Favorite time of day to take a photo of Santo Domingo is late afternoon @ Oaxaca 10.2013

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Photography = the art or practice of taking and processing photographs.

Planeta.com is seeking examples of photography that connect locals and visitors, whether by seeking out instagrammable places to visit or by documenting and savoring local culture.

We are also keen on learning tips on digitizing photos and videos. For those of us who have undigitized pics, videos and reel-to-reel movies, what should we do?

Tips on tagging?

Bonus points for examples of responsible travel in practice when shared with the #rtweek18 hashtag during Responsible Travel Week, February 8-12.

Translating: August 19 is World Photography Day

Spanish: 19 de agosto es el Día Mundial de la Fotografía
French: 19 août est la Journée mondiale de Photographie
Afrikaans: 19 Augustus is Wêreld Photography Dag
Irish: Is 19 Lúnasa Lá Grianghrafadóireacht Domhanda

World Photography Day

August 19 World Photography Day


World Photography Day is a day to pay homage to the history of photography, celebrate the present and leave a positive trail for the future.

World Photography Day originates from the invention of the daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Louis Daguerre. On January 9, 1839 The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process and a few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government announced the invention as a gift free to the world. Thank you Louis Daguerre and thank you France!

The World Photo Day project started in 2009 and it was celebrated for the first time on August 19th, 2010. With help from good friends, World Photo Day Founder, Korske Ara spent hours of his spare time learning the skills needed to build a website that could support a global gallery. Today, millions of people around the world are reached by efforts to celebrate photography and thousands of photographers are getting involved through independent community events and competitions.

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August 19 is World Photography Day = Día Mundial de la Fotografía #WorldPhotographyDay #WorldPhotoDay

Translating: Make I take your photo?

Spanish: Puedo tomar tu foto?
Japanese: Shashin totemo i-deska?
German: Darf ich ein Foto von dir machen?
Estonian: Kas ma tohin sind pildistada?
Ayuuk: O'yip ëts mpëkït m'a'ixnajxïn? (Santa Maria Ocotepec)


Taking pictures with poor kids - @BluCollarProf - Outbounding
A Traveler's Eye
Getty Images blows the web’s mind by setting 35 million photos free (with conditions, of course)
Tai Roob Dai Mai - @CReidTaylor
How to photograph yourself hugging third world children - @Reductress (Outbounding discussion)
Digital Cameras Are Messing With Your Memory
Watch where you’re shooting!
Underwater Photography
Was the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year faked with Photoshop
Set Your Phone's Photos Free With the Wikimedia Commons App
How to photograph strangers
This Is the Oldest Record In History—Scanned and Recreated From a Photo
If You Call It Art, Is It Still A Crime? - Mike Bowers


photography - Google News



Flickr Groups
Photo Safari
Platinum Rule



Popular Tips
Tip - If you spot a family or friends taking a picture of one another, be generous! Offer to take a photo of them with their camera.

Let people be themselves instead of performing for you. Refrain from asking for the ‘big smile.’ Instead show them the photo you’ve taken and ask if they are content. If they want to try again, great.

TRAVELER POV - Here are a few reasons why travelers want to take a picture:The photograph is considered a souvenir.The photograph shows something that the traveler wishes to share with friends and family.

LOCAL POV - A few reasons why locals DO NOT want travelers to take their picture:
The request is too abrupt.The photograph is considered a nuisance. This is particularly true in areas that are frequently touristed, such as markets.The photograph 'steals the soul.’The photograph is considered a portrait, and the subject would prefer to be well groomed and dressed in good clothes.Other photographers have promised to send a copy of the picture and they have not done so.

France passed legislation to protect the privacy of individuals from their photograph being taken or used without permission. Photographers should be aware of the rules in France. This article from the New York Times attempts to explain how the law works there. It is good manners and definitely good practice to work to the French rules anywhere in the world.
Protecting the Right to Photograph, or Not

to Be Photographed
FLICKR TIP - Keep an eye on your friends

Give this photo a star. Give lots of stars

making calendars


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High Dynamic Range Photography




Recommended Listening
An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar - Photographer Taryn Simon has spent years documenting some extraordinary places - nuclear waste facilities, forensic labs, the contraband room at JFK airport, even the art room at the CIA. Her exhibit, named An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, is currently on display at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne

Rewriting the history of photography - Many people know about the early history of photography involving images on silver plates. But these well known results were based on earlier experiments by a range of people over earlier decades. John Wood and Sally Hoban fill in the gaps, including evidence that another process of creating images was used before the silver plates method. It involved using poisonous cyanide leaving traces around fern leaves. The mystery extends to letters revealing rivalry and bribes. Perhaps the early history of photography is about to be rewritten.

