On Assignment: Photography
Meet Your Expert
At once ancient and modern, Prague provides a unique and inspiring backdrop to explore the creative and technical aspects of photography. From Bohemian kings to Communist rule and revolution, this city has a story to tell. Learn how to seize that story through images during hands-on classes led by our instructors and a National Geographic photographer. Then hit the streets to experience the grandeur, grit, and enchantment of a city that has captured the hearts of artists, musicians, and writers for centuries.
Prague is a visual feast where Gothic, baroque, art nouveau, and cubist architecture mingle with weird and witty modern sculpture, and a creative energy fills the streets. Our base in this captivating city is at the junction of the Old and New Towns, just steps from the National Museum. Spend time in our classroom each day, learning how to develop your eye and improve your technical skills. Then take to the streets in small groups, practicing what you’ve learned on photo shoots. Climb up to Prague Castle at the “golden hour” to capture the city’s iconic skyline, punctuated by a multitude of spires. Ride a boat down the winding Vltava River to catch the city from a different vantage point. At Letná Park, perched on a hilltop overlooking Prague, frame skateboarders in action and panoramic views of the city.
In the evenings, review the day’s work or attend seminars led by our National Geographic photographer and instructors as they share their professional experiences and insights. Then head out to photograph the city at night. Document street life against the dazzling lights of Wenceslas Square, or train your lens on the illuminated arches of the Charles Bridge as they cast reflections on the river below.
Escape to the wooded hills and storied villages of South Bohemia on a three-day photo assignment. Stay in a 14th-century hunting estate and work on your landscape photography while hiking through the Šumava forest and exploring pristine rivers. Capture the faces of our village neighbors and step back in time on a shoot in the labyrinthine medieval city of Český Krumlov.
Throughout the workshop we will prepare for a gallery opening that will feature large-print photos of the group’s best work. Help organize and curate the exhibit, and share your images on our final night.
Our Photo Workshop Teams
National Geographic Expert: A National Geographic photographer will join the teaching staff for the duration of the workshop to share their insights and experience, and give you guidance and inspiration as you work through each of your photography assignments. The expert joins the classroom lessons and group critiques, works with students one-on-one in the classroom and in the field, and presents during evening seminars.
Photography Instructors: Our workshop instructors are talented and enthusiastic professional photographers from around the world who, along with the National Geographic expert, work with the students on advanced, hands-on knowledge of a broad range of photography skills and disciplines. With a staff to student ratio of 1 to 8, each instructor is able to work with students one-on-one and give personal assignments based on individual skill level and interests.
We stay in dormitory-style accommodations near central Prague and in a small, family-run hotel in South Bohemia. Breakfast is provided at our residence, while other meals range from picnics to sit-down meals at restaurants. Classrooms are equipped with digital projectors so we can share and critique our work.
NoteThroughout the workshop, students will participate in daily photo shoots and edit-and-critique sessions. The program culminates with a gallery opening on the final evening featuring large-format prints of the students’ work.
Dates & TuitionJuly 3 – July 14, 2016
Airfare is not included. We have arranged a round- trip group flight between New York and Prague. Click here for information on transportation to and from expeditions.