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Travel photography is all about the people, the food, the architecture, and the culture that make each place a special one. It mixes elements of landscape photography, portraiture and reportage and aims to combine all of these and paint a compelling picture of what it's like to live in a foreign country.Every week we interview a photographer or we host a roundtable discussion on all aspects of travel photography: from planning to scouting locations, from security and the economics of traveling, to how we can travel responsibly and sustainably, with tips about the best equipment, how to interact with people and how to pack light and efficiently.We will share the inspiring work of masters and amateurs and discover what compels them to travel many hours and cross many borders to get THE shots.

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Travel photography is all about the people, the food, the architecture, and the culture that make each place a special one. It mixes elements of landscape photography, portraiture and reportage and aims to combine all of these and paint a compelling picture of what it's like to live in a foreign country.Every week we interview a photographer or we host a roundtable discussion on all aspects of travel photography: from planning to scouting locations, from security and the economics of traveling, to how we can travel responsibly and sustainably, with tips about the best equipment, how to interact with people and how to pack light and efficiently.We will share the inspiring work of masters and amateurs and discover what compels them to travel many hours and cross many borders to get THE shots.

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Superb programs on travel and photography

By Zonan - Dec 22 2016
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This is one of the best (if not THE best) photography/travel podcasts out there. Guests and themes are varied, interesting and provide inspiration and education. Ugo is a superb interviewer, I never cease to be amazed by the directions he takes his interviews. This is one podcast I would need on a desert island! Highly recommended.

Diverse and Informative

By LauriNovakPhoto - Aug 30 2016
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Great diversity of people, places and photography related (and unrelated) topics!

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Superb programs on travel and photography

By Zonan - Dec 22 2016
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This is one of the best (if not THE best) photography/travel podcasts out there. Guests and themes are varied, interesting and provide inspiration and education. Ugo is a superb interviewer, I never cease to be amazed by the directions he takes his interviews. This is one podcast I would need on a desert island! Highly recommended.

Diverse and Informative

By LauriNovakPhoto - Aug 30 2016
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Great diversity of people, places and photography related (and unrelated) topics!
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The Traveling Image Makers

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Travel photography is all about the people, the food, the architecture, and the culture that make each place a special one. It mixes elements of landscape photography, portraiture and reportage and aims to combine all of these and paint a compelling picture of what it's like to live in a foreign country.Every week we interview a photographer or we host a roundtable discussion on all aspects of travel photography: from planning to scouting locations, from security and the economics of traveling, to how we can travel responsibly and sustainably, with tips about the best equipment, how to interact with people and how to pack light and efficiently.We will share the inspiring work of masters and amateurs and discover what compels them to travel many hours and cross many borders to get THE shots.

Rank #1: TTIM 26 – Patagonia with Sean Bagshaw

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Patagonia, the southernmost portion of the American continent, is a land of stunning beauty, unspoilt wilderness and extreme weather. As of recent, it has also become one of the most sought-after destinations for landscape photographers. Having recently read Sean Bagshaw's article about his trip to Patagonia, I wanted to know more, so I asked him to be my guest on the show and to tell us about that remote land.

Sean is an outdoor photographer, digital image developing enthusiast and photography educator based in Ashland, Oregon, where he resides with his wife and two sons. In the 1980s and 1990s he did some rock climbing and mountaineering and enjoyed being expedition photographer because it allowed him to present slide shows to anyone he could corner in a dark room with a projector. Over time he moved away from documentary images and became immersed in the art of photography. Now he photographs mountains instead of climbing them. He spends about a quarter of each year sleeping in his truck or on the ground, stumbling around in the dark, eating bad food and avoiding showers. Twice since 2008 his images have been exhibited in the Smithsonian as winners in the Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards. His previous career as a science teacher makes photography education a good fit. Sean teams up with fellow Photo Cascadia members leading workshops. He also teaches digital image developing classes, lectures and offers a series of Photoshop video tutorials.

To record the interview, I had to wait for Sean's return from another faraway corner of the earth, Easter Island, so I asked him to give us his impressions of the land of the Moais as well. Double awesomeness!

May 31 2016

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Rank #2: TTIM 114 – How To Take Great Travel Photos

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We often get emails and messages from listeners who ask us advice on how to take great travel photos, so this week we wanted to record a special episode. We don’t have the usual interview with a guest this time but decide instead to spend some time giving you our best tips to help you get better photos every time you take a trip.

Some examples of the topics we covered include:

  1. The importance of a shot list
  2. Telling stories
  3. The power of one
  4. Having a theme in mind
  5. Watching your backgrounds
  6. Timing and anticipation
  7. Don’t be shy
  8. Point and shoot

This is an episode packed with useful, practical information, but if you love interviews don’t worry. We’ll be back next week with another awesome guest.

