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Digital Travel Photography Digital Field Guide

Book Description

Your digital camera is the perfect travel companion. You don't need to pack extra film, worry about airport scanners, budget for processing costs, or wait until you get home to learn whether you got that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Tuck this book in beside your Frommer's(r) travel guide and you'll have everything you need for fantastic photos-how to watch for the right opportunity, compose the picture, work with lighting-even how to edit and upload from the road.

* Learn what you must take along and which accessories are nice to have

* Capture the soul of a city, its people, and its sights

* Include fellow travelers without shooting stereotypes

* Take great shots even where flash is prohibited or your light sources are limited

* Explore scenarios and expert tips for photographing scenery, wildlife, events, exhibits, and much more

* Post your photos on the Web before you get home

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. Credits
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Preface1
  6. Digital Travel Photography
    1. Planning Your Trip from a Photo Perspective
      1. Five things you must take with you
        1. A camera and a spare
        2. Plenty of digital film cards
        3. Extra batteries and/or a charger
        4. A one-gallon zippered plastic food storage bag
        5. Your camera manual, this book, and a travel guide
      2. Choose interesting and photogenic sites
    2. Shooting a Set of Travel-Style Images
      1. Practicing close to home
      2. Interesting architecture and monuments
      3. Lively street scenes
      4. Including your family in candid shots
      5. Family portraits on-location
      6. Wide-angle landscapes in parks or rural areas
      7. Museums and indoor locales
      8. Close-ups
  7. I. Becoming Familiar with Your Traveling Camera
    1. 1. Exploring the Digital Camera
      1. 1.1. Digital Camera Categories
        1. 1.1.1. Working with what you have
        2. 1.1.2. Simple enhancements to improve your travel hardware
      2. 1.2. Considerations for a New Camera
    2. 2. Prepping Your Digital Camera for a Smooth Trip
      1. 2.1. Your Pretrip Checkout
        1. 2.1.1. Cleaning house
          1. 2.1.1.1. Lenses
          2. 2.1.1.2. Exterior
          3. 2.1.1.3. Digital SLR interior
        2. 2.1.2. Simple adjustments
          1. 2.1.2.1. Banish hot or dead pixels
          2. 2.1.2.2. Exposure and contrast tweaking
          3. 2.1.2.3. Diopter adjustments
          4. 2.1.2.4. Neckstrap
        3. 2.1.3. A trial run
      2. 2.2. Packing Your Gear
        1. 2.2.1. Essential equipment
        2. 2.2.2. The how-to
        3. 2.2.3. How to get through security, Customs, and on the plane
      3. 2.3. Features and Settings Check
        1. 2.3.1. Viewing and playback on the road
        2. 2.3.2. Basic settings
  8. II. Taking Great Travel Photographs
    1. 3. Photography Basics
      1. 3.1. Exposure and Focus Adjustments with Simple Digital Cameras
      2. 3.2. Exposure and Focus Adjustments with Advanced Digital Cameras
        1. 3.2.1. What affects exposure?
        2. 3.2.2. Exposure adjustments
          1. 3.2.2.1. Adjusting the light reaching the lens
          2. 3.2.2.2. Adjusting the aperture
          3. 3.2.2.3. Adjusting the shutter speed
          4. 3.2.2.4. Changing ISO
      3. 3.3. Getting the Right Exposure
        1. 3.3.1. Understanding tonal range
        2. 3.3.2. Fine-tuning
      4. 3.4. Focus Controls
        1. 3.4.1. What's depth of field?
        2. 3.4.2. Using focus controls
    2. 4. Working with Light
      1. 4.1. Conquering Available or Continuous Light
      2. 4.2. Coping with Intensity
        1. 4.2.1. Night photography
        2. 4.2.2. Low-light indoors
        3. 4.2.3. Extra-bright environments
      3. 4.3. Coping with White Balance
      4. 4.4. Working with Flash
        1. 4.4.1. Shooting considerations
        2. 4.4.2. Flash modes
        3. 4.4.3. Flash exposure modes
        4. 4.4.4. Flash exposure compensation
      5. 4.5. Using Built-In Flash
      6. 4.6. Using External Flash
    3. 5. Accessories for Digital Travel Photography
      1. 5.1. The Simple Life
        1. 5.1.1. Storage
        2. 5.1.2. Staying powered
        3. 5.1.3. Stuffing a camera bag
        4. 5.1.4. Cleaning kits
        5. 5.1.5. Rain poncho
      2. 5.2. More Advanced Add-Ons
        1. 5.2.1. No excess baggage
        2. 5.2.2. Toting a tripod or monopod
        3. 5.2.3. Selecting an electronic flash
      3. 5.3. Expanding Your Point-and-Shoot Camera's Optical Capabilities
      4. 5.4. Expanding Your dSLR's Options with Extra Lenses
        1. 5.4.1. Choosing between zoom or fixed focal-length lenses
          1. 5.4.1.1. Prime lens considerations
          2. 5.4.1.2. Zoom lens considerations
        2. 5.4.2. Choosing lenses for your trip
          1. 5.4.2.1. Expanding your view with wide angles
          2. 5.4.2.2. Getting closer with a telephoto lens
    4. 6. Techniques for Great Travel Photos
      1. 6.1. Basics of Composition
        1. 6.1.1. The Rule of Thirds
        2. 6.1.2. Other compositional tips
        3. 6.1.3. Tourist (photography) traps
      2. 6.2. Abstract Photography
        1. 6.2.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.2.2. Abstract Photography Practice
        3. 6.2.3. Abstract photography tips
      3. 6.3. Action and Adventure Photography
        1. 6.3.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.3.2. Action and adventure photography practice
        3. 6.3.3. Action and adventure photography tips
      4. 6.4. Animal and Wildlife Photography
        1. 6.4.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.4.2. Animal and wildlife photography practice
        3. 6.4.3. Animal and wildlife photography tips
      5. 6.5. Architecture and Monument Photography
