“You can have the most stunning subject to photograph in the most gorgeous lighting, but if you don’t take care to compose the shot well, no amount of good light and inherent beauty will prevent the image from being a dud.” Fortunately, Alex Schult gives us 10 Rules to Follow When Composing a Photo, illustrated by … his excellent photos.

Dave Dean at Too Many Adapters explains how to back up your travel photos taken with a DSLR—without dragging a laptop into the equation, and even if you don’t have a fancy new camera with built-in wi-fi.

Night photographyHere’s a blog post from Light Stalking that provides the rundown on basics for getting started with long-exposure photography.


Photo © Gary Drayluck

In another of the series of podcasts from the Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference, I interview National Geographic photographer and conference instructor Catherine Karnow, who discusses her approach to composing photos, tips for photographing people, and how to communicate with photo subjects who speak another language.

She also tells us about her photoworkshops in Italy and Vietnam — which sound like a blast, with lots of opportunities for interacting with locals, as well as ready-made photoshoot set-ups, great food, and Catherine’s expert instruction. VietnamcoverAnd we hear about the surprising and deeply moving experiences Catherine has had photographing victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam. Check out her beautiful book, Vietnam: 25 Years Documenting a Changing Country.

Global Adventure

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LifeisaTripTravel writers Judith Fein and Paul Ross have some wonderful photography on their site, Global Adventure. While you’re visiting, check out Judith’s book, Life is a Trip.

TwicerFeatured as an iTunes Store Best New App in 2015, Twicer lets you “create slick videos from the palm of your hand. Record or import your source video then add a video commentary layer to tell the world what you see. Upload it and your first Twice is ready for others to discover.”

May 6, 2015toMay 16, 2015

Karnow-workshopAn invitation from National Geographic Traveler photographer Catherine Karnow:

Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to announce my 2015 Catherine Karnow Photo Workshop in Umbria, Italy. This workshop is open for enrollment, with early registration discounts available through December 20, 2014.

This workshop will be what it is like to be me, Catherine Karnow, on assignment for my favorite travel magazine clients, such as National Geographic Traveler. I have handpicked the

WashPo-photo-contestThe Washington Post has announced the winners of its 2014 travel photography contest. First place was this shot by Natalie Fay Green of an “old house she spotted from the parking lot of the Oregon Inlet, a fishing area on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, in December.”

viewbugThis site lists photo contests—the subjects vary from human lips to lighthouses.

WaterSlide“Nothing says summer quite like shooting out of a water slide, taking a big deep breath and splashing into a chlorine-filled pool. Krista Long’s series “I Love Summer” captures Iowa swimmers in that moment of pure joy or fear before they hit they water.” How does Krista do it? Check out this article on PopPhoto.

Photo by Richard Duval

Photo by Richard Duval

Photographer Richard Duval provided Jameson Fink with this primer on how to take better photos in the vineyard, in the tasting room, and of winemakers. Enjoy the slide show and get inspired!

In Urban Insider, Annie Fitzsimmons tells us five things she learned from traveling with National Geographic photographer Catherine Karnow. (“Catherine may not realize how much of an impact she made on how I approach my own work. I kept scribbling notes while we were together because I wanted to remember how her singular brand of travel photojournalism took shape.”)

The article is here.

SonyAalphaNEX6Filling the gap between point-and-shoots and DSLRs, new mirrorless cameras provide the casual user with plenty of control, offer interchangeable lenses, take good photos, are easy to use, and are lighter and less bulky than DSLRs. Molly Wood gives us details in the New York Times:

Mirrorless Camera Reviews: Fujifilm X-T1 and Sony Alpha NEX 5T: Known as mirrorless cameras, they aim for a middle ground between D.S.L.R. models and the point-and-shoot variety.

Three Sweet Spots for Camera Shoppers: Assuming you’re not a really serious photographer, choices range from a $250 point-and-shoot to a $1,000 digital single-lens reflex.

