Month: December 2013

Travel Photo Thursday: Getting “Smart” about Cameras

Travel Photo Thursday: Getting “Smart” about Cameras

Nearly a year ago in “Travel Photo Thursday: Junk Your Camera!” I suggested that travelers might well iPhone 5 Camerathrow away their digital point-and-shoot or DSLR cameras in favor of using the cameras built into their smartphones.

A few months later, I did just the opposite: I bought a new Sony DSC-RX100 digital camera to replace my Canon Elph which I’d used for the past four years.

And while I do occasionally shoot still photos with my iPhone 5, I normally use it only for recording video.

But here’s a guy who proves that the iPhone (in his case, the iPhone 4) with an array of photography apps installed on it can work wonders with “street photography.”

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Travel Photo Thursday: Keeping People in Focus

Travel Photo Thursday: Keeping People in Focus

In the last installment of “Travel Photo Thursday,” we learned some of the secrets of “street” photography by London-based pro, Antonio Olmos, including how to pre-set exposure on your camera so you’re also ready to capture the fleeting street scene before you.

While you can’t change the lighting of a scene after you shot it, as I explained in “Travel Photo Thursday: Making Pictures ‘Pop’ with Photoshop,” you can usually fiddle with contrast, highlights, shadows, and color saturation and produce a much more engaging image that the one that came out of your camera.

But even you are willing to spend the time and effort to “clean up” a poorly-shot photo by using an editing program like Adobe Photoshop or its “lighter” version, Photoshop Elements (which is one that I employ), there’s one aspect of an image that’s very difficult to adjust in “post-production” – focus.

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The Syria I Knew

The Syria I Knew

(This story has been made available to Tales Told From The Road by the news syndication service Repost.us.)

The Syria I knew (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Damascus, 1983: A shopkeeper (r.) urges passersby to buy suit material. (R. Norman Matheny/The Christian Science Monitor) Latakia, coastal Syria, September 1982: It was twilight, night coming fast. I asked the clerk about buses to Damascus. One, he…

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