Photojournalism special - Today we look at what effect smart phones in the hands of the public are having -- and will have -- on photojournalism. And photojournalists aren’t just under pressure from cameras being almost everywhere these days. The decline of newspapers is also having its effect. But amidst all this, many photojournalists are strangely optimistic about the future of their craft and today we’re going to find out why.


A foreigner can photograph the exteriors of a nation. No foreigner can report its interior, its life, its speech, its thoughts. Knowledge of these things is acquired in only one way - years and years of unconscious absorption. One learns people through the heart, not the eyes or the intellect.
- Mark Twain, Essays on Paul Bourget, cited in The Trouble Begins at Eight

Photographs need to be interpreted. The mode is which photographs are made affects what they record.
- Simon Schaffer, The philosophy of astronomy

Discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes.
- Marcel Proust

Photographs don’t discriminate between the living and the dead. In the fragments of time and shards of light that compose them, everyone is equal. Now you see us; now you don’t. It doesn’t matter whether you look through a camera lens and press the shutter. It doesn't even matter whether you open your eyes or close them. The pictures are always there. And so are the people in them.
- Robert Goddard

Mark Twain: A foreigner can photograph the exteriors of a nation


responsible tourism photography - RT Networking
Responsible Photography policies for travellers - Facebook


Responsible Travel Photography


ABC News Photos


Rich Remsburg
Mari Seder

Elsewhere on the Web

When ordinary is extraordinary (Capetown)
Tourist photography may be helpful to destination health
Photographer's Rights - Bert P. Krages
We are all photographers now - nfp 2.0
Sports Photography Isn't Easy: US College Rugby Playoffs - White African
Center for Creative Photography
Centro de la Imagen (Mexico)
Life photos on Google
Magnum in Motion
New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography
The Mayan Photo Album - Steve Bridger
Making Pictures of Guanajuato - Steve Bridger
We are all photographers now - Steve Bridger
Best practice in Tourism Waste Management - ECOCLUB
XVII Concurso de Fotografía turística

Transitions Abroad

Culturally Sensitive Photography

Photo Editing








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Edwin Land
Rule of thirds


Responsible Travel Photography
Fair Trade in Travel Writing and Photography



Embedded Tweets


Are there times in which travelers can assist locals via photography?
Can visitors help tell the story?
Can visitors participate in the story?
Are there events in which locals are empowered to connect with visitors in a positive, unscripted manner?
how do we encourage non photographers to take pictures?
how do we create activities that bring together locals and visitors?
how do we use photography to stimulate sales of local crafts?
Do travelers who take pictures of food care more about local food and people?

Sams Club




Printing on Aluminum



The best photography in my opinion are not always the best photos. Photographers who respect locals respect rhythms of the place, of protocols and common sense. I've seen far too many photographers get in the face of participants in ceremonial dances, disrespecting the locals for the sake of a 'good picture.' Regarding sharing pictures, I think we should evaluate how locals respond to the pictures. Do photographers get locals to add a star on Flickr or thumbs up like on Facebook? Are the portraits recycled as the 'profile photo?'

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Thanks to @SonjaSwissLife and @TransAbroad ... This is the kind of article that distresses me. What are travelers trying to 'capture' in a photo? Is it the experience? Is it the bragging right? I loathe most travel photography tours because invariably they put those visited on the remote the side of the lens. Sure, there may be some sharing of tea or coffee, but typically the experience remains and us v them.

How many times have I asked on Facebook or Google if the photographer could identify the artisan in the picture? Sure, the photo may be lovely, but if you cannot recall the person's name, what sort of experience was it? I don't mean to criticize only individual photographers. This situation occurs frequently with photos from travel agencies and government tourism offices. Why so many pictures of anonymous market vendors? As a potential visitor I want to know who is weaving that rug, making that chocolate, molding that clay. I want to learn from that photo how one says rug, chocolate and clay in the local language. And I want to know what the protocols are for visiting. Call it responsible travel or good manners. We have the technology. Let's use it wisely.

This is why when I lived in Oaxaca I eschewed the photography tours for photo safaris open to local and visitors. It's a great idea and can be replicated anywhere. Let's talk up what and who is local with locals. If we had more of a virtuous circle then travelers could be skilled partners with locals in sharing a greater 'we story' -- the empathetic tale of cultures connecting.


True Digital Prints measure 4 inches x 5.3 inches, staying true to the 4:3 aspect ratio used by most digital cameras. With True Digital Prints, the entire image is printed with no cropping.

Tip: To take better photos with your smartphone, take it out of the protector case.

Paseo Incluyente FotoSafari en Oaxaca de Juárez, México #wed2013 #rtyear2013 @UNEP