Join Me in Peru AND Bolivia for a Photo Adventure
Apr08

Join Me in Peru AND Bolivia for a Photo Adventure

It’s with great pleasure that I announce that I’m now booking a second photo tour in South America in 2015! Since the booking for the first workshop – which is taking place in Peru, May 2015 – has been so successful, we decided to add another date to accommodate the people that couldn’t make the first trip’s dates.  Specifically, we had in mind the many teachers who let us know that they could only come in the summer months.  Well, here’s your chance. Get all the booking info here. A Bolivian Twist This tour, which will run starting July 13th in Cusco, Peru will not be the exact same workshop as the previous, however, as well be adding a Bolivian twist to it all. The tour will commence in Cusco, Peru where we will visit famous Peruvian sites like Ollantaytambo, Lake Titicaca and, of course, Machu Picchu.  From there, we will work into Bolivia and experience some incredible places such as the Uyuni Salt Flats, the Potosi Mines, and the great city of La Paz. All of the places we visit on this trip are tremendously photogenic, and we’re going to have a blast.  I hope you join us! Dates and Prices Start Date: July 13, 2015 in Cusco, Peru End Date: July 26, 2015 in La Paz, Peru Cost Per Person: $2,990usd For more information on the itinerary, FAQs, and what’s included in the tour, please head over to the info page for the photo workshop on Adventure.com What’s a Photography Workshop? I can’t speak for all photography workshops, because everyone operates differently.  However, in our workshops the goal is to have a genuine travel experience well not feeling rushed to take our photos, as well being in the right places at the right time for photography.  Moreover, these photo workshops give participants a look into what life is like as a professional travel photographer.   Our workshops also include 1-on-1 time with the professional photographers to discuss things like photo editing, and to do image critiques.  Of course, a big part of a photography tour is also meeting other people who have a passion for photography. So, whether you’re a professional photographer looking to build your portfolio quickly, an amateur photographer thinking about making the jump to pro, or just a hobbyist that doesn’t want to feel rush in the hobby, these trips are for you. More Information If you need some more information from me directly, you can always get a hold of me on my contact page.  So, if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a quick...

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Join Me in Peru AND Bolivia for a Photo Adventure
Apr01

Join Me in Peru AND Bolivia for a Photo Adventure

It’s with great pleasure that I announce that I’m now booking a second photo tour in South America in 2015! Since the booking for the first workshop – which is taking place in Peru, May 2015 – has been so successful, we decided to add another date to accommodate the people that couldn’t make the first trip’s dates.  Specifically, we had in mind the many teachers who let us know that they could only come in the summer months.  Well, here’s your chance. Get all the booking info here. A Bolivian Twist This tour, which will run starting July 13th in Cusco, Peru will not be the exact same workshop as the previous, however, as well be adding a Bolivian twist to it all. The tour will commence in Cusco, Peru where we will visit famous Peruvian sites like Ollantaytambo, Lake Titicaca and, of course, Machu Picchu.  From there, we will work into Bolivia and experience some incredible places such as the Uyuni Salt Flats, the Potosi Mines, and the great city of La Paz. All of the places we visit on this trip are tremendously photogenic, and we’re going to have a blast.  I hope you join us! Dates and Prices Start Date: July 13, 2015 in Cusco, Peru End Date: July 26, 2015 in La Paz, Bolivia Cost Per Person: $2,990usd For more information on the itinerary, FAQs, and what’s included in the tour, please head over to the info page for the photo workshop on Adventure.com What’s a Photography Workshop? I can’t speak for all photography workshops, because everyone operates differently.  However, in our workshops the goal is to have a genuine travel experience well not feeling rushed to take our photos, as well being in the right places at the right time for photography.  Moreover, these photo workshops give participants a look into what life is like as a professional travel photographer.   Our workshops also include 1-on-1 time with the professional photographers to discuss things like photo editing, and to do image critiques.  Of course, a big part of a photography tour is also meeting other people who have a passion for photography. So, whether you’re a professional photographer looking to build your portfolio quickly, an amateur photographer thinking about making the jump to pro, or just a hobbyist that doesn’t want to feel rush in the hobby, these trips are for you. More Information If you need some more information from me directly, you can always get a hold of me on my contact page.  So, if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a quick...

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Nature Photography Critique – Images by Jeff Bartlett
Aug24

Nature Photography Critique – Images by Jeff Bartlett

It’s been a little while now since I’ve done a proper photography critique on the site or my Travel Photography YouTube Channel.  And since I’m just chilling a bit here in Switzerland, I thought it was time. I was lucky enough the have been allowed the opportunity to critique the works of one Jeff Bartlett of Adventure Freelancer fame.  Jeff is a Canadian travel photographer, and a damn good one at that.  I’ve known of Jeff for a while, and have always been impressed with the quality of his work.  He’s got a great eye for composition and has been doing some amazing things.  And, of course, he’s an absolute star over at Instagram as over 20,000 people follow the guy. I really want to thank Jeff for opening himself up to the photo critique.  I know how hard it is to hear someone rip apart the photos you love so much, but it’s a part of perfecting the art.  I’ve had images I took that I loved, then had someone critique them and now I can’t look at them anymore.  But that’s not what this is about.  No image is perfect, and often it’s the imperfections that make the image special.  However, getting another person’s constructive criticism is so important in developing your skill. If you want me to do a critique on your work, there is information in the video, and at the bottom of this article. Anyways, check out the video of my critique of the work.  And if you prefer to read about it, you can follow along with the video and then check my notes below.   Image Critique 1 – “Get the Symmetry Perfect” This image is pretty close.  The one minor flaw that jumped out at me right away, though, was the symmetry.  It’s not off by much, but if you look at the very top of the image, you can see that the line is just off to the left.  If you’re going to do an image like this, the symmetry has to be spot on, especially if you’re using that symmetry as a leading line.  Of course, it’s hard to get it right when looking at it through the tiny viewfinder of a camera, though. Fixing this would have been done by just stepping to the left about a foot or two. The other minor issue is the noise I see in the sky.  Now, I can tell this image was shot a bit too late in the evening, I think it would have been more powerful right at the end of the blue hour when you could have shot an ISO lower...

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Travel Photography Critique
Jun12

Travel Photography Critique

Over at my hot off the presses travel photography YouTube Channel, I’ve started to run some travel photography critiques.  The video below is the first of the ones that I’ve done.  The images are by Ric Gazarian of Hittheroadmovie.com: Now, photo critiques might seem a bit harsh.  They might even seem pretentious, right?  Of course, photography is an art and it’s meant to be left up to interpretation. However, photography is more than an art, it’s a technical trade as well; anyone that tells you one way or another is missing half of the story.  Sure, there are artsy things one can do with photography, but to complete that art, you need to do things right technically as well.  And while every image’s worth is subjective, a critique is incredibly important to the growth of the photographer.  Even if the photographer doesn’t agree, it forces them to think beyond their own ideas and methods. For me, the growth I made as a photographer based purely on photography critiques I received from others was the single most important thing I did after switching to a DSLR.  When I was trying to get my work accepted to a couple stock photography sites, I went from thinking my work was amazing to realizing how far I had to go.  It took me three attempts to get my portfolio accepted.  The first time I had 9 of 10 images rejected, all of which I thought were perfect.  Sometimes, of course, it just takes another person’s eye to see where improvement needs to happen. Anyways, if you want a critique of your travel photography, head over to flickr and set up an album with 5-10 of your best images.  Then, shoot me a message via my contact form with the link to that   I promise that I don’t get harsh with anyone.  I’m here to give you constructive criticism and help you all improve as travel...

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