Reader Question: Which exposure mode should I use with my camera? What’s the difference between “Auto” and “A”?
Reader Question: How do I tell a story with photographs?
Reader Question: What’s the best time of day to take pictures?
The 25th annual Traveler Photo Contest is moving full steam ahead, and we’ll be publishing the first round of stand-out submissions in each category — Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, Spontaneous Moments, and Travel Portraits — next week.
Enter today for your chance to have your entry featured appear on the National Geographic website in the first batch of galleries.
Reader Question: What is meant by good composition and how do I achieve it?
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.
The National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest just got underway, and we’re off to a great start so far. The magazine will be awarding seriously spectacular prizes this year, so don’t miss your chance to win. Enter today!
In 1913, National Geographic Magazine dedicated the entirety of its April issue to showcasing the Inca’s “wonderful city of refuge on the mountain top” — and the man who had brought the archaeological treasure to the world’s attention. Here’s a look at Machu Picchu through Hiram Bingham’s eyes, and mine…one hundred years later.
Is it true that a great landscape image will almost always be better if there’s a human presence in it?
It depends on the intended use of the picture.
As a photographer and photo editor for National Geographic Traveler, people often ask me how I approach strangers when I want to take their picture — especially when there’s a language barrier. Here are my thoughts.
The average person couldn’t point the Falklands out on a map. Even in the U.K. (the Falklands are a “British Overseas Territory”), mention of the islands often invites remarks along the lines of “Oh, how I love Scotland!”
We’ve all heard about women who have gone missing or have been found dead while traveling alone. While these stories are unsettling and often tragic, I refuse to let them stop me from doing what I love.
Nat Geo photographer Bob Krist first visited Iceland in 1986 when he was shooting a cover story for the magazine. The island nation earned a special place in his heart, and he always dreamed of bringing his two sons back to experience the magic for themselves. So he organized the ultimate family road trip: driving around Ring Road, the spectacularly scenic byway around Iceland.
Watch this short film by National Geographic photographer Bob Krist to get a taste of the sleepy alpine city of Salzburg during Advent season.
National Geographic Traveler’s Senior Photo Editor, Dan Westergren, has the distinct pleasure (and sometimes pain) of choosing which photographs run in the magazine. The award-winning photographers assigned to our stories come back from the field with such a rich variety of images that it can be hard, if not impossible, to make the final cut.
So we asked Dan to make an even tougher call: out of all the photos that ran in every single issue of Traveler this year, which ten were his favorites and why?
In the age of Instagram, everyone’s a photographer. But a few simple tricks still make snapshots actually worth showing off. National Geographic Traveler’s senior photo editor Dan Westergren offers his top three tips for shooting in the field.
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.
Who doesn’t want to be a travel photographer and earn their keep by exploring the world and capturing its essence for the rest of us to see? I know I do.
I was lucky enough to sit in on one of Traveler’s photo seminars earlier this month, led by award-winning photographer Jim Richardson and the magazine’s senior photo editor Dan Westergren. Though Jim and Dan believe in the importance of technique, they stressed that “the secret is in how you look at the world, not in how you turn the dials on the camera.”
Here are a few of Jim and Dan’s tips on how to get into the right frame of mind when you’re making pictures.
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.
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.
By Monica Corcoran, senior photo editor at NationalGeographic.com. It’s funny how your mind can change after you’ve tried something for the first time. I was convinced that Hipstamatic – an iPhone app that let’s you apply film, lens, and flash settings to your pics to achieve a retro look – was more gimmick than photography. So last month,…