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Washington, D.C.’s famous cherry trees are in full bloom, and Nat Geo Travel took you there in real time with Dan Westergren, the head of photography for Traveler magazine, leading the way. During the Google Hangout On Air, Dan went down to one of the District’s most photogenic spots–the Tidal Basin–to capture this world-class capital city in…
Go on assignment with Nat Geo Travel’s director of photography Dan Westergren in the charming mountain town of Whitefish, Montana, and get real-time tips about how to get the shot…in the snow. Join Dan and other Nat Geo Travel staffers back in D.C. for a Google Hangout On Air on Monday, February 10.
At the dawn of digital photography, professional cameras maintained the look and bulk of the 35mm film cameras that photographers had been using for a generation. But, because digital sensors were expensive to make, these cameras were equipped with a sensor that was approximately a third smaller than the 24×36 mm dimension of the 35mm…
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”?
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.
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: 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?
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.
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.
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Yesterday marked the publication of Traveler managing editor Scott S. Stuckey’s book, Ultimate Field Guide to Travel Photography, for which he “picked the brains” of 15 full-time professional travel photographers, most of whom have shot for Traveler and other national consumer magazines. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 3, “Get the Story.” Many photographers dream…