If you found this useful and would love more detail, don’t miss Ralph’s next free webinar, where he will be going much more in depth about his favorite tips for taking great travel photographs.

Duration 45m 41s.

Feb 06 2018

45mins

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Rank #3: TTIM 24 – Cuba With Doug Kaye

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I have to admit I’ve always been a big fan of my guest for this week’s episode of the podcast, Doug Kaye. I have been following Doug’s work since when he was an IT expert and author, a renowned podcaster, and as of late, an excellent photographer. So it was a great pleasure and honor for me to finally be able to talk to him personally.

Beginning his visual explorations in his father’s wet darkroom, Doug earned a degree in theatrical lighting design at U.C. Berkeley in the ’60s and studied cinematography at NYU’s Graduate Institute of Film and Television in the ’70s. In the ’80s he began a two-decade hiatus from photography, when he started a system-software company that he ran for 18 years. He sold that business in 1996 and decided to work his way down the corporate ladder, service as CTO of four dot-com startups in four years. He retired in 2000, wrote two technology books and started a non-profit podcasting network.

Doug got back into photography in 2008. A trip to Kenya convinced him nature photography wasn’t for him, and Iceland cured him of his interest in landscape. For the past two years, Doug has focused almost exclusively on street photography, even reverting to film on occasion. Doug teaches photography locally in San Francisco and online, and was chosen as an Inception Master in Trey Ratcliff’s “Arcanum.” He leads street-photography workshops locally and in Cuba, which he has visited five times. Doug is the co-host of the All About the Gear podcast on the TWiP network.

I have also been planning to visit Cuba for a long time, but for reasons that are too long to explain here, never made that particular trip. Now, after hearing about it from someone who is an expert about the island country and seeing his photographs of it, I am getting inspired again. I would certainly love to be on one of Doug’s workshops, when I go there.

Duration 26m 24s.

Music for this episode: “Zanzibar” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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* Website

* Workshops

* All About the Gear

* Twitter

* Instagram

* Facebook

Photos by Doug

May 17 2016

26mins

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Rank #4: TTIM 137 – Real Photography in the Age of Photoshop, Part 1

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This week's episode is a special one. During the latest Out Of Chicago Summer Conference, Ugo was the moderator of a panel discussion involving two very well-known travel and nature photographers, Scott Bourne and Deborah Sandidge, in addition to the founder and president of PHLEARN, Aaron Nace, who is also a passionate photographer.

Deborah is known for unapologetically post-processing her photos to give them a unique look, using long exposures and other techniques that do not always result in realistic images; Scott also sits on the advisory board of Skylum, a company that produces powerful photo processing applications like Luminar and AuroraHDR and PHLEARN's catalog includes many courses about pot-processing.

Thanks to the availability of very affordable tools and education for post-processing, it is not surprising that people are sometimes pushing the boundaries of an art form that was for a time (and it still is in the mind of large numbers of people) very much tied to the concept of a faithful, or at least plausible, representation of reality.

We asked the panelists for their take on this often debated topic and what ensued was a lively and stimulating discussion that also touched other topics, like the role of education and tools in shaping the current trends in photography. As the panel went on for about 90 minutes, we split the recording in two parts. This is the first part; the second one will be published next week.

Apologies for the audio quality, which is not at the usual level of quality. The microphones in front of the stage picked up a bit of background noise, but we think it's still intelligible and the contents of the conversation, which are what really matters, are too good not to share.

We would also like to thank Chris Smith and the staff at Out Of Chicago for giving us the opportunity and the means to record this. If you've never been to Out Of Chicago, you should definitely attend it and we'll certainly be there again next year.

Jul 17 2018

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Rank #5: TTIM 125 – Ken Kaminesky on Safari

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Ken Kaminesky is a veteran commercial travel photographer, Fujifilm Global Ambassador, writer, consultant, and entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience in the photography industry. His work has been featured worldwide in numerous commercial and editorial publications, including the New York Times and on the cover of National Geographic. His passion for travel and the incredible landscapes and people he encounters along the way are the inspiration for his popular blog, and the other publications he writes for.

Throughout his travels, Ken seeks to capture images and stories that will inspire and motivate people to step out their front door and embrace adventure. As one of the founders and tour leaders at Discovery Photo Tours, he gets the chance to share his love for travel and photography with avid photo enthusiasts from all over the world. Savouring art, food, history, and culture with tour groups in places like Africa, Jordan, Italy, and Iceland is one of the most rewarding aspects of his work.

