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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...

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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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