Felicia Byram

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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 …

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 …

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 …

How to Become a Nat Geo Photographer

<b>Reader Question:</b> How do I become a photographer for National Geographic?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Photography is really no different than any other pursuit in life if you plan to make a living at it. Unfortunately, there are very few full time salaried photography jobs. All the photographers who take pictures for</i> …

Photographing People When You Travel

A new travel gallery gives you tips from a National Geographic photographer on how to shoot portraits while traveling in a foreign country.

Nature Photography

Photographing Icons: Beyond the Postcard Shot

Looking for fresh ways to photograph iconic monuments? Get tips from a National Geographic photographer in this new travel gallery.

Travel Photography

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 …

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 …

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 …

How to Master White Balance

<b>Reader Question:</b> What is white balance and why is it important? Is there a downside to setting my camera to “auto”?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Before the rise of digital photography most magazine pictures were shot on color transparency film, more commonly known as slides. Slide film was calibrated to be used in …