Multimedia Seminars


Multimedia Seminars for 2018

Would you like to fund your passion for travel or simply brush up your skills? Either way, make your work as powerful as it can be with these informative and in-depth Adventure Multimedia Seminars.

During these 12 seminars, the Wanderlust Magazine editors and leading industry experts will offer an introduction to the key areas of travel writing, travel photography and film-making. The seminars offer a mixture of informative lectures and open group discussion. They are designed to work alongside each other, so you can attend a single session, or come to more for a complete overview.

Each seminar lasts 2 hours with a limited number of participants to ensure you get the best learning environment possible – plus this gives you a brilliant chance to question the experts themselves. Please see below for the seminars and timings.


Click here to book your seminar ticket – Seminars tickets do not include entry and must be accompanied by a valid entry ticket.




09.30-11.30 Face to Face: Photographing People & Places

Learn how to photograph compelling stories about humanity and their environment. Paul Harris will take you through how to engage one to one with your subject, and share their experience of work, craft, ceremony and friendship. You will discover how to transform your portraits using colour, light, pattern, empathy, language and location.

Hosts: Paul Harris.


12.30-14.30 Getting Started in Travel Photography

This session covers the practicalities of photography; helping you to improve your composition, lighting, exposure, kit wishlist, and the basics of post-production.  

Hosts: Ben Brain




15.30-17.30 Improving your travel photography

Whether you want photos good enough to hang on your wall, win competitions, or get noticed on social media, professional photographers will give you an insight into how to take your shots to the next level.

Hosts: Keith Wilson.




09.30-11.30 Introduction to travel writing

There are more options than ever to document your travels. Award-winning Wanderlust editors take you sthrough the different styles, whether you want to write a journal, a blog, an article or a book, and whether you want to write for your own satisfaction or turn it into a career. Includes a practical session.

Hosts: Lyn Hughes, Phoebe Smith.



12.30-14.30 Pitching your article or book

Commissioning editors receive hundreds of approaches a week. How do you ensure that you catch their eye? We look at compelling story ideas and angles; what editors want; and how to structure your pitch. Includes a practical session. 

Hosts: Phoebe Smith, Lyn Hughes, Debbie Chapman.


15.30-17.30 Filming your adventures

Whatever your equipment, even if its only a phone, this will take you through the basics of filming, incuding useful tips and tricks to get a professional video.

Hosts: Ian Finch, Phoebe Smith





10.00-12.00 How to master adventure travel photography and filming

Whether you’re heading off to the mountains, desert or jungle, you’ll be wanting to document your adventures. This session takes you through practical tips and tricks, kit wishlist, storytelling.  to how to take your shots to the next level.

Hosts: Daniel Widley, Phoebe Smith.


12.30-14.30 How to make your photos stand out

Whether you want your photos to look good on social media, in blogs, to win competitions or get published in print, regardless of whether taken on your phone or on top of the range camera gear, this is the session for you. Professional photographers lead a practical and interactive session that looks at subject, composition and the other factors that make photographs stand out. cs of post-production.

Hosts: Paul Harris, Keith Wilson.


15.00-17.00 Making and editing a video on your iPhone

Yes, you really can make professional videos on your phone! Phoebe Smith takes you through the basics of filming, including storyboarding, editing, and adding titles and voice-overs. Note: All participants should have an iPhone or iPad or iTouch, with the iMovie 2.2 app installed.

Hosts: Phoebe Smith




10.00-12.00 Blogging

Thousands of people start a blog but don’t carry it on. How do you ensure your blog keeps you enthused? How do you decide on a style or a niche? How do you attract an audience to it? What are the dos and don’ts? Is it possible to monetise it?

Hosts: Iain Mallory, Lyn Hughes.



12.30-14.30 Getting published

It’s the dream of many to get published, but only some achieve it. We look at the different outlets – books, blogs, magazines, newspapers, and whether to approach editors/publishers or self-publish. Includes practical ideas on finding an angle or niche, pitching, finding the right route for you. 

Hosts: Lyn Hughes, Phoebe Smith, Iain Mallory.



15.00-17.00 Making Money From Your Travels

Whether you want to keep the day job but earn a few pennies on the side, or whether you want to change your career, we look at the various options to monetise your passion for travel and writing. Includes case studies and practical examples.

Hosts: Lyn Hughes, Iain Mallory, Paul Harris.


