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Travel Photography with Jim Richardson and Bob Krist

We are thrilled to announce our next collaboration between Sony Alpha Universe x Summit Workshops. Embedded in the Alpha Universe, this joint initiative will deliver all that Sony Alpha Universe offers for a truly unbelievable online learning experience!  Travel photography opens doors and windows to the world. Whether you pursue destination photography for your own enjoyment or actively hope to build your love into a career, this workshop offers insights from two renowned travel photographers, Bob Krist and Jim Richardson. Between them they boast nearly a century of working experience in photography, for major publications like National Geographic Traveler (where they were both contributing editors) and host of major clients, large and small. 
Bob and Jim have always been pioneers of small kit photography, never afraid to buck common wisdom, championing lightweight cameras and gear that don’t break the bank (or your back) and experts at achieving sophisticated lighting with minimal gear.  Originals of the one-man-band school of fieldwork.  Most of all they advocate photography that reflects great travel encounters, genuine engagement, and respect for people and their cultures. 
Besides the normal realms of travel photography like people, landscapes, festivals and the like this workshop will burrow into Bob and Jim’s practical field experience, their knack for problem solving, and their ability to deliver images that set the standard for decades. Jim has continued to explore the limits of how still images can work in visual storytelling. Bob has become the guru of small kit video production. Both are multiple award winners for travel photography and writing. 

workshop schedule

2 day workshop; three sessions. Monday August 9th (session one & two), Wednesday August 11 (session three)

Session 1:
Monday August 9th;  11am – 1pm EST
Travel photography and storytelling — the viewpoint from two veterans. This session will take deep dives into the work of Bob and Jim, both contributing editors for National Geographic Traveler.  Adapting the tools of documentary and cultural photography to tell the stories and capture the rewards of travel. Both are recognized for their responsive adaptability to the changing world of travel photography that spans decades. Only a few photographers in the world can bring such broad perspectives into focus. 
Session 2:
Monday August 9th; 2pm – 4pm EST
Two paths forward: how to adapt and stay relevant in a changing media world.    Bob began the transition to video and became a proponent of constant learning and growth.  Jim focused on one place (Scotland) to develop a comprehensive body of work over 25 years. This session will illuminate how these divergent paths both yielded ongoing work and fresh energy into longtime careers.
Session 3:
Wednesday August 11; 2pm – 4pm EST
Working advice: equipment, attitudes and myth busting.   
  • How Bob and Jim used small, lightweight equipment for their photography, substituting inventive methods to counter photographic industry myth and orthodoxy. 
  • Focusing on quality of encounter with subjects  to create rich travel experiences, resulting in photography with depth and human value while avoiding exploitation and superficial representation.
  • Exploring new mediums, including video, social media, relationships, sponsors, and advocacy.
  • Putting pictures to work: using existing images to greater advantage, increasing the breadth and depth of picture usage.

Meet your instructors

Bob Krist

Jim Richardson - Summit Photography Workshops
Workshop Faculty

Jim Richardson

Bob Krist

Bob Krist is a freelance photographer and filmmaker whose work has taken him to all seven continents and has won awards in the Pictures of the Year, Communication Arts, and World Press Photo competitions. He was named “Travel Photographer of the Year” by the Society of American Travel Writers three times, in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

His latest book is a black and white monograph of portraits and landscapes called Old Souls & Timeless Places (Brilliant Publishing, Exton, PA 2019).

A late career convert to video storytelling, his short films have been exhibited in film festivals in Italy, Iceland, and the USA and have won several gold and silver Lowell Thomas awards for broadcast travel journalism.

Bob was a contributing editor/photographer at National Geographic Traveler magazine and a columnist for Outdoor Photographer magazine and was recently featured as the instructor in a comprehensive course, called Fundamentals of Travel Photography, produced by National Geographic and The Great Courses.

Workshop Faculty

Jim Richardson

Jim has work appearing regularly in National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Traveler in addition to Geographic books. Jim is on assignment for Nat Geo projects almost full time and for good reason. Richardson, a onetime newspaper photographer in Kansas and Colorado, brings amazing story-telling techniques along with detailed research to his pictures. Thirty years ago, he began photographing the area around his hometown in north central Kansas.

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