His favourite place in the world is always his next destination. He believes that each place has a unique story that will inspire others, which he aims to capture in his images.

Ken was previously our guest on episode TTIM 56 – The Business Of Photography with Ken Kaminesky. Back then, our conversation was mostly about the business side of travel photography. This time, it was about more adventurous and romantic topics, including African wildlife and safaris.

Last year Ken went on a scouting trip to Tanzania. That trip resulted in his company, Discovery Photo Tours, offering a VIP photographic safari experience this coming August and September. You might want to check that out, if you are ever thought of being in the middle of one of the most exciting wildlife spectacles in the world: the Great Migration that every year compels millions of wildebeest and zebra to traverse the plains of the Serengeti, crossing the border from Tanzania into Kenya.

We talked with Ken about his memories of this experience and we picked his brains for tips on getting the most of such an experience, for choice of equipment to camera settings.

Duration: 53m 03s.

Apr 24 2018

53mins

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Rank #6: TTIM 161 – David duChemin and The Traveling Lens

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The guest for this episode of the podcast is an old friend of the Traveling Image Makers podcast. We recorded episode TTIM 66 – David duChemin and The Soul of the Camera with him a while back.

David is a world & humanitarian assignment photographer, best-selling author, digital publisher, and international workshop leader. 

Based in Victoria, Canada, when he’s home, David leads a nomadic life chasing compelling images on all 7 continents.

He just reopened for enrollment his travel photography course, The Traveling Lens. You can sign up for it only until January 24.

Ralph and Ugo ask David about his course: How is it structured? What can students hope to learn from it? Why shoot it in Varanasi, India?

They also discuss other, more general topics pertaining to photography and travel, like what it means to be compassionate, how to grab the subject’s attention, being present in the moment, quantity vs. quality, visual inventories, and more.

Jan 22 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #7: TTIM 160 – Mike Holp, the Digital Nomad

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In this week’s episode of the podcast, Ugo interviews Mike Holp.

Mike is a digital nomad and travel photographer from Austin, Texas. He’s been traveling in South America for over a year, capturing photos of beautiful destinations, and meeting new friends from all over the world! Mike is offering a coaching program to other aspiring digital nomads with the proven techniques for long-term travel on a budget. He recently launched an online course and free eBook on how to generate passive income with Airbnb every month without owning property or renting out your space. It’s now possible to work from anywhere in the world on your laptop.

Mike and Ugo had a conversation about what it means to live as a digital nomad, how to generate passive income through photography, writing, affiliate marketing, and traveling across South America.

Jan 08 2019

44mins

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Rank #8: TTIM 150 – South-East Asia

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In this episode of the podcast, Ralph interviews Ugo about his recent trip to a trio of countries in Southeast Asia: Singapore, Malaysia, and Cambodia. These countries are culturally rich and diverse and visually stimulating, so we think they should be on every traveling photographer’s radar. Below the fold, you can see some of the pictures Ugo took while there.

We also recommend that you listen to episode TTIM 146 – Matt Brandon and Pete DeMarco in Malaysia, which covers the city of Penang more in depth.

Oct 16 2018

54mins

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Rank #9: TTIM 142 – Dancho Hristov, Bulgaria, and Birds

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For the past 5 years, Dancho Hristov has been a working landscape and wildlife photographer based in Sofia, Bulgaria. He first dabbled in photography at the age of 13, starting with an old Zenit film camera. Several years later his interest in wildlife, and in particular birds, led him to his first digital camera, and this is when the adventure began in earnest. For the past 10 years, Dancho has been travelling extensively, mainly throughout Europe, guiding photographers, participating in bird surveys and continuing to explore nature.

Dancho is also the author of the SNAPP Guide to photographing Bulgaria and has received a number of awards in regional landscape and wildlife photography contests. Additionally he plans trips and guides groups in his home country.

Enjoy this very interesting conversation as we discuss everything from what there is to see and do in Bulgaria to the importance of behavior, gear and “hiding out” to capture the best bird and wildlife photography.

Aug 21 2018

50mins

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Rank #10: TTIM 128 – Mile High Photography with Bjorn Moerman

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Björn Moerman is often referred to as “the flying photographer”; combining his passion for aviation with a photography hobby that got out of hand. 

As an airline captain for a large Middle Eastern airline, he visited over 85 of the worlds countries so far and always comes home with exciting stories and freshly taken images from around the world. Bjorn is from Belgium but has been living in Dubai for the last 16 years. 

