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Travelers face a seemingly neverending list of pre-trip decisions, the worst of all being what to pack. When your carry-on begins filling up with gadgets like a laptop, tablet, and cameras you realize how precious that space is, and how reliant you're about to be on these little pieces of metal, plastic and glass.
With this in mind, we're sharing our 5 favorite cameras for travel, ones you may never have considered before.
We have excluded full-size DSLRs in the list for a couple reasons, first being the size/weight and need for extra lenses. Another reason is that they are not wholly inconspicuous and may draw too much attention in some parts of the world. The last thing you want is your camera getting stolen because it looks (and is) expensive.
All the cameras below are compact, light(er)weight, have Wi-Fi transfer capabilities (leave your laptop at home if you only use it for photo sharing), boast features ideal for a range of environments, and ring up under $1500:
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Talk about Swiss precision!
On August 30 and again on September 6, a SWISS International Air Lines Airbus A330, flanked by six Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of the Patrouille Suisse, whizzed above a crowd of approximately 50,000 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Swiss Air Force and 50th Anniversary of its aerobatic division. It was only one flying display within the AIR14 PAYERNE air show but, for such an occasion, SWISS brought out the big cameras (38 in total!) to create a short "pilots' view" film.
The videography and editing which went into the production of the video is simply spectacular, and it seems the internet agrees; the video has only been posted to YouTube for a couple days, and already it's just short of 50,000 views.
As you can probably tell from a quick scroll of your Instagram stream, the world is currently on speed. Time-lapse video with motion stabilization has been adapted for ultimate ease of use thanks to Instagram's new Hyperlapse app, and now viewing some videos should be accompanied by a photosensitive epilepsy warning.
Already the airlines are onboard with the technology; JetBlue was Hyperlapsing for their Instagram account as soon as the day after launch. Of course the Pro-Grammers (Professional + Instagrammers) are on it, and turning their particular aesthetics into sped-up mobile film masterpieces.
Here are a few of our favorites, which demonstrate the different ways Hyperlapse can illustrate a journey:
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Humans of New York, the photography project with nearly 10 million Facebook fans, 1.6 million Instagram followers, and a bestselling book, went international this season. The man behind HONY, Brandon Stanton, headed out with UNICEF on a 50-day trip through 10 countries, designed to apply his style to a broader (and certainly more war-torn) base.
HONY also has another current international connection, as KLM has been inspired enough to adapt the Humans of New York style in the creation of their "Citizens of the Airport" (COTA) series. Through portraits and small interviews, the airline gets up close with individual travelers at Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport to learn a little of their life around each particular journey.
We've talked before about how drones are are set to upend the travel world, from travel photography to travel safety. Sometimes the developments are newsy, like when the federal government banned drones inside national parks out of safety and noise concerns. Other times they can get kind of worrying, like when we gave you the heads up that idiots are using hobby drones to buzz commercial aircraft.
But overall, the trend in the travel world is the same as everywhere else: innovation then disruption then regulatory concerns and then innovation. People are finding lots of new ways to do old things. Travel photography is just one of the more obvious examples.
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Have you posted a Hyperlapse yet?
Hyperlapse from Instagram, a free video app released yesterday to the iTunes app store, is enjoying runaway success, with more than 40,000 Instagrams bearing the #hyperlapse hashtag in just the first 24 hours. The quick uptake isn't surprising; the app is well-designed, easy to use, easy to sync with social media, and inspirational in nature.
It's obvious from the first moment of the first Hyperlapse (Instagram's promo video, above), that this brand new app is
god's Instagram's gift to mobile travel photography. Wired even went so far as to call it a "$15,000 video setup in your hand."
The folks over at Korean Air have run an annual photo contest for over twenty years now, and yet this is the first time we can recall having heard of it. Ah wellbetter late than never, especially with premium travel as a prize.
The contest for travel photographs is now open, and they're welcoming your entries in the search for the best of the best for this year’s theme—Pleasant and Memorable Travel Moment.
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Yesterday CNN published an article in its Travel silo, under its "CNN Style" brand, cross-posted from its Wired sister publication, about airport tarmacs. That doesn't have anything to do with the content of the story itself, it's just something that we found odd and thought we'd bring to your attention. It's just not a travel news combination that you see every day. You're welcome.
In any case: meet Lauren O'Neil. The Brooklyn-based designer finds pictures of airport runways on Google Earth, crops and colors and adjusts them until they become something approaching art, and then posts them on her Tumblr page. If you're an airport geek - or an art geek, we suppose - you should already have clicked on that link and be looking at the photos. Go do it, and then come back to learn about the rest of the CNN article. Seriously.
Just like clockwork, it's that time of the year for National Geographic's Annual Photo Contest and if you're looking to take a prize, you need to act fast. For those with the knack for finding the perfect composition of an unforgettable moment, NatGeo wants to see the fruits of your labor in the form of stunning pics.
As in recent years, the publication opens up their inboxes to one-of-a-kind photos from readers to crown a winner for best shot. Entering is as easy as uploading a photo to the website and paying a $15 entry fee; the magazine is happy to take multiple entries with multiple fees.
There are two times every year when one can take the the most spectacular photos of the Manhattan skyline, dramatic and backlit. It's called Manhattanhenge, a portmanteau made from the combination of Manhattan + Stonehenge, the latter also a place famous for solstice action. The first of those times occurs next week, over a span of three evenings, May 28-30. Clear out those memory cards and charge up your camera!
During Manhattanhenge, the setting sun perfectly lines up with the grid of the city's east-west streets, creating a canyon of searing lights down every midtown street. Photographers who wish to capture this phenomenon typically stake out the west end of of wide 42nd Street, and even head over the East River to Long Island City to capture the whole of the skyline.
Planning a vacation is hard enough when you think of all the decisions to be made, from picking destinations to choosing airlines and hotels. That's why we're pretty excited to check out this new travel app that marries photo-sharing sites and TripAdvisor. Views On Top lets travelers browse photos from their destination and cherry pick what they'd like to see.
Its target are the time poor travelers, as the app allows users to check out stunning shots of locations shared by either locals or other tourists. It even assists in travel photography; perhaps you want to get your own shot of the Taj Mahal at dawn or the perfect capture of Copacabana Beach from a secret roof deck, well snap-happy visitors can share tips for snapping that perfect shot.
We've waxed enthusiastic about Instagram for what seems like forever, including trends like carpet designs and even celeb travel selfies, but a new trending hashtag (with over 320,000 images!) has us shaking our heads.
This hashtag#crewlifedocuments the more casual aspects of what it's like to be part of an airline's crew. All these flight attendant selfies on social media means cabin crew are snapping while in uniform. On planes. Quite possibly while working.