I was in the midst of traveling home from my seventh crossing of the country in as many weeks this year, when my frequent-flier program proudly reminded my tired butt that I’d already flown 38K miles in 2012. I am very fortunate that I get to travel, shoot and teach as much as I do. I am a confirmed road warrior, being on the road about six months out of every year. It goes with the job title: Photographer.
Summer is typically when most photographers tend to hit the road for either their vacation, or that long anticipated trip to some exciting and exotic locale. Traveling by air—in particular, traveling with camera gear—can add a layer of stress that can prevent many from hopping onto a plane and going,altogether. I think I can take care of that for you.
There is a definite art to travel; getting your gear to your destination safely with minimal stress makesyour photography just that much better once you arrive. Much of it centers on common sense, and the rest is simply insider tricks gleaned from traveling way too much. But don’t fear; it’s something everyone can master the first time out, so let’s get traveling!
Vivian Cherry, a recent recipient of the B&H Photo Lifetime Achievement Award, has a new memoir out, Vignettes: Chapters from a Life. VIGNETTES, a collection of chapters from the life of Vivian Cherry, integrates two art forms, memoir and photography. Ms. Cherry is a quintessential New Yorker, born of immigrant parents. The book is a stunning account of the past of a photographer who came of age during WWII in NYC. She is also one of the last surviving Photo League members at 92 years old as of the publication of this article.
We recently talked to Vivian a bit about her experiences as a photographer during her years and years of shooting.
We can all appreciate the beloved Ansel Adams. He was one of the greats. His story is inspiring, fascinating and enduring. The man worked as a custodian in Yosemite National Park in order to live in the beauty he so much appreciated and desired to record. He seemed a harmonious blend of romantic artist and master technician. He devoted his life to the pursuit of what he loved. As a darkroom junkie myself, the first time I saw an Ansel print in person, printed by his own hands, I admit that a tear, (yes, a tear) fell down my face. The sheer craftsmanship of his prints was surprisingly moving. I am not here to dispute the fact that Ansel Adams was one of America’s greatest and seminal landscape photographers. I am here, however, to challenge you to find another one. After Ansel, who is your favorite photographer?
Before you know it, vacation time will be here. You'll want to capture lots of photos to document your experiences. It’s usually a good idea to have a bag in which to carry your camera and associated gear. But you won't want to pack too much, lest your shoulders and back start to hurt from carrying around lots of gear for long periods.
If you're planning on traveling soon, here are a few tips on how to keep your bag light.
The Golden Hour is one of the most wonderful times to shoot photos using only natural light. But there is quite a bit that goes into photos than just lighting: there is composition, exposure, and having an overall vision that you want for your end result.
The photo above was shot during the Blue Hour: the period of time right after the Golden Hour, and also known as, "Dusk." Peter Tellone shot this photo. Here's how:
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