• Travel Lightly
If you want to travel light but still make photos that you can sell to magazines or place with stock agencies try the tips in this new book.
Even if you photograph for pleasure you can use some of the techniques in this book to generate travel content good enough for magazines and newspapers.
  • Travel Photos, ISO   
Whether digital or still film based, you need low ISO, good saturation and sharpness. Film speeds are best kept no higher than 200 except in cases of unusual events with editorial value.  Digital ISO settings can go higher but should be kept as low as possible
  • Sharpness Throughout
Develop techniques to make travel photos that have sharpness without using a tripod.   The tripod is forbidden in many places and the extra weight makes it hardly worth lugging except for landscapes and low-light shots.  Although the tripod is an essential tool in many situations, for the traveler making travel photos while on the move, the tripod can be just more baggage to lug.
  • Beanbag, Props
Use a beanbag instead. With this handy stabilizer placed on walls, restaurant tables, or the top of a vehicle for camera support, you might never lug a tripod again.  Buy the beans locally, donate them when done. Try a bag of amaranth, light and flexible.  
Use a  mono-pod or steady the camera against light poles, window frames, or benches to gain a stop or two of shutter speed and depth-of-field. Sharpness is critical as is depth of field sharpness.
Look into the great little tripod, the Joby Gorillapod
Joby Gorillapod. small enough to fit in your camera bag.
Anti shake lenses and cameras do a great job at slow shutter speeds and add just a little more weight.
There are situations when a tripod comes in handy.
Southwest,lighthouse at dawn, windmills on Cape Cod at sunset, the Grand Canyon at dusk, and twilight street scenes,  you will need to steady the camera.  Although a tripod is the preferred tool for making sharp images, the bean bag and your camera's timer will stand in for those tools when you want to travel light.
The photos on this page of the cannon, the church,  and the twilight street scene were done in this method. A curb side rubbish container steadied the camera for the street scene, a bean bag on the ground gave support for the cannon and church.
The camera's timer tripped the shutter giving hands-off sharpness.
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  • Balanced Exposure
To make marketable photos you must balance your exposure.  That means that the exposure should not vary by more than a stop throughout the frame.
You can do that with a two-stop graduated neutral density filter.  The screw-on type has dark material on one half that absorbs two stops of light then transitions into clear glass.  Amazing, but the sky stays saturated while the foreground remains properly exposed, especially in sunrise and sunset photos when you might need 4 stops of graduated neutral density filter, GND.   
Leave the filter on the camera.  Compensate for it by using a matrix setting on your metering which should compensates for the dark material's absorption of light.  Check your image exposure and make adjustments accordingly.  (
see below)

  • People.
People in the scene give interest and scale. A camera-mounted flash unit set on auto during the day will light faces under hats or in shade, putting catch lights in the eyes, punching up the color, and elevating your people shots to pro status. Get up close with a wide-angle lens; (not for portraits) shoot high, shoot low, varying your point of view.
  • Dusk and Night Photos
Dusk shots at markets, plazas, and beaches produce nightlife, dining, and recreation scenes.  The beanbag and the camera's self-timer prevent camera shake.  

You can take a reading of exposure automatically, determine the light levels, and then go manual and set the camera controls. Vary the shutter speed for effect.       The graduated neutral density filter (GND) will moderate hot spots like street lights or bright sky.  When using flash, you can use the GND to darken the foreground areas which are closer to the flash and often burn out.
  • Shutter Speed and Lens
Match Your Shutter Speed to Your Lens.  When hand holding your camera, match the shutter speed to the focal length of the lens.  Example: a 60mm lens requires a shutter speed of 1/60 of a second or higher to avoid camera shake.  Match your 210mm zoom with at least a 1/210-shutter speed unless you have anti shake lenses or camera body.
  • Lens Hood.  
Shade the front lens element to prevent lens flare; retain crucial color, saturation, and contrast that you would loose if the slightest bit of direct sunlight light or unwanted light enters the lens.  
  • Travel Light
Four pounds of camera gear, half of it battery charger and batteries.  Be more mobile and quicker at getting the photos that tell your travel story.
The Joby Gorillapod supporting an RB 6x7 at the Glanum ruin site in St. Remy, Provence
And glommed onto a bench in a Marseilles church.
The Graduated Neutral Density material in a Cokin brand Professional holder screwed onto the front of the lens
Graduated Neutral Density filter
Even when the sun is shining you can use the flash unit to fill the shadowed areas of to lighten the eyes.
Night shots with a bean bag to steady the camera while the timer tripped the camera's shutter
Even on a sunny day you still need the camera flash unit to fill the shadowed areas of your subject's face and to lighten the eyes under a wide- brimmed hat.
Shoot high and shoot low to  vary the point of view
Good source for mail order Filters, film, and digital Photo products:
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420 ninth Ave
New York, NY 10001

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  •     This book will take the mystery out of making publishable photos and finding the editors who will Buy the right to use those photos.
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Even if you photograph for pleasure you the techniques in this book.  Generate travel content good enough for magazines and newspapers.
Better travel photography is possible with a few tweaks of your technique. Even if you photograph for pleasure, you can use some of the techniques in this book to make photos for sale to magazines, newspapers, stock agencies, and the web.
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I found this book to be engaging and full of great tips and instructions. The black and white travel photos inside are a joy to look at. I would like to see another book of his with just the photos, printed larger and on glossy stock.

The book is divided into two sections: How to take good travel pictures, and then, How to sell them. ....

This is the sort of handbook that you will want to buy, read and then save to refer back to again and again.
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This book covers all aspects of selling photographs. Drawing from his own experience as a travel writer and photographer, the author has created a real resource for anyone who wants to have their images published. He gives sound advice as to how to be productive creatively and walks you through the necessary steps to getting your images to market. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about selling their photographs.
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I highly recommend this book. Easy to read and understand. Even if you are not trying to sell your photographs this book is a must have. This book covers all the fundamental information that you have to know on aperture settings, filters, composition, etc. which will get you the photographs you will be proud of and want to sell.
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