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Monk in Saffron Robe at Angkor Wat - Siem Reap, Cambodia by Brian Cruickshank

Cambodia: Accessible People, Fascinating Culture

  Cambodia: Accessible People, Fascinating Culture by Brian Cruickshank   IMPORTANT NOTE The following is a blog post by Brian Cruickshank, the newest trip leader to join PhotoEnrichment Programs, Inc.  I'm happy to say that Brian will be assisting me on our upcoming Cambodia: Kingdom of Wonder tour in November.   I'm sure you'll enjoy Brian's insight about travel and photography in this and future blog posts he'll be contributing to the site, so please read on. Welcome aboard, … Read More...

Circular Formation of Northern Lights in Finland by Ralph Velasco

Announcing Arctic Adventure to Lapland, Our Newest Trip!

  I'm very excited to announce Arctic Adventure to Lapland, our newest trip for 2016.  This is a part of the world that most people never have the pleasure of visiting, and it's probably because they have a big misconception about what they'll find when they arrive. When I'm putting together our trips, I always look for variety, and by that I mean not only a variety of photo opportunities that we can seek out and capture, but also local cuisine that's unique, interesting culture, … Read More...

Grid and Black Circles with Mexico and Handprints by Ralph Velasco

Photo Tips: [Breaking] The Rule of Thirds

  Photo Tips: [Breaking] The Rule of Thirds The Rule of Thirds is a fundamental technique of photographic composition, and to be clear, composition is how we decide to arrange the elements in a scene, within the four edges of the frame.  (Hint: It's just as important what you include in the frame as what you exclude from it). Do remember, though, that all "rules" in photography are made to be broken, so be sure to experiment and try new and different things as often as possible.  I … Read More...

WithLocals Dinner at Mon and Cristian's Flat - Barcelona, Spain by Ralph Velasco

Unique Dining Experiences WithLocals.com

  Dining WithLocals.com     Recently, while in Barcelona, Spain, I was invited to have a unique dining experience by a relatively new service that matches travelers with local hosts interested in sharing their cooking expertise.  The service is called WithLocals.com, and they also specialize in providing tours and other activities with locals, in fact their tagline is "Connecting people through food and experiences."     Taking the metro to a … Read More...

Biking Around Hoi An, Vietnam by Ralph Velasco

Biking Around Hoi An, Vietnam

  Riding Bikes Around Hoi An, Vietnam     One of the things I love to do with my groups is to get them out into the countryside.  Here, on a recent scouting trip to Vietnam, we rented bikes and rode into the outskirts of Hoi An, which is also known as the City of Lanterns.     It's so interesting the everyday scenes of life that can be encountered, and photographed, on these trips, just by pulling over as these opportunities present themselves. … Read More...

Photographing on the rim of Copper Canyon in Divisadero, Mexico by Ralph Velasco

Ralph Velasco Introduces Mexico’s Copper Canyon

  An Introduction to Mexico's Copper Canyon by Ralph Velasco   https://youtu.be/GzdeR6jwAVc   Enjoy this short video of Ralph introducing one of the great train rides of the world through Mexico's Copper Canyon. Believe it or not, "El Chepe," as it's known, is the only passenger train in all of Mexico. And consider joining Ralph this August 7 - 16, 2015, for a small group cultural tour of Mexico's Copper Canyon.  There you'll experience the natural wonders of … Read More...

Ralph Velasco is interviewed by Mike Howard of the jpeg2RAW photography podcast.

Podcast Interview with Ralph Velasco on the jpeg2RAW Podcast

  Mike Howard interviews Ralph Velasco on the jpeg2RAW Photography Podcast   https://youtu.be/sgg_WEfL8uA   Ralph was recently interviewed on jpeg2RAW, which is a photography podcast hosted by amateur photographer Mike Howard.  Mike asked some really great questions which garnered some interesting insights from Ralph. Simply click the image above to listen to the show. … Read More...

Ralph Velasco Interview by 1000TravelTips.com

Travel Photography Tips: Interview on 1000TravelTips.com

Travel Photography Tips from Ralph Velasco     While at the Travel & Adventure Show in Long Beach I was asked to provide some basic travel photography tips for the up and coming website 1000TravelTips.com.  In the interview we discuss tips for taking better selfies (hey, they asked!), suggested apps that I use and more. Click the image or link above to have a listen, it's just about 9 minutes long. … Read More...

Lady in Rice Paddy - Outside Can Tho, Vietnam by Ralph Velasco

Announcing Our Newest Tour – Vietnam: North to South

    Vietnam: North to South with Ralph Velasco   November 29 - December 12, 2015   I'm really proud to announce our newest tour, Vietnam: North to South.  This is a trip that I really enjoyed scouting in December 2014.  I spent a lot of time photographing and experiencing the best of what Vietnam has to offer, but as usual, only including what I think the demographic of people who typically join my tours would enjoy.     We'll start in … Read More...

Little Boy at Crab Market in 12 Seconds - Closeup Landscape - Kep, Cambodia by Ralph Velasco

Photo Tips: Shoot Fast … 12 Seconds is All You Need

  Photo Tips: Shoot Fast ... 12 Seconds is All You Need   Good travel photography is about being ready to capture moments as they happen.  Much of the time things are moving very quickly, and for the most part great subjects and interesting photo opportunities aren't going to wait around for you to set up your camera, check the settings, adjust the lighting, pose your subject, etc., so being prepared is paramount. When I scout out a location in advance of a trip I'll be … Read More...

Quite the view in black and white in Canyonlands National Park, Utah by Ralph Velasco

Photo Tips: Challenge Yourself, or Someone Else

  Photo Tips: Challenge Yourself, or Someone Else 5-Day Black and White Challenge   Recently I accepted my friend and photography student Abby Krim's 5-day black and white challenge that had been going around Facebook for the last few weeks, and so over the course of 5 days I posted a black and white image from somewhere in the world, as well as the story behind it, which had also been part of the “assignment.” I really enjoy posting images that I’ve made in the many wonderful … Read More...

Agriculture - My Shot Lists for Travel by Ralph Velasco

Summary of All 52 Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users

  Summary of the Complete 52 Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users   As promised, here is a compilation of all 52 categories of a shot list as found in the My Shot Lists for Travel app.  I hope you'll use this information as the basis for creating and customizing your own shot lists. What other categories can you think of?   Abstracts An abstract image, the subject of which may be by definition unrecognizable, can still allude to something unique about … Read More...

Skylines - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

The Final 13 Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users – Part 4

  The Final 13 Categories of a Shot List from the My Shot Lists for Travel app for Non-iOS Users   Part 4   And here's the final installment of 13 categories of a shot list from the My Shot Lists for Travel app.  I hope you've enjoyed getting a insider's look at the app, especially if you're not an iOS device user. Coming soon will be a complete summary of all 52 categories.   Shopping Admiring colorful and interesting displays is another form of … Read More...

Markets - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

13 Additional Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users – Part 3

  13 Additional Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users   Part 3   Here are 13 additional categories of a shot list:   Language Look for opportunities to show the local language or languages being used in your destination.   Man-Made Wonders The ingenuity of humans is remarkable, so when you stumble upon an example of how engineering has overcome the seemingly impossible, illustrate that.   Markets Seek opportunities to … Read More...

Golden Hour - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

13 More Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users – Part 2

  13 More Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users   Part 2   As promised, here are 13 more categories of a shot list:   Flags Time and again, national pride is expressed by the simple display of a country’s flag. Look for city, state and regional examples, as well.     Flora If there’s a particular tree, flower or other plant that’s found only at or near your destination, you’ll undoubtedly want to represent it on your shot … Read More...

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