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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.
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?
Reader Question: What is white balance and why is it important? Is there a downside to setting my camera to “auto”?
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?
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.
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.
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 is meant by good composition and how do I achieve it?
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.
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.
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.
A new exhibit opened today in the National Geographic Museum here in DC at the National Geographic Society headquarters. It’s called “Kodachrome Culture: The American Tourist in Europe” and it features wonderfully retro travel images from the pages National Geographic magazine. Here’s one of my favorites, a photo of people lounging on the rocky beach…
Ever since Monday’s announcement by Kodak that they’re discontinuing production of Kodachrome film, professional and amateur photographers this week have been busy discussing its demise. Kodachrome was known for its rich color saturation and was widely used by National Geographic photographers in the first decades that the magazine printed in color. In fact, it was…
Senior Photo Editor Dan Westergren oversees the photographic vision of Traveler magazine, but when he himself is taking the shots, it’s often hard for him to know what will work best. We asked Dan to offer up some blog-worthy tutorials, and are already making the most of his advice. Sometimes the best photo is the…