Today he mainly shoots Aviation and Travel photography but rediscovered the world of street photography when he picked up his first FUJIFILM camera in 2012. A year later, he switched 100% mirrorless and became an official X-photographer for FUJIFILM Middle East in 2014. Whenever he is not traveling, he can be found skimming the markets and streets of Dubai, looking to capture those fleeting moments of life. 

May 15 2018

47mins

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Rank #11: TTIM 117 – Lola Akinmade Åkerström and “Lagom”

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Nigerian-born Lola Akinmade Åkerström’s photography and travel writing are characterized by vibrancy and hope. Graduating with a Masters (MSc) degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland with a minor in Geography, she specialized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for 12+ years and her affinity for the geosciences and maps meant she was born to travel.

She is the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award recipient.

Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Travel Channel, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, National Geographic Channel, several in-flight magazines, New York Times online, amongst others.

Some of her articles and photography have been syndicated on MSNBC, Slate, Yahoo, New York Daily News, Chicago Sun Times, Huffington Post, and Time Warner.

Her latest book is Lagom, The Swedish Secret of Living Well.

Lagom sums up the Swedish psyche and is a way of living that promotes harmony. It celebrates fairness, moderation and being satisfied with what you’ve got. It’s not about having too little or too much but about fully inviting contentment into our lives.

Duration 51m 28s.

Feb 27 2018

51mins

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Rank #12: TTIM 141 – Dennis Valverde and Costa Rica

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During his latest trip to the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, Ralph sat down with naturalist guide, photographer, and native Costa Rican, Dennis Valverde.

He was always fascinated by the animals and the big trees that were around his grandparents’ forest. That interest encouraged him to study the biodiversity of the rainforest in a more formal way. Nowadays he has a 12-years experience as a professional naturalist guide.

Photography is Dennis’ second passion and his interest in it started 6 years ago as a result of his desire to capture the abundant wildlife that he sees every day that he goes out to lead tours.

Dennis is a person with a sincere desire to always help his clients to take the best experience and best photos of the most biodiverse place on earth.

Ralph and Dennis talked at length about the natural, unspoilt beauty of Costa Rica and this is the recording of that conversation.

Aug 14 2018

40mins

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Rank #13: TTIM 158 – Jay Patel and Creativity

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Today’s episode of the podcast sees the return of one of our best friends, who was with us already in episode 36, Jay Patel.

In the course of the conversation, Jay and Ugo discuss such topics as getting the shots when the weather is not cooperating, researching a destination to make the most of limited time, and finding ways to be creative beyond the iconic shot that many limit themselves to.

Dec 11 2018

36mins

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Rank #14: TTIM 29 – Travel Photography as a Side Job with Andy Bitterer

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My guest for this episode of the podcast is my long time friend Andy Bitterer. Me and Andy have a lot in common, but one thing that truly sets us apart from many other travel photographers is that we both still have a full-time job–doing stuff other than photography–that keeps our families well fed. We take photos in our spare time, but photography is our true passion and our side job, so we try to practice it as much as possible. That often means exploiting every business trip we take for opportunities to visit new places and create new images.

Andy Bitterer is an award-winning freelance photographer from Hamburg, Germany. As a frequent traveller around the world, Andy focuses mostly on travel and nature photography, but his interests also include event, portrait, architecture, and fine art photography. His work has appeared online and in print, from news websites and corporate intranets to book and music CD covers, magazines, and various marketing collateral.

I have been wanting to interview Andy for a long time, to ask him how he manages to make work, photography, and family travel coexist peacefully and productively. Of course, with him being a very busy guy who is often on the road, it took some time before we could find the time to record an interview, but we finally succeeded. If you too are doing photography as a side job, you might be interested in listening to this episode.

Jun 21 2016

29mins

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Rank #15: Martin Bailey in Japan

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Recently Ugo bought a couple flight tickets to Japan, a country he will be visiting for the first time this year. Wanting to learn more about the place and how to photograph it best, he naturally thought of the photographers he knows that are intimately familiar with it?

Looking at the list of past guests of this podcast, it is obvious that Martin Bailey is the expert, when it comes to Japan, having lived in Tokyo for many years.

Martin is a nature and wildlife photographer based in Tokyo. He’s a pioneering podcaster and blogger, Capture One Ambassador and X-Rite Coloratti member. Fueled by his passion for nature and travel, and a tireless desire to share his knowledge and artistic vision, Martin is a popular international tour & workshop leader, helping photographers from around the world to experience and capture the wonders of this awesome planet we call home.

Ugo and Ralph interviewed Martin about all things Japanese, most notably about the abundant wildlife and spectacular landscapes of Hokkaido, an island where Martin leads photo tours multiple times a year.

