Shot List Categories: The Underbelly


Shot List Categories: The Underbelly


Screen shot of The Underbelly category of a shot list.

The Underbelly is that part of a destination that the tourist office probably isn’t promoting, but is still important.


Above is the sample image and description of The Underbelly category of a shot list from my new eBook:

Essence of a Place:

A 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 explanation of what I was thinking when I made the image and how it fits into this category.


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As my next eBook is in the final stages of being published and distributed, I’d like to discuss another important category of a shot list: The Underbelly.

This image is of a scene in Alexandria, Egypt, and was made while I was leading a photo tour of Egypt in November of 2010, just before the revolution and what came to be known as the Arab Spring.

About the Book

The new book I’ve just completed is based on my app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch® called My Shot Lists for Travel, and I created it in iBooks Author, a wonderfully robust program for the Mac that makes creating an eBook fairly simple, although that by no means is meant to imply easy.  As you can imagine, it’s a long process to write a book, and when it’s completely ready I’ll be sure to make a big announcement.

The idea for the book, as with the app, is to help people to bring back a more well-rounded set of images that truly creates a cultural portrait of a place, and the working title is

Stay tuned for more information.


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