Travel Photography – Episode 215

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The Amateur Traveler talks to photographer Ralph Velasco about tips to keep in mind when you are taking pictures on your travels. We talk about:

  • telling a story
  • depth of field
  • giving your self assignments
  • giving a sense of scale
  • adding a human touch
  • reflections
  • avoiding the crowds
  • embracing the weather
  • seeking the unique picture
  • capturing the essence of a place

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Show Notes
Pictures discussed in this episode – daily assignments
RALPH VELASCO On Travel Photography – 101 Tips for Developing Your Photographic Eye & More

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Chris Christensen

by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

9 Responses to “Travel Photography – Episode 215”



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Thanks Chris. Every week a great program and the perfect format! I travel and shoot photos by the hundreds, but I still found several useful ideas.

I burned podcast 215 to a DVD but I followed a different way than you mentioned, without using QuickTimePlayer. First, I downloaded podcast 215 from your website in ACC format. Then, I simply opened up iDVD and presses the third button down, Magic DVD. Drag the downloaded file, 215AmateurTraveler.m4a, to ‘Drop Movies Here’ then, decide on a ‘Theme.’ Pushed burn, inserted a virgin DVD and that’s it. Oh, you might want to add a ‘Title’ before burning. Keep up the good work.

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Huh, good trick. I have not used the Magic DVD function since it is new.

Max Taylor


I just listened to the podcast with Ralph Velasco on travel photography. It was a very enjoyable discussion that I think anyone who likes to take pictures can benefit from. I consider myself a good landscape photographer, but I am also one who usually looks away from any people who might “spoil” the picture. The ideas about including an element to provide understandable scale to the image and some human touch were excellent.

At my age I am more of a photographer than a traveler, but I do enjoy your podcasts without feeling envious that I wasn’t the one who got to go there. I’m just glad they got to go.

Keep it up!!

Max Taylor, Barstow, CA

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New visitor here. Interesting site indeed.

Issac Polidori


Those are some excellent photographs, wish mine were that excellent!

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