I often fantasize about heading out the door with just one camera hanging around my neck. But when I go on the road to take pictures for Traveler that’s not really possible. Because I’m supposed to get great photos no matter what, I often need to rely on different lenses to make a situation look more photogenic than it might in real life. But there are benefits to traveling light when you’re out making pictures.
When can you call yourself a “professional” photographer? Is it when you buy an expensive camera, sell a picture, or get published? No one seems to agree.
National Geographic Travel invited photographers from Canada, Germany, and France to join us in Toronto’s reinvented Distillery District with a simple goal in mind: to show how different photographic personalities capture the essence of a place in pictures — and to share the experience with the world in real time via Google Hangouts on Air.
Reader Question: Are lens filters still necessary for digital photography? Are there filters that National Geographic photographers use to make their pictures look better?
Photographing kids can be challenging. Here are a few tricks to make it easier.
Reader Question: What is white balance and why is it important? Is there a downside to setting my camera to “auto”?
I just returned from photo workshop in Santa Fe led by longtime National Geographic photographer, Joe McNally. When you’re in the presence of such greatness, some of it has to rub off, right? Here are a few things I picked up that I hope will help you step up your photography skills.
The 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest has been a long, strange, and beautiful trip. We loved every minute of it, and we hope you did, too. Here are this year’s winners.
Reader Question: Do most National Geographic photographers shoot in raw format? And if they do, why?
Reader Question: I’ve heard photographers talk about capturing the moment. What does that mean?
This week, for the only the third time in its 103-year history, the “voice of Philadelphia” — the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ — will fall silent. But the good news is that it’s only for a few weeks, while it gets a much needed tune-up.
Reader Question: What’s the best lens for landscape or cityscape photography?
My Answer: When I’m trying to make an interesting landscape or cityscape picture, but nothing seems to be coming together, I find it useful to work at opposite extremes with regard to lens choice.
Have you always dreamed of seeing your photographs in National Geographic Traveler? Well, here’s your chance to make that dream a reality. But you’re going to have to act fast: The last day to enter our 25th annual photo contest is on Sunday, June 30.
Reader Question: How do I become a photographer for National Geographic?
My Answer: Photography is really no different than any other pursuit in life if you plan to make a living at it.
Reader Question: What’s your advice for taking the best portraits?
My Answer: Two words: light and lens.
Four score and 11 years ago…the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. It was a fitting date — Memorial Day. Here’s what it looked like…then and now.
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.