Some of the most important things in my bag as a traveling photographer have nothing to do with Photography.. A good pair of noise cancelling Headphones is one of those necessities for me.. I am not a huge fan of earbuds but these changed the game.. no more annoying noises or crying babies!!!
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Travis W Keyes, Professional Photographer, Social Media
Having forged his path into the world of photography after a career in nightlife and entertainment, Travis brings a sharp and unique aesthetic to his photography. Discovering a new sense of happiness and fulfillment in his work. With a quick look at his work (a who's who in fashion and celebrities), one can see why he is always in high demand.
Workshop I will be running during the trip
Traveling Light, shooting portraits with strobe on location.
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Working with Sony Alpha Cameras
Bruce Byers, Professional Photographer Will be with us on the streets, photographing people and the architecture of Cuba. This will be his 20th trip. Bruce designs the trips to make sure you’ll never see, or photograph, the world quite the same way again. He is very excited about our upcoming trips, and thinks you will be as well.
Glenn Batkin, Creative Director
Creative Director that will provide expert groundwork for more impactful images.
An award winning creative director in advertising, Glenn believes humans are wired for stories. Creative storytelling can evoke emotions and generate strong personal connections to a brand, its objective, and its products. He has created advertising for such brands as IBM, Gatorade, Unicef, The US Armed Forces and Verizon. Glenn has worked with some of the world’s top commercial photographers to capture striking images for his clients.
Over the course of the trip you will learn:
The difference between photography and storytelling.
Anyone can take a photograph but not all photographs tell visually rich stories.
The use of design in photography through color, texture, light, perspective and detail.
To craft your own unique visual voice.
Carlos Aguilera, Cuban Artist
Our Cuban Artist will also be with us to introduce us to the world of Cuban artist. Born in Santiago with a famous Cuban artist father. Carlos will be our window into life and culture of Cuba.
Santiago to Vinales Tobacco
Feb 14th: Meet in Miami
(Hotel in Miami not included)
Fly to Holguin, Cuba, February 15th
Santiago (Rum Art) Vinales (Tobacco)
Havana (Cars Music)
Group of 10 to 12
Deposit of $800 holds a spot
10 days and 9 nights
Included dinners, lunches & breakfast
Travel and stay in and around Cuba
When we visit some of our favorite remote places, like Cuba, we’ll be sure to give you a trip with a twist that no ordinary group would offer. For instance in Cuba, we’re going to not just visit magnificent urban and rural areas, we’ll be following the tobacco harvest with some of the most famous growers and cigar makers in the world, across the country, a trip equivalent to being on the ground for the great wine harvests of Bordeaux and Burgundy.
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Having forged his path into the world of photography after a career nightlife and entertainment, Travis Keyes brings a sharp and unique aesthetic to his shots. Discovering a new sense of happiness and fulfillment in his new venture, Travis founded his own photography and events companies, and has been focused on growing them – and his craft – ever since. We caught up with Travis to hear about the long and winding path to his new professional identity, and what it took to get there.
How long have you been working as a professional photographer?
I founded my companies, Travis W Keyes Photography and Events One 3 years ago in 2014.
What sparked your interest in photography?
Even as a child I felt the need to capture the way I see the world and share it with people. As far back as I remember I’ve had a camera in my hands. I think I have always been obsessed with images, moving and still.
What made you want to pursue it professionally?
I found photography through a series of career changes. I had already crossed over from working in film/tv into owning nightclubs/restaurants in NY and Miami. I knew I needed a change and truly found myself lost. I decided to take time off and enjoy all the things I had not been able to because all I ever did was work.. I picked up a camera and would just go out and shoot.. day after day. A light bulb had gone off and I knew this is all I ever wanted to do. I attended a one year program at ICP in NYC and four years later, I have woken up happy every day since.
What’s the first camera you ever owned?
I have gone through many a camera, but the first one I ever remember owning and shooting was a Kodak Instamatic.. It took 110 film and you had to buy these disposable flash cubes.…
What’s your specialty/style as a photographer?
I truly love the whole process of photography, from choosing the right lens to finishing the photo in post. When it comes to my specialty I strive to capture in an image what can not be captured in words.. to look for that “decisive moment” To make even the ordinary, extraordinary…
What’s one of the proudest moments you’ve had in your career so far?
I get that feeling whenever I am standing on a shoot with a support crew and cast/subjects and get to say “I get paid for this!” I feel like the luckiest person to do exactly what makes me happiest.
