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Tarahumara Boy with His Picture - Divisadero, Mexico by Ralph Velasco

Photo Tips: Photography Give and Take

  Photo Tips: Photography Give & Take   In photography we “take pictures,” or “capture images,” which really leans toward it being all about us, something we get for being there. But what about the local people that we’re taking from or "capturing"? Is there anything we can give in return? Sure, I love to be able to buy the food a vendor is selling, or to purchase the arts and crafts they’re making, or even give them a few coins in the local currency as a small token of my … Read More...

Ralph Velasco nominated for Top Travel Blogger Award by USA Today's 10best.com

Vote for Ralph Velasco in USA Today’s Top Travel Photography Blogger Awards

  Please vote for Ralph Velasco in USA Today's Top Travel Photography Blogger awards...     Recently I was nominated for USA Today's 10best.com Top Travel Photography Bloggers Award and I'd appreciate it if you'd take just a moment of your time to give me a vote. There is no obligation, and you don't have to provide any personal information...just click the Vote button and done.  And you can vote on different devices as much as once a day, so please come back and … Read More...

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iPhone App My Shot Lists for Travel is Now FREE!

    Needless to say I'm very happy to announce that after many months of work, the iPhone app I created, My Shot Lists for Travel   has been completely updated and is now permanently FREE on iTunes.   WHAT'S NEW?  Updated to be compatible with iOS 6 and iOS 7. Ability to share your images from within the app to Facebook, Twitter and via e-mail (see screenshot below). Features fifty-three new and improved sample images from my recent scouting … Read More...

Travel photographer Ralph Velasco with children in Punakha, Bhutan - photo by Rebecca Foreman.

Ralph Velasco Interviewed on the Global Frame

    INTERVIEW WITH RALPH VELASCO ON THE GLOBAL FRAME   CLICK HERE to view a recent interview I did on the Global Frame, a Spain-based website focused on travel photography.  In it I discuss my thoughts on travel, what differentiates my tours from others, as well as share a gallery of images from my recent trips around the world. Check it out... … Read More...

Developing Your Photographic Vision with Ralph Velasco

Developing Your Photographic Vision Presentation

  Developing Your Photographic Vision with Ralph Velasco   CLICK IMAGE ABOVE TO WATCH VIDEO This past fall I was honored to be asked to speak about Travel Photography at the OC Photography Summit in Lake Forest, CA.  The OCPS is a really well attended full day of photography workshops, demonstrations, presentations and more by some of the top photographers in California. My presentation was called Developing Your Photographic Vision and I discussed the distinction between … Read More...

Tarahumara Woman Portrait - San Rafael, Mexico by Ralph Velasco

One Spot Left on My Copper Canyon Trip!

  Mexico's Copper Canyon   Limited to just 4 paid participants.   Only 1 spot left!     There's just one spot left on the photo tour I'll be leading to Mexico's Copper Canyon in August. Join me on one of the great train rides of the world as we take El Chepe train from the town of El Fuerte, near Los Mochis, up and back down the Copper Canyon in Mexico...we'll ride and photograph it both ways. The photo opportunities are virtually endless as we wind … Read More...

Ralph Velasco on This Week in Photo with Frederick Van Johnson

Follow Up Interview on This Week in Photo with Frederick Van Johnson

  Follow Up Interview on This Week in Photo with Frederick Van Johnson     I'm honored to have once again been interviewed by Frederick Van Johnson of the extremely popular This Week in Photo podcast.  Frederick asked me back to follow up on my recent 3 months worth of travel in Europe, Asia and Northern Africa, where I was scouting and/or leading tours to Turkey, Tuscany, Morocco, Central Europe, the Balkans and Iceland. In the interview we discuss trip planning, … Read More...

Rovinj Church at Blue Hour - Rovinj, Croatia by Ralph Velasco

Photo Tips: More About the Blue Hour

  Photo Tips: More About the Blue Hour   It’s not as if I haven’t shot in the blue hour before, but for some reason I’ve become a little bit obsessed with it on this trip to Central Europe, Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia…I’m calling it my “blue period.” The other day in Rovinj, Croatia, a gorgeous seaside town with a very Italian influence (it was formerly a part of Italy, as was much of this region), I’d been looking at the weather throughout the day.  The past few days, and … Read More...

