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Photo Traveler

OP expert Bob Krist delivers information and advice for the traveling photographer.


Friday, October 30, 2009

New Perspective On Iconic Subjects

How to move beyond the "stock" shot for better photos of popular subjects

Travel photographers working in tourist destinations face a dilemma: the iconic view, skyline or structure of a place often is so well known and photographed that it’s almost impossible to come up with anything new.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Scouting Report: Papua New Guinea

Preparing for South Pacific photo opportunities

It’s a hot, sunny afternoon on this tropical island in the Pacific, and it appears as though I’m in trouble.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I’ve Been Downsized

Thinning out your gear makes travel photography a whole lot easier

Despite what we read in the headlines, downsizing isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, in terms of travel photography, it may be something to which you should aspire. Airlines are getting stricter with baggage weight limits and per-piece charges. Many adventure-travel destinations require travel on small airplanes, trains, dugout canoes and bicycles, all with stringent luggage allowances.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lights, Locomotive, Action!

Getting the sun, the earth and a train to align for a perfect shot

One of my favorite things to do in between trips is to find photographic projects that are close to home. If I don’t have to lug my stuff through airports, on and off airplanes and in and out of taxis, I have that much more energy to make pictures.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Once Is Not Enough

The pluses and pleasures of backtracking

The pitfalls of modern mass tourism are nothing new. Way back in the ’60s, satirists were already beginning to decry the “been there, done that” mentality of the dedicated sightseer.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Tools For Travel

The Photo Traveler’s annual collection of gift ideas

It’s the time of year to leave some gentle hints for friends and family as to what toys a traveling photographer might want to receive during the holiday season.

Friday, August 1, 2008

In Praise Of Pea Soup

When you feel the cool dampness of fog starting to roll in, pull out your camera and get ready for a rare opportunity

Any landscape photographer who prays and waits for conditions that lower contrast, decrease saturation, obscure sharpness and ruin resolution might be considered to be a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic, a real madman. Yet, when that condition is fog, there’s a definite method to that madness.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Fix(er) Is In

Having a local resource to help you plan your photo travel can be a lifesaver

It’s Holy Week in Seville, Spain, and I’m sardined shoulder to shoulder with thousands of people, waiting for one of the city’s famed religious processions to begin. The crowd is so tight that I’m sometimes not even able to get a full, deep breath without carving out some space for my rib cage with my elbows!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Master Of The Moment

The Photo Traveler in conversation with Joe McNally

Photographers are a funny lot. Because we're so visual, we're often, shall we say, less than articulate with the written word. That's why how-to books tend to fall into one of two categories: well written with mediocre photos or strongly photographed with pedestrian text. To find one that's as well written as it is photographed is a rare treat.

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