How to Shoot Your Underwater Journey: A Beginner’s Guide

How to Shoot Your Underwater Journey: A Beginner’s Guide

This post was last updated on October 24th, 2016    As much as we love taking landscape and aerial photos when traveling, there will always be something intriguing and magical about shooting underneath the sea. Dive in and go deep into underwater photography each time you go diving or island hopping to experience what it’s like to shoot photos of schooling fishes, colorful live corals, and other marine creatures. Take a plunge, discover, and conquer the wonders of the underwater world through your camera lens! For beginners, here are some tips on taking amazing photos of your underwater adventures:   Get Your Camera Protected   Photo by Mila Boychuk / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0   First things first: you’ve got to get your camera ready for underwater photography. It’s scary to dip your precious and expensive camera into the water without any protective gear, right? Invest in underwater camera housings that are durable and compatible with your camera model. The housing should also allow easy access to the important buttons on your camera.   Use Macro Lens and Wide-Angle Lens     A macro lens is perfect for underwater photography because it can magnify small marine creatures and emphasize details like fish scales and colors of coral reefs. But if you’re going to shoot whales and enormous reefs, use a wide-angle lens for the perfect wide-angle shot.   Use Strobe or External Flash     As you flap your fins, sand and plankton will float around the body of water, causing backscatter in your photos. Backscatter makes your underwater photos look blurry and out of focus; to minimize or prevent...
A Glimpse Of Our Latest Adventure: 41 Epic Photos of Thailand

A Glimpse Of Our Latest Adventure: 41 Epic Photos of Thailand

This post was last updated on June 21st, 2016After the most phenomenal three weeks of traveling around Bangkok, Chiang Mai and a handful of southern Thai islands, we can officially say it’s true: Thailand lives up to all its hype. Our trip was even better than we could have anticipated, and we’re itching to share all our juicy travel tales and tips on the blog in the upcoming weeks. Between participating in water fights for Songkran to getting Sak Yant tattoos by a monk in Chiang Mai to playing with elephants and relaxing in a floating luxury tent, we’ve definitely got a few stories we can’t wait to share. We’re about to hit the road once more, though, this time to the Dominican Republic to celebrate our 5-year anniversary! :-) Be sure to check in on social media for live updates as we explore this new destination. And in the meantime, enjoy these 41 epic photos of Thailand! We think they might be just what you need to kick your wanderlust into full gear. 41 Of Our Favorite Photos Of Thailand   Bangkok Thailand’s bustling capital city   Koh Samui One of Thailand’s largest and most lively islands   Khao Sok National Park w/ Elephant Hills Considered to be the best national park in Southeast Asia   Railay Beach A small peninsula between Krabi and Ao Nang, known for its dramatic limestone cliffs and crystal water   Kho Lipe The Maldives of Southeast Asia   Chiang Mai An ancient city with a modern coffee-shop culture vibe   Again, stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for in-depth travel stories, tips...
5 Reasons To Experience Mexico With A Private Travel Photographer

5 Reasons To Experience Mexico With A Private Travel Photographer

This post was last updated on July 21st, 2016    As some of you may know, Dan’s photography skills have landed him a prime spot behind the scenes. While he may never complain about it, even the most passionate of photographers occasionally want to put down the lens and simply enjoy the present moment. That’s why we decided to try something new: Take a trip with a private travel photographer. We are super excited to have an opportunity to just enjoy our surroundings while someone else documents our once-in-a-lifetime memories.     We’ll be headed to the sunny sands of Mexico as guests of Cantimplora Travel. These guys are the real deal. It’s not easy to trust another photographer to make sure you return home with photos that do justice to your adventures. But scrolling through their photo gallery is enough to see that we’ve got nothing to worry about.   Not sure if traveling with a private travel photographer is right for you?   5 Reasons To Experience Mexico With A Private Travel Photographer     Put Down That Camera And Actually Connect With Your Surroundings     How often do we miss out on the moment at hand because we’re glued to our phones? I’m not even talking about texting or checking your Instagram feed.   Taking photos can be just as much a culprit as any, stealing our highly sought after moments of peace, adventure, laughter, and joy. The constantly nagging fear of missing the perfect shot can easily steal away the precious memories we’re traveling for in the first place.   That’s precisely why a private...
17 Incredible Images That Will Make You Wish You Were On Maui

17 Incredible Images That Will Make You Wish You Were On Maui

It doesn’t matter if you’re a honeymooner or a family of four, the magnificence of Maui never seems to disappoint. We took advantage of our time there, while visiting for a friend’s wedding, to explore both sides of the island paradise a few days before and after the festivities. From the touristy tiki torches of Lahaina in the east to the surreal sunrise on Mount Haleakala in the wild west...
Sunday Snapshot | The Vermont Long Trail

Sunday Snapshot | The Vermont Long Trail

The Vermont Long Trail (VLT) goes the length of the state and covers 273 miles, going over almost every 3000+ mountain in the state. Jane and I have hiked many of the worlds great trails, such as the Camino de Santiago, Hadrian's Wall Path and most of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. I've also completed the Appalachian Trail. In spite of all this experience, I wasn't prepared for just how challenging the VLT is. What it lacks in altitude and length, it makes up for with attitude and terrain. Additionally, we chose to hike it through all-time record rainfall. We've never seen such rain. Regardless, we did have fun and fell in love with the people of Vermont, they were wonderful and we met sensational hikers along ....
Sunday Snapshot | Hiking the Mountains Of Costa Rica

Sunday Snapshot | Hiking the Mountains Of Costa Rica

We are finally getting settled into our new home in Costa Rica. After unpacking our backpacks, getting beds, a car and all the little necessities that come along with putting down roots, we're finding time to explore the area around where we live. And there is plenty to explore in the mountains of Costa Rica! We have everything from whitewater rafting to waterfalls to mountain hikes, and the beach is still less than an hour away. We are very excited to be hosting Casey's sister for a month which is the perfect excuse to get out and play tour....