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    I cant imagine travelling

    anywhere without

    shooting hundreds of

    pictures to remember

    the experience by


    Welcomefrom Practical Photography editor Andrew James

    How to travel light 22

    Travel fully loaded 24

    How to wear a camera bag 26

    Take a fresh look at familiar views 28

    Tell a story with your people photographs 34

    Suggested camera settings - portraits 38

    Suggested camera settings - buildings 40

    Suggested camera settings - landscapes 42

    WHEREVER YOU go this year for abreak from the rat race, make sure

    you carry a camera with you. Travel

    and photography were made to

    complement each other and I, for

    one, cant imagine travelling

    anywhere without shooting hundreds

    of pictures to remember the

    experience by. Even on holidays

    when Ive promised others I wont

    overdo the photography, Ive endedup busily snapping away with

    whatever lightweight kit Ive carried!

    Thats how I came to shoot the

    Cypriot sunset above. I was crying out

    for a longer telephoto lens to pull the

    setting sun closer in the frame but

    had to make do with my standard

    lens. Now Im rather pleased that I

    couldnt go for the obvious and went


    Travel know-how

    Travel gear

    Travel technique

    The worlds most photogenic places 4

    Make the most of your adventures 12

    Safety advice 18

    Travel checklist 20

    for a wider view. This travel field

    guide will whet your appetite for the

    many amazing places you can travelto and provide lots of tips and

    inspiration to help you shoot great

    pictures when you get there. The

    subject of travel is broad and covers

    every aspect of photography from

    landscapes to portraits you should

    just aim to capture the spirit of each

    place you visit in your own unique

    way. Have a great trip.

    Take better travel photos is brought to youby Practical Photographyand is publishedby EMAP Active Limited. No part of thisbooklet can be reproduced without thepublishers permission. For more informationabout Practical

    Field guide editor: Ben HawkinsField guide art editor : Chris RigbyAdditional words/photography: Andrew

    James, Chris Rutter, Bob Martin, MarcusMcAdam, Chris Weston, & David NotonAdditonal design: Rob HolmesAdditional production: Shane CollinsMarketing: Jo Page & Jo PrestonReproduction: Guildenburgh, PeterboroughPrinted by: Precision Colour Printing, Telford

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    Travel know-howBefore you leave home you need to know what to take,where youre going, what youre going to do there andhow to stay safe. Here we pick the brains of the experts.


    Turn the page for morestunning photo locations


    The worlds mostphotogenic places

    Yangshuo, Guilin, ChinaThe Chinese have a saying: Guilin has the most beautiful scenery inChina. Yangshuo is even more beautiful than Guilin. Dont miss thenearby ancient town of Daxu for some great people shots, and Xingpingfor awesome landscape views. If the skies are clear, climb the Lao Zhaipeak in the dark to get to the top for sunrise. The best way to get toYangshuo is on the overnight sleeper bus from Shenzhen, which is a 30-minute train journey from Hong Kong.Look out for... the temptation to take too many photos!

    Former POTYwinner MarcusMcAdam hasclocked upover 100,000air miles in hisquest for theperfect travelphotographs.

    Where would be top of your places to visit l ist? Maybe youdopt for the sun, surf and sand of Hawaii, or maybe a quietbreak in the Australian outback is more your style. We asked

    travel expert Marcus McAdam, whose passport bears the stamps ofmore than 50 countries, to nominate his ten favourite destinations...

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    Albaraccin, SpainIts amazing the Spanish dontmake more of this place, but maybesome of its appeal is in the fact thatthey dont. Alberracin is an ancienttown, hidden deep within a gorge,surrounded by stunning scenery anda national park. Spend a few relaxingdays photographing the cobbled

    streets, crooked houses, castle,palace and cathedral. Then take theA1512 south towards Bezas and thiswill take you high up to a plateauthrough dense forest. Get out of thecar and walk along the rim theviews are breathtaking.Look out for... thepains au chocolat!

    Havana, CubaTheres a unique atmosphere inHavana, one where the locals all seemto be genuinely happy and love havingtheir photo taken. Explore the old cityon foot, take in the architecture and theclassic cars, and get up early and watchthe city come to life. Avoid the hottesttimes of year and the hurricane season!Also make an effort to visit the WorldHeritage town of Trinidad.

    Look out for... being short-changed atthe airports departure tax counter.

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    Angkor, CambodiaWhen you mention Angkor, most people thinkof Angkor Wat, the largest religious structure inthe world. But the surrounding temples are farmore photogenic. Check out Angkor Thom, TaProhm and Banteay Kdei for the best photos.The best times to visit are sunrise and sunset,

    as most of the tourists will be at Angkor Wat.Angkor is also home to the worlds cutest kids,who make a living from selling souvenirs.Theyre happy to have their photos taken butwill expect you to buy something.

    Look out for... tap water. Buy cans, not bottles.



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    The Four Corners region, USANamed because its the only place in America where fourstates meet at one point (Colorado, Utah, Arizona and NewMexico), you can stand on this point and within a 200-mileradius have some of the most amazing scenery in the world.The obvious must-sees are the Grand Canyon, AntelopeCanyon (below) and Monument Valley, but it gets better thanthis. Check out the national parks of Arches, Bryce, Zion (topright) and Canyonlands for endless photos and less tourists.Also worth a visit is Horseshoe Bend (left), just south of Page.Fly to Las Vegas for the easiest access.Look out for... rattlesnakes! Venice, Italy

    This city is a photographers paradise. Dont take toomuch gear, as the only sensible way to get around is onfoot, and avoid July and August as it is too overcrowdedand often uncomfortably hot. The best times to go (andoften the cheapest) are October to December and Marchto May. Dont go during the Carnivale unless you wantto photograph the costumes. If you get a sunny daywith clear blue skies, take a boat to the island of Buranoand shoot the coloured houses.Look out for... a map. Its very easy to get lost here.

    Bromo, East Java, IndonesiaThis place will take your breath away. There are manyplaces to stay right on the rim of the main crater, such asthe Lava View Hotel and Caf Lava, or you could get a

    Jeep to take you to the top of the mountain for stunningsunrise views. Just get there early the sight of anerupting volcano at dawn will stay with you forever.

    Look out for... locals ripping you off. Bargain hard!

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    TasmaniaThe problem with Australia is its size. Unless youdedicate months to it, youll never see more thana handful of places. Tasmania on the other handhas all the landscapes of the mainland (with the

    exception of deserts) but in a much smaller area.Mountains, rainforests, beaches and plains are allwithin a days driving distance. Id recommendFreycinet Peninsular, Mount Wellington (you candrive to the top), Lake St Clair National Park and, ifyoure really adventurous, Southwest National Park.

    Look out for... Tasmanian devils!

    The Great Wall, ChinaThe Great Wall makes other wondersof the world look like weekend DIY jobs.After an exhausting climb to the top,youll wonder how the hell they got all

    those bricks up there. Avoid the moretouristy places such as Badaling andinstead visit the unrestored sections,otherwise youll be shooting a wallthats 20 years old rather than 2000.

    Look out for... your safety. Some sectionsare unstable, so climb with care.

    The Dolomites, Italian AlpsVery few people visit this area of northeast Italy,which Id describe as Europes Yosemite. Steep andvertical cliff faces, towering peaks and endlessemerald green valleys help keep any photographer

    happy. Check out Cinque Torri, Il Pelmo and Tofanefor fantastic views. As this place is a major skiresort, avoid the winter months. Make use of thegreat network of mountain refuges situated deepin the valleys and among the peaks these servegreat food and offer cheap accommodation.

    Look out for... mountains changing colour at dawn.

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