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It’s hard to believe our time in Thailand is coming to an end. It’s our last day here and we all feel incredibly lucky. We bonded with elephants, we learned how to cook Thai food, we met with craftspeople and perused night markets… we photographed smiling Thai people and traditional architecture and monks in their saffron robes. Then, as if it couldn’t get any better, there was tonight. Tonight, we grabbed our cameras and joined a crowd of thousands to release our own paper lanterns into the sky. Here are some of our photos… travel photo tips 1411-Thailand-9052 1411-Thailand-9026   Yi-Peng-1 Yi-Peng-2 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Though our week is ending, it’s just the beginning for attendees. They’ll leave Thailand with all the tips, tricks, and knowledge of what it takes to create a saleable travel photograph. I’ll include some of these travel photo tips below, but first let’s take a look at some of the photos attendees are walking away with this week: connie6 Connie Owens connie3 Connie Owens john_blackburn1 John Blackburn john_blackburn2 John Blackburn barb_harvey Barbara Harvey wick Wick Merchant With professional photographers Daniel Nahabedian, Shelly Perry, Efrain Padro, and Bonnie Caton as our fearless leaders this week, attendees will walk away knowing exactly what it takes to create a top-notch travel photograph. Here are some important tips to remember if you’re thinking about selling your photos to magazines, newspapers, and websites: ** CONTEXT: Make sure your photo sets the scene. Where are you, and what specifically are you photographing? Is it obvious to the viewer? Keep this in mind as you shoot. ** PEOPLE: People sell. People having fun, enjoying an event, exploring a museum, etc. Adding the human element to your photo will give you a leg up on the competition. Editors love people photos. ** ICONS SELL: There are 1.72 billion pictures of the Eiffel Tower, and it’s the most photographed landmark in the world. That said—it still sells every day. So, make sure you capture the icons of the city you’re photographing. And thinking of new and different ways to photograph the same old icons, can really set you apart. ** SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE SHOTS: When you’re photographing for editorial markets, keep in mind that you should aim to have one establishing shot that sets the scene or leads you into the story, a medium shot that is more specific, and a detail shot to show very specific elements of your subject. ** STRONG FOREGROUND: When you include foreground elements in your photo, make sure they are strong, clear, and deliberate. For example, here at the Yi Peng Flying Lantern Festival, a strong foreground might be two people lighting a lantern in the foreground with the tiny lanterns in the sky filling the entire background of your shot. ** VERTICALS: Editors love vertical shots! Think cover shots. Make sure to include copy space, or negative space, where an editor might be able to put text. I love trips like this because the people who come love seeing new places and experiencing new things. We’re cut from the same cloth, as my grandmother used to say. Here’s a group shot from my group playing around at the train station: Photo-Group-2 There’s nothing like seeing a destination with like-minded people who you enjoy being around. People who don’t mind if you stop to take photos… because they’re stopping, too. And this is probably why so many people travel with us again and again. They keep coming back for more tours because they like the people we attract… the instructors we hire… the unique insider experiences we find together… and they like traveling with a purpose. (And heck, it’s also nice to be on a first-name basis with experts like these who genuinely care whether or not we succeed and are around to help answer our questions and push us forward on this journey toward pro photographer.) If you’ve traveled with us before, you know our expeditions are far above and beyond a generic travel tour or workshop you might find elsewhere. Share on Facebook

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