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Travel Photography - People And Places

Travel Photography - People And Places

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Karl Grupe, Diego Ferrari


On this travel photography course you will explore and capture with originality some of the infinite photographic possibilities in one of the world's top tourist attractions, London.

By the end of the course you will have a thorough understanding of creative composition, colour films and camera controls for all situations including low light interiors and night time photography.

The aim is to apply these skills to all photographic situations to create a travel story with style and confidence that is both original and commercial.

Photoshop, scanning, digital manipulation and producing files ready for publication is also covered.

Entry requirements: None

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Karl Grupe is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada  and completed his masters at Goldsmiths College, London.

Karl’s curiosity to test the manner in which we think is what drives him. Obsessed by the narrative which forms from disrupting patterns, he acts as a facilitator in the move away from the visual ‘safe zones’ we form and adhere to. His workshops involve an alchemy of improvisation, risk, reflection and narrative passing through the portal of photography.

His own work can be described as the result of operating at the intersection of the academic, practical, creative and business of photography. Commercially, his stock imagery is represented by Getty and has been published by Life magazine, The New York Times, Microsoft, Sony, Nissan, Ikea, and the Royal Mail.

Under his mentorship CSM students have been published by the British Journal of Photography, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Evening Standard, and Vice Magazine; exhibited internationally; produced portfolios to win Bachelors and Masters placements; and made career transitions to full-time professional photographers.  His Photographers’ London course at Central Saint Martins appeared as a nine-page editorial feature in Afisha-Mir, a Russian travel and lifestyle magazine.

An alumnus of Goldsmiths College, he graduated summa cum laude for his Masters examination of the “accidental” economics formed through photo social networking site Instagram and how this is challenging traditional commercial photography. It led to a meta-photo agency, testing applications disruptive to traditional models of photographer-client-audience conversation which is now part of his PhD examination. This ongoing research feeds into workshops he delivers and includes clients such as Leeds Castle, the London Transport Museum, University Arts London, Royal Photographic Society and photography and design festivals including Urban Photo Fest 2013, Snap Photography Festival,  London Design Festival, Design Futures and the Prospects of Design Festival.

Karl is a partner | creative director and lives in the country where he rides a Harley, trains for triathlons and loves to cook.

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To learn more about Karl, read an interview with him on the Short Courses blog here.

Diego Ferrari studied fine art at Goldsmiths College. He has collaborated from 1998 / present, on a series of international art photographic programmes in China, South Africa, Berlin, Budapest and in London with Tony Fretton Architects, Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Tate Gallery. For more information on your tutor work, please visit his website


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • A camera (digital SLR recommended for maximum creative control)
  • Pencil and paper.

Available dates