The Experts

Photography Experts

Ben Brain

Ben is an award-winning journalist and practising photographer, he is currently the editor of Digital Camera magazine, Britain’s best-selling consumer photography title.
As a journalist and magazine editor Benedict has been writing photography how-to articles, curating best-in-class content, writing features and presenting videos for a range of magazines including; Amateur Photographer, PhotoPlus, NPhoto, Practical Photoshop and Professional Photography.


Paul Harris

Paul has been at the forefront of travel, expedition & documentary photography for 25 years. Mongolia, Iran, Chile, Tanzania, Greenland and Vietnam are just a few of the destinations where he has pursued both self assigned and commissioned projects. He has been a ‘photographer in residence’ at the Royal Geographical Society and a preferred assignment photographer for Earthwatch, Coral Cay Conservation, Yorkshire Dales National Park & the National Trust. Paul writes a regular column for Outdoor Photography magazine and leads bespoke adventure, landscape and travel photography trips for Wild Photography Holidays


Keith Wilson

London-based photojournalist Keith Wilson is the founder of Wild Planet Photo Magazine and an editor of fine art photography books. He is the author of two books on travel photography, a judge of the Wanderlust Photo of the Year competition, a former award-winning editor of Amateur Photographer and the founder of Outdoor Photography, which he edited from 2000 to 2007. Keith is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society,contributing a monthly photography column to the society’s magazine, Geographical.


Writing Experts

Debbie Chapman

Debbie Chapman has been part of the editorial team at Summersdale Publishers for over 5 years, and commissioning on their travel list for just over two years. An avid traveller and adrenaline junkie, her adventures have taken her from shark diving in South Africa to hiking the Laugevegur Trail in Iceland, and lots of places in-between. She is passionate about good travel writing and dreams of discovering the next Bill Bryson.



Iain Mallory

An ex-Warrant Officer in the Army Physical Training Corps, with qualifications in several adventurous activities, he participated in expeditions all over the World.

He now works freelance as a writer/photographer, finding adventure wherever he travels, publishing the popular website Mallory On, a travel guide for every day adventurers.



Wanderlust Experts

Lyn Hughes

In 1992 Lyn and her late husband, Paul Morrison, were bored on a flight to South America and so schemed out their ideal travel magazine on the back of a sickbag. The idea stuck and, on their return to the UK, they launched Wanderlust magazine from their spare bedroom. The magazine gradually grew through word of mouth, and went on to be one of the UK’s leading travel magazines, with numerous awards under its belt.

Today, Lyn is editor-in-chief and MD of the company, Wanderlust Travel Media. She judges writing and photography competitions, and has won dozens of awards herself, including Outstanding Contribution Award in the British Travel Press Awards. In 2014, Lyn was awarded one of the ‘Top 60 Most Influential Women in Travel in the Last 60 Years’.



Phoebe Smith

Phoebe is an award-winning travel editor, writer, author and filmmaker who has written extensively for a range of magazines and newspapers in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. She is editor of Wanderlust travel magazine, and is author of several books including Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper, Wilderness Weekends: Wild Adventures in Britain’s Rugged Corners and the first and only guidebook to British bothies – Book of the Bothy. In addition to writing Phoebe has appeared on radio and TV talking wild camping, travel and women in the outdoors and garnered praise from Bill Bryson, Robert Macfarlane and Sir Ranulph Fiennes.


Filming Experts

Leon McCarron

Leon is an adventurer and filmmaker who has walked 3000 miles across China, filming for a National Geographic TV show along the way. The journey took him six months; walking a marathon a day for six days a week and carrying a 30kg pack.


Ian Finch

Former Royal Marine Commando Ian Finch, is an expedition photographer, wilderness guide and adventure journalist whose been passionately travelling to remote environments for over 5 years. His expeditions, photography and writing have featured in Sidetracked Magazine, The Telegraph, The Standard, Men’s Health, The Great Outdoors Magazine and for Otterbox and Osprey Packs. Ian also featured on ITV and Good Morning Britain as an outdoor consultant. His latest expedition, a 2000-mile canoe descent of the Yukon River, was included in the top 10 adventures of 2016 by the Guardian.


Daniel Wildey

Daniel is a widely published adventure travel photographer, as well as being an award-winning writer and film maker. As an outdoor lover Daniel has worked with brands such as GoreTex, Paramo, Fjallraven, Jottnar, Whitedot Skis, Salomon and Sherpa, as well as with travel companies and tourists boards including Visit Sweden, Ontario Travel, Haute Pyrenees, Croatia Tourism and Peak District National Park. Daniel is a regular photographer and writer for Snow, Sidetracked, Active Traveller and Mpora, and has been published in Outdoor Photography, Financial Times, The Telegraph and MailOnline.