What does it take to produce a publishable body of work in the travel photography business? Find out in this week with one of the industry’s top picture editors.

Understanding an editor's position and perspective for a major publication such as National Geographic Traveler, is imperative when working as a travel photographer.  Demystify all aspects of being a successful working travel photographer. Participants are guided on how to shoot, edit, and layout a picture story.

Linda MeyerriecksAfter portfolios are reviewed and ideas are discussed, participants work throughout the week on a story in mid-coast Maine. Field assignments are made each day, helping students understand the step-by-step process of how a photographer and picture editor work to produce a story for any travel publication. Critique and evaluations cover not only the photographs, but also the approach, research, points of view and the visual ideas brought to each participant’s story. 

Encompassing all aspects of being and becoming a travel photographer, participants get an inside look at how magazine assignments are made, from research and proposals to caption writing and photo editing. Through lectures, slide shows, critique and discussions, participants learn firsthand what magazine editors look for in travel assignments.  

By the end of the week participants know how to develop an idea, approach an editor, gain access, prepare for a trip and produce a publishable body of images.

Students are encouraged to bring a laptop for image processing and editing since this is not based in a digital lab classroom. 

A portfolio submission is required for this course.




Linda Meyerriecks

Upon retirement from National Geographic in the summer of 2009, Linda conceived PhotoShepherd.com <http://PhotoShepherd.com>  to support professional photographers and students of photography, as their Photo Editor and Advisor,  as well as producing books for publishers such as National Geographic.  She has edited the illustrations for three National Geographic books since retiring: “Eyewitness to History”, “Hidden Alaska, Bristol Bay and Beyond”, and “Atlas of Indian Nations”.  Linda also judges photography contests from around the world.

A 38-year veteran of the National Geographic Society, Linda was Photo Editor for National Geographic Traveler from 1990.  As one of the Photo Editor team at Traveler, Linda was responsible for defining the photographic vision of the magazine working with world-renown photographers.  While at Traveler, Linda also created and produced special issues, calendars, and established a reprint program.  She solicited prizes for Traveler’s Annual Photo Contests and was also one of the judges.

Before Traveler, Linda was Illustrations Editor on many large format books produced by the Society working with many well-known scientists, writers, and historians. Previous to her work with the Book Division, she was Art Director for National Geographic Promotions, and a layout assistant for National Geographic Magazine. And, as an accomplished photographer, Linda also has images published by National Geographic.  

For over the past fifteen years, Linda has been teaching the “Travel Photography on Assignment” class at the Maine Media Workshops. Linda was a Founder of the International Photography Workshops, which she directed in Hawaii, Italy, Austria, and Belgium. Linda received her BFA at Pratt Institute in New York. 


Course Dates

Jul 26 to Aug 1



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