Before you know it, vacation time will be here. You'll want to capture lots of photos to document your experiences. It’s usually a good idea to have a bag in which to carry your camera and associated gear. But you won't want to pack too much, lest your shoulders and back start to hurt from carrying around lots of gear for long periods.
If you're planning on traveling soon, here are a few tips on how to keep your bag light.
We've all heard the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words." And if we didn't believe in the power of images to communicate, we wouldn't spend so much time capturing and sharing them. But photographs don't happen in a vacuum. There's the photographer, who interacts with the subject and their surroundings. That's where the trouble with photography comes in—managing the effects we as photographers have on our subjects and their environment, whether they are ancient historical sites, natural wonders, people or wildlife.
The topic is huge and filled with controversy, but I'd like to share with you some common ethical problem situations that arise in travel and wildlife photography, and provide some perspective on how you may want to address them on your own adventures.
Midday sunlight is terrible for outdoor portraits. It's too contrasty for digital sensors to handle. In other words, the shadows go black and the highlights appear too bright, compared to what the human eye and brain see. That’s why it was a struggle to get good pictures when I photographed the spectacular annual Jember Fashion Carnival in Jember, East Java, Indonesia last month.
I have blogged, lectured and argued for many years that a camera is nothing more than a tool that solves a given photographer’s problem. A camera brand is not a symbol of loyalty to one kind of photography, nor is it some kind of credential for membership in some kind of “club.” The sooner each photographer starts to figure out what their particular challenges are, and which camera works for them to resolve those challenges (regardless of brand), the sooner they will start making the kind of photographs they want. Recent experience has taught me that I need to start talking the same way about the laptop computers that photographers use for digital image processing.
I was traveling six hundred feet down and a thousand years back, more or less. The trail from the rim of Canyon de Chelly to the White House Ruin begins with a series of steep switchbacks. On one side, there's a wall of rock. On the other side, if you're clumsy, there's a fall that's long enough to kill you. I watched my step.
Taking a trip to New York City this travel season? Tour guides and others will take you to the more, "touristy" areas of NYC but there is so much more to the city I've lived in my entire life. The best way to see it all is with a camera in your hand and on foot. For those of you who love photowalks, this is one that you'll enjoy on a nice day in Manhattan.
Learning photography in the digital age can be extremely overwhelming. Amazing new cameras, software, and gadgets are being introduced daily. Your new digital camera can burst up to 10 frames per second and create 20 megapixel files. There are countless forums that all will tell you the "right" way to tone your images. You could spend the rest of your life trying to keep up with technology and forums and trends, but what is most important for aspiring shooters is to find a system that works for them and start making images.
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