In the end, there was also time to talk about a curious incident that happened to Martin in Morocco and that might serve as a cautionary tale for anyone traveling to that otherwise wonderful country with lots of photographic equipment. 

Mar 26 2019

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Rank #16: TTIM 149 – Daniel Rosca in Romania

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While Ralph was touring Romania, he had a chance to sit down and interview Daniel Roșca, a local photographer and tour operator. Together, they discussed what makes Romania a destination that is becoming more and more sought after by photographers worldwide, thanks in no small part to its gorgeous landscape and its beautifully preserved traditions.

Daniel Rosca is a tour guide from Romania specializing in photography, genealogy, cultural and wine tours. He traveled to over 40 countries, lived for 4 years in Belgium, Poland, Turkey and Egypt and worked for organizations like Microsoft, Deloitte and AIESEC.

Oct 09 2018

43mins

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Rank #17: TTIM 152 – Georgia and Armenia

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In this episode, a conversation between Ralph and Ugo about the former’s recent trip to a pair of small, not very well-known, but beautiful and welcoming countries: Georgia and Armenia.

These two countries with a long history, which regained their independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union, haven’t seen much tourism until recently and this means their beauty is still largely unspoilt, even though they are rapidly modernizing and the infrastructure is almost on par with European standards.

Oct 30 2018

43mins

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Rank #18: TTIM 18 – Being Creative with Deborah Sandidge

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Deborah Sandidge is known for her creative approach to travel photography. She is a professional photographer specializing in world travel and artistic imagery. Her passion and skill with creative techniques such as long exposure, time-lapse, and blue hour photography has earned the respect and admiration of both corporate clients and peers.

Apr 05 2016

31mins

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Rank #19: TTIM 110 – Scott Bourne and Bird Photography

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Scott Bourne is President of US Operations at Skylum Software (Formerly Macphun,) an Olympus Visionary and a professional wildlife photographer, author and lecturer who specializes in birds. He was one of the founders of This Week In Photo, Founded Photofocus.com and is co-founder of the Photo Podcast Network.

Scott is a regular contributor to several photography related blogs and podcasts and his photography has appeared in more than 200 books and magazines. He is a trainer at both ThinkTapLearn and lynda.com, and is the author of 11 photography books.

As a present to the TTIM listeners, Scott is generously giving away 3 licenses each of Skylum Luminar 2018 and of Skylum Aurora HDR 2018. To participate in the giveaway, sign up using the widget that you can find at ttim.photo/110 and use it to share this with your friends and followers. The more you share, the greater your chances of winning!

Jan 09 2018

44mins

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Rank #20: TTIM 123 – Peter Ragg and Travel Videography

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The guest for this week's episode of the podcast, hosted by Ralph, is British photographer and videographer Peter Ragg.

Apr 10 2018

55mins

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Stefania Boglioli in Kenya

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Our guest for this episode of the podcast defines herself as a photographer, a philosopher, a writer and a wanderer.

Stefania Boglioli is also a blogger, a visual story teller and a travel companion with a passion for sharing her journeys and her perspective with fellow curious travellers.

She was born in Italy, but spent many years in Africa before returning to Europe to continue her work. She changed career path more than once and lived many lives.

She is either out exploring and taking photos or locked up in her home studio researching, writing and planning her next chapter.

Ugo caught up with Stefania to mainly talk about her second home, Kenya and its incredible variety of scenery, wildlife, and people.

Ugo and Stefania will be leading a photo tour of Kenya in the Spring of 2020.

Jun 04 2019

35mins

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Pedro Kin in Patagonia and the Dolomites

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Pedro Kin is a Portuguese landscape photographer based in Slovakia but you’ll often find him chasing the light in the most beautiful mountains, forests and fjords of Europe. Favouring the cold landscapes and the raw nature of northern Europe, the weather does not stop him from going after the perfect shot — be it the northern lights in the Lofoten Islands, a snowy beach in Lithuania or a powerful waterfall in Iceland. When not travelling the world with his camera, Pedro is found back home helping others improve their photography and editing skills through personalized one-to-one online courses.

Ugo caught up with Pedro recently to talk about his latest journey to Patagonia, his tips for cold weather shooting, and their upcoming photo adventure to the Italian Dolomitestogether.

May 07 2019

39mins

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Erin Babnik on Resilience

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This episode of the podcast was scheduled to be recorded months ago. On the day we were supposed to be interviewing our guest, Erin Babnik, she emailed us asking to reschedule, since she was being evacuated from her house in Paradise, California.

