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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...

El Morro Lighthouse in Black and White in Havana, Cuba by Ralph Velasco

Announcing a New Fully-Licensed People-to-People Exchange Program to Cuba

  I'm very excited to announce a new fully-licensed Cuba People-to-People exchange program for June 21 - 29, 2014.       9-Day ~ Havana, Trinidad and Viñales People-to-People Exchange Program       When June 21 - 29, 2014 Where Havana, Trinidad and the Viñales Valley (4 UNESCO World Heritage sites!) Program Includes (exact details subject to change) People-to-People exchanges with local Cubans. Round trip … Read More...

Old Ford car in Trinidad, Cuba by Ralph Velasco

New Events Calendar Here on the Blog

I've added a new Events tab here on my website that outlines my upcoming classes, speaking engagements, cultural tours, Cuba People-to-People exchange programs and more.  Check it out above in the black Menu Bar. Post by Ralph Velasco. … Read More...

Woman Against Wall Spinning Prayer Wheels at 7th Century Monastery in Bumthang, Bhutan by Ralph Velasco

Digital Photography School: How to Capture the Essence of a Place

  Featured Article on Digital Photography School:   CLICK HERE How to Capture the Essence of a Place Travel Photography Tips     If you'd like to learn more about the concept of using a shot list to create a cultural portrait of a place, then please read this article I wrote at Digital Photography School.  In it I use a variety of images from my recent trips to Bhutan to illustrate these ideas.   CLICK HERE How to Capture the Essence of a … Read More...

Woman Outside Salt Factory Portrait in Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Ralph Velasco

Photo Tips: He Who Hesitates is Lost

  Photo Tips: He Who Hesitates is Lost   As I write this blog post I'm leading a tour of the Kingdom of Cambodia.  Before the trip is over we'll have circumnavigated the Tonle Sap, Cambodia's lifeblood.  We've visited the capital of Phnom Penh; Siem Reap, famous for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat and the nearby floating villages; and currently we're in Battambang, home to the bamboo train and other interesting sites. On our way to see the Killing Fields, just … Read More...

The Amateur Traveler Interviews Ralph Velasco about Travel to Morocco

Morocco Interview on Amateur Traveler Podcast

  Morocco Interview with Ralph Velasco on the Amateur Traveler Podcast   Have a listen to my recent interview on the Amateur Traveler podcast.  In it I discuss my two favorite cities in Morocco: Chefchaouen and Essaouira.     Join Ralph Velasco in Morocco for his Mystical Morocco tour.   When: April 7 - 21, 2014 Where: Essaouira, Chefchaouen, Casablanca, Fés, Marrakech, Skoura, Tinerhir and more.   See THIS LINK or contact Jacque at … Read More...

Bob Edelstein captures a picture of master tobacco farmer Benito Camejo on his "finch" in Vinales, Cuba.

Showcase: Bob Edelstein

Bob Edelstein     RALPH'S TAKE I first met Bob when he joined me on my June 2013 People-to-People program to Cuba.   From the outset I could tell that Bob was no beginner to photography and that he had a very good understanding of how he wanted to capture his surroundings, and that he knew his gear well, both very important factors in successful travel photography. For a fact I know that Bob is an excellent portrait shooter, often getting in close on the people he's … Read More...

Interior of the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany by Ralph Velasco.

Shot List Example: Interiors

  Shot List Example: Interiors     Don't limit yourself to just showing the exteriors of the local buildings and architecture…bring your viewers inside, as well.   Above is the sample image and description of the Interiors 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   And below, in what I call "Behind the Scene," is a more detailed … Read More...

Man in red in field in Punakha, Bhutan by Ralph Velasco

Photo Tips: The Power of One Part 2

Photo Tips: The Power of One Part 2   A while back I wrote a blog post mentioning that some of my favorite shots, whether my own or those of other photographers that I admire, have a single point of interest. While on a recent scouting trip to the Kingdom of Bhutan, an exotic destination nestled in between China and India, I was with my guide outside of a gorgeous town called Punakha.  It's here that two rivers meet and terraced rice patties dominate the landscape. We took a short … Read More...

Ralph Velasco is interviewed on the A Fork on the Road Podcast with Mark DeCarlo and Yeni Alvarez DeCarlo.

Interview with Ralph About Travel Photography on the A Fork on the Road Podcast

  A Fork on the Road Podcast Interview     Recently I was interviewed by the very funny Mark DeCarlo and his equally charming wife, Yeni Alvarez DeCarlo, aka The Traveling Diva, for their informative podcast A Fork on the Road (Episode #22).  In the interview we discuss a variety of travel photography tips, travel to Cuba via People-to-People programs and the all important issue of how to create a well-rounded set of images that keeps the attention of the viewers of … Read More...

Essence of a Place eBook Cover for iPad

Essence of a Place eBook Now Available for iPad!

  ESSENCE OF A PLACE: A Travel Photographer's Guide to Using a Shot List for Capturing Any Destination         NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE iPAD BY CLICKING ANY IMAGE BELOW         Ralph's recently released eBook, ESSENCE OF A PLACE: A Travel Photographer's Guide to Using a Shot List for Capturing Any Destination is now available in an enhanced version for the iPad.   Have you ever returned from a trip and looked at 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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