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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...

Burberry Building in Chicago, IL by David Toombs

Participant Showcase: David Toombs

  Participant Showcase: David Toombs     RALPH'S TAKE When David agreed to be highlighted in the Participant Showcase feature on my blog I knew he'd come up with some great images from which to choose.  He submitted several very nice shots from Chicago and one from Copper Canyon, Mexico, where we traveled together this past August 2014 on a small group tour.  He'd already been with me three times in recent years on my Chicago Cultural Tours, smartly joining at … Read More...

Closeups - My Shot Lists for Travel by Ralph Velasco

13 Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users – Part 1

  13 Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users   Part 1   This past summer I updated the iPhone app I created, My Shot Lists for Travel, and I also made it go FREE on the iTunes store because I wanted there to be absolutely no barriers for people who had an interest in using the app to create a more well-rounded set of images from their travels.  Since then it's been downloaded thousands of times by folks using iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod … Read More...

Milkman with horse and cart in river near Bucovina, Romania by Ralph Velasco

Announcing My Latest Trip: Romania

  I'm proud to announce my latest itinerary to one of my new favorite countries, Romania.  Recently I was there to scout out this wonderful country and absolutely fell in love with it. The people are incredibly friendly, and very open to being photographed as they go about their daily lives, harvesting hay, making handcrafts, tending to their fields and milking their cows.  The food is out of this world, and the overall quality of the infrastructure (roads, hotels, other services) are … Read More...

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