Unlock the Magic: 10 Tips for Capturing Stunning Travel Videos on Your Smartphone

Little boy with big camera at Royal Palace - Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Ralph Velasco

In today’s digital age, our smartphones have become indispensable tools for capturing and sharing our travel adventures. Whether you’re exploring exotic landscapes or immersing yourself in local culture, your smartphone can help you create compelling videos that capture the essence of your journey.  Here are 10 essential tips to help you unlock the magic of […]

Best Camera Tips – How to Buy a Camera: The Ultimate Guide to Purchasing a Camera

Are you a Baby Boomer, Gen Xer, or international traveler looking to purchase a camera? Do you feel intimidated by the vast array of options available in the market? Fear not, traveler, for I’ve compiled the ultimate no-frills guide to purchasing the right camera for your needs.  You don’t have to be a tech-savvy millennial […]

How to Photograph the Northern Lights with a DSLR or Mirrorless Camera

Using a DSLR or mirrorless camera gives you more control and generally superior performance in low-light conditions compared to a smartphone, although a recent model smartphone can offer surprising results. That said, here are ten tips to help you capture the Northern Lights effectively with a DSLR or mirrorless camera: Sturdy Tripod: As with smartphones, […]

How to Photograph the Northern Lights with a Smartphone

Capturing the Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, with a smartphone does present some challenges due to the limitations of smartphone cameras compared to DSLRs or mirrorless cameras. However, with the right techniques and equipment, you can still achieve truly impressive results. Upgrade Your Smartphone: Using the Night Mode on a more recent model of the […]

Navigating International Airports with Ease for Gen X and Baby Boomer Travelers

Navigating International Airports with Ease for Gen X and Baby Boomer Travelers Traveling internationally can be exciting, but navigating unfamiliar airports can sometimes be a daunting task, especially for Gen X and Baby Boomer travelers. These days airports seem bigger than ever and it takes more time to get from one place to another, and […]

Why I Love Hands

Closeup of Woman with Olives in Hands at Vineyard Kalkan, Turkey by Ralph Velasco

Peoples’ Hands Have Always Fascinated Me How about you? First I start with a wider shot to show the owner of these hands. Another unique opportunity. Recently, I had the unique opportunity to visit a local man on his very impressive farm in Üzümlü, a fairly nondescript village located on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey, […]

3 Additional Favorite Photos and the Stories Behind Them

Chouara Tannery on Diagonal in Fes, Morocco by Ralph Velasco

This post is part of an ongoing series where I’ll feature some of my favorite photos and the stories behind them. I’d like to continue the series I started in which I’m featuring images from an eBook I wrote called Essence of a Place: A Photographer’s Guide to Using a Shot List for Capturing Any […]

Why Train Stations Can Be Great for Capturing Everyday Life

Man on Train with Food Tin at Delhi Train Station in India by Ralph Velasco

Capturing Everyday Life is Essential for Successful Travel Photography. Old Delhi Railway Station Delhi Junction, also know as Old Delhi Railway Station, is an ideal place to look for interesting images of people. There are traveling families, couples, single people, even resident monkeys who live in the rafters and who knows where else. The images in […]

How to Tell the Story of a Single Subject

Sadhu in Pashupati Nath with Cigarette in Hand - Kathmandu, Nepal by Ralph Velasco

Enjoy this post where I discuss how to tell the story of a single subject with your photography. Head-on view of sadhu, or holy man, in Pashupatinath, Nepal. Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal The temple in Pashupatinath, situated just about 5 km outside of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is a sacred site for Hindus. Designated […]

3 More of My Favorite Photos and the Stories Behind Them

Man with a Coin in His Ear - Trinidad, Cuba by Ralph Velasco

This post is part of an ongoing series where I’ll feature some of my favorite photos and the stories behind them. This is a continuation of the series I started where I’m featuring images from an eBook I wrote called Essence of a Place: A Photographer’s Guide to Using a Shot List for Capturing Any […]