If you want to travel light but still make photos that you can sell 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     Whether digital or film based, you need low ISO, good saturation and sharpness. Film speed and digital ISO settings are best kept no higher than 100 except in cases of unusual events with editorial value.

1.   develop techniques to make travel photos that have sharpness without using a tripod.   Forbidden in many places, the tripods 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 the tripod can be just more baggage to lug.

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.
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.
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.
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 steadiness.
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To make marketable photos you must balance your neutral density filter.  The screw-on type has dark then transitions into clear glass.  Amazing, but the sky stays saturated while the foreground remains properly exposed, especially in sunrise and sunset photos.  Leave it 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)

3. 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 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.

4.  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..

5.  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.  

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 supporting an RB 6x7 at the Glanum ruin site in St. Remy, Provence
And glommed onto a bench in a church in Marseille.
The Graduated Neutral Density material in a 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.
Camera on a beanbag while the timer tripped the camera's shutter
On a sunny day you still need the camera flash unit to fill the shadowed areas of and to lighten the eyes under a wide- brimmed hat.
Shoot low and shoot high to vary the point of view
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what better feeling as a photographer than to walk into a bookstore and see a photo that you made on the cover of a magazine
  •     This book will take the mystery out of making publishable photos and finding the editors who will Buy the right to use those photos.
Part One                 
  • How to Make Marketable Photos
Part Two
  • How to Find and Approach the Photo Editors who will pay for the use of your photos
This book will explain the elements of marketable Photos and it will help you find and
approach the photo editors who will pay for the right to use your photos in publication
Use these Tips to Make Better Travel Photos.  You can Sell Your Digital Travel Photos after learning a few techniques..
you can improve you photos by using some of the techniques in this book.  Generate travel content good enough for magazines and newspapers.
Make Better Travel Photos Sell Your Digital Travel Photos
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.
You Can Make Better Travel Photos and Sell Your Digital Travel Photos
This Book Explains The Details of Selling Your  Digital Travel Photos
(Amazon Review)

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.
It found a permanent home on my bookshelf (Amazon Review)

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.
Make And Sell Digital Travel Photos
Must Have, September 27, 2010
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 settings, filters, composition, etc. which will get you the photographs you will be proud of and want to sell.
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