Based in Florida
Out of Chicago Instructor
Photographer, Writer, Public Speaker, Educator
Born in the Florida Keys, Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, writer, experienced public speaker and highly skilled educator who spends his life shooting some of the most beautiful locations in the world. Featured by Professional Photographer Magazine, CNet, Wacom, SmugMug Films, Adobe, Fujifilm and Fstoppers, Elia began working full-time in the photography industry in 2009, and since then he has visited more than 65 countries, flown nearly 2 million miles, and collaborated with major companies, brands, countries, NGOs, and tourism agencies on nearly every continent.
Using a combination of traditional in-camera techniques, targeted times of day, and advanced post-processing and time blending methods, Elia has developed a widely recognized and highly unique style of photography that has become well known around the world. With each photograph, his goal is to share his vision so others can see the world as he does, full of color, texture, beauty, depth and emotion. As a result, many of his photos have been used in some of the most widely circulated publications including National Geographic and displayed in fine art galleries, expositions, and photography events worldwide.
With extensive on-camera, public speaking, and teaching experience, Elia has established himself as one of the most respected and articulate photography educators and speakers in the industry. He has a unique ability to simplify even the most complex topics while communicating in a clear, friendly, and highly engaging way. He has been invited to speak at some of the largest photography events and stages in the world including Photokina, Photo Plus Expo, InterBee Japan, PNE Beijing, Gulf Photo Plus, National Geographic Aveiro Festival, Xposure International Photography Festival, and Instagram’s Illuminate.