Time-lapse photography: how to capture your first time-lapse video

If you’d like to make an easy, and indeed logical, transition from shooting stills to shooting video, time-lapse photography is the best way to do it. Not only is time-lapse photography based on still images, the technique shows the passing of time in such an interesting way that even mundane scenes can be brought to life and made to look magnificent.

So, what is time-lapse photography? In a nutshell, it’s a movie that’s made up of a sequence of still images that show the passage of time. This could be minutes, hours, days or even weeks.

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I’ve traveled to 25 countries, and here’s my checklist for exactly what to do weeks, days, and hours before an international trip

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Summer travel may be relaxing, but the two weeks before an international trip can often be a stressful ordeal.

We’ve laid out the most important things to do in the weeks, days, and hours before your big trip.

They include confirming your reservations, buying an international adapter, and setting up an out-of-office email.

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Travel agents: How to find a good one and how they can help

When you can book every aspect of a trip online, in minutes, why would you use a travel agent? And how do you find a good one?

Erika Richter, communications director for the American Society of Travel Agents, joined this week’s episode of the AP Travel podcast “Get Outta Here! ” to explain how travel agents work and how to find one. Here are some excerpts from the podcast, edited for brevity and clarity.

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Comic-Con International 2018 Travel Tips

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If you’re attending Comic-Con International in San Diego this week, you may want to take a couple of minutes to read this post.

Our officers have been screening outgoing Comic-Con travelers at the San Diego International Airport (SAN) for over a decade now, and we’ve gained some valuable tips from them that could help ease your screening experience.

Every year during Comic-Con International, our officers have issues with the various items that people purchase and pack in their bags. These come in the form of figurines, costume items (including replica and real weapons) and other mementos that generally alarm our checkpoint and checked baggage screening systems and result in a bag check.

Here are our suggestions on how to avoid the most common problems:

Budget for travel, tips and advice: Travel’s eight most expensive hobbies

Sailing the Greek Islands - not a cheap pasttime.

It’s not as if travel isn’t already expensive enough. This pursuit is a pricey one. It’s the sort of passion that quickly drains your finances, that eats up the bulk of your savings.

What are you spending your money on? Holidays. Always holidays. Catching flights, staying in hotels, eating in restaurants, getting from place to place – this stuff adds up.

And then, you go and add something more to it. You combine another hobby, another passion, with your love of travel. You take something else that’s really expensive, and you make it part of your holiday experience. You add extra gear; expensive gear. You necessitate pricey locations. You add exclusivity.

I’m a huge fan of combining your passions with your holidays; however, if you happen to be into any of the following, you’ll find your finances dwindling even faster than usual.

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When Landscape Photography Goes Wrong

There’s no better feeling in the world for a landscape photographer than watching a beautiful sunrise or sunset light up the sky with an array of colors. There’s no worse feeling than not being able to take advantage of that lighting and going home empty-handed.

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Photography Tips for Beginners: Shoot Like a Pro By Thinking Like a Pro

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Thanks to advances in digital technology, it’s now possible for anyone with a reasonably decent camera to capture stunning photos. Today’s best camera sensors guarantee a jaw-dropping level of detail and richness. It’s tempting to chase every new and improved technology in a fruitless effort to buy your way to being a better photographer, but you still need an appreciation for the fundamentals of what makes a great photo. To shoot like a professional photographer, you need to think like a professional photographer. Here’s how.

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Insider Hotel Secrets For The Affluent Traveler

Mr. Melchiorri is an hotelier extraordinaire. A former Air Force protocol officer, he takes a no-nonsense approach as a wildly successful “hotel fixer” on the Travel Channel’s original series Hotel Impossible. In this program, Mr. Melchiorri uses his hotel experience, plus a wealth of his business strategies – and a terrific sense of humor – to rescue and revive struggling properties and put them – in just four days of taping – onto the fast track of success and profitability. His past experience includes stints as Director of Front Office Operations at New York’s landmark Plaza Hotel, and General Manager of Manhattan’s Lucerne Hotel and the famous Algonquin Hotel, which he developed into one of the top-ranking hotels in New York City. Throughout his meteoric career he has consistently proven that nothing is impossible and the only limitation is lack of imagination.

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