Erin Babnik is known internationally as a leading photographic artist, educator, writer, and speaker. Her ambitious and expressive style of landscape photography brings together an unusual integration of adventurous exploration, progressive techniques, and formal education in the arts. In her writing and public speaking, Erin explores topics with a unique blend of art historical, philosophical, and instructional ideas, an approach that has made her one of the most notable voices among the current generation of landscape photographers.

During this interview, Erin recalls those dramatic moments when seemingly she had lost almost everything she owned and talks about how she managed to recover and bounce back, at least in part, from that dire situation, thanks also to the support she received from the photography community.

Hers is also a cautionary tale about the importance of having a good backup strategy. Thanks to it, Erin didn’t lose a single picture in the fire that destroyed her home and she was willing to give us a number of suggestions on how to implement a sensible backup policy.

We also found the time to discuss one of her more recent articles on finding compositional patterns in nature. There’s really something for everyone in this very informative interview.

Apr 30 2019

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Ariel Estulin in Nepal and Tibet

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An award winning photographer and photo educator. Primarily interested in landscapes, he travels the world seeking out beauty in those wild and remote places on earth that still remain untouched by civilization and where nature commands ultimate attention.

Self-taught as a photographer, he spent time with Freeman Patterson, Canada’s renowned photographer, to learn the art of making great photographs. His training as a graphic designer continually shapes what he sees through the lens in order that elements such as light, shape and colour all work in harmony. His never-ending search for off-beat adventures have led him to explore the Himalayas of Nepal and Ladakh, along with South America’s Patagonia. He feels right at home paddling his canoe or hiking in his backyard, the country of Canada.

As a photo educator, his goal is for students to come away with not just better photographs, but a better understanding of photography, better compositions and most importantly, a skill set they now have and can use on future adventures.

Apr 16 2019

42mins

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Jason Teale in Korea

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The guest for this episode of the podcast is Jason Teale, a Canadian photographer who has made South Korea his home for more than ten years now.

Jason’s work focuses on travel landscapes and cityscapes as well as cinemagraphs. He is a brand ambassador for Flixel and managed their photographic team for Visa during the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. His work has been featured by National Geographic and Travel and Leisure Asia.

Ugo asked Jason about what makes Korea such an amazing place to live and to photograph.

They also chatted about Jason’s latest creating endeavor, that is creating cinemagraphs. If you don’t know what cinemagraphs are or are curious to learn more about them, Jason has a lot to share in this interview.

Apr 09 2019

37mins

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Martin Bailey in Japan

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Recently Ugo bought a couple flight tickets to Japan, a country he will be visiting for the first time this year. Wanting to learn more about the place and how to photograph it best, he naturally thought of the photographers he knows that are intimately familiar with it?

Looking at the list of past guests of this podcast, it is obvious that Martin Bailey is the expert, when it comes to Japan, having lived in Tokyo for many years.

Martin is a nature and wildlife photographer based in Tokyo. He’s a pioneering podcaster and blogger, Capture One Ambassador and X-Rite Coloratti member. Fueled by his passion for nature and travel, and a tireless desire to share his knowledge and artistic vision, Martin is a popular international tour & workshop leader, helping photographers from around the world to experience and capture the wonders of this awesome planet we call home.

Ugo and Ralph interviewed Martin about all things Japanese, most notably about the abundant wildlife and spectacular landscapes of Hokkaido, an island where Martin leads photo tours multiple times a year.

In the end, there was also time to talk about a curious incident that happened to Martin in Morocco and that might serve as a cautionary tale for anyone traveling to that otherwise wonderful country with lots of photographic equipment. 

Mar 26 2019

1hr 3mins

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TTIM 161 – David duChemin and The Traveling Lens

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The guest for this episode of the podcast is an old friend of the Traveling Image Makers podcast. We recorded episode TTIM 66 – David duChemin and The Soul of the Camera with him a while back.

David is a world & humanitarian assignment photographer, best-selling author, digital publisher, and international workshop leader. 

Based in Victoria, Canada, when he’s home, David leads a nomadic life chasing compelling images on all 7 continents.

He just reopened for enrollment his travel photography course, The Traveling Lens. You can sign up for it only until January 24.

Ralph and Ugo ask David about his course: How is it structured? What can students hope to learn from it? Why shoot it in Varanasi, India?

They also discuss other, more general topics pertaining to photography and travel, like what it means to be compassionate, how to grab the subject’s attention, being present in the moment, quantity vs. quality, visual inventories, and more.

Jan 22 2019

1hr 2mins

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TTIM 160 – Mike Holp, the Digital Nomad

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In this week’s episode of the podcast, Ugo interviews Mike Holp.

