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Travel and Landscape Photography: Better Photos of Places

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Travel and Landscape Photography: Better Photos of PlacesImagine capturing glorious photos that will make you proud and make your friends drool with envy. In this 4-week online class, Denise Miotke shares her insights into what she looks for when photographing. You'll learn techniques for developing an artistic eye and for finding awesome images - whether you are on a trip or shooting in your own backyard. Her critiques will encourage and help move you forward with your photography. Plus, Denise will help you understand light so you can make the most of different times of day.

Key Features

  1. Inspiring Compositions: Make Your Images Go from OK to Outstanding!
  2. Understanding Light
  3. Adding Life and Inspiration by Using People
  4. Sharing Your Artistic Eye with Others - What to Do Next

  • Learn to capture compelling images more consistently.
  • Tips for changing your point of view.
  • Discover how to create awe-inspiring photos anywhere!
  • Easy-to-read and easy-to-understand concepts.
  • Lessons feature loads of example photos!

$198.00 USD

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: Denise  Miotke Denise Miotke
Denise Miotke is the quiet co-owner of and has been developing the site as well as photographing with Jim Miotke for over 15 years. She loves visiting and photographing lovely places, writing, eating delicious foods, the very idea of creativity, raising her three darling children, and exploring the connection we have with people and places throughout the world. She writes about her travels and her explorations of famous literary and artistic figures on her blog:

Sample Photos by the Instructor

© Denise Miotke 

© Denise Miotke 

Course Outline


Week 1:  Inspiring Compositions: Make Your Images Go from OK to Outstanding!
How and why to change your point of view  - think differently, shoot differently.
Improve your skills: using a detail to exemplify an overall view.
From the smallest details to iconic scenes ... what makes a good subject?
How to have it all: Vertical and  horizontal
Assignment:  Getting creative results from your compositions. 

Week 2:  Understanding Light
Time of day, and light and shadow.
Shadows can be your new best friend: Enjoying midday light.
Making a choice: Morning or night
Tea time with Denise: Let's sit down and have a little chat about ISO and getting a good sharp photo.
Revisiting for a ReDo: Getting consistently good shots with changing light.
Don't leave home without it: Bring your camera everywhere.
Assignment: Shoot in different kinds of light and say which kind of light you like best.

Week 3:  Adding Life and Inspiration by Using People
Adding movement without adding blur.
Adding a splash of color.
Outdoor portraits: Candid shots and posed images.
Assignment: Shoot a series of images while using people in different ways.

Week 4:  Sharing Your Artistic Eye with Others - What to Do Next
Don't get discouraged
The most fabulous way to share your photos: create a book!
Other creative uses: Business cards and greeting cards.
A little bit about slide shows.
Assignment:  Share a slideshow or book with me

© Denise Miotke 

© Denise Miotke 



  • Camera that allows you to control ISO.
  • A zoom lens for variety of focal lengths.



What skills do I need to take this course?
This course is open to any photographer who wants to improve their ability to make better photographs that capture where they are, where they've been, and what they experienced. 

What equipment do I need to make the most of this course and do the weekly assignments?
You will need a camera that allows you to control ISO. For lenses, zoom lenses that allow you to get in closer are wonderfully helpful! You will want to be able to capture a variety of compositions, at a variety of distances. 

Is it okay with you if we submit previously created work for critique? Do I need to go on a trip during this class?

I love travel photography. I find it actually enhances my present moments and joy during the journey. I notice and appreciate more of my surroundings as I'm looking for images to capture. For these reasons, I am a prolific photographer when I travel, and not so much when I'm at home. You will see most of my photographic examples from my journeys through the US, the UK, and Europe.

But you don't need to travel to make great photos of places. You can create awe-inspiring photos anywhere, without spending the time or expense of travel. You will still be able to capture a gorgeous, impactful collection of photos, even if you don't venture farther than your own backyard!

You do not need to go on a trip to take this class. It would be best to go out and create new work based on each homework assignment. But if you need to, you can submit previously created work.  

© Denise Miotke 

© Denise Miotke 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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