What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t a photographer?
Until I found photography, I could have easily given several answers, but now it is such a part of me and who I am I really can’t see myself doing anything else.
What is one tip you’d give someone who’s just starting their career as a photography?
If you want to do it as a career and don’t feel that unexplainable, way down, deep inside “I have to do this” ….don’t, go search for what does.
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2nd Annual Operation: Heal Our Heroes Survivor Series: Montauk.
HOH's mission to end veteran suicide.
Many Americans are unaware of the fact that every single day nearly 20 military veterans are lost to suicide. There are two fundamental reasons for this tragic issue.
The first is because the transition back to “normal life” can often be a difficult journey; even more difficult is for a veteran, trained as a warrior, to acknowledge that they are struggling and need help. One of our goals is to raise awareness about these issues to make civilians and veterans alike understand that it’s ok to ask for help.
The second reason for this problem is because our government programs and facilities have not demonstrated the capacity to meet the needs of our veterans after they leave the military. Thus, our second primary goal is to raise funds to provide veterans with the resources and private support services necessary to facilitate their transition ‘all the way home’.
Operation: Heal Our Heroes has partnered with organizations that can effectively provide the attention and care required for the thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who have endured and continue to bear the psychological burdens associated with our country’s time at war.
If our efforts can help save the life of just one more of our nation’s heroes, then we have accomplished our goal.
Please consider making a small donation to help support our HOH campaign, because we lose 1 veteran to suicide every 72 minutes to mental illness, namely PTSD. Every dollar donated will only help us better support the troops...
To celebrate the launch of their women’s lifestyle influencer network, The Coterie, PureWow took over an epic estate in Southampton, New York to throw a rosé and lobster roll fueled party. And the best way to capture the baller views was—of course—from above. A drone flying overhead captured guests and members of The Coterie sampling products provided by Shea Moisture and Sio Beauty while taking in the sweeping beach views and grabbing photos against a massive pink-and-white flower wall. There was no shortage of entertainment either: YouTube star Taylor Feltperformed on one of the artist-designed Sing for Hope pianos sprinkled around the pool, putting a spotlight on the organization’s efforts to raise money to get pianos into under-resourced New York City schools. Take a look at the photos and drone coverage below to go behind-the-scenes at the Fevo-produced event.
"I wanted to experience forever the people and places before me, because I knew they were about to vanish. I wanted to change history and preserve humanity, but in the process, I changed myself and preserved my own."
want to go to CUBA with me! ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!!!! I know it has been on my bucket list and as Cuba opens up, it will be changing, so the time is now to go!! So the trip is sponsored through SVA and if you are like "what am I going to do for thanksgiving this year?" What could be better than mojitos and Cuban sandwiches in Havana?? So besides free access to me to ask a million photo questions, my friend and mentor Jaime Permuth will be guiding us around for the week with Alex Garcia . Jamie is a brilliant published photographer and will act as our guide throughout the trip. Alexander Garcia is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer specializing in lifestyle and documentary imagery and will also guide us... Aside from our main destination of Havana, our group takes a day trip to Viñales, one of the most beautiful regions of Cuba. This province is where the best tobacco in the world is grown. We visit an award-winning estate and learn all about tobacco cultivation and cigar manufacturing.
So if you want to have an incredible photography experience in Cuba for a price that is ridiculously great!!!- you need to hook up with these masters of the craft Alex Garcia and Jaime Permuth #svacuba and me!!
The next SVA Destinations trip to Cuba is here, Nov 22-29. Apply and join us for a week-long, memorable journey. And no you don't need to be a student just a passion for traveling and seeking adventure!!!
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Have you been asked to work for free or have you asked someone to? What happens when you ask others to do what they do for free.....
“It’s time we all said no to spec,”
A photograph is shaped more by the person behind the camera than by what's in front of it. To prove this we invited six photographers to a portrait session with a twist. 'Decoy' is one of six experiments from The Lab, designed to shift creative thinking behind the lens.
A little peek of me behind the scenes on this Hawaiian Tropic's shoot with Courtney Trop
Are getting the Sony a7Rii? Do you have any interest in it? Here is a new place for people to share their new camera experiences and photos.... and fot people that just want to know about the new camera to ask questions and see the photos.. It wont be long.. seems the first batch will be sent out on Aug. 5th! Im waiting for mine...
