Travel Photography How To

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Efrain M. Padro  |  Feb 07, 2013  |  First Published: Jan 01, 2013  |  2 comments

Growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, I used to love playing in the Spanish colonial castles in Old San Juan, imagining I was a Spanish conquistador getting ready to do battle with foreign attackers. My interest in castles and history has never subsided, although the only shooting I imagine anymore involves my camera, not guns. I was therefore excited when I had the opportunity to visit and photograph a number of castles in Northumberland, a region located in England’s northeastern corner abutting the North Sea. Besides its numerous castles, Northumberland also features wide beaches and tall sand dunes, rugged cliffs, rolling hills, and quaint fishing villages.

Maynard Switzer  |  Feb 07, 2013  |  First Published: Jan 01, 2013  |  1 comments

At one time or another we’re all tourists somewhere. There’s even the old suggestion that to be a better travel photographer you might pretend to be a tourist in your own hometown. Seek out points of interest and find unusual ways of photographing them and you’re on your way to better images when you get to Paris, London, Toronto, New York, or wherever you’ll someday be headed.

Rich Sheremeta  |  Dec 19, 2012  |  First Published: Nov 01, 2012  |  1 comments

Montana’s rich mining history dates back well over 100 years. In the year 1852, gold was first discovered southeast of Drummond, along Gold Creek, at a site that later became known as the Pioneer Mining District. But it wasn’t until a decade later, in 1862, that a group of prospectors from Colorado discovered gold along Grasshopper Creek, at what was to become the Bannack Town Site, which fueled the Montana gold rush.

Maynard Switzer  |  Dec 05, 2012  |  1 comments

Travel is, by definition, motion, and among the photos I always look for on my travels are the ones that capture people in motion. For me motion falls into two categories: one I call sports movement, the other fashion movement. Sports movement is the bobsledder on his run down the track that results in a photo that’s a rush of color and a blur of background; fashion movement is motion that’s almost stopped—“almost” because the person’s activity is implied in the captured movement, and that’s what I do most of the time.

Maynard Switzer  |  Aug 27, 2012  |  First Published: Jul 01, 2012  |  2 comments

Often people will ask me, “How do you get that great color in your photos?” I appreciate the compliment, but it’s usually followed by, “You must do a lot of retouching.” Actually I don’t. I will do a little color enhancement, but how color looks in my images has to do partly with how I set certain camera controls, how I control or use lighting in the scene, and how I compose the photograph.

Maynard Switzer  |  Jun 27, 2012  |  First Published: May 01, 2012  |  3 comments

In early February I went to Cuba for 10 days of photography. Long before I left I knew what I wanted to accomplish. I’d been to Cuba 10 years before, so I knew the basics of what I’d see and what I could expect. This time I narrowed down what I wanted to photograph. I wanted to shoot mostly in the old section of Havana and in the city of Trinidad. People would be my main subjects—people on the streets, in their homes, going about their lives. In Old Havana I wanted to work in the late afternoon and early evening; in Trinidad I wanted to capture people against colorful backgrounds. On this trip there wouldn’t be open country where I’d be shooting landscapes or people working in the fields; there’d be no wide-open spaces, no photos of tobacco fields or expanses of sugar cane.

Maynard Switzer  |  May 07, 2012  |  First Published: Mar 01, 2012  |  1 comments

What I want to capture in my photography can be expressed as the character of a place. I have to aim for images beyond “this is what it looks like here” because in my business photos have to tell stories, have to illuminate, even educate; my images should always reveal something of the culture, the history, and, most important, the lives of the people.

Maynard Switzer  |  Feb 23, 2012  |  First Published: Jan 01, 2012  |  1 comments

I don’t have to light up rooms or freeze fast action very often—travel photography doesn’t usually call for that, and, besides, I really prefer to shoot in natural light. Fortunately, most of the time I can, but there are instances when a flash will make the difference in a picture by narrowing the scene’s contrast range, making it possible for the camera’s sensor to capture the details in shadow and highlight areas. Often flash is the only way for me to make a picture, as I don’t have the luxury of coming back when the light is better.

Text and photography by Lynne Eodice  |  Dec 01, 2005  |  6 comments

Historical Santa Fe is a magical year-round photo destination. Painters and photographers have long been attracted to the town because of its charming architecture and undiffused light. In December, the combination of Western, Hispanic and Native American traditions blend to create unique holiday celebrations in this nearly 400-year-old New Mexico capital.

 

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Lynne Eodice  |  Nov 01, 2005  |  0 comments

About Lynne...
Lynne Eodice is an accomplished writer/photographer and a regular contributor to Photographic magazine.

 

With crisp air and fewer tourists than in the summer months, Sedona is a wonderful place to visit in November. It's not yet cool enough for snow, and fall colors may linger. Sedona offers a multitude of options for the scenic photographer...

Lynne Eodice  |  Oct 01, 2005  |  1 comments

About Lynne...
Lynne Eodice is an accomplished writer/photographer and a popular contributor to Photographic magazine.

 

This event began in 1972 when a man named Sid Cutter helped organize a balloon festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a local radio station. About a dozen hot-air balloons were launched from a parking lot in an Albuquerque...

Lynne Eodice  |  Sep 01, 2005  |  9 comments

During the past 10 years, Rosanne Pennella has made a metamorphosis from being a highly successful New York attorney to a sought-after travel photographer. Her images have appeared in numerous magazines, travel guides, brochures, and on book covers. She's photographed the rain forests of Borneo, the Ganges River in India, tribal villages in northern Thailand, voodoo and...

Lynne Eodice  |  Sep 01, 2005  |  1 comments

Whether you focus on a single leaf or take in an entire aspen grove, fall colors are always dramatic. The most important thing to do is to be in the right place at the right time! In the mountains near Durango, you may find autumn splendor beginning in mid-September to the first few weeks of October. The peak color times vary from year to year, so it's a good idea to check...

Lynne Eodice  |  Aug 01, 2005  |  2 comments

The azure blue skies, bright sands and dramatic coastlines of beaches have long been favorite travel photo subjects. These images often appear in travel brochures, calendars and posters, and make us long for vacations in exotic locales. It's easy to capture the beauty of beaches if you keep a few basic concepts in mind.

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Lynne Eodice  |  Aug 01, 2005  |  0 comments

The island of Martha's Vineyard is located just seven miles off the Massachusetts coast. Its quaint atmosphere, beaches and proximity to Cape Cod make this area a very popular resort destination. Martha's Vineyard also offers a variety of photo opportunities, ranging from multicolored cliffs to colorful cottages and picturesque lighthouses. Whatever you choose to...

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