online course, but almost all of it can be downloaded for offline learning.


    Q: How do I pay? Are there options? Is it secure?
    A: I want to make this as easy as possible as I can for you. We use both Stripe and PayPal to accept payments. Both are globally-trusted payment gateways that give us access to none of your personal information. When you click the Enroll Now buttons you'll be taken to one single payment page that gives you options for Stripe and Paypal.

    Q: And you say there's a better-than-money-back guarantee?
    A: There is. I stand behind what I've created for you. If you do the course for 30 days and don't feel it can help you make stronger photographs, we'll be happy to give you a refund if you let us know before those 30 days are up. You're welcome to keep and enjoy the bonus materials as a thank you for giving it a fair try. Not sure the course is for you? I welcome you to enroll, test it out, and if it's not for you, all you have to do is tell me within 30 days.


    Q: I have other questions, any chance you can help with those?

    A: I'll do my best, yes. We'll get back to you as soon as we can if you use the link at the bottom of this page to fire my team and I an email. I'll make sure we do what we can to help.


  • Meet Your Mentor


    I'm David duChemin. I love this craft as much as you do, and it's been my honour to teach students this incredible craft on all seven continents. I want to help you make photographs that you love, that light a spark, captivate imaginations, and grab the attention and hearts of the people who will see them. But I want to do it honestly—without gimmicks, platitudes, and shortcuts. I care way too much about this craft, and you, to give you anything less than everything.

    A Brief Bio

    I've been making photographs for over 30 years and have done humanitarian assignments and personal work—and have taught this craft—in over 50 countries on all seven continents. In 2009, I wrote Within The Frame, a book that has become (to my great surprise) a classic photographic text. Since then, I've seen Within The Frame and eight other books about this craft become bestsellers in a dozen languages around the world. I eat, sleep, and breathe the creative and photographic life, but my great passion and calling is passing it on to others and seeing people like you make the best photographs of your life. The best photographs aren't made by cameras, but by photographers willing to use those cameras as tools to express their vision and creativity in stronger and stronger ways. I want to help you do that without shortcuts, gimmicks, or expensive new gear, and get to the point where you love your photographs more than you love the gear that you use to make them with.


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