The Ins-and-Outs of Travel Photography

- Professional Photographers of America (PPA) Photography Workshop -

John E. Powers, M. Photog., CPP & Rebecca Li, M.Photog., CPP, S-PPC


ThailandJohn E. Powers

Thailand © John E. Powers

Japan © John E. Powers

Once the bans on traveling abroad are lifted, you will be wanting and ready to travel and photograph the world. This course will help you be prepared in time. We will explore the insights of photographing in foreign countries. The emphasis will be on traveling to and through primarily Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam, Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and India. We will cover the basics of foreign travel to include passports, visas, tricks of the trade, etc. Special interest will be given to safety in a terrorist-stricken world. The emphasis of the course is photography itself. Examples of how and what to photograph will be discussed, the dos and don'ts of where and when to photograph certain sites, especially religious locations.



Saturday, September 18, 2021. 9:00am - 4:30pm

Virtual meeting. 


Costs: $99 through May 2, 2021. $120 "on-site" 


Open to all. PPA members will receive 1 service merit. 

Register on PPA: Registration opens on March 8, 2021 Registration is currently closed. Please contact me directly for last-minute registration.

For inquiry, call Rebecca Li Photography at 781-281-8885.




Christmas Island, Australia © Rebecca Li


John E. Powers, Applesauce Photography

Rebecca Li, Rebecca Li Photography


Humpback whale breachingHumpback whale breachingTonga. © Rebecca Li

Tonga © Rebecca Li

Mama, look!Mama, look!Japan. © Rebecca Li

Japan © Rebecca Li










In this day-long class, we will explore the world of Japan, understanding the customs and locations of photographing in Japan and then photographing several Japanese models in traditional outfits. The morning will consist of slide show presentations covering the do’s and don’ts of photographing in Japan (e.g. in temples and shrines, street photography), key locations to photograph (in Tokyo, Kyoto, Kamakura, with overviews of Hokkaido, Tohoku, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa), and travel restrictions as the ever-changing international situation develops. The afternoon hands-on portion of the class will give the participants the chance to photograph the iconic traditional attire of Japan; in this case, Japanese models in authentic kimonos and yukatas. Giving the photographers this photo opportunity allows them to utilize their skills and makes both the understanding and appreciation for the cultural aspects of Japan authentic and engaging, not just “all talk.” Each photographer will have the opportunity to photograph these models in both a studio and an outdoor setting.