Want to know a secret? Every single camera on the market is perfect for someone. The trick is figuring out which one is right for you and your travel style, so here’s my take on what travel photographers should know when buying a camera.
A DSLR camera provides “pro” features like interchangeable lenses and lighting-fast auto focus, but they also cost thousands of dollars, and for me, they’re just too big and heavy to carry around when I’m on the road.
At the other end of the spectrum, budget compact cameras are small, portable and affordable. However, I tend to stay away from these just because my iPhone has essentially the same capabilities, while also letting me edit and share images on the fly.
So that leaves the middle-of-the-road cameras, what some call “prosumer” cameras. Most are not quite pocket-sized, but still small enough to fit in a backpack or purse. I use a Canon G11, but there are many great options from all the major manufacturers. I find this style of camera works great in most situations, though they do leave something to be desire...Read More
From a grog-fueled pirate haven to a pink-umbrellaed paradise, there’s one Caribbean constant that spans the centuries: Cocktails. And in my opinion, the only activity on par with scoring some extended beach time is capping off the day with a classic Caribbean concoction. Almost every island boasts it’s own brand of witches’ brew, and a great signature drink can make or break a vacation. If you want a taste of the good stuff, consider my guide to the five best Caribbean cocktails from across the region—and my favorite spots to sip ‘em.
Often imitated, rarely duplicated, the Pusser’s Painkiller was born of Royal Navy hooch in a remote outpost of the British Virgin Islands. This heady mix of orange, coconut and pineapple, laced with nutmeg and spiked with intensely flavored Pusser’s rum, is the hallmark of the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost van Dyke’s White Bay. With no pier in sight, sailors must drop the hook and swim to shore to administer this anesthetic in its native habitat.
What do you do when life gives you cactus? If you’re Eric and Jolande Gietman, you make Cadushy. The electric green-color of Bonaire’s loc...Read More
Travel photos and iPhone cameras are made for each other. With pocket-sized portability, an endless supply of apps at the ready, and the ability to publish and share iPhone photos from anywhere, this is the ultimate travel accessory that no one should leave home without. The small form factor alone makes them always available, rather than sitting in a bag in the hotel room. It’s easy to take iPhone photos without drawing attention in a crowd. And the Matrix-style ability to upload new features and functionalities on the fly will accommodate pretty much any photographic need, from long nighttime exposures to self-timers and panoramas.
The wide-angle lenses and close focusing abilities of smartphone cameras means you can get just inches from your subject. “Zoom with your feet” to get great portraits and detail shots.
Eye-catching photos often depict ordinary things from a new perspective. Instead of standing straight and shooting from shoulder level, try kneeling down or climbing up a staircase to take the photo from an unlikely angle.
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Costa Rica boasts adventure from coast to coast, especially on the remote Osa Peninsula. From jungle ziplines to deep-sea fishing, read on for the top 5 Costa Rica adventures around the Osa.
Costa Rica is renowned as the birthplace of the zipline canopy tour, and the wilds of the Osa Peninsula is one of the best spots to catch these thrilling Costa Rica adventures. To have some fun and see some amazing wildlife along the way check out Osa Palmas. Here, a half dozen lines range from slow and scenic to adrenaline-pumping and—well—still scenic. As I rode the family-run course with owner Eduardo Morales, he pointed on medicinal plants, exotic birds and even a tiny, neon-green poison dart frog, which was almost as cool as the ziplines themselves. The final zipline however—a screamer that runs for 1500 feet and bursts from the jungle with a stunning view of the ocean—is well worth the ride.
The Corcovado National Park boasts some of the greatest wildlife density of any forests on the planet—around 2 percent of the world’s biodiversity resides in an area of only about 260 sq...Read More