From his base in Southern California, professional travel photographer, author and award-winning travel blogger Ralph Velasco teaches and speaks at a variety of institutions including the University of California Irvine Extension, the Irvine Fine Arts Center, Saddleback College and Santa Ana College.
“ Ralph Velasco On Travel Photography: 101 Tips for Developing Your Photographic Eye & More,” has been well-received by readers around the world. The book offers practical tips and hints for improving one’s travel photography. It comes complete with sample images, relevant quotes and other advice that can be immediately put into practice by all levels of photographers, no matter their experience or the type of equipment they own.
DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR GUIDE
Mr. Velasco leads a variety of photography tours to locations around the world, including Eastern Europe and Egypt. In Cuba he’s been part of two humanitarian trips with other Americans who provided much needed school and medical supplies to benefit the Cuban people. He also leads over 20 distinct PhotoWalkingTours throughout Chicago, San Francisco and various parts of San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange Counties, in Southern California, with more in development.
APP FOR iPHONE CREATOR
Ralph’s newest project, the My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone, was recently completed and released through iTunes. It’s based on his Capturing the Essence of a Place photography class. The ideal tool for developing and tracking a well-rounded collection of images that truly guides users towards creating an overall cultural portrait of a place, My Shot Lists for Travel should be a part of any suite of travel apps and easily works into even the most casual photographer’s routine. One user said “it’s like having a Travel Photography course in your pocket.”
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
RalphVelasco.com/blog was recently selected one of the “ 11 Best New Travel Blogs of 2011” by consumer advocate Christopher Elliott of Elliott.org and one of “ Our Five Favorite Travel Sites” by BlackBookMag.com
Named OpenPhotographer of the Year for both 2010 and 2009 by the Professional Photographers of Orange County.
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