THESE DAYS YOU DON’T always need the most expensive equipment or latest lens to get a quality shot during your travels. Not only have modern smartphones greatly surpassed the standalone point- and-shoot cameras of the past, but also apps and editing software improved so much over the past few years that even a DSLR novice can come home with a frame-worthy shot. The trick to taking a great shot while traveling these days isn’t necessarily about being the best behind your camera; it’s about being in the right place at the right time, a factor more easily identified than experienced.
Photography tours take the guesswork out of planning, timing and logistics. They ensure guests are in the right place and armed with the right skills to return with beautiful images and new skills that will take their photography to the next level. Whether you’re a promising iPhone photographer or an amateur Ansel Adams, photography tours offer a great chance to advance your skills with unrestricted access to a professional photographer while traveling to stunning locations with a small group of like-minded people.
Nature photographer Ralph Paonessa has led workshops and photo trips since 1997, focusing itineraries around birds and wildlife as well as landscape and scenic photography. His work has appeared in Outdoor Photographer, Martha Stewart Living, Nature and Wildlife, Outdoor Traveler and many other publications. His main passion, however, lies in sharing what he’s learned over his years as a professional photographer with the three to seven travelers allowed on each trip. Itineraries range from a week-long Eastern Sierra Milky Way workshop in California to an 11-day excursion into the cloud forests of Costa Rica to photograph the colorful hummingbirds and micro subjects that keep the forest buzzing with life.
Amateur photographers can choose from more than 50 photography-centric trips on all seven continents when traveling with National Geographic Expeditions. This branch of the National Geographic Society launched in 1999 as the tangible extension of the company’s 130-year legacy of exploring some of the world’s most remote corners and most interesting cultures. Along with a team of researchers and experts that offers details into each specific destination, the photo tours offered by National Geographic Expeditions also include access to a National Geographic photographer and certified photo instructor. From river cruises in Bordeaux to a 14-day cruise around Antarctica, guests on board any expedition can participate in onboard photo lectures and workshops as well as ask as many questions as they’d like while venturing out alongside these talented professionals on Zodiac, bicycle or foot.
The Mirage in Las Vegas welcomed a new addition to its Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. A baby bottlenose dolphin, born Aug. 16, represents the fourth generation of dolphins living in the habitat.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Keeping up with expiration dates for various miles and points programs is not typically something high on anyone’s to-do list. Here are a few ways to keep track of your points across programs and get ahead of any impending expiration dates.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
United unveiled a unique new livery at its Newark (EWR) hub last month. A Boeing 757 aircraft features livery designed by a New Jersey artist and the design prominently focuses on imagery from both New York City and New Jersey. The artist, Corinne Antonelli, won United’s Her Art Here contest, a competition that invited women around the country to submit their livery designs.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.