        1. 6.5.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.5.2. Architecture and monument photography practice
        3. 6.5.3. Architecture photography tips
      6. 6.6. Candid Photography
        1. 6.6.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.6.2. Candid photography practice
        3. 6.6.3. Candid photography tips
      7. 6.7. Child Photography
        1. 6.7.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.7.2. Child photography practice
        3. 6.7.3. Child photography tips
      8. 6.8. Cultural Photography
        1. 6.8.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.8.2. Cultural photography practice
      9. 6.9. Event, Festival, and Holiday Celebration Photography
        1. 6.9.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.9.2. Event photography practice
        3. 6.9.3. Event photography tips
      10. 6.10. Flower, Plant, and Food Photography
        1. 6.10.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.10.2. Flower, plant, and food photography practice
        3. 6.10.3. Flower, plant, and food photography tips
      11. 6.11. Group Photography
        1. 6.11.1.
          1. 6.11.1.1. Location and lighting
          2. 6.11.1.2. Find a people wrangler
          3. 6.11.1.3. Catch the blinkers, nodders, and turners
        2. 6.11.2. Inspiration
        3. 6.11.3. Group portrait photography practice
        4. 6.11.4. Group portrait photography tips
      12. 6.12. Infrared Travel Photography
        1. 6.12.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.12.2. Infrared travel photography practice
      13. 6.13. Landmark Photography
        1. 6.13.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.13.2. Landmark photography practice
        3. 6.13.3. Landmark photography tips
      14. 6.14. Landscape and Nature Photography
        1. 6.14.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.14.2. Landscape and nature photography practice
        3. 6.14.3. Landscape and nature photography tips
      15. 6.15. Light Trail Photography
        1. 6.15.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.15.2. Light trail photography practice
        3. 6.15.3. Light trail photography tips
      16. 6.16. Macro Photography
        1. 6.16.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.16.2. Macro and close-up photography practice
        3. 6.16.3. Macro photography tips
      17. 6.17. Mountain and Valley Photography
        1. 6.17.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.17.2. Mountain and valley photography practice
      18. 6.18. Museum and Art Photography
        1. 6.18.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.18.2. Museum and art photography practice
        3. 6.18.3. Museum and art photography tips
      19. 6.19. Night and Evening Photography
        1. 6.19.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.19.2. Night and evening photography practice
        3. 6.19.3. Night and evening photography tips
      20. 6.20. Panoramic Photography
        1. 6.20.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.20.2. Panoramic photography practice
        3. 6.20.3. Panoramic photography tips
      21. 6.21. Pattern Photography
        1. 6.21.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.21.2. Pattern photography practice
        3. 6.21.3. Pattern photography tips
      22. 6.22. Seascape Photography
        1. 6.22.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.22.2. Seascape photography practice
        3. 6.22.3. Seascape photography tips
      23. 6.23. Street Life Photography
        1. 6.23.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.23.2. Street-life photography practice
        3. 6.23.3. Street-life photography tips
      24. 6.24. Sunset and Sunrise Photography
        1. 6.24.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.24.2. Sunset and sunrise photography practice
        3. 6.24.3. Sunset and sunrise photography tips
      25. 6.25. Water and Reflection Photography
        1. 6.25.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.25.2. Water and reflection photography practice
        3. 6.25.3. Water and reflection photography tips
      26. 6.26. Weather Photography
        1. 6.26.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.26.2. Weather photography practice
        3. 6.26.3. Weather photography tips
  9. 7. Backing Up and Sharing Your Images
    1. 7.1. Backing Up Your Photos on the Road
      1. 7.1.1. Portable/Personal storage devices
        1. 7.1.1.1. Portable CD/DVD burners
        2. 7.1.1.2. Portable music players
        3. 7.1.1.3. Portable hard drives
        4. 7.1.1.4. Laptop computer
      2. 7.1.2. Entrepreneurs to the rescue
        1. 7.1.2.1. CD/DVD burning services
        2. 7.1.2.2. Public libraries
        3. 7.1.2.3. Internet caf├ęs
    2. 7.2. Sharing Images While Traveling
      1. 7.2.1. E-mailing photos
      2. 7.2.2. Using your own Web space
      3. 7.2.3. Using a sharing system
  10. III. Appendixes
  11. A. Recommended Resources
    1. A.1. Web Sites
      1. A.1.1. www.pbase.com
      2. A.1.2. www.smugmug.com
      3. A.1.3. www.shutterbug.net
      4. A.1.4. www.popphoto.com
      5. A.1.5. www.luminous-landscape.com
      6. A.1.6. www.bytephoto.com
      7. A.1.7. www.fredmiranda.com
      8. A.1.8. Usenet Newsgroups
    2. A.2. Magazines
      1. A.2.1. Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel (www.budgettravelonline.com)
      2. A.2.2. National Geographic Traveler (www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler)
      3. A.2.3. Popular Photography & Imaging (www.popphoto.com)
      4. A.2.4. Shutterbug (www.shutterbug.com)
    3. A.3. Books
      1. A.3.1. Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies
      2. A.3.2. Digital Photography For Dummies
      3. A.3.3. Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies
      4. A.3.4. Digital Field Guides
      5. A.3.5. Frommer's Travel Guides
  12. Glossary