• 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.

  • What's In

    The Traveling

    Lens?

    MODULE ONE

    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.

     

    MODULE TWO

    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.

     

    MODULE THREE

    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.

    MODULE FOUR

    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.

    MODULE FIVE

    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.

    MODULE SIX

    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.

    MODULE SEVEN

    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.

  • Enroll While You Can.

    2019 Enrollment for The Traveling Lens closes at 11:59 pm EST on January 24.

  • Enroll Now Better Than Risk-Free

     

    The Traveling Lens is available only until the end of January 24, 2019, as one last chance to get it for the 2018 price. Enroll now and if this course really isn't for you, send me an email within 30 days and I'll not only refund you, I'll welcome you to keep the incredible bonus materials with my thanks for giving it a try.

     

    One Payment of $349

     

    Your payment of USD$349 is 100% secure and processed by Stripe or Paypal

     

    *MentorClass Alumni, I have sent you specific enrollment links in your email, please use those to enroll at your discounted alumni rate.

    Six Payments of $64.00

     

    Six monthly payments of USD$64.100% secure through Stripe or Paypal.

     

    *MentorClass Alumni, I have sent you specific enrollment links in your email, please use those to enroll at your discounted alumni rate.

  • 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

    One year free 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).

  • One Payment of $349

     

    Your payment of USD$349 is 100% secure and processed by Stripe or Paypal.

     

    MentorClass Alumni, I have sent you specific enrollment links in your email, please use those to enroll at your discounted alumni rate.

    Six Payments of $64.00

     

    Six monthly payments of USD$64.100% secure through Stripe or Paypal.

     

    *MentorClass Alumni, I have sent you specific enrollment links in your email, please use those to enroll at your discounted alumni rate.

  • 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

  • Have Questions?

    Great! I have answers.

    Q: Great! How much?

    A: Beginning on January 21 and ending at the end of the day on January 24, enrollment is USD $349, or six monthly payments of $64. This is the last time this course will be offered at this price, and the only time it will be offered in 2019.

     

    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: 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 much 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.

     

    Q: Really? Four days only? When will you offer this again?
    A: Yes, just four days for enrollment. But once you're in, you have all the time in the world to begin and do complete the materials, and as many times as you want. So while enrollment is open for only four days at this time, if you really want in on this I'll be offering it again—I just don't know when. It will most likely not be until 2020, and not again at this price. If you want sign up in 2019, now is the time. Remember, if you can't start for a month or two—or even eight months from now—that's OK. Enroll now while you can, and start when it works for you. Keeping enrollment open all year long would mean I have to be close to my computer all year long and I'd rather be out making photographs. It also means my support staff has to be available all year long and right now that person is my wife, and Cynthia also wants to be out making photographs. Limiting enrollment to one-week blocks allows us to serve you better and still do the work we love.

     

    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. My team and I are chained to our computers for most of the next four days, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can if you use the link below to fire us an email.

  • Didn't See the Videos?

    When I initially launched The Traveling Lens, I created three videos about making stronger photographs when you travel and I want these to be available to you, whether or not you enroll in this incredible course.

    Have Camera, Will Travel?

    More Than Snapshots and Postcards

    But What If I Bring The Wrong Gear?

    This is the kind of depth and passion I bring to my teaching. If you'd like more of this, consider enrolling in The Traveling Lens (just don't wait too long!)

     

    This course will change the way you approach travel photography. I've tested this course with over a thousand people and the feedback has been incredible, so I believe in it. It will help you become a more creative, more comfortable, more focused photographer and help you make stronger, deeper, more rewarding photographs. I guarantee it.

  • If you want to take The Traveling Lens in 2019, this is your only chance.

    Enrollment for 2019 closes on January 24 at 11:59pm Eastern.

    One Payment of $349

     

    Your payment of USD$349 is 100% secure and processed by Stripe or Paypal.

     

    Six Payments of $64.00

     

    Six monthly payments of USD$64.100% secure through Stripe or Paypal.

     

  • 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

    For those to whom I am brand new, here's a quick introduction. 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.