20 top travel photo tips! N-Photo 137 on sale today

Could it be that we’re finally able to venture into the wider world again? After two years of lockdowns – and false starts aplenty – travel restrictions are easing the world over, enabling us to explore – and shoot – far-flung exotic locations. Travel pro Steve Davey reckons there’s never been a better time to hone your skills before the tourist hordes are back…  

This issue’s apprentice heads to the studio of midwife-turned-mother-and-baby photographer Tianna J-Williams to capture enchanting portraits of expectant mums in a maternity masterclass.

In our interview, we speak with New Zealander Chris McLennan, who tells how he ventured from the South Island to become one of the world’s foremost commercial travel and adventure photographers.

In our Gear section, we review and rate the astonishing Z 28-75mm f/2.8, put eight super-telephoto zooms through their paces in our Big Test, and try five polarizing filters for super-saturated landscapes.

This issue’s projects include mastering Exposure Delay mode, capturing action convincingly, using a levelling base for perfect panos, and speeding self-portraits. Plus we’re giving away the superb Color Projects 5, absolutely free, to instantly transform your shots!

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Travel: The Best photo spots in Carmel-by-the-sea

Carmel is a rich town, with stores from Tiffany, Rolex and estate jewelers in downtown, men’s pants that could set you back $300 (a pair was really shown to me at that rate!) and meals that could be pretty pricey. But with the surrounding scenery, what would you expect?

It’s a place any of us would want to live in, and the good news, despite the wealth, the people there couldn’t be nicer. I didn’t witness snobbery like I might in a Beverly Hills or other ultra-wealthy community, not at all.

I met a lot of really interesting people in Carmel, newfound friends I hope to remain in contact with for years. (I’m talking to you Manny and Lynne.)

In fact, I’ll hand over this space to Lynne Allenspach for the following quote. She’s the director of tourism for the Carmel Chamber, and she did a great job of summing up the town when I met her at the tourist office.

First, she told me that she had come out for a months long visit from the midwest, and decided not to return. That was a few years ago. Then I asked her to describe Carmel,.

We have one little square mile here, but it’s such a fairytale European village, just plopped on the coast of California…We have 20 wineries, 50 restaurants and over 80 art galleries…”

And no stoplights or street addresses!

“Everybody has to go to the post office to get their mail. It keeps that little community feel.”


Our original plan was to spend two days in Carmel and two more in nearby Monterey, but that didn’t work out. We just fell in love with Carmel and didn’t want to leave. (We gave a day to Monterey, which probably wasn’t enough. The good news: we can always go back.)

So why did we fall in love with CBTS, as they call it?

Several reasons:

I like a good walking town, and Carmel, with its mix of gingerbread buildings, and just ultra-cute stores, was very inviting for strolls. I didn’t have to drive anywhere. That’s why I love visiting New York, Paris, Catalina Island, Lisbon and other great places. Walking is king.

And photo wise, there was so much to see and photograph. Let me point out five photo highlights in the Carmel village.

But first, please start at the Visitor Center for maps and tips. Because as you know, I always recommend checking in with the people who know their towns better than you do. The center is in a shopping center at the top of Ocean Avenue in Carmel Plaza. (Remember, they don’t have street addresses in Carmel. It’s listed as between Junipero & Mission, on the second floor of Carmel Plaza.)

The new mural on Mission Street is a popular spot for a Insta-selfie


The fairytale gingerbread homes of Carmel are probably the most popular photo op after sunset. The Tuck Box, a local eatery, is one great example, as is the Cottage of Sweets candy shoppe on busy Ocean avenue.

Go down Ocean Avenue to the sea, and one block before you hit the water is Scenic Road, which is blocks and blocks of amazing oceanfront views set amidst cypress trees. This is so highly recommended, for morning and sunset shots. (The key image: shoot the sun setting through the branches of the expansive cypress trees, as seen in the thumbnail to the video above.) If you take the road all the way, you’ll end up at Carmel River State Beach, where you’ll see some of the biggest waves around and best views. Don’t miss it.

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TRAVEL GEORGIA: Take a photo tour of Jackson County, Georgia | Galleries




BALDWIN               BIBB                  BLECKLEY
BUTTS                 CRAWFORD              CRISP
DODGE                 DOOLY                 HOUSTON
JASPER                JONES                 LAURENS
MONROE                MONTGOMERY            PEACH
PULASKI               PUTNAM                TELFAIR
TWIGGS                WHEELER               WILCOX


EMANUEL               GLASCOCK              GREENE
HANCOCK               JEFFERSON             JOHNSON
TALIAFERRO            TOOMBS                TREUTLEN
WARREN                WASHINGTON            WILKES


CLAYTON               FAYETTE               HENRY
MORGAN                NEWTON


CHATTAHOOCHEE         COWETA                HARRIS
HEARD                 LAMAR                 MACON
MARION                MERIWETHER            MUSCOGEE
PIKE                  SCHLEY                SPALDING
STEWART               SUMTER                TALBOT
TAYLOR                TROUP                 UPSON


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Why You Should Always Take a Photo of Your Stove Before You Go on Vacation

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Your travel photo could snag you a cool $200 | Local News

The annual “Way to Go” photography contest, sponsored by Grand Times, Leader Publications’ magazine for seniors, is officially underway.

