GRID Travel Photography Toolkit: The 3-Day Workshop in Baler, Aurora

There’s definitely no better way of learning travel photography than joining Grid’s Travel photography workshop. Combining a spectacular vacation with a wonderful creative experience, Grid’s toolkit lets you experience what it’s like to be on assignment with the GRID team while experiencing “glamping” in one of Baler, Aurora’s best destinations.

Nothing is more exciting than traveling. More than the nice places you get to see, I can guarantee you that some of the best stories happen on the road. This is why I love travel photography–sometimes it’s not really about the places, but the people. And to be able to treasure those stories inside your photographs is probably one of the many great opportunities given to you as a photographer. GRID’s toolkit gave me that different outlook in life. The whole workshop was an invigorating immersion in creating not just better photographs, but photographs that matter.

GRID TOOLKITPhoto by Hannah Cepe

Grid Workshop

Grid Workshop

Grid WorkshopPhotos by Michael Mariano

Everything on the trip was very professional and top drawer. The sessions are interactive, allowing you to use your creativity in creating photos from food photography to creating portraits. The lectures were really very inspiring. Learning photography from the great people behind Grid, Francisco Guerrero, Sonny Thakur, and Miguel Nacianceno, each lecture brought us to new and different image opportunities, receiving feedbacks from our photos and learning better ways to improve it.

On Francisco Guerrero’s workshop, we were taught about the process on how to produce portraits using natural light. From the technicalities to the importance of investing your time in your subjects, the whole session gave me a different outlook on how to create portraits that matter. As Francisco Guerrero shared the untold tales behind each photographs taken for Grid, it led us to the realization that the most effective way to create meaningful photographs is by being able to understand your subjects through spending time with them. Interacting and seeking more about who they are gives you an understanding on how to tell their stories effectively. It takes a lot of patience, but it gives your photos more life. Quality time equals quality photograph.

The following sessions taught us about food photography and creating photo essays.


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Grid WorkshopPhotos by Michael Mariano

It was a fun session with Miguel Nacianceno, giving us the chance to do an actual shoot on food photography and, afterwards, receiving individual feedback from our photos. Exposing your photo and sharing it to your fellow photographers is definitely nerve-wracking at first. But learning from each other’s mistake and knowing the different ways on how to improve your shots makes it all worth it.

Food photography can be pretty challenging because it requires a great eye for details. Sometimes it is even harder when traveling because you don’t always get the light you prefer. But learning the art behind using your creative mind to take the advantage of every resources available, we were able to share our own unique way of presenting our works. It was really cool though. It challenges your creativity!

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Sometimes travel photography is not solely an adventure. Sometimes its not just about witnessing the extraordinary or jetting off to exotic places. Its neither all about the camera or the gear. Sometimes what matters most are the stories. This is what Sonny Thakur’s workshop is about–effectively using the medium of photography to better tell powerful stories through series of photo essays.

Throughout the lecture, we were given different examples from the great minds that changed the way we see the world. Powerful photo essays like the “Days with my Father” by Philip Toledano greatly moved and exposed us to not just create better photos but photographs that will inspire, inform, move, and make an impact. We were able to learn the value of storytelling through a very powerful medium–photography.

Now, after each session, we were also given the chance to do a portfolio review with each of the instructors. It was by far, my favorite part. I enjoyed the immediate feedback from my photos which are mostly positive and inspiring. The best five-minutes of my life! It definitely gave me direction towards what I want to pursue and what needs to be improved.

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And of course, what better way to seal a perfect workshop but with awesome food, beers, and bonfire?!

Grid Workshop

Grid Workshop

Grid WorkshopPhotos by Michael Mariano

Grid WorkshopPhoto by GRID Magazine

So if you are serious about your craft and you feel the need to feed your nomadic soul, go now. Invest in yourself. Join the next Grid Travel Workshop and be ready to be transformed from good to spectacular.

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