Mike is a digital nomad and travel photographer from Austin, Texas. He’s been traveling in South America for over a year, capturing photos of beautiful destinations, and meeting new friends from all over the world! Mike is offering a coaching program to other aspiring digital nomads with the proven techniques for long-term travel on a budget. He recently launched an online course and free eBook on how to generate passive income with Airbnb every month without owning property or renting out your space. It’s now possible to work from anywhere in the world on your laptop.

Mike and Ugo had a conversation about what it means to live as a digital nomad, how to generate passive income through photography, writing, affiliate marketing, and traveling across South America.

Jan 08 2019

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TTIM 159 – Simon Bond and Creative Photography

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Last week’s interview with Jay Patel, where we discussed the topic of creativity is a great segue into today’s episode, because we are going to have a conversation with an artist that has chosen creative photography as his trademark of sorts.

Simon Bond is a professional freelance travel photographer who focuses on the Asian continent for his work, he has travelled extensively in this region and is dedicated to producing the best quality travel photographs. Simon cut his teeth in the dark room when he was 15, from there he learnt how to use an SLR camera, and has subsequently moved on into the digital world as he now owns a Canon 5D MkII.

Dec 18 2018

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TTIM 158 – Jay Patel and Creativity

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Today’s episode of the podcast sees the return of one of our best friends, who was with us already in episode 36, Jay Patel.

In the course of the conversation, Jay and Ugo discuss such topics as getting the shots when the weather is not cooperating, researching a destination to make the most of limited time, and finding ways to be creative beyond the iconic shot that many limit themselves to.

Dec 11 2018

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TTIM 157 – Winners of the October 2018 Photo Contest

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As you might know, we are doing a bi-monthly photo contest on our Facebook group, The Traveling Image Makers’ Corner. We invite the group members to submit one of their best photographs and, at the end of the period, we pick two winners and invite them to come on the show and tell us about their winning images and their photography.

The winners for the month of October 2018, Peter de Hoog and Mathew Browne, submitted photos taken in Venice, Italy and Singapore, respectively. We thought those two stood above the rest, but it was a tough choice, since we got so many amazing submissions.

Would you like to be one of the next guests on the podcast? Head over to our Facebook group, ask to join (if you’re not already a member) and look for the post pinned to the top for instructions. Let’s see your best travel images!

Dec 04 2018

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TTIM 156 – Marc De Tollenaere and Venice Still Dances

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Our guest for this episode is Marc De Tollenaere, a photographer from Venice, Italy.

Marc works full time as a photographer and is proud to be a teacher of photography for the most famous brand of cameras, Leica. He published several books about Venice and its countryside, as well as on countless newspapers and magazines.

Starting from 2010, up to nowadays, he organized many photo workshops and photo tours, especially in Venice, of which he has a thorough knowledge, and in several others countries such as India, Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, Turkey and Iceland.

In 2014 he became Leica Ambassador and in 2018 he was “Certified by Leica”.

Nov 27 2018

53mins

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TTIM 155 - Karen Hutton and Slovenia

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It’s always exciting to listen to Karen Hutton talk about her travels and her passions and, after having had her as a guest on episode 34, it was about time that we invited her back.

Karen Hutton is an International Landscape and Travel Photographer, Artist, Speaker, Author, Educator, Voice. She has over 2 million followers on social media; with over 11 billion views of her photographic work. She is a Professional Fujifilm-X Photographer and has been featured in Talks at Google, Photo Plus Expo and on Stuck in Customs, TWiP, Macphun Software, Forbes.com, The Grid, Rick Sammon’s DPE Podcast. Karen lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. You can find her at Karenhutton.com.

Karen just returned from a trip to Slovenia, a country that we deeply love, so this was the perfect opportunity to have her on the show to talk about it.

We didn’t just talk about Slovenia, but also about Karen’s photo retreats, the demise of Google+, and many other topics.

Nov 20 2018

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TTIM 154 – Leigh Diprose in Europe

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The guest for this episode of the podcast, as his LinkedIn profile states, is a Business Manager, Communication and Social Media Specialist with over 15 years of marketing, communication and sales experience, working for a major manufacturer of photo equipment.

But first of all, Leigh Diprose is a photographer and a friend.

After having known each other virtually for more than six year, Ugo and Leigh had finally the chance to meet face-to-face and to spend a few days together when Leigh was traveling across Europe on his honeymoon, or his elopement, as he prefers to call it.

For this experience, the interview you can listen to here was born. Ugo and Leigh discussed about Europe as seen through the lens of an Australian on his first voyage to the Old World, but also about what Australia has to offer to a visitor from abroad, photographically speaking.