Waterfront of Split, Croatia in the Blue Hour - Split, Croatia by Ralph Velasco

Photo Tips: Working the Blue Hour

  Photo Tips: Working the Blue Hour     As of this writing I'm currently in the middle of a scouting trip to Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia, and I just finished leading a tour of the Central European capitals of Berlin, Prague, Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest, so as you can imagine, I've been shooting quite a bit.     It's always fun to get out around sunrise or sunset to capture what's known as the "blue hour," or that time of day just before … Read More...

Single woman in pink gloves and blue hat in leek field - Kusadasi, Turkey by Ralph Velasco

Photo Tips: Just Pull Over

  Photo Tips: Just Pull Over     Recently I had the opportunity to photograph in Turkey, a destination I’d been eager to get to for a long time.  I was there on a scouting trip, meaning I was there to get to know the place intimately and to capture a variety of images before I bring a group back, which I'll be doing April 18 - 30, 2015, on a trip called Turkey: Bridging Two Continents.     On a scouting trip I need to see quite a few locations in … Read More...

This Week in Photo Interview with Ralph Velasco by Frederick Van Johnson

Interview on This Week in Photo by Frederick Van Johnson

  Interview with Ralph Velasco on This Week in Photo by Frederick Van Johnson     It was a great honor to be interviewed by Frederick Van Johnson of the extremely popular This Week in Photo podcast.  I've been a listener of TWiP for many years, and to finally be asked to participate was quite a thrill. In the interview Frederick and I discuss how after many career changes over the years I came to be a professional travel photographer, leading tours around the … Read More...

Abandoned farmhouse with lone tree in Tuscany, Italy by Ralph Velasco

Enjoying the Morning Light in Tuscany

Getting Out Early to Take Advantage of the Morning Light in Tuscany Really Pays Dividends             All of the above images were made by simply driving the rustic "stradas biancas," or white roads, right around sunrise near the town of Siena in the region of Tuscany, Italy.  Pulling off to the side of the road when I saw something interesting and spending a few minutes making these shots, was time well spent.   In the end I thought that … Read More...

Ralph Velasco selected to the Top 100 Travel Photographers in the World by chillisauce.co.uk

Selected One of The Top 100 Travel Photographers of 2014

  It's quite an honor to have been selected to a list of the Top 100 Travel Photographers of 2014.     Just to be mentioned in the same article alongside my travel photography heroes Bob Krist, Rick Sammon and Art Wolfe, is really something. Click the image above to have a look at the article and to get turned on to the incredible travel photography of the other talented artists who were selected to this … Read More...

Man with a Coin in His Ear in Trinidad, Cuba by Ralph Velasco

Shot List Example: Culture and Customs

  Shot List Example: Culture and Customs     Be on the lookout for unusual and distinctive habits and behaviors exhibited by the locals, as well as the tools and instruments, if any, used in their practice.   Above is the sample image and description of the Culture and Customs category of a shot list from my new eBook:   ESSENCE OF A PLACE: A Travel Photographer's Guide to Using a Shot List for Capturing Any Destination (iPad version … Read More...

Old Building and Flowers with Woman in Window in Cerocahui, Mexico by Ralph Velasco

Photo Tips: Ask and You May Receive

  Photo Tips: Ask and You May Receive     Copper Canyon was one of over 40 locations I photographed while on a 35-day assignment to shoot the travel and cultural images for a cookbook on the regional cuisine of Mexico, and I was so impressed with it that I declared it the only location that I wanted to bring a group of photographers back to on a future tour. While in Cerocahui, one of many quaint little villages in Copper Canyon, we stumbled upon this house on the … Read More...

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Ralph Velasco is a professional photographer and instructor who has traveled extensively and taken photographs in over 40 countries. Ralph Velasco Cultural Tours offers unique cultural touring opportunities that combine compelling locations with breathtaking views, relevant local history, scheduled activities and time to explore on your own. His events are available in dazzling international locations around the globe and his services include public speaking, corporate cultural tours and events, corporate photo walks, photo walking tours, photography eBooks, photography classes and group training seminars. His photo walking tours provide the opportunity for hands-on photography experience with a professional instructor to develop the skills necessary to capture a variety of photo subjects, settings and lighting. Ralph gives private photography lessons and his photography boot camp includes a seminar and training on camera basics, elements of composition, and a personal review of your own photography. United States and international locations; Corona del Mar & Orange County CA.

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