Jefferson County readers aged 50 and older are invited to send in their favorite travel or vacation photographs. One lucky winner, drawn at random from all eligible entries, will take home $200.

The contest is being held in conjunction with the De Soto Senior Expo, set for Wednesday, April 20, at the Knights of Columbus Hall on 13225 Hwy. E.

The April 14 issue of Grand Times will include information about the expo, along with as many entries as space allows.

Last year, Steven and Sherry Williams of Imperial won the grand prize with a 2018 snapshot of themselves in a 1911 Franklin touring car, driving through a giant redwood tree in California.

Their photo was selected at random from among the nearly 100 entries from around the county, depicting trips to places just down the road or halfway around the world.

The deadline to submit an entry for the contest is 5 p.m. Friday, April 1. There is a limit of two entries per person.

Anyone who entered the contest in previous years is welcome to enter again, but please submit photos from a different vacation for this year’s contest.

To be eligible for the contest, entries must include the following information:

■ Photographer’s name, age, address and phone number.

■ The date and place the photo was taken and by whom.

■ The names of any people in the photo.

Photos can date back to the reader’s childhood or be as recent as last week. Please write a brief description about why the trip was memorable.

Mail entries to Way to Go, Leader Publications, P.O. Box 159, Festus, 63028. or email to news@leaderpublications.biz. Photos may be dropped off at the Leader office at 503 N. Second St., Festus. For information, call the Leader at 636-931-7560

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Travel: San Francisco’s 10 Greatest Photo Hits

San Francisco isn’t the most visited U.S. city. In fact it’s no. 5, after New York, Miami, our Los Angeles and Orlando, attracting 3.3 million visitors yearly, per the World Atlas.

But it happens to be the most photogenic, IMHO, with more photo eye candy per square mile than its competitors.

Think about it—the New York Empire State Building or the Golden Gate Bridge? Disney World or Cable Cars?

As many readers know, I’ve been talking recently here about the wave of camera thefts in the city, so I recently returned to San Francisco, left my big Sony camera at home, and ran around the city with just an iPhone 13 Pro and tiny GoPro camera to photograph the 10 greatest hits photos of the city.

Smartphones are harder to steal! And they can be turned into bricks after thefts. So let’s run down the hits.

We obviously start with the cable car, and everyone loves the shot of the car coming up the hill, with Alcatraz Island in the background, like on the old Rice a Roni TV commercial. Where to get that one? On the corner of Hyde and Chestnut. The other classic shot is the cable car coming up California Street, with the Bay Bridge behind it. That’s on California and Mason, near the Fairmont Hotel. 

There are many, many places to get a great shot of the iconic bridge, from Crissy Field or Fort Mason, looking up at the bridge, but my favorite is going across the bridge, to the Marin headlands and looking down at the bridge and city from there. Pro tip: Use your wide lens to get in the expanse of the bridge, and move your body to eliminate as much of the foreground as possible. Timing wise, sunsets are awesome, but a sunny day with sol beaming down on those red beams of the bridge are pretty cool too. 

That row of cute victorian homes, as seen on the opening credits of the Full House TV show is an easy stop, just off Alamo Square, at the corner of Hayes and Steiner. For the best shot of the homes, climb to the top of the park, and look downward. Mid-day looks great, to see the color in the homes. 

A symbol of the city since 1933 offers great, 360 degree views from the parking lot, and an even better one from the observation tower. You’ll have to pay a fee to get in, but it’s worth it. A bonus when you enter the building, which has free admission on the ground floor: you’ll get to see some amazing murals from the 1930s that were painted for the WPA project. 

You have many choices. You could go up to Twin peaks, but be careful. It’s an area that’s ripe with crime these days. I preferred the view from up here in the Coit Tower. But the best view of the skyline, hands down is a drive out of the city to Treasure Island, which is in-between San Francisco and the East Bay, off the Bay Bridge. 

On a clear morning you can look down the hill and see Alcatraz Island staring back up at you. Location: you remember it from the cable car shot, right? Hyde and Chestnut. Pro tip: Here I recommend a wide lens, as wide as possible, so if you have super wide on your phone use it.

