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How to make your Apple iPad kid-friendly

Everything from cases and apps, to privacy settings that keep your child's iPad (and your credit card) safely locked down.<p>Giving a kid an Apple iPad, even a used hand-me-down model, opens up a wide world of videos, games and educational apps. But taking just a few minutes to run through the …

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Joshua Tree, Retrofied

<i>By Monica Corcoran, senior photo editor at NationalGeographic.com.</i><p>It’s funny how your mind can change after you’ve tried something for the first time. I was convinced that Hipstamatic – an iPhone app that let’s you apply film, lens, and flash settings to your pics to achieve a retro look – was more …

Behind the Lens: Making the Present Look Past

Photographer Robert J. Szabo specializes in wet plate collodion photography, a technique that was used during the Civil War, to photograph modern day battle sites and reenactors. <i>National Geographic Traveler</i> published his past-meets-present images in our latest issue (download the latest issue for …

Travel Photo Tips From the Masters

Who doesn’t want to be a travel photographer and earn their keep by exploring the world and capturing its essence for the rest of us to see? I know I do.<p>I was lucky enough to sit in on one of <i>Traveler</i>‘s photo seminars, led by award-winning photographer Jim Richardson and <i></i>the magazine’s director of …

Three Essential Photo Tips

In the age of Instagram, everyone’s a photographer. But a few simple tricks still make snapshots actually worth showing off.<p><b>Traveler senior photo editor Dan Westergren offers his top three tips for shooting in the field:</b><p>1. <b>Understand light.</b> Get going before sunrise; everything photographs better in …

Do People Belong in Landscape Photography?

<b>Reader question:</b> Is it true that a great landscape image will almost always be better if there’s a human presence in it?<p><b>My answer:</b> It depends on the intended use of the picture.<p>In general I would say that landscape pictures meant for magazines usually benefit from the presence of human figures …

How to Photograph Strangers

As a photographer and photo editor for <i>National Geographic Traveler</i>, people often ask me how I approach strangers when I want to take their picture — especially when there’s a language barrier. Here are my thoughts:<p>Taking a photograph of someone you don’t know is one of the most difficult things to …

The 10 Best Traveler Photos of 2012

<i>National Geographic Traveler</i>‘s Senior Photo Editor, <b>Dan Westergren</b>, has the distinct pleasure (and sometimes pain) of choosing which photographs run in the magazine.<p>The award-winning photographers assigned to our stories come back from the field with such a rich variety of images that it can be …

Photo Tips: How to Shoot the Cherry Blossoms

Photographers, charge your batteries and clear your memory cards! The cherry blossoms are nearing peak bloom along the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., and we know you’re dying to get that perfect shot.<p>The <b>National Cherry Blossom Festival</b> kicked off on March 20, but due to a belated spring, the …

The Simple Truth About Good Composition

<b>Reader Question:</b> What is meant by good composition and how do I achieve it?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Tip No. 1: Don’t constantly put subjects in the middle of the frame. Whether it is the horizon in a landscape or a person in a portrait, dead center is rarely the best place to put them in a picture because it …

How to Make Light Work for You

<b>Reader Question:</b> What’s the best time of day to take pictures?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Most photographers love early morning and late afternoon. There are many good reasons for this.<p>Typically, the light is coming from a lower angle. That makes the scene have more depth and 3-dimensionality. At these times the …

Photo Tip: All About Exposure

<b>Reader Question:</b> Which exposure mode should I use with my camera? What’s the difference between “Auto” and “A”?<p><b>My Answer:</b> I’m going to start with a bit of background on the basics of camera settings. “A” refers to <b>Aperture Priority mode</b>. The user chooses the aperture and the camera automatically …

Do Your Pictures Tell a Story?

<b>Reader Question:</b> How do I tell a story with photographs?<p><b>My Answer:</b> A photo editor’s nightmare is when someone shows him a picture and then starts to explain what’s in it. In the worst cases, the photographer starts to talk about important things that aren’t even in the shot.<p>In the simplest of …

Photo Tip: All About Portraits

<b>Reader Question:</b> What’s your advice for taking the best portraits?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Two words: light and lens.<p>Though any light source can work, the most flattering portraits are usually made in what is called open shade. Open shade can be found almost anywhere out of direct sunlight.<p>Useful portrait …

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The Best Lenses for Landscapes

<b>Reader Question</b>: What’s the best lens for landscape or cityscape photography?<p><b>My Answer</b>: When I’m trying to make an interesting landscape or cityscape picture, but nothing seems to be coming together, I find it useful to work at opposite extremes with regard to lens choice (20mm and 300mm on a …

How to Capture the Moment

<b>Reader Question:</b> <b>I’ve heard photographers talk about capturing the moment. What does that mean?</b><p><b>My Answer:</b> Almost every good shot captures a unique moment in time.<p>Sometimes the moment happens right away, and sometimes you have to wait a while. It can be as simple as a woman glancing up or as complex …

Why Shoot in Raw Format?

<b>Reader Question:</b><p>Do most National Geographic photographers shoot in raw format? Why?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Yes, National Geographic photographers shoot exclusively in raw image format.<p>Shooting in raw format allows for more flexibility in making the pictures look their best in post-processing, particularly when …

Photo Tips From Santa Fe

I just returned from one of National Geographic’s photo workshops in Santa Fe, and wanted to share a few tips I think could help all photographers, amateur and professional alike.<p>Spending a week with longtime National Geographic photographer, Joe McNally, who led the workshop, was a dream. Joe is …

Are Filters the Answer?

<b>Reader Question:</b> Are lens filters still necessary for digital photography? Are there filters that National Geographic photographers use to make their pictures look better?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Most National Geographic photographers don’t use filters to define the look of their pictures. In fact, it used to be …

How to Photograph Kids

<b>Reader Question</b> (this time, from <i>Traveler</i> Associate Editor Amy Alipio): How do you best photograph kids on location? I find it impossible to get all my children in the shot, in focus, and not making goofy faces.<p><b>My Answer</b>: Getting really great photos of your kids — especially when traveling — can be …

2014: The Year of the Mirrorless Camera

At the dawn of digital photography, professional cameras maintained the look and bulk of the 35mm film cameras that photographers had been using for a generation.<p>But, because digital sensors were expensive to make, these cameras were equipped with a sensor that was approximately a third smaller …

A Virtual Photo Walk Through Toronto

At National Geographic Travel we know that our readers are passionate about using cameras to document their adventures abroad and at home. The number of ways we can share our photographs these days can be overwhelming, so, I consider it my duty to add yet one more option to the befuddling array: …

The Art of Mindful Photography

I often find myself acting out a similar pattern: As soon as I see an especially poignant scene, I reach for my iPhone to capture it.<p>Photos can be a wonderful way of sharing meaningful experiences with others, but I worry that my attempts to document the moment make being present in it a challenge. …