TTIM 79 – In the News: Electronics Flight Ban and Google Terminates Nik Plugins

In the current episode of the podcast Ugo and Ralph discuss about two recent news items that are of interest to travel photographers:

  • The banning of large electronic items, including cameras, laptops and tablets aboard US-bound flights originating from several countries and how it affects travel photographers.
  • Google’s announcement that it will stop updating its Nik Collection of image processing plugins.

Duration 34m 14s.


TTIM 78 – Jim Cline in Peru

Jim ClinePlease welcome our guest for this week’s interview, Jim Cline. Ralph recorded this interview with Jim while on the road. It’s a bit long, but it’s packed full of useful, practical tips, especially if you are interested about Peru.

Jim Cline is an award-winning cultural documentary and travel photographer based in San Diego, California. Jim is known for his willingness to shoot all around the edges of light, creating images with tremendous impact that capture the essence of a place or culture. He always strives to transcend ordinary travel pictures, and to convey a strong sense of place, and the spirit of the people in his photographs.

Jim’s wanderlust and search for compelling images has brought him to many less-traveled areas around the world. He takes particular interest in the indigenous peoples and traditional and tribal cultures of developing nations, and in documenting these disappearing cultures. Through his images he strives to portray the dignity and timeless beauty of these people living in harmony with nature.

As well as winning numerous awards, Jim’s work has been displayed in the San Diego Natural History Museum and the Museum of Photographic Arts, and in many galleries, both in the U.S. and abroad. He gives frequent slide presentation lectures of his travels throughout the world. Jim and his photographs have been featured in several books. His images have also been published in numerous magazines, newspapers, annual reports, tourist brochures, calendars, websites, and CD covers. Jim founded Jim Cline Photo Tours in 2002 and he currently leads small-group photo tours to various locations around Latin America.

When not busy running his Photo tours business and leading trips to the best photographic locations in Latin America, Jim works on assignment as a photographer for humanitarian organizations. His images have graced the covers of annual reports for groups such as Freedom From Hunger, and have appeared on websites, brochures, postcards and other mediums promoting their efforts around the globe.

Duration 1h 13m 8s.


TTIM 77 – Daniel Korzeniewski

Daniel KorzeniewskiFor this week’s episode, we sat down to chat with Daniel Korzeniewski.

Daniel is a Miami-based travel photographer whose work has appeared in several publications. He contributes to various stock photography outlets and often leads photography travel tours. Find more about his work, travel adventures, and upcoming tours at his website here. You can also follow him on Instagram.

We talked about some of our favorite destinations–including Morocco and India–how to relate respectfully with your subjects, the practicalities of flying a quadcopter in a foreign country, and much more.

Duration 36m 14s.


TTIM 76 – Orinta Labutyte in Lithuania

Orinta LabutyteLithuania is one of the less known though most beautiful and interesting countries in Europe and few people know it as well as Orinta Labutyte.

Orinta is a professional tour guide and traveler photographer based in Vilnius. She sat down to chat with Ralph about the many things that might entice visitors to come to her home country and dispel some myths about it. Ralph and Orinta also discussed about traveling to Turkey and Iran, where she has led several of her own tours.

Duration 42m 32s.


TTIM 75 – Matt Brandon

Matt Brandon

For this week’s episode of the podcast, Ugo had a great conversation with Matt Brandon.

Matt Brandon is a Malaysia-based assignment photographer; Matt has experience photographing for nonprofits, assignment, and editorial work. Recently Matt was the still photographer for Indian Summers a Channel 4 & PBS series filmed in Penang, Malaysia. Matt works well with writers and producers. Matt often collaborates with NGOs to tell their stories and to train their field staff to do the same.

Asian Geographic, KLM Airlines, Channel 4 & PBS, Partner Aid International, NeighborWorks, Honda Motor Corporation, Bombadier Transport Corporation and others have all used Matt;s images. Having photographed in Egypt, Tibet, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Maldives, Philippines, Malaysia to name a few, it is clear Matt doesn’t have an issue with travel.

Matt is also a key member of the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers, he’s on the advisory board for Focus for Humanity and on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer. Matt is also proud to be a Fujifilm X-Photographer.

Amongst the topics discussed were the importance of the human form in composition, how to meld in with the crowd, what elements contribute to stronger photos, how to create narrative depth through layering of various elements. We hope you will find this interview as insightful as it was for us.

Duration 51m 59s.


