23 Photos of Beautiful Birds from Around the World

I’m not much for bird photography. I like it, It’s that most of the time I’m just not good at it . But in celebration of National Bird Day today, I thought I would share some of my favorite beautiful bird photos, I’ve taken at home and abroad! From Central Park to the Masai Mara, and […]

A Lesson in Light with Famed Photographer Timothy Allen

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I love solo travel but that doesn’t always mean that I am necessarily alone. The more interested I become in photography, the more I enjoy taking small photo tours/workshops to explore my wish list destinations. The Benefits are Threefold 1. I discover a new place. 2. I improve my photographic skills by learning from professionals […]

7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing a Travel Photography Tour

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Going on a travel photographer tour can be a spectacular adventure: You’re exploring a bucket list destination, making new friends who have a shared interest, and improving your skills as a photographer with the help of a talented professional. But with the myriad of organizations offering excursions of all kinds, it can be a challenge […]

Pro Photographer Shares 9 Tips for Taking Great Street Portraits when You Travel

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Creating a great travel portrait isn’t always easy, but it can be incredibly rewarding and lead to memories that will last a lifetime. I sat down with Jennifer Spelman, known for her engaging and poignant street photography, and who led my Santa Fé Photographic Workshops tour of Havana, Cuba about her tips for making compelling […]

22 Photos from Around the Globe in Celebration of Earth Day

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Earth Day the world’s largest environmental movement celebrated annually on April 22. Begun in 1970, the celebration was created to show support for environmental protection. Over the years, the Earth Day Network has garnered the support of 75,000 partners in close to 192 countries. More than 1 billion people participate in various Earth Day environmentally […]

DIY Camera Rain Cover – It’s Super Easy and Ridiculously Cheap

How to Make My Super Easy, Ridiculously Cheap, DSLR Rain Cover

Do you need to buy an expensive camera rain cover? I don’t think so. Make you’re own. I posted a photo-essay about shooting portraits in the rain in Bejucal, Cuba. I mentioned a DIY DSLR rain cover I made with a plastic bag, which led to some inquiries from readers asking how they could make […]

Cuba Photography: Exploring Havana with Santa Fé Photographic Workshops

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For the avid traveler and photographer, photographing Cuba and its people is the definitions of an embarrassment of riches. It’s visually compelling and the source of 24/7 inspiration far beyond the brightly colored buildings, decaying facades, and a seemingly inexhaustible fleet of vintage automobiles. Cuba’s challenging history and complicated present should not be ignored, and […]

Soul of the Elephant: An Extraordinary Film by Dereck and Beverly Joubert

Nature: Soul of the Elephant

Motionless, the water sparkles in dappled patterns where the sun strikes the surface. Ever so slowly, it begins to shift and separate. I watch, riveted to the screen. The music swells and a massive black head breaks through the spray. First, a giant ear, a web of shallow veins catching the light, then a rounded […]

Where to Photograph Stunning Views of the New York Skyline at Night

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There are few cities with the grandeur and magical quality of the New York skyline at night. Its skyscrapers and bridges light the night like a fairytale. Along the east and Hudson rivers are a couple of easy to get to parks with public transportation, as well as great spots for capturing some of the […]

5 Important Lessons I learned about Photography at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

Outside the gates of El Sanctuario de Chimayo in Santa Fe

When you first arrive at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Reid Callanan, the company’s founder, will tell you no matter what course you take the week is not about creating masterpieces, it’s about learning new approaches to photography, opening your mind and eye to fresh ideas, and challenging your skills. It was all that and […]