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Photographing on the rim of Copper Canyon in Divisadero, Mexico by Ralph Velasco

Ralph Velasco Introduces Mexico’s Copper Canyon

  An Introduction to Mexico's Copper Canyon by Ralph Velasco   https://youtu.be/GzdeR6jwAVc   Enjoy this short video of Ralph introducing one of the great train rides of the world through Mexico's Copper Canyon. Believe it or not, "El Chepe," as it's known, is the only passenger train in all of Mexico. And consider joining Ralph this August 7 - 16, 2015, for a small group cultural tour of Mexico's Copper Canyon.  There you'll experience the natural wonders of … Read More...

Ralph Velasco is interviewed by Mike Howard of the jpeg2RAW photography podcast.

Podcast Interview with Ralph Velasco on the jpeg2RAW Podcast

  Mike Howard interviews Ralph Velasco on the jpeg2RAW Photography Podcast   https://youtu.be/sgg_WEfL8uA   Ralph was recently interviewed on jpeg2RAW, which is a photography podcast hosted by amateur photographer Mike Howard.  Mike asked some really great questions which garnered some interesting insights from Ralph. Simply click the image above to listen to the show. … Read More...

Ralph Velasco Interview by 1000TravelTips.com

Travel Photography Tips: Interview on 1000TravelTips.com

Travel Photography Tips from Ralph Velasco     While at the Travel & Adventure Show in Long Beach I was asked to provide some basic travel photography tips for the up and coming website 1000TravelTips.com.  In the interview we discuss tips for taking better selfies (hey, they asked!), suggested apps that I use and more. Click the image or link above to have a listen, it's just about 9 minutes long. … Read More...

Lady in Rice Paddy - Outside Can Tho, Vietnam by Ralph Velasco

Announcing Our Newest Tour – Vietnam: North to South

    Vietnam: North to South with Ralph Velasco   November 29 - December 12, 2015   I'm really proud to announce our newest tour, Vietnam: North to South.  This is a trip that I really enjoyed scouting in December 2014.  I spent a lot of time photographing and experiencing the best of what Vietnam has to offer, but as usual, only including what I think the demographic of people who typically join my tours would enjoy.     We'll start in … Read More...

Little Boy at Crab Market in 12 Seconds - Closeup Landscape - Kep, Cambodia by Ralph Velasco

Photo Tips: Shoot Fast … 12 Seconds is All You Need

  Photo Tips: Shoot Fast ... 12 Seconds is All You Need   Good travel photography is about being ready to capture moments as they happen.  Much of the time things are moving very quickly, and for the most part great subjects and interesting photo opportunities aren't going to wait around for you to set up your camera, check the settings, adjust the lighting, pose your subject, etc., so being prepared is paramount. When I scout out a location in advance of a trip I'll be … Read More...

Quite the view in black and white in Canyonlands National Park, Utah by Ralph Velasco

Photo Tips: Challenge Yourself, or Someone Else

  Photo Tips: Challenge Yourself, or Someone Else 5-Day Black and White Challenge   Recently I accepted my friend and photography student Abby Krim's 5-day black and white challenge that had been going around Facebook for the last few weeks, and so over the course of 5 days I posted a black and white image from somewhere in the world, as well as the story behind it, which had also been part of the “assignment.” I really enjoy posting images that I’ve made in the many wonderful … Read More...

Agriculture - My Shot Lists for Travel by Ralph Velasco

Summary of All 52 Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users

  Summary of the Complete 52 Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users   As promised, here is a compilation of all 52 categories of a shot list as found in the My Shot Lists for Travel app.  I hope you'll use this information as the basis for creating and customizing your own shot lists. What other categories can you think of?   Abstracts An abstract image, the subject of which may be by definition unrecognizable, can still allude to something unique about … Read More...

Skylines - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

The Final 13 Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users – Part 4

  The Final 13 Categories of a Shot List from the My Shot Lists for Travel app for Non-iOS Users   Part 4   And here's the final installment of 13 categories of a shot list from the My Shot Lists for Travel app.  I hope you've enjoyed getting a insider's look at the app, especially if you're not an iOS device user. Coming soon will be a complete summary of all 52 categories.   Shopping Admiring colorful and interesting displays is another form of … Read More...

Markets - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

13 Additional Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users – Part 3

  13 Additional Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users   Part 3   Here are 13 additional categories of a shot list:   Language Look for opportunities to show the local language or languages being used in your destination.   Man-Made Wonders The ingenuity of humans is remarkable, so when you stumble upon an example of how engineering has overcome the seemingly impossible, illustrate that.   Markets Seek opportunities to … Read More...

Golden Hour - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

13 More Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users – Part 2

  13 More Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users   Part 2   As promised, here are 13 more categories of a shot list:   Flags Time and again, national pride is expressed by the simple display of a country’s flag. Look for city, state and regional examples, as well.     Flora If there’s a particular tree, flower or other plant that’s found only at or near your destination, you’ll undoubtedly want to represent it on your shot … Read More...

Burberry Building in Chicago, IL by David Toombs

Participant Showcase: David Toombs

  Participant Showcase: David Toombs     RALPH'S TAKE When David agreed to be highlighted in the Participant Showcase feature on my blog I knew he'd come up with some great images from which to choose.  He submitted several very nice shots from Chicago and one from Copper Canyon, Mexico, where we traveled together this past August 2014 on a small group tour.  He'd already been with me three times in recent years on my Chicago Cultural Tours, smartly joining at … Read More...

Closeups - My Shot Lists for Travel by Ralph Velasco

13 Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users – Part 1

  13 Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users   Part 1   This past summer I updated the iPhone app I created, My Shot Lists for Travel, and I also made it go FREE on the iTunes store because I wanted there to be absolutely no barriers for people who had an interest in using the app to create a more well-rounded set of images from their travels.  Since then it's been downloaded thousands of times by folks using iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod … Read More...

Milkman with horse and cart in river near Bucovina, Romania by Ralph Velasco

Announcing My Latest Trip: Romania

  I'm proud to announce my latest itinerary to one of my new favorite countries, Romania.  Recently I was there to scout out this wonderful country and absolutely fell in love with it. The people are incredibly friendly, and very open to being photographed as they go about their daily lives, harvesting hay, making handcrafts, tending to their fields and milking their cows.  The food is out of this world, and the overall quality of the infrastructure (roads, hotels, other services) are … Read More...

Leather Craftsman Pienza, Italy - Copyright 2014 Pam Degarimore

Participant Showcase: Pam Degarimore

  Participant Showcase: Pam Degarimore     RALPH'S TAKE I've really enjoyed traveling to both Cuba and Italy with Pam Degarimore, and her husband, Gary.  They're both avid photographers and I'm really glad to be able to highlight one of Pam's images from our recent Magical Tuscany: Land of the Etruscans tour which we held in September 2014. One of our stops was the hill town of Pienza, in the heart of Val d'Orcia, a region of Tuscany.  Pienza is a magical place … Read More...

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

Ralph Velasco Voted a Top 10 Travel Photography Blogger by USA Today’s 10best.com

  Ralph Velasco Selected to USA Today's 10best.com List of Top Travel Photography Bloggers     … 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...

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