Nov 13 2018

33mins

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TTIM 153 – Expert Roundup 4, What Makes a Great Travel Photo

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This week’s edition of the podcast is a bit special. Unlike our typical episode, where we have a conversation with a guest, what we’ve done this time is to contact some of our previous guests and ask them one question. We’ve already done this twice in the past, when we published our “expert roundups” but this time we’ve also asked them to record their answer, so you can hear it in their own voice.

The question we asked was the following:

What makes a great travel photo?

We received and collected answers from 21 of our guests, so there’s a lot of information here for you to consume. They shared some great stories and we hope that listening to them will better equip everyone who wants to take up photography a little bit more seriously to avoid some mistakes at the beginning of their journey.

We also have a transcript of all the answers, that you can find below the fold, if you’d rather read them than listen.

Stay tuned for more expert roundups coming soon.

Nov 06 2018

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TTIM 152 – Georgia and Armenia

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In this episode, a conversation between Ralph and Ugo about the former’s recent trip to a pair of small, not very well-known, but beautiful and welcoming countries: Georgia and Armenia.

These two countries with a long history, which regained their independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union, haven’t seen much tourism until recently and this means their beauty is still largely unspoilt, even though they are rapidly modernizing and the infrastructure is almost on par with European standards.

Oct 30 2018

43mins

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TTIM 151 – Mike Gulbraa Around the World

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For this episode of the podcast (absent Ralph, who was traveling to Costa Rica) Ugo had the opportunity to interview Mike Gulbraa, who has been into photography for over 45 years and he has visited 162 countries to date.

Mike, a published and award-winning photographer, established M&M Photo Tours, Inc. in 2009, and since has traveled extensively in the US and across the globe, doing photo tours and workshops at the world’s best locations. M&M Photo Tours, Inc. is for photographers of all skill levels – even professionals.

Mike enjoys photographing candids, street photography, landscapes, wildlife, and sports. As Mike says, “You don’t just take a photograph, you experience it!”

Mike and Ugo talked at length about many of the destinations that Mikes loves the most, especially Africa, where Mike frequently does photo safaris, and Italy.

In September 2019 Ugo will be the guest pro on M&M Photo Tours’ “Best of Italy” tour.

Oct 23 2018

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TTIM 150 – South-East Asia

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In this episode of the podcast, Ralph interviews Ugo about his recent trip to a trio of countries in Southeast Asia: Singapore, Malaysia, and Cambodia. These countries are culturally rich and diverse and visually stimulating, so we think they should be on every traveling photographer’s radar. Below the fold, you can see some of the pictures Ugo took while there.

We also recommend that you listen to episode TTIM 146 – Matt Brandon and Pete DeMarco in Malaysia, which covers the city of Penang more in depth.

Oct 16 2018

54mins

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TTIM 149 – Daniel Rosca in Romania

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While Ralph was touring Romania, he had a chance to sit down and interview Daniel Roșca, a local photographer and tour operator. Together, they discussed what makes Romania a destination that is becoming more and more sought after by photographers worldwide, thanks in no small part to its gorgeous landscape and its beautifully preserved traditions.

Daniel Rosca is a tour guide from Romania specializing in photography, genealogy, cultural and wine tours. He traveled to over 40 countries, lived for 4 years in Belgium, Poland, Turkey and Egypt and worked for organizations like Microsoft, Deloitte and AIESEC.

Oct 09 2018

43mins

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TTIM 148 – Winners of the July 2018 Photo Contest

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As you might know, we are doing a bi-monthly photo contest on our Facebook group, The Traveling Image Makers’ Corner. We invite the group members to submit one of their best photographs and, at the end of the period, we pick two winners and invite them to come on the show and tell us about their winning images and their photography.

The winners for the month of July 2018, Rima Biswas and Penny Palmer, submitted photos taken in Tennessee and Bruges, Belgium, respectively. We thought those two stood above the rest, but it was a tough choice, since we got so many amazing submissions.

Would you like to be one of the next guests on the podcast? Head over to our Facebook group, ask to join (if you’re not already a member) and look for the post pinned to the top for instructions. The contest for the month of July 2018 is already open and we intend to do a new contest every two months. Let’s see your best travel images!

Oct 02 2018

44mins

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Superb programs on travel and photography

By Zonan - Dec 22 2016
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This is one of the best (if not THE best) photography/travel podcasts out there. Guests and themes are varied, interesting and provide inspiration and education. Ugo is a superb interviewer, I never cease to be amazed by the directions he takes his interviews. This is one podcast I would need on a desert island! Highly recommended.

Diverse and Informative

By LauriNovakPhoto - Aug 30 2016
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Great diversity of people, places and photography related (and unrelated) topics!