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Viktor Elizarov
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Travel photographer and multimedia designer from Montreal, Canada
Travel photographer and multimedia designer from Montreal, Canada

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How to Choose Best Travel Tripods – A Practical Guide
I bought my first tripod—the sturdiest model on the market—based on a recommendation I found in a photography magazine. It was big, heavy as hell and, inevitably, mostly stayed in the trunk of my car because it was too awkward to carry around.

Since then, I have learned my lesson. Now, I approach each tripod selection methodically. I have even created my own system to streamline the selection process which, so far, has never failed me.

I'm eager to share my system of selecting the best travel tripod to meet your photography needs and am confident that it will help you make the right choice.

My method is simple—it's a short questionnaire. As you plug in your specific data, the range of available tripod options becomes more and more limited.

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Famous Portrait Photographers and Their Photos


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Cypress Cove at Point Lobos (California)
Check how the photo looked straight from the camera, how it was taken and processed:
http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/cypress-cove-at-point-lobos-california/

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a relatively big place and you can easily spend couple of the days exploring distinctive sections of the park. It also has 15 different trials and each one provides unique opportunities for travel and landscape photographers.

The Cypress Grove Trail is by far my favorite one. It loops through the cypress forest along the beautiful rocky coast. I've already featured Cypress Grove Trail twice on my blog (Point Lobos Magic Forest and Path to the Magic Forest) and after visiting Point Lobos again in the beginning of 2015 I will definitely do it once more.

The featured photo displays the view from Cypress Grove Trail on Cypress Cove and Carmel Bay.

SHOOTING AND PROCESSING

The only challenge with the shooting was to find enough place to setup the tripod. The spot looks much bigger on the photograph because I used wide angle lens (10mm) and it tends to exaggerate the distances and the sizes, especially in the foreground elements. In total, I took 5 bracketed shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2).

I used standard HDR processing technique in Lightroom, Photomatix and Photoshop
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How to Become a Travel Photographer – the Blueprint

A simple 4-step process for becoming a travel photographer

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15 World Famous Photographers and Their Photos


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Pecho Valley Road (California)
Check how the photo looked straight from the camera, how it was taken and processed:
https://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/pecho-valley-road-california/

I know that a lighthouse can improve any landscape or seascape composition. It serves as a strong symbol of guidance, the forces of nature and the danger that open waters bring.

I have also learned that the impact of a lighthouse in the composition is proportional to the distance from where you photograph it. The larger the distance, the stronger the impact. When you begin approaching a lighthouse, it becomes less and less impactful until you recognize that it is an old, rundown structure.

The featured photo is of the Swallow Tail Lighthouse on Grand Man Island. I have featured it multiple times on my blog.

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Blueprint to Backup Strategy for Travel Photography

The process of bringing your photos home and storing them safely after you are back is not always straightforward. It takes research, planning and discipline. But, when you have a plan in place it becomes second nature and a habit.

I hope my backup strategy will inspire you to develop and implement a system of your own.

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Top Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts

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Lighthouse in the Field (Prince Edward Island)
Check how the photo looked straight from the camera, how it was taken and processed:
http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/lighthouse-in-the-field-prince-edward-island/

This is one my favorite early photographs. I took it almost 10 years ago on Prince Edward Island in Atlantic Canada. I was driving along the North Shore of the island towards the Darnley Point approaching the ocean and this is when I saw the lighthouse in the field. The ocean was not visible at that point, still hidden behind the hill and the lone lighthouse in the field looked very surreal.

The ocean was not visible at that point, still hidden behind the hill and the lone lighthouse in the field looked very surreal.

SHOOTING

It was late morning and the light was not too favorable. I had to shoot almost against the sun and I could see that the sky was too bright with not too many details. I took 3 bracketed shots (-1, 0, +1) hand-held.

PROCESSING

Even though I took 3 bracketed shots and I managed to properly expose the middle bracket the right side of the sky had no details.

As the last resort, I decided to replace the sky. I used the photograph I took half hour earlier on the same day and used it as the source for the sky area.

First I applied Point Lobos preset from my Landscapes Collection to both images and then I fine-tuned them individually using ToolKit adjustments (check my tutorial here).

Next, I loaded both images as layers in new Photoshop document. I used transparency masks and the Gradient Tool to blend them together.

Finally, I used the Stamp Tool to clean up the image and to remove the electric poles and the wires.
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Virtual Photo Scouting – How to Plan and Scout a Photography Trip

It is impossible to overestimate the importance of scouting when you are planning a photography trip. There is a direct correlation between the time you spend scouting and planning to the quality of photos you produce during the trip. When photography scouting is done right, the only variable you must deal with is the weather—the rest is simple execution.

I am so happy to share with you my planning and scouting routine.

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