Nothing screams tourist in SF like this honky-tonk section, but you gotta come. Your establishing shot of the sign is right here at 2820 Taylor street, you can get your cable car shot over at Powell and Mason, or Hyde and Beach, because the lines originate there. The morning sea lions are down the way off Pier 39 and if you come early in the morning, you can get beautiful shots of the boats in the reflective water. Ghiradelli square right down the street. Speaking of Photowalking, if you turn left from here, you can walk all the way, some 4 miles,  to the Golden Gate Bridge, through some wonderful San Francisco parks, most notably, Fort Mason. Pro tip: Fisherman’s Wharf is all about early morning shots. The earlier the better. Use your telephoto lens to capture the sea lions. 

The crookedest street in the world. It’s hard to get a great perspective on the zaniness of the street on a smartphone, but there are two places to try. Either on the ground looking up, or walk up and look down. Lombard is a normal street except when you get to Hyde and Leavenworth, where it zigs and zags. Pro tip: Lombard starts attracting more crowds and cars as the day gets longer. The road looks more wild when cars are streaming by it, so mid-afternoon works to your advantage. 

Another historical remnant from another time has the great clocktower, a wonderful neon sign that screams San Francisco and looks fantastic at night. Pro tip: The Ferry Building is best at nighttime, right around sunset, for the glow of the neon and the city lights. The best place to pick up shots of the building aren’t right in front or by the side, but a pier away, on the left of the building, at Pier 1.

Finally, Who;’s hungry? You may leave your heart here, but you’ll never go hungry. SF is known for sour dough and seafood in Fisherman’s Wharf, Italian pastries in North Beach and dim sum in Chinatown.

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See the James Webb Space Telescope journey through space (photo, video)

This short movie of the James Webb Space Telescope moving through space was captured by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project on Dec. 29, 2021. (Image credit: Gianluca Masi/Virtual Telescope Project)

Thanks to images from a robotic Earth telescope, you can now watch NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope travel through the final frontier.

The James Webb Space Telescope, a collaborative effort decades in the making involving NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency, launched in the early hours of Dec. 25. Four days later, on Dec. 29, astrophysicist Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project spotted Webb traveling through space using a robotic telescope.

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Share your favourite travel photo for a chance to win a £200 holiday voucher | Travel

In a year where travel has been difficult to organise and our escapes have been fleeting, more than ever our holiday photographs have become an important keepsake – something we can look back at to remember sunnier climes, intrepid adventures or exciting city breaks with friends. We would like you to share your favourite travel photograph, and also the story behind it. We will be judging both the photo and your accompanying words.

Keep your tip to about 100 words

The best tip of the week, chosen by Tom Hall of Lonely Planet, will win a £200 voucher to stay at a Sawday’s property – the company has more than 3,000 in the UK and Europe. The best tips will appear on the Guardian Travel website.

If you’re having trouble using the form, click here. Read terms of service here.

We’re sorry, but for legal reasons, you must be a UK resident to enter this competition.

The competition closes on 4 January at 9am

Have a look at our past winners and other tips

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Travel expert shares her tip for getting a great passport photo

A TRAVEL expert wants you to have the best passport photo possible.

The tip she shared online is sure you get a picture you like, while also saving money.

A woman says she knows the best tip to get a great passport photo for cheap


A woman says she knows the best tip to get a great passport photo for cheapCredit: TikTok
It takes a few simple steps


It takes a few simple stepsCredit: TikTok

The travel enthusiast shared a video explaining the steps she recommends to obtain your ideal photo and it all begins with downloading an app. 

“Do not go to Walgreens and pay $14.99 for photos. Go right on your phone and download this app right here,” she said, pointing to the Passport Photo Booth Creator application. 

“Then you take the picture at home and you make sure that it comes out looking good.”

After that, she said it is acceptable to visit your local Walgreens and print the photo.

“Now you have a great passport photo for under $5,” she concluded.

A standard four-by-six-inch photo costs 25 cents at Walgreens, according to its website.

Travel tips are plentiful online, so if you’re traveling soon, there’s surely a hack or trick that can help you. 

For instance, an organization expert revealed how you can make your next hotel visit much more comfortable

Plus, a flight attendant warned against using the wall of a plane as a headrest when seated in a window seat. 

“You’re not the only one who has done that, and you don’t know how many people or children have wiped their hands or other things all over the window,” he said. 

A third savvy traveler revealed that you can hang your phone from your table tray with a barf bag so you don’t have to hold it while watching television during your flight. 

The woman says to download the Passport Photo Booth Creator


The woman says to download the Passport Photo Booth CreatorCredit: TikTok

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