We traveled the 30 days our visa permitted throughout China’s southwestern provinces in Mai 2008: Guangxi (Guilin, Yangshuo), Sichuan (Chengdu, Leshan, Emei Shan), Yunnan (Lijiang, Dali, Kunming, Yuanyang) & Xishuangbanna (Jingling). This was definitely not enough! Nevertheless, we now know it can be easily done without a common language. This introduction to China also was an immense eye opener and some of the negative concepts we had of this country we corrected or simply vanished! Continue Reading →
Tag Archives | Travel Photography
Microstock Or Not Microstock – That Is (Not) The Question…
What is Microstock?
Microstock Agencies are Stock Agencies that:
- Source their images exclusively via the Internet,
- Accept pictures from a wider range of photographers than the traditional Stock Agencies (including Amateurs)
- Sell the pictures at very low rates (generally less than 1 or 2 USD for a royalty-free image).
This is surely the most time consuming, but also probably the most profitable and rewarding way of monetizing your pictures. We had no time to do this in the past, but will definitely go in this direction in the future!
Targets & Expectations
You should certainly give photography a good thought about before going on a Trip Around The World or a Long Term Trip. Above all, ask yourself two important questions:
First and foremost, what kind of photos do you want to bring back from such a trip? Continue Reading →
How About A Photography Class?
This is probably one of the biggest mistakes we made when preparing for our Trip Around The World in 2007 / 2008. We did not take any photo classes. Our photos would have been so much better, if we had understood some basics, kike how Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO and Focal length influence the final outcome of a photo. Afterwards, it is truly frustrating to realize how poor photos of spectacular motifs could have been easily avoided. Continue Reading →
Once you have found the answer to what kind of photos do I want to bring back from such a trip, choosing the right cameras might become a rather long and painful process… We spent hours and hours looking for the right camera, and more often than not got completely contradictory information from various sources… Not to mention that qualified advice and counsel are the exception rather than the norm, even in specialized shops. Continue Reading →
Computer & Software
Back in 2007, during our Trip Around The World Trip, we belonged to the very small group of people traveling with a computer (at that time a Sony Vaio 13’’). Now it seems that this exception has turned into the rule… Continue Reading →
RAW or JPEG?
11 Reasons Why You Should Always Take Your Pictures In RAW
We have heard this question many times, and listened to endless discussions on this subject. The answer is quite straightforward though. If you plan to enhance your pictures, you should always take them in RAW. Continue Reading →
Tripod Or Not Tripod – That Is The Question…
To answer this question, you should consider your actual needs. A good tripod can be rather heavy and they are not cheap either. To be honest, until about a year ago we used each others shoulder, a bolder or whatever came in handy to keep the camera from shacking during longer exposures. Now things are different and we almost always have one with us while traveling. Continue Reading →
One Photo? – Two Birr!
Of course we had read about this “Birr for Photos” business that has evolved in the Omo Valley over the last couple of years. But no matter how well prepared you think you are, it is very challenging! Especially since it is never exactly the same, every village has its own rules. The only common denominator is Birr. Continue Reading →