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Simply beautiful photographs
Annie Griffiths.
Washington, D.C. : Focal Point/National Geographic, c2010.
National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs takes readers on a spectacular visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in National Geographic's famed Image Collection. Award-winning photographer Annie Griffiths culled the images to reflect the many variations on the universal theme of beauty. Chapters are organized around the aesthetic concepts that create beauty in a photograph: Light, Composition, Moment (Gesture and Emotion), Motion, Palette, and Wonder. Beyond the introduction and brief essays about each featured concept, the text is light. The photographs speak for themselves, enhanced by lyrical quotes from scholars and poets. In the chapter on Light, for example, we read these words of whimsical wisdom from songwriter Leonard Cohen: "Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the lights get in." And then the images flow, of light entering scenes via windows, clouds, and spotlights, from above, alongside, and behind, casting radiance upon young ballerinas and weathered men, into groves of autumn trees and island-dotted seas, revealing everything it touches to be beautiful beyond expectation.To illuminate the theme of Wonder, Griffiths chose a wish from Andre Bazin: "If I had influence with the good fairy...I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life." This thought is juxtaposed with an exquisite vision in white, a frame filled with the snowy-pure dots and rays of a bird's fan tail. And on it goes, picture after tantalizing picture, alive with wondrous beauty. When she created National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs, Annie Griffiths set two goals: to maximize visual delight, and to create a book unique in the world of publishing--one in which many of the photographs could be purchased as prints. She has succeeded on both counts. Many of these stunning images are available for order, and there can be no doubt as to the visual delight. You must open this book for yourself, and take in its radiant beauty.
     
National Geographic image collection.
 
Washington, DC : Focal Point : National Geographic, c2009.
Behind National Geographic's worldwide reputation as a powerhouse of photography lies one of the finest, most extensive, and most unique graphic resources on Earth: the National Geographic Image Collection. For the first time ever, readers will plumb the fascinating depths of this immense archive from the earliest photographs collected in the late 19th century to the cutting-edge work of today. Both iconic and never-before-seen images from virtually every corner of the globe, every species of wildlife, and amazing human achievements in exploration, adventure, science, and more are showcased and placed in historic, artistic, technical, and journalistic context. Following this lavish visual journey, readers will be awed by a behind-the-scenes profile of the entire collection, its size, its richly diverse character, and its special collections, ranging from delicate and beautiful Autochromes to the famous Alexander Graham Bell collection to the amazing stratosphere collection. Fine artwork and imaginative illustrations are also featured. Finally, a listing of photographers whose work is represented stands as a fitting tribute to those without whose tireless and brilliant efforts the Collection would not exist.
     
Lonely planet's guide to travel photography
Richard l'Anson.
Footscray, Vic. ; London : Lonely Planet, 2009.
Return from your travels with the pictures you've always wanted! In this third edition of Lonely Planet's best-selling Travel Photography, internationally renowned travel photographer Richard I'Anson shows you how to avoid common photography mistakes and to develop your compositional and technical skills as a photographer. It's full of practical exercises and examples to hone the tips and techniques outlined in the text, and stunning travel photographs throughout will inspire you on your journey. This jargon-free guide is a comprehensive look at all aspects of travel photography, from the gear needed while on the road to the software and hardware required to store and process your images back at home, to the low-down on assessing, displaying and even earning money with your photographs. Fully updated for the digital photographer. Everything you need to know to sell your travel photographs. New section on the art of travel photography - how to capture that perfect moment in time. Covers all camera technologies, from working with film to taking the best possible pictures on your camera phone. Gorgeous double-page photo spreads give insight into the story behind the picture.
     
Through the lens : National Geographic greatest photographs.
 
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2009.
In this reprise of the 2003 collection, the National Geographic Society draws on its vast archives of photographs of the landscapes, fauna and flora, and cultures of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the Americas, and oceans and islands. Stunning photos of wonders beyond the Earth are also featured. The compact volume includes brief introductory notes on each section, and on the authors and photographers. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
     

Today’s point and shoot cameras produce high quality photos. Since there is less focus on technical issues, content is key. Now everyone can get great shots of their vacation. The best way to remember it is to capture the experience in meaningful photos. 

Landscapes, wildlife, people, or city scenes—what are you shooting? Successful travel photos will evoke the good times (and the bad!) of your trip, so photograph the things that interest you. While you may be in a country that has the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world, you might be fascinated with its small country churches—shoot them.

Be aware of cultural differences and be sensitive to intrusive tourism when snapping travel photos. Ask permission.

Women in some Arab cultures may not wish to be photographed at all.

Some Buddhists believe that a photograph may steal the soul of the subject.

Museums vary in the policy about photography.

Be sure to include close ups of your travel companions in many settings. So much of our vacation adventures are centered on the people we go with.

Don’t ignore bad experiences in your photos. When that malfunctioning clock in the train station causes you to miss your connection, take a photo of it! That photo will be the basis of stories for years to come.

 

 

Here are some ideas for illustrating your trip:

  • Take a photo of the table setting at the upscale restaurant where you’ve chosen to have a special meal, and shoot a street vendor who sold you great local fare 
  • Photograph the friendly hotel maid who gave such excellent service
  • Have a friend snap you with the merchant who sold you the beautiful rug

Remember that your photos illustrate your personal travel experience. Don’t aim for generic photos that please all—make them personal!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff