If you are from the U.S., traveling to Cuba differs from other destinations you have visited. It is not as easy as booking a flight and a hotel. Your travel purpose must fall within one of the categories of travel approved by the Department of Treasury. People-to-people educational programs offered by travel providers are one of the more popular approved ways Americans travel to Cuba. As an example, I joined a photo tour that came under the requirements of the general license for people-to-people travel. I understand that the recent easing … [Read more...] about On Traveling to Cuba as a Photographer….
Difficult lighting and quickly moving subject matter made photography tricky at times, during my recent trip to Cuba. I relied on a combination of planning and technique to bring home the types of images I envisioned. When I travel I usually have an initial photography plan for the day, before leaving my hotel each morning. My plan considers where I am going, what type of photography I anticipate, what lenses to carry, weather conditions, and whether I need a tripod. I also decide on initial camera settings so I am ready to start shooting … [Read more...] about Cuba: Preparation Leads to Success
Street photography was just too easy and so much fun in Cuba. After I would sneak off a candid shot or two, people actually smiled at me or said Thank you. When I smiled back and in very limited Spanish said Hello and introduced myself, doors literally opened. I was welcomed into homes and businesses, and offered a cup of coffee. Once I was even invited back for dinner. Surprisingly, people seemed excited to learn I was from the United States, and California. If you are planning a visit to Cuba and do not speak Spanish, definitely come … [Read more...] about Street Photography in Cuba
I had a great short film pass across my Facebook stream. With vibrant colors and classic editing pace, filmmaker shows his footage from a recent trip to Cuba. There are two things I like about this film. First, it gives a great portrait of a country and its people. Second, Paul shot the whole thing handheld with only a 50mm lens (proving that gear isn't everything). Here's his description: A trip with my girlfriend through a broken, but absolutely beautiful island! Lagged and broken, because of consequence of an economical embargo … [Read more...] about CUBA – Lost in Time