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Maynard Switzer  |  Jun 27, 2012  |  First Published: May 01, 2012  |  4 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  |  Feb 07, 2013  |  First Published: Jan 01, 2013  |  0 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.

Blaine Harrington  |  Dec 27, 2013  |  First Published: Nov 01, 2013  |  0 comments

Early on I lived in Paris, shooting fashion photography. I saw all the iconic places and landmarks, of course, and observed hundreds of people shooting them. When I became a travel photographer, my initial thought was to shoot lots of subjects other than the icons; to make untypical, evocative images of marketplaces, shop fronts, and unexpected details. Pretty quickly I found out the icons defined a place, and even more important, the icons made the money.

Staff  |  May 06, 2016  |  0 comments

What makes a great travel photo? Many things, of course, but we’ve found the best images always tell some sort of story. For this assignment, we weren’t simply looking for pretty pictures from a vacation. Beautiful photos are all well and good but they’re a dime a dozen these days. Instead, we were seeking unique travel photos that included some interesting elements in the frame to give a sense of place or context. We wanted to imagine we were standing right beside the photographer, whether they were taking a photo on a dusty street in Marrakesh, or turning their camera toward a vast plain in Montana. While neither of those locales are featured in our 10 favorite images from readers, the places that are presented here look pretty awesome.

Blaine Harrington  |  Oct 27, 2015  |  0 comments

When I realized that this column would be in the magazine’s lighting focus issue, I looked at the data for the photos I’d taken earlier this year during a nearly month-long combination of safari workshop, assignment, and stock shoot in Africa. What I found surprised me: I’d used flash on about one-third of the 13,000 photos I’d made on that trip. I had no idea I’d used my Speedlights as often as I had.

Josh Miller  |  Jul 01, 2015  |  0 comments

I think I speak for nearly every photographer when I say going to a new location excites me, especially if it is one I have dreamed about for years. We all dream of these once-in-a-lifetime photo adventures. But the truth is for most photographers, the majority of our shooting is actually done in locations that are closer to home and allow us to return more regularly.

Barry Tanenbaum  |  May 30, 2017  |  0 comments

You don’t start off talking about photography when you talk to Paul Edmondson about how he creates his striking fine art landscape images. You talk about what he notices and what he chooses from all that the landscape offers. 

Lynne Eodice  |  Apr 01, 2004  |  0 comments

All Photos by Peter McGowan

 

Taken from the viewpoint of one who clearly loves the outdoors, Peter McGowan's images of water sports draw the viewer in and make you feel the excitement of the open sea.

 

George Schaub  |  Oct 16, 2015  |  0 comments

The idea of flying above the earth in a craft composed of a wicker basket and a large balloon lifted by heated air and at the mercy of air current and vectors has always been a subject of wonder and fascination. Indeed, it was the first method by which humans went aloft, a sensation witnessed by amazed crowds in Paris way back in 1783. Fast forward 232 years later, and add hundreds of balloons more, and you get a sense of the thrill you can experience at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, held this year from October 3-11 in New Mexico.

Lynne Eodice  |  Aug 01, 2005  |  1 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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Text and photography by Lynne Eodice  |  May 01, 2003  |  0 comments

You've probably seen the photos of these exquisitely sculpted sandstone buttes; like colorful waves set in stone. You may have assumed--as I once did--that this area was part of some out-of-the-way corner of a national park.

 

For a long time, I couldn't find much documentation on this region, nor any information in guidebooks of the...

Blaine Harrington  |  Dec 11, 2015  |  0 comments

It wasn’t long ago that I began to notice I had competition—and I’m not talking about other travel photographers.

Text and photography by Lynne Eodice  |  Dec 01, 2004  |  1 comments

Each of the major Hawaiian islands--Hawaii, Oahu, Kauai and Maui--has its own unique flavor. Each offers an endless number of photo opportunities, beautiful resorts situated on exotic beaches, balmy weather, and a variety of activities that lure throngs of vacationers from around the globe on a year-round basis.

I recently visited Kauai, which has more of...

Lynne Eodice  |  Jan 01, 2005  |  0 comments

Anyone who loves shooting scenics probably enjoys capturing the grandeur of mountains. As with most landscapes, it's best to photograph mountain scenery very late in the afternoon or very early in the morning. Some of the best high-country photos are shot by photographers who get up before daybreak or stop shooting only after dark. You'll find that an otherwise...

Ron Leach  |  Feb 12, 2016  |  0 comments

If you’re looking for a destination offering unlimited photo opportunities, great history, amazing food, and a bit of debauchery, look no further than New Orleans during Mardi Gras.

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