Photographers, charge your batteries and clear your memory cards! The cherry blossoms are in peak bloom along the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., and we know you’re dying to get that perfect shot.

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Husband-and-wife photography powerhouse Cotton Coulson and Sisse Brimberg have been shooting for the National Geographic Society for years. They recently traveled to St. Petersburg to photograph the city for a recent Traveler feature. The magazine’s photo editor Krista Rossow caught up with the pair to get the behind-the-lens scoop about their shoot and how the city has changed since the Soviet era.

Photographer Peter McBride followed in the Beatles’ footsteps on a recent trek into the foothills of the Himalayas to heal his ailing back in Rishikesh, India and wrote about it for National Geographic Traveler. Traveler photo editor Krista Rossow interviewed Pete about his experience in “the yoga capital of the world.” Here’s what he had to say.

Jim Richardson is a familiar name from the pages of both National Geographic Magazine and National Geographic Traveler. And if you’ve followed his career, you may have noticed his passion for Scotland (check out his newest piece, about the Inner Hebrides, in Traveler’s hot-off-the-press August/September 2012 issue). Traveler photo editor Krista Rossow interviewed Jim about photography and why Scotland remains his enduring travel muse. Here’s what he had to say.

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Photographer Robert J. Szabo specializes in wet plate collodion photography, a technique that was used during the Civil War, to photograph modern day battle sites and reenactors. National Geographic Traveler published his past-meets-present images in our latest issue. Read on as photo editor Krista Rossow asks Robert about his interest in wet plate photography, then check out our audio slideshow to hear about how he achieves his signature 19th-century look.

Behind the Lens in Jerusalem

Photojournalist Alexandra Avakian’s coverage of Egypt appeared in the September 2011 issue of Traveler, and you can see the fruits of her labor in a story about Jerusalem in the May issue. Photo editor Krista Rossow asked Alexandra what it was like going on assignment in a city with such a long and complicated history. This is what she had to say.

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Photographer Melissa Farlow has shot many stories for National Geographic Magazine – covering everything from the swamps of Florida to the wild horses of the West. She’s also been assigned to capture the spirit of both Chicago and Miami for Traveler. So, when the Detroit feature story came up on the schedule, we knew Melissa was the right…

We just launched our Best Spring Trips 2012 list and yesterday on IT we gave you three ideas for yoga-centered trips. But if the longer spring days are awakening the inner adventurer in you, then strap on some spurs, saddle up a horse, and read on for three trip ideas that will take you out…

Spring Trips: Get Your Om On

Spring is here, or just about to be! Time to start planning your out-of-town escapes. And, boy, do we have some ideas for you. Check out our list of Best Spring Trips for 2012. As an added bonus, we’ll be featuring a few extra ideas on the Intelligent Travel blog this week. For those of…

As it’s Mardi Gras today, we thought it would be a fitting time to share this insider Q&A with travel photographer Dave Yoder (who often shoots stories for National Geographic Traveler magazine), who traveled to La Serinissima, Venice, during Carnival (Italians call it Carnevale) last year to photograph the festivities for Traveler‘s Jan/Feb feature story.…

Travel photographer Macduff Everton has been around the world to cover stories for National Geographic Traveler magazine. His most recent assignment took him to the island of Shikoku in Japan for a January/February feature story.  Photo editor Krista Rossow asked Macduff to tell us more about his experience while photographing the island. Krista Rossow: You…

Nat Geo photographer, Catherine Karnow talks about shooting Vienna for the Nov/Dec issue of Traveler

Behind the Winning Image

Yesterday we announced the winners of the 2011 Traveler Photo Contest. The contest generated nearly 13,000 entries from around the world covering travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place and spontaneous moments. Ben Canales dazzled the judges of this year’s contest with his first place image of a starry sky over Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.…

Parading Up to the Big Day

Associate Photo Editor Krista Rossow knows a thing or two about Mardi Gras. She sends us this colorful photo essay on the eve of the grand event. Tomorrow is not Tuesday in New Orleans. It’s Mardi Gras. Although Fat Tuesday may be the climax of Carnival season, that doesn’t mean the city has been idling…

Playing the Big Five Game in Zambia

If you’ve ever been on an African safari, you’ve probably heard of the “Big Five” game animals. Although I had heard of the term, I didn’t know that it was originally coined to refer to the most dangerous African game animals to hunt on foot. During my safari in Zambia I was happy to shoot…

I never dreamed that I would have spent so much time looking at the ground during my first outing into the African bush. Nor did I think I’d be examining so much dung. But there I was, bent over under a rising Zambian sun in the middle of South Luangwa National Park, taking photographs (which you can…

Out of Office: Into Africa

Associate Photo Editor Krista Rossow shares her first trip to Africa. A total safari newbie, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I packed my duffel bag to head to the bush in Zambia.  So, I tried to have few expectations. Everyone kept asking me what animals I wanted to see, as if it were…

Photo Postcard from Jazz Fest

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After shooting the magazine’s Mardi Gras feature for Traveler’s January/February issue, I found myself officially smitten with NOLA, so I went back last year to experience another of the city’s great events: The annual Jazz & Heritage Festival. I couldn’t make it to this year’s festival, but here are a few photos which offer a…

NYC Hearts Bike Parking

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Returning from a great weekend in the Big Apple, I heart NYC even more for the fabulous new bike racks located throughout the city designed by David Byrne – former front-man of the Talking Heads, musician and designer extraordinare, and avid cyclist. Byrne was serving as a juror on the CityRacks Design Competition put on…

    The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing may be over a month away, but there’s still time to catch some Olympic action stateside at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field, held June 27 through July 6 in Eugene, Oregon. My hometown of Eugene, lovingly known as Track Town USA, is a…