Doug's Travel Photography Corner
I don't know if this is all right, but I thought I'd give it a shot. If it doesn't fly, we'll fold our tents and steal into the night,
1. To create a discussion to stimulate the use of Travel Photography; to learn, share, and help each other.
2. To go beyond "Respect", but develop friendships and relationships and have fun discussing our images and topics about photography -- cameras, equipment, cell phone photography, locations.
Rules of the Road:
1. Be positive, helpful, and considerate. If I do or say anything that is offensive, email me at [email protected] and we will discuss it. Or, if you have anything private you wish to say to me, do the same.
2. Feel free to post your images. I'd prefer that you only post a few at a time. To avoid problems, ONLY POST YOUR OWN PHOTOS.
3. Feel free to offer comments and critiques of my images -- how else am I going to learn if I don't get feedback? Perhaps someday I'll sell my images (not), so how would I know what folks prefer if I don't get feedback?
4. If you post your own images, let us know if you are inviting feedback. When I first attended workshops in photography, I was pretty nervous about the "critique" section -- having my images projected on a screen, open to "critique". But everyone has always been helpful and positive, and you learn to relax with it. People give opinions about colors, lighting, exposure, cropping. They usually compliment you.
5. If you post images, I'd prefer if you labeled the location -- we'd like to decide if we want to take a tour there! If you have concerns that folks will steal your images you can, of course, not post them. On the other hand, if you size your images to 72 dots per square inch, and watermark them, my guess is you're pretty safe. Most printers print at around 300 dpi. TAUCK SEEMS TO REDUCE YOUR DPI ON THIS WEBSITE, SO THEY CAN BE BLURRY and probably won't print, so that's another safety factor. I don't worry about it -- when I leave this earth, it'll be nice to have some of my stuff on other folks walls. LOL.
6. Although I'm only an amateur photographer, I reserve the right to offer tips about photography. And I can be wrong -- I have no academic background in the area -- just out to love it and have fun. And, since there are newcomers, I reserve the right to be repetitive in my tips.
7. If there is any way I might help you improve your travel photography, let me know.
1. I've been retired for quite awhile now, allowing me to travel. I'm not too intellectual, so the cultural aspects of a lot of tours kind of bored me, so I went back to using a camera in my travels. I've toyed with photography all my life, and, even though rather poor, bought chemicals and made my parents' bathroom into a darkroom as a teen.
2. In my former life I was a child-adolescent clinical psychologist, so it's people that interest me, and so my best images are of people. I took landscape photography workshops, but they didn't stimulate me.
3. It helped me to find a mentor -- someone whose photography and style I really loved. So the fellow that has contributed most to my development, and whose workshops I've taken, is Jay Dickman, a Pulitizer-Prize winning, senior Nat Geo guy. His emphasis is on visual story-telling. He'd probably be horrified that I've been using Photoshop so much -- he comes from a newspaper/documentary background.
Okay, let's get going:
Kenya/Tanzania. This is a terrible photo in a technical sense -- blurry. But it makes me laugh. And it has what we call "The Moment" -- you chose the moment to release the shutter because the image has some emotional appeal -- something that might elicit an emotional response in the viewer.