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Capturing the World with Nick Rains: The Art and Practice of Travel Photography


There’s more to the practice of travel photography than just pressing the button on your camera.  It’s about making sure you are in the right place at the right time – and knowing what to do when you get there.

Join the Leica Akademie USA this May for a series of public lectures and one-day "Capture to Print" workshops with photographer and principal instructor for the Leica Akademie Australia, Nick Rains. Rains shares his experiences of shooting fine travel images from his 30+ years of professional practice.

Using his own photos as examples, Nick takes you beyond the technical detail of your camera and into what you really need to know to get memorable travel photos. Street photography, close ups, portraits, landscapes, lighting situations and getting consent are just a few of the many scenarios Nick covers, together with valuable information on how to achieve the best results from your equipment.

This presentation will demonstrate how it's not just about technical skill; the best photographers put a lot of effort into getting themselves into a position where the potential for great images is maximized, including researching, planning where to be and when, and thinking about some potential shots in advance.

Topics covered include:
• The essentials skills for Travel Photography
• Preparing for the shoot, what kit to take, what to do on the day.
• Stories behind his pictures.
• Maximizing the potential for great images
• Preferred equipment
• Editing and cataloguing in the field

This Leica Lecture Series tour will make stops in Los Angeles, Seattle and New York, with each city hosting a free lecture and book signing. Space is limited.

May 5th - Leica Store Los Angeles |7:00pm-9:00pm 

May 12th - Art Institute of Seattle | 7:00pm-9:00pm 

May 17th - B&H | 1:00pm-3:00pm


From Capture to Print with Nick Rains: what to shoot, how to shoot and how to print the results.

Nick Rains shares his entire workflow from capturing fine images in the field through to editing, post processing, cataloging and finally to making high quality prints. Nick believes that a photograph can only be properly appreciated as a fine print, and so everything he does in capturing images leads towards making good prints for either display or publication.
There is nowhere to hide if you make it your goal to make good prints – small web images and social media shared images can hide a multitude of sins. Aim instead for a good print, and even if you don’t end up actually making one your technique had better be up to the challenge.

Topics covered include:
• Documentary Travel Photography – Controlling the uncontrollable 
• Preferred equipment
• Shooting image sets of stories
• Editing and cataloguing in the filed
• Image sweetening – using Adobe Lightroom and a “pinch” of Photoshop
• How printing works – Color management,
• Preparing and image for print
• Paper types and printer choice
• Creating the final print

Who should take this workshop?
Anyone who would like to lift their game in travel or documentary photography and those who would like to find out more about what happens next, after you press the shutter button. Nick’s approach has something for everyone, whether professional or committed enthusiast, and, whilst Nick chooses to use Leica cameras, this workshop is for anyone with a decent camera who would like to get the most out of it.
Discover more about Nick Rains here.
Learn more about the Leica Akademie USA here.

Workshop fee: $329 per person, lunch included.

May 6th - Leica Store Los Angeles | 10:00am-5:00pm 

May 13th - Glazer's Camera | 10:00am- 5:00pm

May 18th - B&H | 10:00am-5:00pm

Space is limited to 12 participants per workshop! Register now to reserve your spot:


Leica Lecture Series With Acclaimed Photographer Nick Rains

05/05/2017 - 05/18/2017