How to Take Better Travel Photos | Natural Light

How to Take Better Travel Photos | Natural Light

It’s that time again…How to Take Better Travel Photos! In this lesson we’ll cover everything you ever wanted to know about using natural light to your advantage.    I’m a travel photographer living out of my backpack – which means that I don’t have the luxury of carrying around a ton of camera equipment. As such, the ability to use natural light has become one of my greatest tools. Sunlight comes in many different temperatures and intensities throughout the day, and to understand how to use these different types of natural light is absolutely essential (especially for travel photographers who rarely have any control over their environment). Depending on the time of day, the direction and the weather, sunlight will actually have different temperatures. But you already know that. Just look out your window this evening and you’ll likely see the sky changing from a warm red light to a cool blue light. Understanding these qualities and characteristics of available light at the time of shooting will dramatically affect the look and mood of your image. Let’s get started:   Golden Hour: Whether you know what it is or not, you’ve probably heard about ‘the golden hour’. The golden hour is marked as the hour before sunset and after sunrise when the sky takes on a golden color. Blue light is filtered out  as it passes through the Earth’s atmosphere, making the sky appear more warm or “golden”.  The golden color is also projected on the subject you are photographing, resulting in a warmer and more colorful image than at other times of the day. In the photo below you can literally see the golden light pouring over the...
35 Photos of Norway That Will Make You Want To Pack Your Bags Now

35 Photos of Norway That Will Make You Want To Pack Your Bags Now

  After only two and a half weeks, Dan and I came to the same conclusion: Norway is the most beautiful country we have ever visited. Having traveled to thirty-some-odd countries between the two of us, we feel like that’s saying a lot.   The scenery in Norway is dramatic, largely in part because it is a land of fjords; the staggering juxtaposition between the snowy mountains and crystal clear water just never gets old. But the beauty isn’t only there for a single snapshot—it envelops you, extending on for as far as the eye can see. In Norway, you’re completely and totally immersed in the magnificence of nature. At times, it can all be a little bit difficult to believe. We’ll be sharing more detailed posts about our travels in Norway, including adventure travel guides to the Lofoten Islands, Bergen Region, Pulpit Rock, and more. But before we do so, we wanted to get you excited with a bit of eye candy. We’re fairly certain it will make you want to get on a plane for Norway today.   35 Photos of Norway That Will Make You Want to Pack Your Bags Now     What do you think of Norway? Are your bags packed yet?...
Sunday Snapshot | Stockholm at Sunset | Stockholm, Sweden

Sunday Snapshot | Stockholm at Sunset | Stockholm, Sweden

  We were so excited about this photo that we just had to break it out for this week’s Sunday Snapshot! If you’re following us on facebook, then you already know we are in Stockholm, Sweden! It’s a bit of a change from the tropical weather we’re accustomed to, but it feels so good to be back in Europe. We snagged this amazing view for Stockholm at Sunset as we were walking over one of the main bridges leading back to the Old Town. We love the light glow that is starting to come from the restaurants and shops, highlighting the yellow that is spreading through the sky. Stockholm is always picturesque, but especially at dusk. This photo was taken by Casey. She normally leaves me to do all the photography, but Stockholm is proving to be too inspirational. Want to see your picture featured on our Sunday Snapshot segment? We’re now accepting guest submissions! Just send us an email at acruisingcouple (at) gmail (dot) com with your photo and a brief description. We’d love to have you! Like what you see? You can see all the Sunday Snapshots all in one...
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica: First Impressions of the Surf and Yoga Paradise

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica: First Impressions of the Surf and Yoga Paradise

The idyllic palm-fringed beach, graced with soft, white sand and dense, lush jungle, was the backdrop for our Lucero Surf and Yoga Retreat. As our taxi driver slowly navigated the laid-back beach town’s unpaved roads, we could immediately tell we were in for an awesome week. A burgeoning surf town, Santa Teresa has grown exponentially in only the past few years. Yet despite its growth, Santa Teresa has seemingly held on to a certain authenticity. Without a single paved road—or stop light for that matter—most choose to drive ATVs or bike. We ourselves resisted renting bicycles, the memories of struggling on Vietnam’s poor road conditions still a bit too recent. But while the lack of pavement in Vietnam was the bane of our cycling existence, in Santa Teresa it managed to add to the town’s rustic charm. Even locals say they prefer the gravel; it keeps people driving slower and is an inherent characteristic of the town.   We were personally more attracted to the fact that Santa Teresa’s picturesque beach has escaped development. Most of the hotels and restaurants are located just a street back, making the beach easily accessible without blemishing it. It’s the perfect spot to bring a few drinks, find a comfy log, and enjoy the spectacular sunsets that highlight the horizon. If you’re lucky, you’ll even hear a few howler monkeys calling out from the jungle behind you. Many travelers from around the world have been charmed by Santa Teresa’s lovely attributes, and the story of the backpacker who came and never left is not entirely uncommon. We met people from all cultures and...
Sunday Snapshot | Vineyard at Dusk | Charlottesville, Virginia

Sunday Snapshot | Vineyard at Dusk | Charlottesville, Virginia

Enjoying the view at Trump Vineyard, the perfect spot for a picnic and some vino. Who knew Virginia has such beautiful wine country! Have you ever done a wine tasting or visited a vineyard? Want to see your picture featured on our Sunday Snapshot segment? We’re now accepting guest submissions! Just send us an email at acruisingcouple@gmail.com with your photo and a brief description. We’d love to have you!...