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Travel and Photography

Off the Charts, 1st Edition

By Lou Jones


192 pages

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Paperback: 9780240808154
pub: 2006-07-27
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'On assignment in Havana, Cuba, I heard music. It was across the street and far away. I couldn't track down the source. As I got closer, the echo was bouncing off the tall buildings. It was amazing. Running back and forth I eventually got someone's attention. He led me on a dead run into one of Old Havana's famous condemned historical landmarks. I thought it was abandoned. Upon entering the lobby, I found it totally dark in the middle of the day. No light at all. My "guide” ran up the stairs with me in close pursuit. The circular staircase wound round and round. But soon I hit something. Hard. Since it was so black I had no idea the staircase was full of people. I couldn't see a thing. I panicked. But I always carry a small flashlight on my key chain. I was able to stumble safely the several flights up to the band rehearsing on the top floor. Great photographs.'

travel + PHOTOGRAPHY is loaded with beautiful photographs showing you the "how-to's" of travel photography. Herein you will find examples that will reveal the secrets, debunk the myths, and explore the romance of traveling with a camera.

Combined with anecdotes that demonstrate how to solve both typical and unique problems of camera equipment, lighting, and language barriers, this ambitious book showcases the imagination, personal vision, and the technology needed to take creative pictures around the world. Money, health, and cultural and language barriers lead to the biggest mistakes and problems for photographers while on the road, and in this book, Lou Jones offers up his years of on-the-road experience for you. Whether you are a professional photographer, or a serious amateur, this book is a must have if you travel with a camera.


"The commercial and travel photographer discusses what kind of equipment to take (film vs. digital, that is the question), light and lighting, what kind of clothing to take, as well as technical concerns (proper composition) and content (what subjects to photograph)..Includes gorgeous color photographs." - Chicago Tribune, Sept. 24, 2006

"Travel Photography: Off the Charts is an instructional manual containing technical information and guidance from this well-known master. It includes advice on equipment needed and clothing to wear, but also composition and what to photograph. There are even chapters on security and health. For those who want to learn more about travel photography or the stlye used by Lou Jones, this is a great resource." - Apogee Photo Magazine, August 2006

"Lou Jones is a commercial and art photographer. He knows his way around a camera and, more important, he knows how to get the image that he wants." - Sunday Eagle/Chicago Tribune

"Lou Jones offers advice on how to organize your photographs and tackles such diverse subjects as health, transportation and security. Includes gorgeous color photographs." - Chicago Tribue (review published in the Sunday Eagle)

"It's not hard to be swept into Jones's exuberance for his subject. Beginners and more advanced photographers alike can glean insight into the mystery of what seems simple but takes skill: a great photo" -Necee Regis, Boston Sunday Globe

"The book's layout mixes short narratives and quotes with beautiful photographs linked with informative text. It's pleasing to the eye as well as the mind. It will work well on the coffee table and, even better, will fit in your travel bag." -Necee Regis, Boston Sunday Globe

"Any day now, Lou Jones will be declared a national treasure. An impossible to classify photographer-he's adept at sports, photojournalism, travel, commercial, studio, editorial and advertising-he's an astute and witty observer of the world at large. Those lucky enough to be on the recipients' list for his postcards from the road-these days they're e-mail messages-treasure his poetic observations of people, places and cultures.
For the rest, there's this book, a compilation of a road warrior's notes and the accumulated lore of 30-plus years of photographic experience. It's a freewheeling exploration of travel photography that touches on just about everything: what cameras and lenses to carry, what to shoot, what clothes to wear, how to handle your money and how to keep yourself healthy. For good measure he throws in the 11 commandments of travel photography. Each photograph adds relevance to the text by illustrating the subject at hand: lighting, exposure, composition, lens choice and so on.
Travel + Photography: Off the Charts is the next best thing to sitting down for a long conversation about photography and the world with a man eminently familiar with both."

Table of Contents

Introduction; Equipment; Film; Lighting; Clothing; What to Photograph; Research; Editing; Security; Health; Transportation; Language; Money; Clothing; Ten Commandments of Travel Photography

About the Author

Lou Jones is one of Boston's most diverse commercial & art photographers. This prolific, award-winning photographer specializes in photo illustration & location photography for corporate, advertising & collateral projects. His client list is as impressive as are his photographs -- IBM, FED EX, American Express, Oldsmobile, AETNA, Museum of Fine Arts, Fortune Magazine, US News & World Report & National Geographic. Jones' assignments have taken him to Europe, Central & South America, Africa, Japan & 46 of the 50 states. Assignments have placed Jones on location at NASA, Boeing, Universal Studios, British Telecom (England) & Saab (Sweden).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHOTOGRAPHY / Techniques / Digital (see also COMPUTERS / Digital Media / Photography)