Tag Archives: Travel Photography

Knowing the Client’s Client | Photography for Company Web Sites and Social Media

When completing photographic assignments for a client’s marketing and web site, I strive to capture the light and setting that is best suited for the particular product or service being advertised. To do so requires more than just technical skill. It requires an understanding and appreciation of the client’s clientele and their customer service goals. This was my goal while photographing the newest additions to the accommodations at The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills, Ohio last week, the “yurts.” These structures are a beautiful and unique combination of both framed tent with all the comforts of a completely furnished cabin.

With this particular assignment I wanted to convey the atmosphere of the “glamping” experience – glamorous camping – but including in the imagery both the comforts of the yurts and the intimate connection to the natural surroundings. With The Inn being a client of my photography services since 2003, as well as the location for both my autumn and spring nature photography workshops, I was very familiar with the “guest experience” goals of such a special retreat location in this beautiful area of Ohio. Another goal of the assignment was to capture the natural light of the setting of the yurts throughout the progression of the day, from morning to afternoon to dusk to evening.

In today‘s world of so much of a company’s products and services being visually communicated via the web and social media it’s vital to invest in photography that will do just that – convey the essence of the experience through professional imagery that both reflects the uniqueness of what is offered and a commitment to the customer who will likely return. again and again.

Newly constructed yurt accommodations photographed at The Inn at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills Ohio. Photography for marketing and web site.

Travel Photography | Have Fun by Keeping it Simple

Last week was a spring break trip to Florida with my daughters, ages nine and 11. From Busch Gardens in Tampa to the Universal Parks in Orlando to an historic hotel in St. Petersburg, we had a very busy – but quite fun- week together. Because my time with my girls is limited and I like to make the best of it, I try (emphasis on try) to take a break from photography. Sure, there are lots of pics of them at the places we visit taken with my ever-present iPhone, but I don’t haul along all my usual gear such as DSLR camera bodies, lenses, tripod, etc. that are the mainstay when I’m out on photo excursions by myself. Too much. Gets in the way.

But still I can’t help seeing so many beautiful subjects in wonderful light that call for a camera with capabilities beyond the cell phone. This is where a good digital “point-n-shoot” comes in handy. My choice is the Canon PowerShot SX1. Here I have a portable, lightweight camera with a powerful zoom lens, macro setting, raw file format and the capability to shoot in manual or aperture priority modes with both evaluative and spot metering, not to mention impressive HD video. All in a package that is small, compact and easy to carry just about anywhere. Enough features and capabilities to keep the ever-present photographic artist within me happy while not getting in the way from sharing experiences and having a great time with my daughters.










































Travel Photography in Manhattan

My goal on a recent trip with my daughter to New York was NOT to take one of my DSLR cameras, but at the last minute I threw-in my Canon 5D Mark II and a couple of lenses that are relatively small and low in weight – a Lensbaby and a Canon 50mm f1.8. I couldn’t resist. What can I say ? I’m a photographer. Sometimes it’s a good thing to head-out to an entirely new location with completely different subject matter – as compared to what I usually photograph – and just have fun. Below are some of my favorite images from the trip.

What’s especially nice about the Canon 5D Mark II is the capability to shoot hand-held at very high ISO (film speed = sensitivity of digital sensor) settings. This feature came in handy while inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

What are your travel plans for the summer ? Try going with minimal camera gear and just go with the flow.

JPG Feature Story: Retreat in the Woods: When a Place Becomes Us

May 2003. I was not that far removed from the multiple-day trips I made while living in Utah, to photograph the national parks out west, which for a landscape photographer necessitated much more then the simple day hike. I had learned to love and appreciate the soft, even light that lies within the margins of the day. Dawn and dusk is the natural habitat of the ethereal light that moves the soul of the visual artist. I had returned to my home of Dayton, Ohio and was anxious to get back to the area where I first explored the creative outlet of nature and landscape photography – the edge of the Appalachian foothills in the Southeastern part of a Midwest state better known for flatlands of corn and soybean fields. More specifically, Hocking Hills State Park. But where in Hocking Hills could I stay where I would have the access to the landscape at those hours of the “good light ?”

More at – JPG: Stories: Feature Story: Retreat in the Woods: When a Place Becomes Us.

Seven Top Reasons Why a DSLR Camera Doesn’t Work for Family Trips

Seven Top Reasons NOT to Take a DSLR Camera on a Family Trip

1) Capturing spontaneous moments with kids on trips is much easier without fumbling around for the right lens, putting the flash on the camera, checking settings, etc., etc.

2) No heavy camera bag or backpack falling out of the overhead bin and onto a fellow passenger’s head.

3) Easier to jump into outdoor activities without the worry of what to do or how to secure a DSLR camera and lenses.

4) No fellow tourists or travelers saying “wow, that’s quite a camera. You must be a professional. What do you think is better, Canon or Nikon ?”  (Uuuugggghhhh! Really !?!?!)

5) Not calling out to potential thieves “hey, here’s an expensive camera for you to try grab and run off with.”

6) You can share in the fun of shooting with a digital point-n-shoot by handing the camera over to your kids without the “now, let me explain how to use this, and this. . . .”

7) Teenage daughters won’t be so embarrassed when dad doesn’t look like a camera-gear-techno-geek.

I travel quite a bit just for photography. Most often one-day excursions throughout the Ohio countryside mixed in with occasional multi-day trips to locations beyond Ohio. Most times I drive, sometimes I fly.

I travel with a lot of gear. Then again, the purpose of these trips is for PHOTOGRAPHY, so it’s part of the job.

Trips with my family – and for me, that’s usually summer excursions with one, or both of my daughters – are an entirely different matter. I learned very quickly a couple of years ago how important it was to make the best of my limited time with my girls, ages eight and 11. The purpose of these trips is even more important – DAD/DAUGHTER TIME.

But, still I love to photograph, and we are often in locations where there’s great opportunities for scenics and just fun shots of us making memories together.

The problem is even just one DSLR camera, a couple of lenses and a portable flash can be a hindrance when it comes to staying flexible and just going “with the flow.”

The answer is to simplify, simplify, simplify. In other words, a digital point-n-shoot with many of the capabilities and features of the larger cameras and lenses but without the hassles of juggling a bunch of gear when trying to photograph moments that are constantly fleeting. I also like the idea of having a very portable point-n-shoot that can stand-up to a variety of outdoor activities. I’m looking at the Pentax Optio W90, but there are many, many other digital point-n-shoots that will deliver quality images without all the gear.

See ? Adjust, compromise, adapt. Still get the great family shots without all the hassle. The high-end nature and landscape images with that digital SLR camera and all those lenses can always wait. Kids and time with them is an entirely different matter.