Why the Phantom 3 will be may last dji drone I purchase. I am a professional photographer and love my cameras and the drone is one of my favorite new tools. I have been a loyal DJI owner since the dji Phantom 1.. Soon after the phantom 2 was released. Instead of getting upset that I had just purchased the 1.. I bought the phantom 2 as well. I loved the 2 it flew out of the box and there were videos and instructions to be found.. So when the new Phantom 3 was announced I was so excited I pre-ordered it as well.. I waited a month and a half and finally received the phantom 3 in the mail.. It looked amazing but came with the most basic instructions that really said nothing.. I looked on the DJI site and it said video and instructions coming soon…. I installed the software on my ipad mini and it would not work. I looked through may forums finally to find out that the software was not compatible yet.. So the new drone sat on my shelf… I checked a couple times to see if the software had been updated but it had not… Finally I just got busy and another week or two went by. I came back to check and was finally able to update the pilot app for the drone.. It was an exciting and very different interface for the drone.. I look for instructions online about the new software but there was nothing yet posted for the phantom 3 yet in the support section of the dji site. So I did not want to risk crashing my new drone without instructions so back on the shelf the drone went.. It was then I saw DJI was now packaging the Phantom 3 with a spare battery… I was a Loyal 3 time buyer and early adopter… I felt t slighted and could not even order an extra spare battery. I contacted DJi which was not easy.. the online chat just follows a script and is basically useless.. to get someone on the phone is either “we are to busy please try your call again later” or sit on hold for 30 plus minutes.. I wanted to get my drone up but there was no support to be reached… The drone sat on the shelf. I finally saw I could order a second battery and did. It took several weeks to arrive and once it did I figured now was the time to go out and risk figuring out the drone myself and take it up for its first flight. There are no good instructions on or telling you that you must pair the device. So once I went to the forums and figured that out, the software informed me that I needed to update the firmware… well the instructions for that ware ridiculous.. Saying listen for a “beep-beep-beep” once its done which may be 25minutes you will hear a “beep----beep-beep” well my drone mad constant different beeping sounds then made some chirping and flat lined… I tried it several times and read the install txt report saying each time it failed.. I tried to reach tech support and phone said try to call us back again to busy….Finally after several days I got someone on the phone and they told me the drone sounded bricked and would need to be sent in for repair. I sent it in the next day. I waited a week and had not heard anything so wanted to check on the status of my RMA.. well back to the endless hell of trying to reach someone. I was finally told It had not been checked into the system yet and once it was it could be six week till I receive it back. I was told if I had returned it within the first 7 days I would have qualified for an expedited repair service.. Well I could not even get the drone up the first several weeks because they did not have the updated app to fly it. So I ordered this drone on April 4 2015.. today is july 20th and I am told I may not have the drone back for 6 weeks.. I have spent $1,428 dollars on a drone that haven’t been in the air once. The truth is the rushed this drone to market and had no support system in place. With so many new drones hitting the Market you may want to think twice on buying one from DJI.. They only have one service center in America and if you are a loyal buyer and purchased directly from DJI you are subject to terrible repair and customer support… It is a shame I was so excited to fly this drone…
When you need someone to care as much as you do.
capture the moments.
Chef Shaun Hergatt mixes up food that is a visual feast for the eyes, soul and stomach.
"An intimate affair between the guest and Chef Hergatt, the 50-seat restaurant offers an evolving menu that showcases the bounty of the seasons and ingredients when they are at their freshest and finest. Each element of the unique dining experience is Chef Shaun’s creation, from the restaurant design and tablescape to the composition and presentation of his distinctive dishes."
With Adobe Cloud accounts ranging from $9.99 a month to $49.00 a month photoshop and lightroom can be a costly yearly nut.. Well enter Affinity Photo a new professional digital editing software and it is built on all new algorithms and code. This should make the software faster and give the user new options that are not even found in PS yet. The best part is you can get it free HERE right now. The program is in Beta right now and is very stable. The software when released will be in the $50 price point and come with two years of free updates. what are you waiting for? Check it out and let me know what you think.....
No one can deny its getting more frustrating to fly. Between what you can carry onto a plane, security and long lines. But for the savvy traveler there is a new bag in town that seems to make travel a bit more enjoyable and secure.. Enter the Blue Smart. A bag with a digital lock, battery charger, location tracing, built in scale, proximity alerts and a trip data app. Oh and it looks cool too. What started with an indiegogo goal to raise 50,000 raised almost 2 million dollars. the suitcase is also TSA, FAA and Dot accepted.