GoogleGlassHere’s how one explorer uses the still-way-controversial Google Glass.
“Travel to Antarctica #throughglass: Ever wonder what it’d be like to travel in Antarctica? Thanks to Explorer John Fitch, now we don’t have to. Check out how he’s been using Glass at home as a media professional and in the Arctic. “I am so thankful for having Glass when I travel. I am able to enjoy more confidence when I am ‘exploring’ around new infrastructures and culture. Moreover, I am able to relive my perspective long after the experience. Moments are gold to me, and Glass has allowed me to realize that all of my moments are worth something eventually.” Read the interview here (you have to “register” with Google first).

morataHere are some helpful travel photography tips from Noel Morata, travel writer and photographer.

From The Verge: Getty Images is dropping the watermark for the bulk of its collection, in exchange for an open-embed program that will let users drop in any image they want, as long as the service gets to append a footer at the bottom of the picture with a credit and link to the licensing page. For a small-scale WordPress blog with no photo budget, this looks an awful lot like free stock imagery.

Time-lapse Fog

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SF-fogHere’s Simon Christen’s gorgeous time-lapse video of fog in San Francisco, reminding me (once again) that I live in an awesomely beautiful place.

SonySmartLensThanks to Jim Shubin (the Book Alchemist) for this link to Photojojo’s post on Sony Smart Lenses, “pro-quality lenses that are also full-fledged cameras! These first-of-their-kind lens cameras use your smartphone as a viewfinder, settings panel and shutter release.”

Photojojo says:

JaksTruckHere’s another of Jak Wonderly’s beautiful images. And here’s a nifty freebie:

Especially if you’re a new photographer, you may be wondering how best to organize and store all your photos. Jak Wonderly Photography is offering a free data management workflow lesson.

Here’s some sales advice for photographers from a portrait photographer who studied psychology for seven years. Here’s how she describes her approach:

“Erugshopven though a business is just an exchange of value between people, everything seems to depend on psychology: How people make decisions, interact with one another, look at websites, select what to click on, and talk to their friends. Understanding principles that help shape that behavior makes for an infinitely happier and less frustrating business experience. Even just a few fundamentals will save you time, agonizing, guesswork, and money.”

Here are some good tips for photographing kids from National Geographic Traveler‘s Dan Westergren. My favorite? “If you have younger kids who are used to having a camera around, try turning your photo sessions into a game by having them act out simple scenes. Getting them to concentrate on a silly script can help them forget their own agenda, and help you achieve your vision.”

September 22, 2013
9:00 amto1:00 pm

natgeoIt’s coming to San Francisco, Sunday, September 22, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Register here for The Power of Light & Color, a new photography seminar, teaches students to transform their photography and expand their understanding of how light and color can enhance the quality and impact of their images. National Geographic photographer Nevada Wier will share techniques that broaden the way you think—and see—to create more compelling photographs. View amazing images and see your skills improve in just one day!

Topics covered include:

August 22, 2013

world-in-focusThe World in Focus photo contest is open for entries until August 22nd, 2013. One professional winner and one amateur winner will each receive:

• A one-week, hands-on photo workshop in Maine, courtesy of Maine Media Workshops.
• A full-conference pass to PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo ($499 value)

FIVE professional winners and five amateur winners will each receive:

logitechLast fall Gizmag blogger Dave LeClair told us about Logitech’s forthcoming HD camera specifically geared towards vloggers. It’s now on the market.

“It actually integrates with a Mac’s existing webcam, so it can serve as a second perspective to bring more professional quality to live streamers and video bloggers.

“The camera also works with iPhone and iPad for controlling and previewing videos. This is designed to make it easier to

lightboxPhotojojo delivers lots of tips and tricks for photographers, with attitude to spare. (They also sell photo gear.) Here are a few recent posts:

  • What if we told you you could double your available light, knock harsh shadows outta your phoneographs and boost highlights without lugging around tonso complicated spendy equipment? It’s all possible with the Pocket Reflector, a small-as-your-phone pocket-sized version of those big ol’ reflectors the pros use at their fancy pants photo shoots.
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