TTIM 74 – Gordon Laing “In Camera”

Gordon LaingOur guest of this week’s episode of the podcast is traveler, photographer, master equipment reviewer, food and coffee lover, and just super nice guy, Gordon Laing of Cameralabs fame.

The number one reason why we wanted Gordon on the show is to talk about his latest book, In Camera. The book was released some time ago, but we only had it in our hands for a few days, as it took a really long time to reach us. First of all, let’s just say that we’re really loving it, since it’s a collection of very fine images, each one accompanied by the details of how Gordon made the shot, camera settings and a precious tip.

The book is not just one hundred beautiful photos put together, but also an illustration of Gordon’s approach to photography, which is hinted at by the title, “In Camera”, and is all about the art of JPEG photography with no post-processing.

Aside from the book, we chatted about Gordon’s habits as a traveler, recent trends in camera design, the opportunity of taking “postcard” shots, and much more. All these topics, together with Gordon’s talkative spirit, made for an episode that is a bit longer than usual, but it was so much fun for us to record it and we are sure you will love listening to it.

Duration 56m 08s.


TTIM 73 – Drone Photography Special

DJI Mavic ProDrones (a.k.a. UAVs or quadcopters) are all the rage now, despite many governments’ attempts to stifle their expansion (or to ensure safety, if you prefer).

Ugo recently decided to jump on the bandwagon and got himself a DJI Mavic Pro, which he started using to take stills and videos.

He sat down with Ralph to chat about his new toy and about what new opportunities it opens up for photographers. Here are some of the topics they discussed:

  • Reasons for getting a drone for photography.
  • How to ensure optimal image quality.
  • Practicalities of traveling with a drone and flying it in foreign countries.
  • Resources for learning how to fly and how to shoot.
  • Issues of etiquette in the skies.

Are you ready to fly?

Duration 45m 16s.


TTIM 72 – James Maher in New York

James MaherWho doesn’t love New York?

Well, many New Yorkers we’ve spoken to in the past are not always enthusiastic about their city, but one exception is certainly James Maher.

James is a street, fine art, and portrait photographer who recently released a book titled “The New York Photographer’s Travel Guide,The Best Places to Photograph from a Professional Photographer, Tour Guide, and Lifelong New Yorker” and we asked him about his favorite locations and his best tips for taking the best photos of the city that never sleeps.

That’s not the only book by James that we discussed, the other one being his most recent, “Creative Freelance Marketing: Traditional and Digital Marketing Strategies for Photography, Art, and Creative Businesses.” Of course, we tried to pick his brains with respect to the topic of this other book.

So, whether you’d like to make the best of a photo trip to New York for your own pleasure or you’re in it commercially, this episode has something for everyone. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

Duration 38m 33s.


TTIM 71 – Michael Muraz and Photographing Architecture

Michael MurazOur guest for this week, Michael Muraz, is an award-winning commercial and fine art architecture photographer based in Toronto, Canada. Originally an engineer, Michael now works with clients like architects and interior designers, documenting buildings and spaces. When he’s not shooting for commercial clients, he’s traveling to photograph architecture and cityscapes around the world. Michael is always looking for the perfect shot, showcasing some of the most beautiful buildings and skylines in the world.

Michael was born in France, in the heart of old Europe, which has an immense heritage of ancient architecture, yet he has a passion for modern architecture and recently moved to Toronto. We were wondering whether he was terminally bored with medieval castles, so we had to ask him.

Our question lead to a conversation about architectural photography, leaving a full time job to pursue a career in commercial photography, his favorite cities to shoot in, how to handle issues of copyright when photographing famous buildings, and more.

Duration 41m 14s.


TTIM 70 – Nicholas Syracuse, the Traveler

Nicholas SyracuseNot long ago a friend of ours suggested that we watch a movie called “Traveler” on Amazon Prime Video and so we got to learn about the existence of Nicholas Syracuse.

Nicholas is a young photographer who has traveled extensively across the USA but, unlike many others, not in search of beautiful landscapes and cityscapes or jumping from a flight to a taxi and to a hotel. Rather, he shared the road with the drifters, the hobos, the train hoppers that are so easy to ignore and who are the main subjects of his photographs.

“Traveler” is a documentary, directed by filmmakers Sam Roden and Nick Hartanto, that follows Nicholas in his travels and his encounters, besides giving a glimpse of the uneasy relationship between him and his girlfriend.

Nicholas Syracuse is a restless soul whose approach to travel and photography is very much different from that of our typical guests, but the stories he tells are compelling and moving. We hope you will enjoy listening to them.

Duration 25m 39s.