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My favorite money cover-up...

NotebookIn my backpack, I carry a plain school notebook that I've clearly labelled, "My Travel Notes." This is actually the book where I write my findings for future Journeywoman articles, in it I tape business cards that I collect along the way and I also include some personal photos that I share with hosts and sister-travellers. This notebook gets quite dog-earred as I travel and that is a deliberate tactic on my part. I don't want anybody to think it has any value.

Now, this is the best part...

So that I will never be without money, I tape five $10.00 bills and an extra credit card to the inside cover of this notebook. Over it, I staple a copy of my itinerary which protects and hides this stash completely. Nobody ever suspects that there is money there and I sleep easier knowing that I always have a cash backup in case of foul play.
(Source: Evelyn Hannon, Journeywoman Editor)

Fabulous photos for your journal...

Best film to use
If you aren't sure what film to take because you don't have a usual favorite and your'e using a point-and-shoot camera, take IOS 400 and 800 color-print films. They'll handle just about anything you'll encounter.
(SOURCE: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Photography Like a Pro)

Check your camera before you journey
If you send equipment to the repair shop for a pre-trip checkup, be sure to shoot a test roll yourself when you get the gear back before leaving on your trip. Repair shops have rarely been known to render something inoperative that previously worked fine, but you don't want to discover your shop is the exception when you're on that once-in-a-lifetime photo safari in Djibouti.
(SOURCE: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Photography Like a Pro)

Capturing sunrise and sunset
Sunrises and sunsets attract photographers for the simple reason that they produce lots of color and glory for very little technical effort. They also elicit a whole spectrum of emotional responses, from awe to tranquillity to romance. To capture the sight, include just a simple foreground. Exclude the sun when setting your exposure and after sunset, wait for the afterglow to color the sky. Makes for many more photo opportunities!
(SOURCE: Fodor's Kodak Guide to Shooting Great Travel Pictures, Jeff Wignall)

Finding cool cityscapes
Take your camera whenever you visit a city for the first time; watch for the complex mixture of styles and patterns which people who know the city take for granted. Simplify your images as much as possible; select viewpoints carefully and plan the day so as to make best use of the lighting.
(SOURCE: The Photographer's Handbook, Third Edition, John Hedgecoe)

Get closer to your subject
There's an old adage in photography that says if you want to improve your photographs 100 percent, move closer. Fill the frame tightly for maximum impact. Either move closer physically or use a long lens. Continually check the viewfinder for wasted space.
(SOURCE: Fodor's Kodak Guide to Shooting Great Travel Pictures, Jeff Wignall)

Watch out at airports
The scanners used to check carry-on bags aren't as powerful as those that are used to scan checked baggage. A single pass through one of them generally won't harm film. But multiple trips through the scanner -- as happens when you have several layovers on your trip -- can be harmful especially to faster films.
(SOURCE: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Photography Like a Pro)

Books to improve your travel photography...
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Photography Like a Pro
Editors of Photographic Magazine and Mike Stensvold

The Photographer's Handbook
Third Edition, John Hedgecoe

Fodor's Kodak Guide to Shooting Great Travel Pictures
Jeff Wignall





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