Travel Photography Secrets from a Pro

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Tortilla chips, bean bags, and beer bottles – yep, that’s right. In a recent New York Times interview, travel photographer Robert Caplin shared some of his secrets on how to shoot like a pro on a shoestring budget.

Take a look at the article and learn how to filter your flash using tools at hand (yes, even a tortilla chip or beer bottle will do). Caplin also lets us in on the best poor man’s tripod (that’s where a small bean bag comes in). And he shares great tips on getting the most out of your iPhone shots, as well his favorite iPhone apps, and which point-and-shoot cameras he considers the best values.

Bottom line: You don’t have to have a professional rig to take great shots. All it takes is a great eye and some ingenuity. Any tips you Blurbarians want to share?

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  1. I loved this article! Such creative ways to improve your photography!

      October 23, 2009 – 6:45 pm   Permalink
  2. My best travel photos have usually come from disposable cameras. It keeps me from over-thinking and lets me enjoy the moment. Like street food, no expectations can yield great results.

    By anne
      June 16, 2010 – 4:13 pm   Permalink
  3. Thanks for the tip! The next time I grab my camera, i will do your tips and hope that it work out! Thanks for the useful information!

      June 16, 2010 – 11:24 pm   Permalink
  4. Good travel photography must reflect the smells and bells of a place. Perfect exposure, good composition and high resolution if shooting digital is an absolute order of the day.

    If editing in Photoshop for future stock libraries then work towards Tiff file masters from your raw files of at least 50mb. That’s about 18 inches long edge at 300ppi. For sharpening, convert the image to Lab Colour before applying USM, as many stock agencies consider Lab colour sharpening to be less destructive. Convert back to RGB and then from the master create your image size for a Blurb book.

    By Keith
      June 16, 2010 – 11:58 pm   Permalink
  5. PS: When applying sharpness in Lab Colour, click on the Lightness Channel and apply to the b/w image only. That way you avoid the halos you might get from the colour version.


    By Keith
      June 17, 2010 – 12:14 am   Permalink
  6. If a bean bag seems like just one more nuisance in your gear, just slip in an empty ziplock. If you are going someplace sandy, you will find that a scoop of sand in a ziplock works a lot like a bean bag and you don’t have to take the extra bulk with you.

      June 17, 2010 – 5:21 am   Permalink

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